You'll never be royal, but that doesn't mean you can't spend a few days presiding over a castle. Over the last century – since rampart-having summer cottages went out of fashion – hotel chains have been buying up aging properties around the room and turning royal suites into "Royal Suites." The luxury palaces provide travelers with an opportunity to enjoy high-end amenities while also glimpsing history. There is no better way to understand how ancient fiefdoms were run than by looking out from the king's parapets.
Though European looking, Singer Castle actually sits on Heart Island, in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River, in northern New York. Built as a summer getaway for the owner of the Singer Manufacturing Company, the castle has become a popular destination for both American and Canadian tourists, who can spend the night in the "Royal Suite." The castle sits nearby Boldt Castle, a similarly massive feat of masonry.
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