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Ultimate Guide to the Best Party Hotels

Do you have a significant anniversary coming up? Looking to take your twenty best friends on a shindig? Then you need our Guru’s Ultimate Guide to the Best Party Hotels!

There are some great hotels offering exclusive use, and the following is our round up of the best party hotels. Whether for a special birthday party, a hen or stag event, or an intimate wedding, our Guru-recommended best party hotels are all romantic, all in great locations and all fantastic venues for memorable parties!

Augill Castle

We've all heard about people being whisked off to Rajasthan palaces in private jets and carried about on elephants, or treated to a four day extravaganza in Marrakech. I was even told of one party who were met at Carcassonne airport by 20 identical lime green 2CVs and map. But if you are planning your own, or even just a joint holiday with another family or two, it’s good to know that some of the best party hotels are here in the UK or Europe, and they don’t always cost the earth!

Best Party Hotels

Best Party Hotels in Deepest Rural Settings.

For many of us the best party hotels would have a very loud, outdoor sound system which would allow you to dance the night way without disturbing the neighbours. And for others the best party hotels are places which would allow you to recover from a hangover in blissful silence, spiritually uplifting as well as memorable places to party.

La Bandita

  • One of our best party hotels which ticks these boxes is in the hills of southern Tuscany, near Montepulciano. The wonderful La Bandita, a converted farmhouse with plenty of style, is more of a luxury serviced villa than a hotel, it makes for a great party hotel venue with a wonderful pool, fabulous views, a private gourmet chef and a fine wine cellar - and no neighbours for miles!
  • Or try the super relaxed Finca Buenvino, north west of Seville in the Sierra di Aracena, which is charming, in a lovely, rural location, has wonderful cooking, and a relaxing infinity pool with views over the valley. It also has three secluded cottages in the grounds, some with their own plunge pools, so it would make a great party venue for a mix of family groups.

Best Party Hotels with Pools

Jnane Tamsna

  • A great pool is a must-have for many best party hotels. For blissing out by the pool in between charming excursions, try Meryanne Loums' magical Jnane Tamsna in the Palmerie of Marrakech. It's like a country house, with separate villas for all your friends - with separate, private pools - and a wonderful organic garden.
  • Another option, and one of the best party hotels for those 'in the know', is Trasierra, a charming and supremely laid back Spanish country house retreat, with two swimming pools, and relaxed and romantic dining by candlelight under the stars. With 15 rooms, you'll need a large party for exclusive use, but it's a very special place.

Best Party Hotels in Cities

Sometimes you want to hold a celebration in a city, somewhere you can organise dinners out and trips to see stuff.

Casa No 7

  • One of the best party hotels - for a small party, is the six room Casa No 7 in Seville. Full of character, and in the heart of one of the most fascinating cities in southern Europe, it’s intimate, with white-gloved butlers and exquisitely decorated rooms full of rugs and fine fabrics.
  • For a larger party, check out the grand Palazzo Magnani Feroni, close to the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. All its 12 rooms are massive suites, which could easily accommodate children too, and there’s a large baronial function room where you could hold a party. It's got plenty of atmosphere, being the converted palace of an old Florentine family, and considering it's history is incredibly good value.
  • Then there’s Marrakech - practically any of the riads on our Guru’s list would work as party hotels, but perhaps the best party hotel we came across, is the Dar Fakir riad - its seven rooms are all grouped around a delightful inner courtyard, a great place for a fantastic party, and if there are more of you, it is easy to accommodate extra people in nearby riads, all within walking distance.

Best Party Hotels - Castles

Castello di Potentino

  • Back in southern Tuscany, one of our best party hotel venues is the magnificent Castello di Potentino, run by a delightful Englishwoman called Charlotte Hornton. This castle dates from the early Middle Ages, and has fabulous views over the surrounding hills and countryside. Rooms are atmospheric, with antiques and lovely fabrics, and it's great venue, with a large baronial dining room for dinners, and great value.
  • The eccentric mid-Victorian-folly-castle - Augill Castle is also one of our best party hotels. Equidistant between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, its 14 rooms boast roll top baths and four poster beds, it's set in stunning countryside and meals are taken around a large oak table.

Best Party Hotels - Country House Hotels

Hotel Endsleigh

  • If you want the English country house experience, one of the best party hotels has to be Olga Polizzi's grand but relaxed Endsleigh Hotel in Devon, a place for long walks and magnificent meals in imposing surroundings.
  • Or, for one of our best party hotels in a country house on a smaller scale, consider Arisaig House in Scotland. This luxury country house b+b is set amidst lochs and hills in some of the most romantic scenery in Europe, opposite the delightfully named western isles of Eigg, Rum and Muck, and is the perfect party setting for groups up for picnics, boat rides and plenty of fresh air and exploring.
    • La Bandita 6 rooms from $267

      Pienza, Tuscany

      A lovingly and tastefully restored farm house for laid back holidays and exclusive use. Simple yet beautiful rooms with white walls, limestone floors and beamed ceilings. Private gourmet chef, access to the wine cellar and fantastic swimming pool. Ideal as a country escape.

      Families  -  Feels like a welcoming private villa with rural charms, baby equipment and endless outdoor space for children to roam around.
      Country Escape  -  Watch the sunset over the stunning Val d'Orcia and feast on delicious Tusacan dishes and wine from the owners cellar.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the UNESCO Heritage site Pienza, boasting an enchanting collection of 15th and 16th century buildings and gardens.
      Great walks  -  The beautiful Tuscan landscape of Val d'Orcia makes for wonderful walks.
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
    • Jnane Tamsna 24 rooms from $278

      Marrakech

      A fairytale hideaway set in acres of beautiful gardens. Minimalist Moroccan splendour achieves a peaceful contemporary look. Organic produce from the gardens and the hammam spa awaken the senses. The perfect location for a wedding or group holiday.

      Families  -  With extensive gardens, five pools, tennis courts, and prebooked specialised kids activities this is the perfect family getaway.
      Weddings  -  One of the hotel's main clientele due to the beautiful grounds and flexible accommodation in different buildings.
      Garden  -  A 15-acre walled estate.
      Wellbeing
      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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    • Trasierra 15 rooms from $192

      Sevilla, Andalucía

      This statuesque family-run hotel is set in the undulating mountains of Sierra Morena. Surrounded by olive and orange groves stands a country retreat with swimming pools, tennis courts, and beautiful courtyards that make for a perfect country retreat - and with oodles of personality.

      Exclusive use  -  If required.
      Massage
      House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
      Charming
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Sawdays
    • Casa No. 7 6 rooms from $294

      Seville (Santa Cruz)

      Small boutique hotel in city centre. Beautiful collection of antiques. Central courtyard, full of character, with roof terrace, sitting room, bar. Elegant rooms, intimate atmosphere.

      Exclusive offer  -  City Breaks
      Great walks  -  Just over a km fro the Reales Alcázares de Sevilla, the grounds of the royal palace boast lovely gardens.
      Sights nearby  -  Just a few minutes walk from Seville's main attractions- Casa Pilatos, Torre del Oro and Plaza de España.
      Local markets  -  Check out the well-priced boutiques around Calle Sierpes, for shoes, antiques, wine and fans.
      Restrictions on children  -  No children younger than 13 from March - May
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors, Frommers, Sawdays
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    • Palazzo Magnani Feroni 12 rooms from $427

      Florence (Tuscany)

      An magnificent Renaissance Palace, turned luxurious hotel, south of the river. Indulgently large suites are packed with frescoes, elegant antiques and historic charm. Enjoy breakfast in the courtyard or drinks on the rooftop. Manages to retain and enhance the private Palazzo feel.

      Honeymoons  -  An elegant Palazzo fit for royalty, with private butler service, champagne breakfast, palatial suites & magnificant furnishings.
      City Style  -  Each suite has a salon big enough to hold a cocktail party in, plus painted ceilings, marble fireplaces and fabulous antiques.
      Local markets  -  Explore the Medieval streets of Oltrarno, traditionally home to Florence's milliners, silk-weavers and leather-makers.
      Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from the historical Ponte Vecchio.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Johansens, Fodors
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    • Dar Fakir 7 rooms from $96

      Marrakech (Kennaria, Medina)

      Romantic central Riad with flickering lights and cosy rooms. Exceptional value for money. Elegant rooms in Berber style in creams and beiges. A place to impress.

      Exclusive offer  -  Summer Special
      City Style
      Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
      Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Check prices
    • Castello di Potentino 11 rooms from $160

      Seggiano, Tuscany

      Winning charm in a classic Tuscan castle setting. Friendly owners create a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere like visiting an old friend. Haunting beauty, rustic charm and excellent value. A must is their five day wine, yoga and pasta retreat.

      Exclusive offer  -  Up to 30% discount
      Foodies  -  Foodies heaven- River Café chef Avinash Kumar flies in to teach cooking classes and Emily O'Hare takes care of the wine.
      Total relaxation  -  The perfect retreat to refresh and recharge, yoga in the mornings, cooking in the afternoon and wine in the evenings.
      Great walks  -  Wander around working organic farm, filled with vineyards and olive groves.
      Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby medieval towns of Pitigliano, Sorano and Siena.
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    • Augill Castle 14 rooms from $229

      Nr Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

      Standing between the Lake District and the Dales rests this eccentric castle welcoming all the family into the countryside and the Eden Valley. Four poster beds and antique furnishings make up the comfortable rooms. Restaurant is open on weekends. Great hideaway and local exploring to be done.

      Families  -  With fantasatic facilities for kids, from cooking classes, to playgrounds, dressing up boxes and plenty of toys.
      Country Escape  -  Spectacular walking, wonderful views and whiskey in the drawing room old school weekend in the country vibes.
      Great walks  -  With national parks all around, this is the perfect spot to get on your walking boots.
      Cooking classes  -  The hotel has a wonderful cookery school for children.
      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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    • Hotel Endsleigh 18 rooms from $242

      Milton Abbot, Devon

      Historic shooting lodge offers an intimate, Olga Polizzi styled stay. Relax in the stunning grounds or in the library. Beautiful rooms overlook the valley and stretch of private river. Italian meets Spanish cuisine with Jose Graziosi's delicious dishes. Good for outdoor-types and families.

      Exclusive offer  -  Nature Retreat
      Families  -  Babysitting and monitors available plus such delights as picnics (complete with lanterns and blankets) in the grounds.
      Honeymoons  -  Fairytale suites, gourmet cuisine, cosy fireside sofas and incredible grounds for strolling hand in hand- enchanting!
      Country Escape  -  Extensive grounds for fishing, shooting, and rambling, plus plenty of comfy armchairs for the weary walker!
      Sights nearby  -  The National Trust and its stately homes make for a great day exploring - Cothele House, Saltram House and Castle Drogo.
    • Arisaig House 10 rooms from $153

      nr Mallaig, Highlands & Islands

      Victorian country house turned luxury b+b set amid 19 acres on the Road to the Isles

      Exclusive offer  -  Up to 15% off for group bookings
      Great walks  -  Walks to suit all from gentle strolls to strenuous hill climbs
      Views  -  Great views over to the Small Isles.
      House party feel  -  Great for parties!
      Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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    • Fingals Hotel 4 rooms from $216

      Dittisham, Devon

      Delightfully informal boutique B&B near the River Dart. 'Quintessentially English' - this 17th Century house is full to the rafters with art and antiques and home to a fine lawn, an indoor pool, gym and grass tennis. Whether rooms or self-catering, the homely vibe is throughout. A magical spot!

      Local exploring  -  Explore the surrounding countryside, from vineyards and country houses, to seaside and river adventures.
      Families  -  The perfect countryside family escape, with selfcatering rooms plus a wealth of activties for all ages.
      Great walks  -  Using the river as your guide, the countryside truly is your oyster.
      Sailing  -  Lessons available nearby on the River Dart.
      Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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Written by James Dunford Wood

posted Wednesday, 23rd January 2013
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