Game of Thrones – the best hotels for fans
The acclaimed film Game of Thrones, the film adaptation of George Martin’s Song of Ice and Flame, was filmed in many countries — Ireland, Italy, Spain, Croatia, and other states — playing their roles on the screen in the fantastic kingdoms of Westeros. Some of the buildings, scenery and landscape elements that are shown in the film are, of course, computer graphics, but many places do exist in the real world, and you can not only see them with your own eyes, but also visit them personally.
Therefore, among the fans of the series, a new type of tourism has recently become very popular – traveling through the filming sites of Game of Thrones, during which tourists discover a real hunt for fragments of seven kingdoms scattered around the world.
Do you also want to visit the Royal Harbor, take a picture in the garden of the Castle of Sunny Lance, from which Martell ruled Dorn, or go explore the Iron Islands? We will tell you where it is better to stop during your journey through the filming locations of Game of Thrones!
Visit the Royal Harbor
Location: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Recommended hotel: Villa Dubrovnik 5 *
The famous capital of Westeros, Royal Harbor, in real life is named Dubrovnik. The beautiful old town in Croatia, located on the Adriatic coast, became a platform for filming most of the scenes with the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, and the Lovrijenac Fortress turned into Red Castle. There are a lot of sights in Dubrovnik, and it is very interesting to find places among them that are familiar from each other in the episodes.
Want to admire the Royal Harbor from your window every morning? Stay at the Hotel Villa Dubrovnik 5 *, and you will definitely not regret your choice! An excellent hotel complex in Dubrovnik, located on the rocks, offers its guests the most comfortable conditions for accommodation, spacious rooms and excellent service. A beautiful view of Dubrovnik opens from the rooms, from the pool and from the terrace of the restaurant.
Visit the Dorn
Location: Seville, Spain
Recommended hotel: Alfonso XIII 5 *
You can see Dorn in reality in Seville – it was this city that played the role of the luxurious capital of Dorn, the Sunshine Spear and the Shady City. Moorish arcades and lush gardens, an exotic of the southern state, lazily bathing in the sun – it is here that you can fully experience the atmosphere of the southernmost kingdom of Westeros.
Located in Seville, the Alfonso XIII 5 * hotel is the best place to indulge in a serene rest, worthy of the princes and princesses of the House of Martell. The luxury hotel was built by order of King Alfonso to accommodate the VIP guests of the 1929 exhibition, and today the guests of this hotel are waiting for truly royally luxurious accommodation worthy of people close to the royal court. Fans of “Song of Ice and Flame” will be able to enjoy here the atmosphere in the style of the Dornish palace and truly luxurious conditions for relaxation.
Visit the Iron Islands
Location: Ballintoy, Northern Ireland
Recommended hotel: Bushmills Inn
If you want to visit the legendary Iron Islands, located in the Gulf of Iron People – you are in Northern Ireland. A harsh land with stony landscapes and lead sea waves, shown in a kinosaga, in the real world – the harbor of Ballintoy, a picturesque fishing village in which became Lordport on the screens.
You can stay nearby at the Bushmills Inn hotel (located about twenty minutes from Ballintoya) – the hotel is located in the building of an old inn, which received its guests in the 1600s. In this hotel you will find comfort, excellent accommodation conditions, delicious food, strong alcohol from local whiskey distilleries. It is a lot of old-time entourage, but not too much – just enough to feel the unsurpassed flavor of Old Ireland and the spirit of the harshest land of Westeros, without indulging in the usual comfort and level of service.
Visit the Black Castle
Location: Maheramorne Quarry, Northern Ireland
Recommended hotel: Ballygally Castle Hotel 4 *
Also in Northern Ireland, you can see another key place of the “Game of Thrones” – the Black Castle of the Night Watch. Abandoned limestone quarry Mageramorne got a chance for a second life in 2014, when the film crew of the series arrived here, and the buildings of the warehouses turned into the Night Watch barracks.
Travelers who go to the filming locations of their favorite series, we naturally offer to stay not in these “barracks”, but in a quite decent hotel complex, located nearby – in the Ballygally Castle Hotel. Two pleasant bonuses are waiting for you at this hotel: firstly, the hotel is located in a small castle built in 1625, shrouded in mysteries and ghost legends, and secondly, here you will find the original supply of afternoon tea in the Game of Thrones style – the corresponding entourage and an unusual menu, which includes Sansa Stark lemon cakes and small dragon eggs.