Wind your way up spiral staircases to the upper floors of this remarkable architectural wonder to discover its most private rooms, including William Randolph Hearst’s personal quarters known as the Gothic Suite, and sumptuous bedrooms assigned to esteemed guests. Once at the top, relish sweeping views of the lush Castle grounds and the distant shoreline of California’s Central Coast.

Physical Requirements

The Upstairs Suites Tour is 45 minutes long and consists of approximately 273 stairs, both up and down, and a 3/4-mile route to walk. For those who have difficulty walking or standing for lengths of time, we recommend Accessibly Designed Tours.

Tour Changes and Cancellation Policy
Subject to availability, changes in tour date or time can be made for a fee of $3.50 per ticket. Cancellations can be made up to one hour before the tour start time, by calling 1-800-695-2269, with a $7.00 cancellation fee and a $3.50 service fee per ticket.

Visit the Grounds

Doge’s Suite
The Gothic Suite
Duplex Bedrooms
The Gardens
Neptune Pool
Roman Pool
  • 1 Doge’s Suite

    Step into the richly decorated Doge’s Suite—which was inspired by the ornate chambers of Venice’s famed Doge’s Palace. Admire the magnificent painted antique ceilings, marble balcony and mountain views that welcomed guests here decades ago.

  • 2 Library

    This imposing architectural space houses more than 4,000 books, and also showcases one of Mr. Hearst’s most treasured collections: 150 ancient Greek vases, all more than two thousand years old. At 80 feet in length and filled with precious objects, the Library is truly a place to get lost in.

  • 3 The Gothic Suite

    Hearst Castle’s third floor consists of W. R. Hearst’s private quarters, in addition to some of his most treasured collections and sacred objects. Wander through the suite’s two bedrooms and private sitting room that he and Marion Davies occupied, after exploring the soaring and mysterious church-like Gothic Study.

  • 4 Duplex Bedrooms

    Proof of architect Julia Morgan’s masterful skill, the Duplex Bedrooms’ two tall sitting rooms topped with loft bedrooms were constructed as open light wells, and transformed later into delightful guest accommodations. Stroll through these elegant rooms decorated with tapestries and painted ceilings, which were literally built from thin air.

  • 5 The Gardens

    Once the guided portion of the tour concludes, explore the expansive garden grounds that surround “La Cuesta Encantada”—Hearst’s Spanish name for The Enchanted Hill. Look for native plants, rare flowers and lush foliage that have been at the Castle since Mr. Hearst resided here.

  • 6 Neptune Pool

    Continue the tour at your own pace to the dramatic and impressive Neptune Pool, and be sure to walk around the colonnades and Cassou statutes that provided the setting for lavish pool parties and lively social gatherings.

  • 7 Roman Pool

    Located immediately before you board the bus back to the Visitor Center, the intensely detailed, indoor Roman Pool is the perfect place to stop and reflect. Modeled after ancient Roman baths, this meticulously detailed, majestic pool is tiled from ceiling to floor, and features eight statues of Roman gods, goddesses and heroes.

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