24 Glamorous Royal Family Vacation Destinations You (Yes, You!) Can Actually Stay At

Royal bank account (sometimes) not required

Collectively, the royal family travels the world enough that their collective frequent flyer miles balance has to be worth nearly as much as the Crown Jewels! And they always vacation – even if, yes, it’s a ‘working vacation’/state visit–in style. So, here are some of their favourite hotels and vacation spots around the world where you can actually book a room – sometimes even on a commoner’s salary!

The Treetops Lodge

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Located in: Aberdare National Park, Kenya.

Cost per night: Treetops Lodge lies in the path of an ancient elephant migratory route. You have to call for availability and prices, so probably a lot.

Which royal stayed here: Elizabeth was famously staying at the lodge when she received the news that her father, King George VI, had passed away in 1952, marking her ascension to the throne.

The Beverly Hills Hotel

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Located in: Los Angeles, California.

Cost per night: The luxury hotel’s most basic rooms start at $506 (R7264) a night. And at that price, the word ‘basic’ doesn’t really apply. On the other end of the scale, The Beverly Hills Hotel also requires a formal enquiry before they’ll divulge the cost of their most expensive rooms (in this case, the Presidential Bungalow).

Which royals stayed here: Most notably, Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed here during their first tour of the US in 2011, specifically to attend Variety‘s Venture Capital and New Media Summit. Princess Margaret, Lord Snowdon and Prince Albert II of Monaco have also been guests.

The iconic Los Angeles hotel is so dedicated to luxury, it’s even committed to pampering the pets of guests with its puppy program. If they pamper pets, you can only imagine how they treat royalty.

Llangoed Hall

Located in: Llyswen, Wales

Cost per night: Rooms in the North Wing start at £175 (R3300) per night and the Master Suite starts at just under £350 (R6500) per night.

Which royal stayed here: Prince Charles reportedly spends a week at Llangoed Hall every year to relax, and is such a devoted patron of the hotel that at least one room is decorated with a framed thank-you letter.

Blue Waters Resort & Spa

Located in: St. John’s, Antigua.

Cost per night: The luxurious Cove Penthouse costs more than $2000 (R28 700) a night. The resort’s cheapest Superior Hillside rooms will run you closer to $400 (R5750).

Which royal stayed here: Prince Harry stayed at Blue Waters in 2016 during his Caribbean tour. Fun fact: The resort is a certified royal favourite. It won the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for its contribution to the island.

The Sujàn Rajmahal Palace

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Last night, we toured the incredibly quirky, beautiful, fun, and Instagram-worthy Suján Rajmahal Palace. Every one of the 13 rooms and suites are different and beautiful and fun, each with a story to tell. And the staff has an amazing way of getting to know each and every guest. In fact, you'll never be asked for your room number, because the staff simply knows you from the time you arrive. They know where you're staying, they know what you like, and they even know what you had for lunch. This is a place to feel catered to and pampered in a way that's totally above and beyond anything you've ever experienced! After our tour, we had a delicious dinner in the 51 Shades of Pink room (see the last picture), which is an experience not to be missed! . #sujan #sujanrajmahalpalace #relaischateaux #51shadesofpink #quirkyhotel #india #visitindia #Jaipur #hotel #beautifulhotel #boutiquehotel

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Located in: Jaipur, India.

Cost per night: The Queen Elizabeth II Suite averages ₹95 000 (about R18 700) a night, but there are both cheaper and pricier options available.

Which royal has stayed here: The palace boasts Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip as guests (they came during a State Visit in 1961), along with ‘several other members of the royal family’. And, naturally, Her Majesty stayed in the Queen Elizabeth II suite, named after her.

The suite has a total of 1530 square feet, which includes one large double bedroom, en-suite bathroom, dressing room, drawing room, dining room, oh and another separate double bedroom and bathroom because at this point why not?!

The Drake Hotel

Located in: Chicago, Illinois

Cost per night: Staying in a royal-style suite will run you $300 (R4300) (and up) per night, but regular rooms start as low as half that.

Which royal stayed here: Princess Diana stayed here during a visit to Chicago in 1996 – for her stay, her suite was remodelled to her specifications (including the addition of a Lifecycle exercise bike). The room hasn’t been changed since then – and guests can stay there, if they’re into cycling while on vacay?

The Matakauri Lodge

Located in: Queenstown, New Zealand

Cost per night: The most royal accommodation at the lodge is definitely the four-bedroom Owner’s Cottage, but the price tag is basically a queen’s ransom – NZ $14 500 (about R136 600) a night. Basic lodge rooms start at NZ $695 (R9990) a night.

Which royal stayed here: Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Prince George all traveled together for a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. Will and Kate stayed in the Owner’s Cottage (duh), which has insane amenities like a private balcony with infinity-edge Jacuzzi.

The trip marked Will and Kate’s first night away from George, who skipped the Matakauri, staying with a nanny at Government House in Wellington.

The Waldorf-Astoria Park Avenue

Located in: New York City, New York

Cost per night: Currently priceless (the hotel is closed for renovations).

Which royal has stayed here: The Queen Mother visited in 1954 and then, three years later, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip stayed there during their first visit to America.

A very fancy banquet was held for the royals in the Grand Ballroom to mark the occasion – and the hotel apparently had to scramble to create a royal suite for Her Majesty. Because, OFC, you need a royal suite for the Queen!

The Fairmont Royal York

Located in: Toronto, Canada

Cost per night: It varies, but you’d have a hard time staying in the Queen’s preferred suite (or even something similar) for less than $770 (R11 082) a night. Even the hotel’s cheapest rooms rarely drop below $200 (R2878).

Which royal has stayed here: Queen Elizabeth, along with a slew of other royals, including her mother and father, and her grandson Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle.

The Queen has stayed at the Fairmont Royal York on all her trips to Toronto and always in the same accommodations – a 16th-floor, two-bedroom suite.

10 And the Fairmont Empress

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Located in: Victoria, British Columbia

Cost per night: The cheapest rooms in this castle of a hotel start at around $260 (R3742) and the Royal Suite (where, you know, the royals stay), goes for at least $7356 (R105 900) per night.

Which royal has stayed here: Queen Elizabeth is such a fan that she has her own special china, which is used exclusively during her visits. Other royals who have stayed at the Fairmont Empress include Prince Edward, Prince Charles and both his wives, Princess Diana (who was reportedly a huge fan of the hotel’s rose tea) and Camilla Parker Bowles.

The hotel has also made its own tea-infused gin, just FYI, which is as naturally purple as the twilight sky over the hotel.

11 The Montpelier Plantation & Beach Hotel

Located in: Nevis, West Indies

Cost per night: In peak season, the room prices range from $455 (R6535) for a premiere room (the hotel’s cheapest option) to $1380 (R19 822) (the Tamarind Villa, the most expensive residence on the plantation). During the off season, from mid-December through April, rooms are a little cheaper across the board.

Which royal stayed here: After separating from Prince Charles in 1992, Princess Diana took Prince William and Prince Harry here for a beach vacation. It’s quite a secluded area, perfect for some paparazzi-free quality time.

12 The Hassler Roma

Located in: Rome, duh

Cost per night: The hotel’s beautiful penthouse averages $17400 (R249 900) per night, while the presidential suites go for an average of $7500 (R107 730) per night. On the cheapest end, guests can stay for an average of around $570 (R8200). Chump change, right?!

Which royal stayed here: Prince Charles and Princess Diana are notable guests. Princess Diana apparently ‘could not resist one of the Hassler’s famous “Veruschka”, an invigorating mix of pomegranate juice and sparkling Italian wine!’ the hotel brags in its official press kit.

13 The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Located in: Yosemite National Park, California

Cost per night: Rooms at The Majestic (formerly known as The Ahwahnee Hotel) start at around $443 (R6370) a night, and go up to $1295 (R18 600). In other words, this grand hotel gives new meaning to the term glamping.

Which royal has stayed here: The Queen stayed at The Majestic during a 1983 tour of the US West Coast, in the Mary Curry Tresidder Junior Suite, which has been known as The Queen’s Room since her stay. (In case you’re wondering, booking a night in the bed Elizabeth slept in starts at $575 [R8260] a night – although they’ve probably changed the mattress).

The Queen may have slept in the Queen’s Room, but she had the run of the hotel during her stay. As in, she literally ‘closed down the whole hotel; she was the only one staying here,’ General Manager Brett Archer explained in a 2014 interview.

14 The Kumarakom Lake Resort

Located in: Kerala, India

Cost per night: The Presidential Suite, luxurious pool villas and floating houseboats start at around ₹15000 (approximately R3000) on the cheapest nights and go up from there.

Which royal stayed here: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles stayed at Kumarakom Lake Resort to celebrate Charles’ 65th birthday in 2013. Charles’ favorite feature in the luxurious resort? The open-air bathroom, apparently. Go figure.

15 The Peabody Hotel

Located in: Memphis, TN.

Cost per night: A night in the top-floor Presidential Suite with a stunning view of the Mississippi River will run about $3,000 (R43 149) night, but cheaper rooms start at $285 (R4100) a night.

Which royal stayed here: Prince William and Prince Harry stayed here in 2014 when they were in Memphis for a friend’s wedding. The hotel famously has a flock of ducks that frolic in its fountain, so stop for a second and picture Harry frolicking with them. You’re welcome!

16 Ruthin Castle

Located in: North Wales, United Kingdom

Cost per night: You can get one of the cheaper rooms from about $195 (R2800) per night, while the Prince of Wales suite starts at around $272 (R3900).

Which royal has stayed here: And from ducks to peacocks! As well as a flock of flouncy feathered friends, the castle has a Prince of Wales suite, so it’s no shock that Prince Charles has stayed in the castle. And he actually stayed here on his way to officially being named the Prince of Wales himself in 1958.

His namesake suite is the largest in the entire castle, occupying an entire floor of a tower, and with a grand King-sized bed as its centerpiece. It also includes a ‘luxurious double bath surrounded by mirrors, leather surfaces and cushions.’

17 The British Colonial Hilton Nassau

Located in: Nassau, Bahamas

Cost per night: Varies, but $160+ (R2300+) for a standard commoners’ room, and usually $450+ (R6470) for the Prime Minister Suite Prince Harry stayed in.

Which royal stayed here: Prince Harry stayed at the British Colonial Hilton Nassau when he was in the Bahamas for the Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012. According to ‘gossip’ from the time, Harry was a vocal fan of the resort’s amazing meals. Guess the Duke of Sussex is into Bahamian cuisine?

18 The Walserhof Klosters

Located in: Klosters, Switzerland

Cost per night: You literally have to request a consultation about even the cheapest rooms, so yeah.

Which royal stayed here: Several have. The royal family love skiing in Klosters and, according to The Telegraph, Walserhof is one of their favorite hotels to stay at during skip trips. It’s also reportedly where Princess Diana actually learnt to ski. Talk about historic.

19 Hotel Arlberg Lech

Located in: Lech, Austria

Cost per night: Single rooms start at $377 (R5420) a night, and signature suites start at $1138 (R16 360) and run upwards of $2322 (R33 390) a night.

Which royal stayed here: Princess Diana reportedly loved this hotel, and frequently brought William and Harry along for skiing trips. Maybe it has something to do with the lush subterranean spa – the perfect après-ski activity.

20 North Island, Seychelles

Located in: North Island, Seychelles

Cost per night: You’ll need access to a royal bankroll to afford this one. In 2018, the cheaper villas were available for €6127 (R101 470) a night, while the coveted Villa North Island is currently priced at €9644 (R159 728) a night. And, if you’re planning to bring the family, know that the resort charges extra (€672 [R11 130] a night) for older teens staying in the villas’ second bedrooms. Cheeky!

Which royal stayed here: Prince William and Kate Middleton spent 10 days in this paradise for their honeymoon in 2011. There are only 11 villas on the whole island, which means that, even if the resort is fully booked, you’ll feel like you’re on a private island. The resort promises that ‘your footprints will be the only evidence on the island’s vast, untouched beaches.’

21 The Half Moon Resort

Located in: Montego Bay, Jamaica

Cost per night: Resort rooms start at $243 (R3495) a night, but booking a villa (the impressive, 5–7 room homes royals stay in at the resort) requires a phone consultation, so expect a hefty price tag.

Which royal stayed here: Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and Prince Charles have all stayed here. Prince Rainier of Monaco and Princess Caroline of Monaco have also stayed at the hotel.

The Half Moon is also a favorite among America’s unofficial royal family, the Kennedys. John F Kennedy and wife Jackie apparently spent a whole month at the Half Moon before JFK was inaugurated as president. Ready for an especially cool titbit? A copy of one of Mrs Kennedy’s handwritten wills hangs in the main lobby of the hotel.

22 Chateau la Roque

Located in: La Roque Sur Pernes, France

Cost per night: The cheapest rooms go for as little as $217 (R3121) per night, while suites can be booked for around $302 (R4343) a night.

Which royal stayed here: In 2016, Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George and Princess Charlotte stayed at the chateau during a family vacation in the South of France. The Chateau describes its amenities as ‘privileges’ and they include a panoramic heated pool. IN. A. CASTLE. NBD.

23 The Hotel Adlon

Located in: Berlin, Germany

Cost per night: Rooms start at around $307 (R4418) per night for an executive room and go up to roughly $35 550 (R511 630) per night (yes, you read that right, womp womp) for the Royal Suite.

Which royal stayed here: Queen Elizabeth is counted as a guest – in the Royal Suite, because where else?! She and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh went on a state visit in 2015.

24 The Fontainebleau Miami Beach

Located in: Miami, Florida

Cost per night: The ultra-lush Le Sable Presidential suite starts at $3430 (R49 360) a night, but you can stay in a Bay View guestroom for as little as $269 (R3870).

Which royal stayed here: Prince Harry stopped by this celebrity hotspot for a short stay before a friend’s wedding in Memphis, Tennessee. Harry, who had just split from Cressida Bonas at the time, reportedly flirted with actress Katie Cassidy at the hotel, but she later revealed that she shot him down.

This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan US

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