The British Royals are probably more popular than any other royal family in the world. Their history, their traditions, their undeniable Britishness… it all speaks to the imagination. Haven’t you ever wondered how it would be to call Buckingham Palace your home? We most certainly have. With the release of the new season of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’, however controversial it might be, the British Royal Family has gotten even more attention these days. If you have always wanted to feel like a royal, you could of course marry into the family but let’s be honest, for most of us that’s not really an option.
There is another way to feel like you are part of the crew for a day or two though. Even though the royals have quite a lot of real estate, even they have to sleep in a hotel from time to time. Such a visit doesn’t stay under the radar for more than a minute of course so it’s not that difficult to find out which hotels the British Royal Family has visited in the past. If you don’t feel like looking all over the internet in search of those places though, we made a little list. Maybe you won’t be able to book a room right away but it might be something to bookmark for a later date. You never know.
1. Cliveden House, Berkshire (United Kingdom)
Recently, one of the British royals who has been in the spotlights the most is Meghan Markle. We won’t get into the whole story but one thing is for sure: Markle stayed in this hotel west of London on the night before her wedding with Prince Harry. And we definitely get why it’s so appealing, just by looking at the pictures. Moreover, she’s not the first royal staying here. The Spring Cottage even includes steps that were made especially for Queen Victoria so she wouldn’t get her feet all dirty when walking to the river Thames. So posh, yet we certainly would like to know what it’s like to have a walkway just for us. Prices start at £445 per night so it’s not exactly cheap.
2. Rutundu, Mount Kenya National Park (Kenya)
Looking for a more adventurous stay? Head to the Lewa Safari Camp in Kenya then. Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed here while on safari. The camp itself consists of twelve tents which will get you in touch with your most adventurous self but if you want to step up your game, you could stay in the Rutundu lodge. It’s remote, it’s breathtaking, it’s romantic and it’s where William proposed to Kate. Does it get any better than this? Keep in mind though, there is no electricity in the cabin and if you want to make a phone call, you will have to walk for about 25 minutes. Did someone say digital detox? The price for the cabin apparently starts at about $160 a night so that’s a bit more affordable already than the previous accommodation.
3. North Island (Seychelles)
We all love island life but the downside of it definitely are the crowds that come with it. That romantic white beach looks a lot less appealing when you have to share it with thousands of other people. That’s probably why Prince William and Kate Middleton went to the private North Island located in the Seychelles. There are just eleven villas scattered around the island so chances are you will not have to share those perfect views with lots of other people. The price might also be a reason why the island won’t get crowded anytime soon: the Presidential Villa will cost you about $8000 a night.
4. Ruthin Castle, Ruthin (United Kingdom)
Are you a fan of history and more precisely of King Edward I? Well, you should better get packing and leave for Wales as soon of possible then. Ruthin Castle dates back to 1277 and looks as if time stood still. In 1969, it was Prince Charles who stayed over at the castle just before he became the Prince of Wales. You can even stay in the same room has him, including – of course – a king-sized bed, leather Chesterfields and a giant bath. However, if you’re afraid of ghosts, stay away. It is said that Lady Grey haunts the corridors at night, so it’s not suited for the faint of heart but if you didn’t manage to spook you, you could stay here for as little as £112 a night.
5. Phoenicia Hotel, Valletta (Malta)
Malta is the perfect destination if you don’t want to get too far away from the European mainland but still want to enjoy clear blue waters. And of course, its history is closely tied to the British. Hotel Phoenicia was built in the 1930’s by the British themselves and over the years, it has quite frequently welcomed the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. Its convenient location near the city center and luxurious appearances may explain why – we wouldn’t say no to a night at this hotel either. And actually, that’s not totally impossible as prices start at £101 a night. Quite affordable for a royal stay if you ask us!