The Best Hotels With Royal Connections

By Martha Davies

1 year ago

These establishments are brimming with royal history

Looking to check in somewhere particularly regal? Take a look at these hotels with fascinating royal connections, says Martha Davies.

The Best Hotels With Royal Connections

The Goring

Image credit: Ben Carpenter

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Where? London 

Tell us about it: Numerous prestigious guests have graced the halls of The Goring in the 113 years since its opening. Winston Churchill held meetings with allied leaders here during World War II, and foreign dignitaries met here during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. If you’re searching for a hotel with a remarkable story, look no further.

Askham Hall

Admiral's Room at Askham Hall.

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Where? Penrith, Cumbria

Tell us about it: This grand country hotel was visited annually by none other than Prince Philip, who partook in the renowned Lowther Show, a competitive carriage driving event. If you fancy a stay in the suite that Prince Philip himself booked every year, choose the Admiral’s Room, which features a magnificent super-king-sized four poster bed.

Coworth Park


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Where? Ascot, Berkshire

Tell us about it: Here, the royal connections go all the way back to 1066, when Edward the Confessor gave the land to Westminster Abbey. In 1879 and 1883 the future Edward VII and Queen Alexandra were guests while they attended Ascot races. The Georgian manor was also The Duke of Sussex’s hotel of choice before his wedding to Meghan in 2018.

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Suite at Middlethorpe Hall.

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Where? York

Tell us about it: Step inside Middlethorpe Hall and you’ll find the White Rose suite, which is named after the symbol adopted by the first Duke of York, fourth surviving son of King Edward III. Check in for a holiday packed with history.

Hartwell House & Spa

Library at Hartwell House hotel.

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Where? Aylesbury

Tell us about it: In a previous life, Hartwell House was home to King John, who was crowned in 1199 following his brother, Richard the Lionheart. The present manor was finished in 1617, and Louis XVIII, King of France, held court here while in exile between 1809 and 1814.

The Grand Hotel Birmingham

Penthouse suite at The Grand Hotel Birmingham.

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Where? Birmingham

Tell us about it: From Winston Churchill to King George VI, many notable figures have walked the halls of The Grand Hotel Birmingham. The place is brimming with history – but after a recent £50 million renovation, you’ll find plenty of modern touches, too.

The Lygon Arms

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Where? The Cotswolds

Tell us about it: King Charles I met supporters on the grounds of the Lygon Arms during the English Civil War, and Oliver Cromwell also stayed here in 1651. Other guests included King Edward VII, who visited in 1905, and his grandson, future King Edward VIII, in 1913.

The Seafood Restaurant Bedroom with white bedding and blue accents.

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Where? Cornwall

Tell us about it: This charming seaside spot was visited in 2015 by King Charles III and the Queen Consort, then Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, who met with the Stein family to celebrate 40 years of its business. Visit and walk in the footsteps of the royals.

Knock House

Dining room at Knock House.

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Where? Isle of Mull, Scotland

Tell us about it: Knock House dates back to the 15th century and was originally connected to King James IV of Scotland. Later, it became home to a number of Marquesses and Dukes including John Marquess of Lorne, the 9th Duke of Argyll, who married Queen Victoria’s fourth daughter, Princess Louise, in 1871.

The Spread Eagle

The Spread Eagle Hotel

The Spread Eagle Hotel

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Where? Midhurst, West Sussex

Tell us about it: As one of England’s oldest coaching inns, The Spread Eagle certainly boasts a fascinating story. In 1533, the building was bought by Henry VIII’s Lord High Admiral, Sir William Fitzwilliam. Its handsome Queen’s Suite, with carved four poster, once reputedly hosted Elizabeth I.