The Royal Hotel, situated in Pilgrim's Rest, was impeccably restored recently, to reflect true late Victorian style. Composed of ten authentic buildings dating back to the latter part of the nineteenth century, the hotel now offers 50 charming en-suite bedrooms. Declared a goldfield in 1873, Pilgrim's Rest became a cosmopolitan centre of activity in South Africa. Today it stands as a legacy to these pioneers. The town was proclaimed a National Monument in 1986. Trapped in a time warp, the lounge reflects an epoch of time honoured hospitality and elegance so typical of the late Victorian era. Upon entering the Royal Hotel, visitors are immediately taken on a nostalgia filled trip into the past. The reception walls are lined with the most interesting photographs and artefacts providing vivid glimpses of Pilgrim's Rest's history. This theme is carried forward into the lounge as well as the very famous public bar.
The Royal Hotel bedrooms are truly in a different class. Fifty en-suite bedrooms are spread over a number of annexes to the main hotel and all of them radiate extreme character. Furnished with genuine antique brass beds, wash stands, wardrobes and other furniture, visitors cannot but be transported back into history. Rounding off this atmosphere are authentic Victorian baths, sanitary ware and fixtures. In these surroundings, electric shavers, driers and other equipment will seem out of place.
Rounding off the Royal Hotel experience is our informal restaurant where hearty old-fashioned meals are served in a historical atmosphere in keeping with the rest of the Hotel. Enjoying a meal outside while taking in the scenery, is an experience worthwhile.
The Royal Hotel is ideally situated for visitors to this wildlife capital of South Africa. Our central location enables guests to make easy day trips to all the major attractions on offer. The world famous Kruger National Park is no more than a three quarter hour drive away. Other attractions include the wide range of beautiful waterfalls and other natural wonders located around Pilgrim's Rest, Sabie and Graskop – towns mere minutes away. Also easily reached is the wildlife area of Hoedspruit where guests can visit the Kapama cheetah breeding project as well as the Moholoholo Raptor rehabilitation centre. Fly fishermen will find plenty of sport in the Lowveld area around us and golfers will have no shortage of excellent courses to choose from. Guests arriving by air will land in Nelspruit, from where our staff will shuttle them by prior arrangement. Pilgrim's Rest is a crime and malaria FREE area
From R 500.00 per person sharing per night incl. breakfast
Children are welcome