"Victorian Royal Hotel" The Royal Hotel Tip by Jenniflower

The Royal Hotel, Pilgrim's Rest: 295 reviews and 9 photos

  The Royal Hotel
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  • The Royal Hotel - Pilgrim's Rest
      The Royal Hotel
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  • Victorian bed - Pilgrim's Rest
      Victorian bed
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  • The annexe - was a bank once upon a time! - Pilgrim's Rest
      The annexe - was a bank once upon a time!
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  • The annexe balcony - Pilgrim's Rest
      The annexe balcony
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  • The entrance into our annexe - Pilgrim's Rest
      The entrance into our annexe
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Since I was a little girl, and first visited Pilgrim's Rest, I have always wanted to stay at the Royal Hotel.. so it was a dream come true for me to actually stay here... and it was even better than I had hoped for!

We stayed in the annexe to the hotel, which used to be the town's local bank! It has a lovely long balcony that runs down two sides of it.

Inside is a large and comfortable bedroom, with a passageway for a cupboard and place for your suitacses, which leads to a separate WC and a bathroom, with an original old victorian bath.

Service is outstanding - they depend on tourist trade in this town and so they know how to treat their visitors! The hotel includes breakfast in the room cost and it is a lovely breakfast: you can have full english/go the fruit and yoghurt route/go the cereal/muesli route/go the continental ham, cheese and croissant route.

It's all there for you, and you can have as much as you like.

The Royal Hotel restaurant is open for all meals and we had a lovely meal the night before in it as well.. I will write about this in a restaurant tip, as it stands alone from the hotel.

Unique Qualities: This hotel is a space caught in time - buildings are made of tin and materials of the day, as they were during gold rush days... style is Victorian.

I love the typical sunken bath and the old fashioned handbasin.

There is an open fire in your bedroom, and a ceiling fan, as it does get rather hot here during summer!

Tea and coffee facilities are here too, with a complimentary biscuit and old fashioned-styled pamphlet about the area and what you can see and do.

There is also an example of one of the old newspapers of the time, which you can take away, prior to exploring the old town!

Staying here was a wonderful experience and if you are looking for that out-of-the-ordinary experience, this is the place to be!

Address: Main Street, Uptown, Pilgrims Rest, 1290 Mpumalanga
Price Comparison: about average
Phone: +27 13 7681100
Price: US$120-180
Theme: Hotel
Website: http://www.pilgrimsrest.org.za/royal.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Mar 21, 2009
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