The Royal Hotel - Pilgrims Rest, situated in Pilgrim`s Rest, was impeccably restored, to reflect true late Victorian style.
It is perhaps one of South Africa`s best-known hotels. This national monument is famous for its atmosphere and world-class service and facilities.
Composed of ten authentic buildings dating back to the latter part of the nineteenth century, the hotel offers charming en-suite bedrooms.
Declared a goldfield in 1873, Pilgrim`s Rest became a cosmopolitan center 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 honored hospitality and elegance so typical of the late Victorian era. Upon entering the 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 restaurant is informal and serves hearty old-fashioned meals 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 the center attraction of Pilgrim`s Rest. From here visitors can plan all daily excursions and then come home to a relaxing evening of Victorian comfort.
Accommodation at The Royal Hotel:
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.