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Live like a royal: Here are some of the royal family’s favorite lavish places to visit in England

It takes considerable effort for a hotel to earn its stripes as the go-to destination for the ultimate luxury traveler. But it takes even more for it to become the go-to spot for members of the royal family.

Whether it’s a pre-wedding ritual, a post-event turndown or simply an escape from the crush of London, the royals have made the following hotels their favorites over the years.

Below, The Post takes a look at the top English hotel destinations revered by members of the royal family — past and present.

Dating back to the 17th century, Cliveden House is one of the royal family’s favorite spots. Cliveden House
The Post takes a look at some of the royal family’s favorite English hotels. Pictured: Cliveden House. Cliveden House

Coworth Park

Coworth Park is loved by Prince Harry and his estranged brother, Prince William. Dorchester Collection

Located just 45 minutes from London, Coworth Park sits on a 240-acre estate on the edge of Windsor Great Park in Sunningdale, Ascot.

This sprawling 5-star hotel is a favorite among the rich and famous — but most notably, it’s loved by Prince Harry and his estranged brother, Prince William.

In fact, the Duke of Sussex stayed here the night before his royal wedding to Meghan Markle in May 2018.

The brothers often played polo at Coworth Park. Getty Images
William and Harry pictured playing polo at the luxe hotel in 2011. Getty Images

He and Prince William, who served as his Best Man at the lavish nuptials, enjoyed a night of luxurious pampering at the estate, which is nestled around the corner from the Guards Polo Club.

The brothers dined at the hotel’s well-known restaurant called Woven by Adam Smith, which received a Michelin star in October 2017.

The elegant restaurant is a tribute to exceptional British produce and serves up a variety of elegantly crafted dishes, including meats, seafood and shellfish. It also offers up some vegetarian options.

Coworth Park sits on a 240-acre estate on the edge of Windsor Great Park in Sunningdale, Ascot. Dorchester Collection
The hotel boasts a restaurant called Woven by Adam Smith, which was awarded a Michelin star in October 2017. Dorchester Collection

“I’m overjoyed to have reached this milestone with my driven and dedicated team, who have worked so hard, and with such passion, since we launched the restaurant,” Smith said of his first Michelin star.

This stunning white Georgian manor house is the only hotel in the UK to boast polo fields, an equestrian center and stabling.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art spa, the hotel is located just 45 minutes from London. Dorchester Collection

Built as a private home in 1776, the hotel now boasts 30 rooms in the main house — each of which is equipped with four-poster beds and huge bathtubs.

Elsewhere, 40 rooms have been converted from stables, making them the cozy English countryside escape guests love to leave the city for.

The lavish manor house also features a detached, three-bedroom Dower House, which is available for exclusive use.

Harry and William pictured playing polo at Coworth Park in 2015. UK Press via Getty Images

Needless to say, the hotel’s meadow-style gardens and grounds are manicured to perfection, and offer tranquil views that go beyond trees and greenery.

The estate was later sold in 2001 by Selfridges owner Galen Weston to the investment company behind the Dorchester Collection.

Built as a private home in 1776, the hotel now boasts 30 rooms in the main house — each of which is equipped with huge bathtubs. Dorchester Collection

In recent years, Coworth Park has been named the best place to enjoy a spot of tea, having won the title of Best Traditional Afternoon Tea at the 2018 Afternoon Tea Awards, held in central London.

In true royal family style, Harry and William enjoyed their fair share of tea during their visit.

The Dorchester

The Dorchester has been a staple destination within the royal family for decades. The Dorchester

With its long-standing reputation as one of the most luxurious hotels in London, The Dorchester has been a staple destination within the royal family for decades.

The plush hotel, located in the heart of posh Mayfair, has been the backdrop for several notable moments in years past — and has been a special (and loved) location for the late Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the late Prince Phillip.

In fact, Her Late Majesty — who died in Sept. 2022 at age 96 — stayed at The Dorchester when she was a princess the night before announcing her engagement to Philip Mountbatten on July 10, 1947.

The luxe hotel had been a special location for the late Queen Elizabeth II. Getty Images
Located in the heart of Mayfair, The Dorchester offers its guests the very best. The Dorchester

The hotel, which sits next to the iconic Hyde Park, proved to be the couple’s favorite London hotspot over the years.

It’s also where Phillip held his bachelor party prior to his Nov. 20, 1947 wedding to Elizabeth II. Phillip’s sophisticated bash has been documented in a plaque at the hotel, which he himself unveiled after a refurbishment in 1990.

The Dorchester opened its doors in 1931 and has since been “favored by royalty and celebrities, hosting countless state banquets and legendary parties.”

The late Queen Elizabeth II, pictured at The Dorchester with King Faisal of Saudi Arabia in 1967. PA Images via Getty Images
The hotel’s Vesper Bar is also home to Bond’s very first martini, which starred in Ian Fleming’s first novel “Casino Royale.” The Dorchester

Many members of the royal family have passed through its doors on many occasions over the years, and the late Queen famously attended her first charity ball dance there.

In true British fashion, the hotel boasts a laundry list of notable moments in history for which it had served as a backdrop.

In 1944, during World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower stayed at The Dorchester while planning the Normandy Invasion.

The late Queen Elizabeth II pictured with former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski at a banquet at the Dorchester Hotel in 2004. Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images

Needless to say, his suite — located on the first floor of the hotel — hosted many high-profile guests, including none other than former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

The luxe hotel also has notable ties to the James Bond franchise.

Roger Moore’s appointment as the “shaken, not stirred” martini-sipping secret agent was first made official on Aug. 1, 1972, during a press conference held at the hotel.

The Dorchester opened its doors in 1931 and has since been “favored by royalty and celebrities.” The Dorchester

And the Vesper Bar — located at the hotel — is also home to Bond’s very first martini, which starred in Ian Fleming’s first novel “Casino Royale.”

The Vesper Martini differs from Bond’s usual drink as it uses both gin and vodka — and it’s something guests can still try to this day. Warning: it’s strong.

Cliveden House

Cliveden House is one of Meghan Markle’s favorite places to stay in the UK. Geoffrey Swaine/Shutterstock

Dating back to the 17th century, Cliveden House is one of Meghan Markle’s favorite places to stay in the UK.

The Duchess of Sussex, 42, stayed at the sprawling Berkshire mansion the night before her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.

And Markle isn’t the only royal who has favored this 5-star hotel, as it’s been a long-standing favorite among members of the Firm for centuries.

The Duchess of Sussex and her mom, Doria Ragland, stayed at the sprawling Berkshire mansion the night before her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. AP

The Grade I-listed hotel boasts a whopping 376 acres of National Trust grounds, with stunning views of the English countryside that are guaranteed to leave guests with a great haven of calm.

The luxe estate is equipped with a stunning 5-star spa, helipad and Jacuzzi, offering lucky guests scenic views and some champagne to toast, as well as boat trips on location.

Each room is decked out with antique furniture, proving that Cliveden House is a stickler for tradition despite the ever-changing and modernizing surroundings.

The luxe hotel dates back to the 17th century.

Markle famously stayed at the property with her mother, Doria Ragland, the night before her nuptials at Windsor Castle, located just a 30-minute drive away.

Staff rolled out the red carpet for the former actress and the mother of the bride in May 2018.

Kensington Palace announced the pair’s decision to stay at Cliveden House just days before the wedding.

Markle and her mother pictured arriving at Cliveden House in 2018. AP

Markle and Ragland joined the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Sir Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother — all of whom stayed at the luxury hotel.

The second Duke of Buckingham built Cliveden House as a hunting lodge in 1666 for his mistress, Anna Maria the Countess of Shrewsbury.

There, he fought a duel on her behalf with her husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury, in 1668, which resulted in the Earl’s death.

The luxe estate is equipped with a stunning 5-star spa. Adam Lynk
The estate ultimately became a hotel in 1985, and now boasts 47 rooms, including 15 spacious suites. Adam Lynk

In the 18th century, the estate was home to Frederick, Prince of Wales and his family.

It later became a favorite of Queen Victoria, who would travel up the River Thames from Windsor to spend quality time with her friends and fellow dignitaries there.

In the 20th century, Cliveden House hosted Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Princess Margaret. The sisters often visited the grounds with their mother.

Staff rolled out the red carpet for the former actress and the mother of the bride in May 2018. AP

On one of their earliest royal duties in 1938, Elizabeth and Margaret made the 5-mile journey from London to meet the Kennedys, who were staying there with Cliveden’s owners, the Astors.

At the height of their power, the Astors were one of the five great American dynasties.

Each room is decked out with antique furniture, proving that Cliveden House is a stickler for tradition.

Lord Astor gave the estate to the National Trust in 1942, although Astor descendants continued to live there until 1969.

It ultimately became a hotel in 1985, and now boasts 47 rooms on the property, including 15 spacious suites — one of which is aptly named the Prince of Wales suite.

The Goring

As Kate Middleton’s favorite spot, The Goring Hotel has been a staple within the royal family for years. Simon Earl / Splash News

As Kate Middleton’s favorite spot, The Goring Hotel has been a staple within the royal family for years.

The Princess of Wales, 42, spent her last night as a commoner in the hotel’s 1,482-square-foot Royal Suite along with her sister Pippa, and their mother, Carole.

The trio checked into the luxe hotel the night before Catherine’s nuptials with Prince William in April 2011, which took place at Westminster Abbey.

The Princess of Wales, 42, spent her last night as a commoner at the luxe hotel. FilmMagic

The suite was unveiled to the public earlier that year.

Princess Catherine returned to the hotel in 2015 for its grand opening post-refurbishment. To mark the special occasion, she even put the final touch on the hand-painted wallpaper in its front hall.

Guests visiting the luxury hotel are able to book the exact suite the royal stayed in, which is located on the penthouse level and boasts a “unique collection of royal artifacts, from handwritten letters and stationery to military regalia.”

The hotel is a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, making it the perfect spot for royals to visit. The Goring
The Princess of Wales’ parents Carole and Michael, as well as siblings Pippa and James, pictured leaving The Goring Hotel in 2011. Getty Images

What’s more, there’s even a life-size portrait of Queen Victoria on the wall to complete the “live like a royal” experience.

The 69-room hotel dates back to 1910, and is situated in London’s Belgravia neighborhood — known to be one of the most expensive areas in the city.

The late Queen Elizabeth II awarded the luxe 5-star hotel a royal warrant in 2013 for its hospitality services. handout

Amenities include an acclaimed restaurant, an upscale cocktail bar, and a terrace cafe that offers afternoon tea, plus a tranquil garden, a gym and breakfast.

It’s also a short stroll from Buckingham Palace, making it the perfect spot for royals to visit.

Guests visiting the luxury hotel are able to book the exact suite the royal stayed in. handout

The Goring has boasted a close relationship with the royal family for years, and is the only London hotel that has received a special regal stamp of approval.

Queen Elizabeth II awarded the luxe 5-star hotel a royal warrant in 2013 for its hospitality services.

This means that the late monarch declared The Goring to be an official service provider for the royal family.

The Goring is the only London hotel that has received a special regal stamp of approval. The Goring
Amenities include an acclaimed restaurant, an upscale cocktail bar, and a terrace cafe, as well as a tranquil garden and gym. Nick Rochowski Photography

It was the first — and only — time in history Her Late Majesty gave the royal stamp of approval to a hotel.

While it’s not known exactly why Elizabeth chose to give The Goring a royal warrant, it could perhaps be due to its secrecy.

The late Queen Elizabeth II pictured at the Goring Hotel in 2012. Getty Images

The hotel is famously discreet about its guests, and seldom reveals any anecdotes or stories about the famous faces that pass through its doors.

The hotel is also where Elizabeth’s mother was last seen in public before her death.

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