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“Blast from the past!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Royal Hotel

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The Royal Hotel
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pilgrim's Rest
Johannesburg, South Africa
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43 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Blast from the past!”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

Staying in Pilgrim's Rest and the Royal Hotel was like taking trip back in time. If you are looking for modern hotel with all the trimmings, then the Royal Hotel is not for you. However, if you want a nostalgic look back in time when men were trying their luck at finding their fortune with gold, then this is the place for you. For us we felt like we had been put on a wild west movie set and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Having had our booking for two nights cancelled by a hotel in a neighbouring town, we were told to come here and from the get go the service was excellent. The rooms have a nostalgic charm, but if you are not a fan of soft beds (I am), then you will not love the sleeping experience. But in general would recommend this hotel, especially if you have children, who love the wild west feel of it all!

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melkbosstrand, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 April 2013

We were disappointed to see that this beautiful town, lost its old world charm. The town was not busy at all and we could wonder everywhere. To many informal people and stalls that sell their African goods. The idea of a historical town depicting the life at the time are lost with the African influence and car washers. The sweet shop, general dealer and museums are worth a visit. The old historic hotel bar has lost its charm with all the bank notes with names all over the walls.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

I visited Pilgrims Rest 17 years ago and vowed to return to stay in the Royal Hotel. It is a real step back in time to the days when the gold panhandlers were busy trying find their fortune.
The Hotel is the cherry on the top of the town.
Arrived by car to be greeted by the bell boy who insisted on taking bags to my room and had the manager move his car to enable us to park right outside. My room was like something from an old western movie, a big double bed with victorian frame, and at the end of the room a curtained off area where my bath and basin were situated, separate toilet off to the side with door. The room was immaculate, old fashioned furniture beautifully kept, parcel of fudge and parcels of soap in wrapping paper. Nothing modern to be seen. This theme is throughout the hotel and restaurant next door which serves great breakfasts and well presented and cooked evening meals. I ordered fish and chips which arrived in a newspaper parcel served on a large dinner plate, just like the old days. I also spent a fair time in the pub, just off the hotel entrance where I kept with tradition and supped my beer and chatted to the friendly locals. The staff were lovely, so helpful, polite and efficient. Even the chambermaids were dressed in customary victorian uniforms.
It's more than a hotel, it is a 100 year old fun park, but real not plastic. A must visit if you have a taste for something entirely different.

Room Tip: Only know my room, number 10 however I suspect they are all spotless and beautiful.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Hogland
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

Not the fanciest hotel you could stay in, but we enjoyed the old school nostalgia of the place. This hotel is old and has loads of history, but not for someone looking for a slick modern hotel. It has a great location in the middle of town, and I enjoyed the pub.
Dont worry about the ghosts, they seem friendly!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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nelspruit
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92 reviews
49 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

new years day lunch at the royal had a buffet on offer for R120 or an overpriced menu.
i did have a look at the normal menu which looked very well priced. we all had the buffet and a zonneblom pinotage also for R120.
beef, gammon, prawns, mussels, pasta, soup, breads, salads, quite a variety.as buffets go an average spread not wow, but lovely day in an old hotel on the veranda watching people strolling through the old gold mining village.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 17 December 2012 via mobile

Shocking Experience! Wow! We could not believe our eyes when we got to this dilapidated hotel. The wooden floors had a hole so big, we were scared that our kids were going to break their legs walking through there.

Secondly, what was supposed to be a Victorian chair had an arm rest that looked like it had been plucked out and no one had cared to fix it.

The smell in the hotel was moldy and not welcoming at all.

The receptionist was not aware of all of the above. Shocking!

Needless to say that we did not go any further than seeing the rooms. We took pictures of the dilapidated structure to alert all about this dump.

The hotel grading body should visit this place and strip them off whatever stars they possess. A real shocker of a place.

The inconvenience caused to us was immeasurable especially as we were traveling with kids.

I would not recommend this Royal Dump!

  • Stayed December 2012
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Bruges, Belgium
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Reviewed 9 December 2012

The accomodation at the old bank house, used for lodging hotel guests is fantastic. the rooms are kept in their Original style regarding furniture. there is a sitting room, bedroom and bathroom. only negative point is that the shower is not fixed to the wall, and that you need to find the best temperature for the hot water yourself.

Room Tip: ask for a room in the old bankhouse.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Property: The Royal Hotel
Address: Main Road, Pilgrim's Rest 1290, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Pilgrim's Rest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Pilgrim's Rest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Royal Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 50
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