4 Royal Residences That Were Transformed Into Hotels

By preserving the charm and grandeur of these royal residences, these hotels ensure that future generations can experience the magic and splendour of these historical treasures
Umaid Bhawan Palace. Photo Credit Unsplash
Umaid Bhawan Palace. Photo Credit Unsplash

Amidst a world filled with extravagant resorts and lavish hotels, there's a captivating allure in immersing oneself in the grandeur of a bygone era. Throughout the globe, there exist magnificent hotels that were once the private domains of bashful yet powerful kings or sacred grounds where empresses sought to realize their deceased husbands' regal visions. History and luxury intertwine seamlessly in these places, offering a splendid experience. From Germany's Schlosshotel Kronberg to India's Umaid Bhawan Palace, Portugal's Quinta da Regaleira, to Argentina's Palacio Duhau, each destination beckons guests to indulge in a captivating fusion of the past and present. Embark on a journey to discover lesser-known palaces and royal residences meticulously transformed into extraordinary hotels.

Schlosshotel Kronberg - Kronberg, Germany

Located just outside Frankfurt, the Schlosshotel Kronberg reigns as one of Germany's most treasured palaces. Its history also includes housing the military authorities of the French occupying power after World War I. Built-in the late 19th century by Empress Victoria Friedrich, with the help of an inheritance from Duchess Galliera, by the Queen of autocratically ruled Prussia-Germany, this neo-Gothic masterpiece is now a luxurious hotel. When here, check out the Porsche Drive Rental service, and take the finest automobiles for a spin around the Taunus Mountains surrounding the hotel. You can even book a delicious picnic basket from the castle kitchen to round off the trip perfectly. Enjoy delicious food with a view of the Taunus or the Frankfurt skyline. A short train ride from Frankfurt Airport and a quick taxi will transport you to this hidden gem.

Umaid Bhawan Palace - Jodhpur, India

Umaid Bhawan Palace was built between 1928 to 1943 and derives its name from Maharaja Umaid Singh, whose grandson Gaj Singh is the current proprietor. Unlike many grand palaces in India that have fallen into disrepair or faded into oblivion since pre-independence, this hotel maintained a hold on its heritage due to Gaj Singh, who made a remarkable decision. He transformed a section of his ancestral residence into a hotel while dedicating another portion to a museum. This move aimed to preserve the splendour and historical importance of Jodhpur's Umaid Bhawan. In 1971, Taj Hotels assumed management of a segment of the palace, meticulously converting it into a luxurious hotel. Travellers can fly into Jodhpur's airport and quickly reach the palace, which now houses a magnificent hotel boasting a blend of Art Deco and Rajputana architectural styles.

Quinta da Regaleira - Sintra, Portugal

Located in Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira is a historic estate right at the centre of the historic town and enchants visitors with its enchanting beauty and intricate symbolism. The estate dates back to the 16th century and has had many owners, the most famous being Ant&oacutenio Augusto Carvalho Monteiro, commonly known as Monteiro the Millionaire. This fairytale-like estate, built at the turn of the 20th century, is renowned for its Neo-Manueline and Gothic Revival architectural styles. From Lisbon, travellers can take a scenic train ride to Sintra and easily explore this hidden gem, rich in history and allure.

Palacio Duhau - Buenos Aires, Argentina

In the vibrant heart of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Palacio Duhau stands as a symbol of elegance and sophistication. This French palace-style mansion was originally built in the 1930s and showcases impeccable craftsmanship and refined luxury. The two-building complex combines the luxury of an aristocratic palace with upscale contemporary design. Travellers can conveniently reach the hotel from Ministro Pistarini International Airport and immerse themselves in the cosmopolitan charm of Buenos Aires.

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