7 luxurious hotels loved by royalty

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From the British Windsors to the Aga Khan to Monaco’s House of Grimaldi, privacy and discretion is paramount for royals when traveling. First-class hospitality, personalized service and luxury amenities are also essential, so it takes a truly remarkable hotel to capture their hearts.

With far-flung and glamorous destinations from Grenada to Gstaad on their radar, and private jets at their disposable, the world is their oyster.

Travel in the royals’ regal footsteps with seven of their favorite places to stay:

Cliveden House, UK

Before she married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle stayed at Cliveden House with her mother Doria Ragland.

The former home of several Dukes and the Viscount Astors, Cliveden House is now most closely associated with the Duchess of Sussex; US actress Meghan Markle stayed with her mother Doria Ragland the night before her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.

Previous royal guests over the years include Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and Queen Elizabeth II.

The Berkshire estate, which boasts a chequered history of scandalous affairs among the jet-set elite, most famously the notorious Profumo Affair of 1961, is now enjoying a new lease of life as a sumptuous country hotel after being sold to the National Trust in 1985.

All 48 rooms and suites are named after a prominent figure from Cliveden’s past with the décor to match. One of the finest options is The Lady Astor, complete with a huge canopy bed and decadent upholstered velvet furniture.

Cliveden House & Spa, Taplow, Berkshire, England SL6 0JF; +44 1628 607 107

Gstaad Palace, Switzerland