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Which hotels has the Queen stayed at around the world?

She’s sailed over a million miles on the Royal Yacht, visited over 120 countries, stayed in some of the world’s most incredible palaces and castles and she doesn’t even have a passport. Yes, we’re talking about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

In preparation for her Platinum Jubilee which marks 70 years on the throne, we’ve put together a list of some of the exclusive hotels she has stayed at. So if you've ever fancied following in royal footsteps and staying somewhere that is literally fit for a queen, here are ten hotels where you can do just that.  

  1. Fairmont Royal York (Toronto, Canada)
  2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Alberta, Canada)
  3. The Ahwahnee (California, USA) 
  4. The Phoenicia Malta (Valletta, Malta)
  5. Raffles Hotel (Singapore)
  6. The St. Regis Washington, D.C. (USA) 
  7. Treetops Lodge (Nyeri, Kenya) 
  8. The Half Moon (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
  9. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik (Croatia)
  10. Waldorf Astoria Park Avenue (New York, USA) 

1. Fairmont Royal York (Toronto, Canada)

Believe it or not, Canada is the Queen’s most visited country – she has visited a grand total of 27 times, with her first visit taking place in 1957. When in Toronto, The Queen stays in the aptly named Royal Suite at Fairmont Royal York. Just like her parents, George VI and the Queen Mother did before her. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip's portrait hangs in the lobby of this historic hotel, which when it was opened in 1929, was the tallest building in the Commonwealth. 

2. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Alberta, Canada)

When HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Canada, she's more than likely to be found in one of Fairmont's hotels. Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge first welcomed King George VI and the Queen Mother in 1939. The Queen and Prince Philip followed in their footsteps 66 years later in 2005, where they stayed in the Outlook Cabin at Jasper. The Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria has also been a popular choice for the Queen, she's visited at least once every decade since being on the throne. She even has exclusive use of Royal China, purchased just for her.

3. The Ahwahnee (California, USA)

In a 1983 visit to Yosemite, the Queen took over the whole of the Ahwahnee (previously known as The Majestic Yosemite Hotel), staying in the The Mary Curry Tresidder Suite. They now refer to it as the Queen's Room in Her Majesty's honour. With its four poster bed and huge bathroom, it makes the perfect honeymoon suite. This grand hotel was built in the 1920s in a bid to attract the jet set to Yosemite, so if you want to explore the local wilderness and return to luxury, this is the place for you. Visit in May and June to see Yosemite Falls in its full glory from the hotel.

4. The Phoenicia Malta (Valletta, Malta)

Queen Elizabeth II's photograph sits alongside other famous guests of the first luxury hotel to be built in Malta in 1939. She was a princess when she stayed at The Phoenicia on her first trip to Malta in 1949. Most of the rooms and terraces have sweeping views of Valletta's harbours, making it a truly stunning place to stay. Interestingly, Malta is the only other country the Queen has ever lived in. She arrived as a newlywed in 1949 to live with Prince Philip, who was posted there by the Navy, in what was then British Malta.

5. Raffles Hotel (Singapore)

The Queen and Prince Philip stayed here in 2006, and Will and Kate also made a trip here in 2012. Having opened in 1887, it has seen celebrities such as Charlie Chaplin, Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne walk through its doors over the course of a century. To celebrate some of these public figures, the hotel has 12 celebrity “personality suites" complete with bespoke memorabilia that guests can stay in. During your stay, a visit to the hotel bar is a must. Believe it or not, this is the home of the Singapore Sling. This world-famous cocktail was invented by Raffles Hotel barman Ngiam Tong Boon in the Long Bar 1915.  

6. The St. Regis Washington, D.C. (USA)

The Queen has visited Washington, D.C. five times, first arriving as Princess Elizabeth in 1951, and making subsequent trips in 1957, 1976, 1991 and 2007. The Beaux-Arts building that houses the St. Regis Washington is only two blocks from the White House, which is handy if you've got a meeting with the President. Originally the Carlton Hotel (it became The St. Regis Washington in 1999), the great and the good have made this luxury hotel their base. Every American president has visited the hotel since Calvin Coolidge (30th President of the US) officially opened the hotel. Eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes also had a permanent suite here during World War II. If you do visit, don't miss the champagne evening ritual in the lobby, a tradition dating back to the Napoleonic era. The bottle is opened using a sabre, a sword with a curved blade, and everyone gets a glass.

7. Treetops Lodge (Nyeri, Kenya)

Kenya’s oldest safari lodge has a unique royal connection. Princess Elizabeth was staying at Treetops Lodge on her Kenyan tour in 1952 when she heard about the death of her beloved father, King George VI. Since the royal visit, Treetops Lodge has been rebuilt and refurbished (the first rustic treehouse went up in 1932), but it's still right in front of a natural watering hole on the elephant migratory route between the Aberdare Ranges and Mt Kenya National Park. If you're worried about sleeping and missing out on some of the wildlife, they'll buzz you in your room to alert you to animal activity.

8. The Half Moon (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

Three generations of Windsors have stayed in the Royal Villas at Half Moon, a hotel named after its crescent-shaped beach. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh stayed here in 2002 on their last visit to Jamaica. The Queen's late sister, Princess Margaret and the heir to the throne, Prince Charles, have both been frequent visitors, and in 2008 the Prince took The Duchess of Cornwall for her first visit. Other glamorous guests have included Hollywood stars Paul Newman and Clark Gable, and former United States President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy. One of the best things about the hotel is all the activities you can enjoy. The use of kayaks, pedal boat and standup paddleboards are included in your stay. There’s also an equestrian centre so you can go horseback riding on the beach and even into the sea!

9. Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik (Croatia)

The Queen, along with husband Prince Philip and daughter Princess Anne stayed at the Hotel Excelsior in 1972. The Royal Family booked the Presidential Suite, which is still the hotel's most exclusive set of rooms. Book in here and you can look out over the Old Town from the wrap-around balcony or indulge in sea views while dining at one of the hotel's three luxurious restaurants. From Orson Welles to Owen Wilson, Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik has hosted some real A-listers. You can see which other celebrity guests have stayed in the hotel in the Abakus Piano Bar's gallery.

10. Waldorf Astoria Park Avenue (New York, USA)

HRH the Queen Mother stayed here in 1954, and clearly gave a good review of the place to her eldest daughter. The Waldorf Astoria Park Avenue held a gala dinner and reception in The Queen's honour in 1957 when she arrived for her stay. They also created a Royal Suite especially for Her Majesty. Expect a large foyer, antique furniture, and luxury embellishments and original motifs if you book a suite. Before it got the royal seal of approval, this 5-star hotel had been setting lavish standards for years since opening in 1931. Hollywood celebrities and presidents have also stayed here over the last 80 years – its romantic interiors also make it a popular film location. Although it is currently undergoing renovations, it is definitely one for the bucket list.
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