Celebrities are known for their lavish lifestyles; visiting only the most exclusive destinations and staying in only the most luxurious hotels. With decades of experience in travel and hotels, who better to advise on what makes a great hotel stay than a well-travelled celebrity? A surprising number of celebrities have chosen to invest in the hospitality industry, from tennis champion Andy Murray to Donatella Versace herself.
We’ve selected ten of the best celebrity-owned hotels, from a converted Victorian mansion in Scotland to a recreated 16th century Italian palace in Dubai. Many celebrities remain invested in their masterpieces, visiting regularly and hosting special shows and events there. Who knows, perhaps your next celebrity sighting could be in one of these hotels!
Andy Murray – Cromlix House
Tennis champion and much-loved Scotsman Andy Murray purchased Cromlix House in 2013, after which followed extensive refurbishment before the Victorian mansion reopened as a five-star 15-bedroom hotel, complete with two tennis courts created in Wimbledon’s patented purple livery.
Just three miles from Murray’s hometown of Dunblane, The Cromlix boasts 34 acres of land and a traditional Scottish style, featuring open fires, thick pile carpets, a whiskey room and a grand games room, where mounted stags heads adorn the walls.
David Coulthard – Columbus Monte-Carlo
It is of little surprise that British former Formula One driver David Coulthard chose to open a hotel in Monte-Carlo, not far from the Circuit de Monaco. Formerly a three-star hotel, Coulthard transformed Columbus Monte-Carlo into the “first art of living hotel”, with a focus on chic simplicity.
Today, the hotel is owned by the London & Regional group, but continues to annually host the winner of the Monaco Grand Prix. Guests can expect comfort and elegance in each of the 181 rooms and suites, all offering balconies and views of the Rose Garden or the Mediterranean Sea.
Gary Neville & Ryan Giggs – Hotel Football Old Trafford
As two of Manchester United’s longest-serving players, Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have kept Old Trafford close to the heart by creating this brand new football-themed hotel, located adjacent to the stadium.
Guests are invited to eat, drink, sleep and play football here with football-themed food, specially crafted Cafe Football beer, complimentary Sky Sports in the bedrooms and art work created by local students and hand-selected by Neville himself. With a football-themed restaurant in London and plans to open a second hotel in Manchester, there’s no stopping this go-getting duo.
Robert De Niro – The Greenwich Hotel
New York City, USA
The unofficial major of New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood, De Niro already owned restaurants Nobu and TriBeCa Grill when he opened the Greenwich Hotel in 2008. De Niro aimed to create something comfortable and gracious yet entirely unique in this hotel, where no two rooms are alike and boast finer details such as hand-laid Moroccan tile or Italian Carrara marble in the bathrooms.
In one of the world’s busiest cities, unusual features such as private balconies, an exclusive courtyard, a lantern-lit spa and a tranquil indoor pool offer a touch of luxury and tranquillity.
Elizabeth Hurley – No 11 Cadogan Gardens
Formerly owned by actress, model and brand ambassador Elizabeth Hurley, No 11 Cadogan Gardens prides itself for its interior design, boasting 56 unique guest rooms furnished with objects d’art from all over the world.
The hotel is befittingly located in the exclusive shopping district of Sloane Square, where guests can enjoy discounts in a handful of local boutiques and fashion powerhouses. Although no longer owned by Hurley, the actress considers No 11 Cadogan Gardens her favourite hotel in London and continues to visit regularly – as recently as last month!
Robert De Niro – City of Dreams
Nobu Manila, Phillippines
The second offering from entrepreneur De Niro is co-owned by Michelin-starred chef Nobu Matshuhisa, in order to create a ‘City of Dreams’ resort which combines a luxury five-star hotel with fine dining and a world-class entertainment complex.
Where The Greenwich is understated in its elegance, Nobu Manila is the opposite, with a striking gold-tinted exterior. Open since May last year, the interior design is modern yet luxurious and guests can make use of the ample outdoor space by lounging by the pool or enjoying a drink at the bar.
Bono & The Edge – The Clarence
U2 band members and Dublin natives Paul Hewson (Bono) and David Evans (The Edge) bought The Clarence in 1992, no doubt attracted by its prime location on the River Liffey.
The two-star hotel was later converted to a four-star, fifty-room boutique hotel, including the renowned penthouse suite, spread across two floors and boasting a baby grand piano and balcony with panoramic views over the city. Although the hotel is now owned by Brushfield Ltd, it retains a close link to U2 – who filmed a live version of Beautiful Day on the hotel’s rooftop back in 2000.
Robert Redford – Sundance Resort
American actor and director Robert Redford bought an entire ski area northeast of Provo in Utah for his business venture, renaming it Sundance and creating a family home, year-round resort and international film festival.
Founded in 1969, the Sundance Mountain Resort is committed to the balance of art, nature and community, offering a range of rustic yet modern cottages, cabins and homes. Guests can enjoy free skiing in the winter and hiking, mountain biking, river rafting and horse riding in the summer.
Donatella Versace – Palazzo Versace Dubai
United Arab Emirates
Anything bearing Versace’s name must offer the utmost style and elegance, of which the Palazzo Versace Dubai is no exception. Following the success of the original Palazzo Versace in Gold Coast, Australia, vice president and chief designer of the Versace Group, Donatella Versace, decided to open a second property in Dubai.
Reminiscent of a 16th century Italian palace, subtle traces of Arabian architecture are combined with Italian furnishings and fabric designed and tailor-made exclusively by the House of Versace. Lush gardens, lagoon pools and al fresco dining terraces add to the ambiance.
Benny Andersson – Hotel Rival
Former ABBA member, co-composer of a number of musicals and executive producer of Mamma Mia! the film, Benny Andersson decided to add the hospitality industry to his extensive list of achievements back in 2003. Since then, Hotel Rival has established itself as one of Stockholm’s leading boutique hotels, offering comfort and class in each of the guest rooms and bistro, bar and lounge areas.
The hotel retains strong links to the entertainment industry, with Andersson previously hosting the premiere of Mamma Mia! in the hotel’s cinema and even releasing a single recorded by hotel staff.
* Prices correct as of 13 May 2016
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