Fodor's Expert Review Royal Hotel

Main St., Pilgrim's Rest, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Established in 1873, this hotel dates from the very beginning of the gold rush in Pilgrim's Rest—you'll see its corrugated-iron facade in sepia photos all over town. The hotel is spread out over a number of quaint wood-and-tin buildings, and the 50 rooms have brass four-poster beds, wood ceiling fans, Victorian baths, and marble-and-oak washstands. The Church Bar was formerly a chapel in a Cape Town girls' school, which was dismantled, shipped to Mozambique, and transported to Pilgrim's Rest by ox wagon. The wood-paneled walls, old wooden bar counter, antique cash register, and a fascinating display of photographs depicting early life in the village all add to the convivial gold-rush atmosphere of the bar.

PROS

  • step-back-in-time ambience
  • friendly staff
  • good value

CONS

  • restaurant food unimaginative
  • popular with bus tours, so can be overcrowded with tourists
  • rooms can be cold

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Casual
Central
Local Flavor
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HOTEL INFO

Phones: 013-768–1100-Reception | 013-768–1188 | 013-768–1044

HOTEL DETAILS

50 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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