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The Royal Hotel

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Main Road, Pilgrim's Rest 1290, South Africa
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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56 reviews 56 reviews
20 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stopped here with a party for lunch. Buffet style service. The salad bar had a very good choice all well presented. The main course was a choice of two items Roast Beef or Vegetarian option. The sweets were home made and delicious. At the end of the meal the staff sang some local songs. It was a memorable lunch.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I were visiting the hotel's restaurant for a late lunch. When the waiter brought our food we indicated that the meat tasted and smelled off. The waiter called the chef who said they had received and prepared the meat for that day but said he was willing to hear us out and take a different order. The... More 

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Danville, Ca
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Royal caters to tour groups and buffet meals. I know it is cultural not to smile at strangers but staff can be trained. The kitchen staff came out into the dining room and sang three native spiritual songs. At the start of the third song, one member put her hat on the table of a nearby diner with seed... More 

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43 reviews 43 reviews
23 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we stayed in an old restored cottage, 3 separate rooms with en-suites and Victorian baths. rooms were clean, (m2-4). they do require a little attention we had mildew on one of the bathroom ceilings. it was new years eve, we had the buffet @ R135, with wonderful salads and very good hotel food, nice variety. breakfast was adequate with disinterested... More 

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88 reviews 88 reviews
33 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Royal Hotel appears to be the only establishment in Pilgrim's Rest that is a success. The hotel has restored many of the towns other houses as annexes. All are lovely, charming. We had a lovely buffet lunch in the dining room. Staff were very friendly, service was good. Lunch was very reasonably priced and very good. Tour bus loads... More 

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51 reviews 51 reviews
6 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Curious hotel located in a mountain zone at the north of South Africa. It's a travel back in time, but just this, not an extraordinary hotel. Nice to stay there one night. Food (dinner and breakfast) cheap but of average quality.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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85 reviews 85 reviews
21 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

checked in yesterday afternoon already August end month , been amazing to stay in the Victorian family suite. (V3) ♡ the biscuits they leave everyday ... Even have private yard! Two separate bedrooms with large verandah to enjoy the views from, also a quaint lounge to have cup of afternoon tea. Love the atmosphere, the old charms of yester-year. Perfectly... More 

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8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Is exactly what I expected after reading other's comments. All the decoration is great. Good reception and service. No internet in our rooms... Just in the lobby and very slow. Be careful with the guys washing your car without having asked. They will try to charge 60ZAR

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This small town is so rich in South African heritage and history, and all is going to waste. Half the shops are closed with African swindlers all over town. The Royal Hotel is as beautiful as ever, but enjoy your drink at a price, that is IF they have it in stock. Unfortunately, who knows for how long this beautiful... More 

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

What looks like the old fashioned tin shack - is actually the Real Tin Shack that existed during the gold rush in South Africa. Obviously you are sleeping in a Historical Monument that has certainly upgraded since many years ago. BUT still the charm of the rooms the wonderful and cheerful staff make your stay a pleasure. The food was... More 

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Address: Main Road, Pilgrim's Rest 1290, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > Pilgrim's Rest
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Royal Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 50
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Also Known As:
Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest
The Royal Hotel South Africa/Mpumalanga

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