The World’s Best Celebrity-Owned Hotels
Paris Hilton has announced plans to open her own luxury hotel brand. But there’s a lot of competition out there, and if you fancy checking out some of her potential rivals, we’ve rounded up the world’s best celebrity-owned hotels.
Tamara Hinson is a Surrey-based freelance travel journalist who writes for newspapers such as the Telegraph and Guardian, along with in-flight publications and travel websites. She’s especially interested in getting off the beaten track and some of the more unusual destinations she’s visited include North Korea and Benin.
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The Lodge, Verbier, Switzerland
Owned by: Richard Branson
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Richard Branson’s mountain retreat in Verbier, perched high in the Swiss Alps, is the ideal year-round escape. There are nine bedrooms, an indoor pool and an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi. Plus, there’s a team of staff tasked with pandering to your every need; including a spa therapist and a team of chefs who’ve trained in the world’s best restaurants. The Lodge can be rented in its entirety or on a room-by-room basis – just in case you’re still waiting for that lottery payout.
From £177 per person per room night
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, Queensland, Australia
Owned by: Hugh Jackman
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Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is part-owned by actor Hugh Jackman and it’s the only health retreat in Australia to receive ECO certification, awarded to hotels and resorts which go above and beyond in terms of protecting the environment. Tucked away in Queensland’s Tallebudgera Valley on the Gold Coast, Gwinganna covers 200 hectares and includes a 33-room spa. It’s all about wellbeing here; visitors can sign up for sessions in Qigong, yoga, Pilates and creative dance sessions or opt for (slightly less fun) nutrition consultations, blood analysis or naturotherapy.
From £524 per person per two-night stay
Cromlix, Perthshire, Scotland
Owned by: Andy Murray
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There are just 15 rooms at Cromlix, which is owned by double Olympic gold medallist Andy Murray. It’s very much a family affair – his wife Kim helped with the interior design (she’s clearly got a soft spot for tartan) and his mother Judy can often be spotted enjoying afternoon tea at the hotel. Tucked away in the rolling Perthshire hills, the sprawling property is at the heart of a 34-acre estate. Fancy channelling your inner lord of the manor? Slip on those Hunter wellies and sign up for an archery lesson, or spend an hour or two fishing for trout in the private loch. Guests with Wimbledon aspirations can even opt for a session with world-renowned tennis coach Daniel Alexander Reed.
From £265 per night
Hotel Rival, Stockholm, Sweden
Owned by: Benny Andersson
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What better way to say “thank you for the music” than by checking in at Benny Andersson’s gorgeous hotel in the centre of Stockholm? It’s one of the city’s most luxurious places to stay; there are pillow menus and Egyptian cotton bedding and the hotel even has its own theatre. For spectacular views of Mariatorget (Maria Square), opt for one of the deluxe rooms, which have huge balconies. Feeling peckish? Head to Café Rival for “fika” (the coffee-and-cake fix Swedes swear by) or to the cocktail bar for a pre-dinner tipple.
From £152 per night
Mission Ranch Hotel and Restaurant, Carmel, US
Owned by: Clint Eastwood
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The owner of the 31-room Mission Ranch Hotel is Clint Eastwood, who also happens to be a Carmel local. The historic property was one of California’s first dairies, and dates back to the 1800s. When developers announced plans to replace the building with an apartment block, Eastwood stepped in and saved the day, purchasing and renovating the property. Reminders of the building’s past are everywhere. The restaurant now sits in what was once the creamery, and Eastwood went out of his way to track down the region’s finest craftsmen to ensure his restoration effort reflected the original style.
From £96 per night
The Clarence, Dublin, Ireland
Owned by: Bono and The Edge
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Owned by Bono and the Edge of U2, The Clarence is a four-star boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s Temple Bar district, overlooking Dublin’s River Liffey. There are 49 bedrooms and a spectacular penthouse suite, and the restaurant’s head chef is the Michelin-starred Oliver Dunne. Our favourite areas are the Study Café, a cosy hideaway where the walls are adorned with masterpieces by Irish artists, and the Octagon Bar, with its beautiful stained glass dome.
From £129 per night
The Greenwich, New York, US
Owned by: Robert De Niro
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Robert de Niro is the man behind New York’s 88-room Greenwich Hotel, which can be found in the trendy Manhattan district of TriBeCa. And the Oscar-winning actor obviously has impeccable taste. There are vast expanses of reclaimed oak, beautiful leaded glass windows and a gorgeous Drawing Room, complete with wood-burning fire and heaving bookshelves. The furnishings come from all over the world. There are hand-loomed rugs from Tibet, Moroccan tiles and Italian terracotta floors. If money’s no object, book the penthouse, which has two enormous bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, butler’s pantry and rooftop garden.
From £485 per night
Gaia Retreat and Spa, Byron Bay, Australia
Owned by: Olivia Newton-John
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Byron Bay is a chilled out beach resort popular with backpackers. However, if fire poi, elephant trousers and cramped youth hostels don’t do it for you, book a stay at the 23-room Gaia Retreat and Spa, owned by Olivia Newton-John. It’s all very Zen, with endless swathes of silk tapestries, gurgling granite water features and huge, poolside day beds perfectly positioned to make the most of the views over the surrounding hills. There are several (saltwater, of course) plunge pools and Gaia has its own organic vegetable garden, orchard, water tank and recycling programme.
From £680 per two-night retreat
Palazzo Margherita, Basilicata, Italy
Owned by: Francis Ford Coppola
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There are just nine suites at the Palazzo Margherita, and it’s very clear that its owner, legendary screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola, has thrown an awful lot of cash at the place. Hand-painted trompe l’oeils adorn bedroom walls, and in the hotel’s salon, there’s a cinema screen which descends from the ceiling with the flick of a switch. Coppola was keen to make Palazzo Margherita the most personal of all of his hotels, and he regularly stays here with his wife and children – his daughter Sofia got married in the hotel garden. An insider tip? Opt for the Arabian-themed Suite No 9, which is the suite The Godfather director stays in when he visits. Just keep an eye out for horse’s heads.
From £691 per night
Hotel Villa Angela, Taormina, Sicily
Owned by: Jim Kerr
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Simple Minds’ front man Jim Kerr is the owner of this Sicilian hideaway, which can be found in the rural Sicilian village of Taormina. Kerr fell in love with the area when he visited as part of a European tour and it’s a refreshingly unpretentious affair, with 27 beautifully furnished rooms. The rocker was apparently keen to support local artists and their masterpieces (some admittedly quite bizarre) cover the walls of the hotel. But if the artwork doesn’t do it for you, the view from the terrace certainly will. The hotel is perched on a hillside and the views over the Ionian coastline and of Mount Etna are breathtaking.
From £160 per night