If royalty is the name of the game, and you’re ready to be treated like you’ve been born into this sort of privilege, you might want to skip the mediocre hotels around the world and keep your choices to these hotels. Some of them are actually palaces which housed the royal bloodline of yesteryears, while some offer service which would make up for their lack of history, if there are any. Make sure you plot these out on your map.

Rambagh Palace

Still in India is the Rambagh Palace which was built in 1835. This place has a lot of history, having been inhabited by the Maharajah Sawai Man Singh II. Since 1925, it has also been noted as the permanent residence of the Maharajah of Jaipur, and while it has been converted into a hotel, the royal family continues to stay there. Taj Mahal Resorts and Hotels were not able to get a hold of this property until 1972, and till then, was a private residence of the royal family. It’s certainly one of the most quaint, authentically royal palace hotels of the world.

Taj Mahal Palace

Everyone around the world knows what the Taj Mahal Palace is. It’s probably the most frequented and popular palaces on Earth. The property was built in the 19th century, and has one of the most known romantic stories behind it. It was a pity that for many years, the palace was also dilapidated, but with restoration efforts, the palace was successfully brought back. Now, the most important people around the world including world leaders and celebrities frequent the palace hotel to be treated like royalty with the Taj Mahal’s premiere spa, fine dining, and yacht tours.

Palais Coburg

This palace is in Austria and was commissioned by the Duke Ferdinand von Sachen-Coburg-Gotha. It was only constructed as a holiday or summer property back in the 1800s by the Duke, but it was the permanent residence of Princess Sarah Aurelia until 1994. She descended from the Coburg lineage. This palace was not converted to a hotel, open to the public, until 1997. Today, it’s one of the most highly revered royal destinations in the world.

Taj Lake Palace

Also in India is a floating palace which never fails to drive droves of tourists to the country. It’s certainly one of the prettiest palaces in the land, and it also has a line up of activities which would let guests feel like they’re royalties-in-training. This palace was built in 1746, and was strategically positioned at the majestic Lake Pichola. The royalty who commissioned to have this palace made, Maharana Jagat Singh, was believed to be a descendant of India’s Sun God. When you stay here, you will be given miniature painting and cooking lessons. Aside from being able to take home the taste of India to your homes, you will get a sneak peek at the palace’s impressive kitchens.

Polonia Palace Hotel

If you go to Poland, there is no other palace hotel to choose but the Polonia Palace Hotel. Amazingly, the property survived the World War II without a scratch. Such security can only be envied by other royal properties. Today, it has retained the reputation and is the favourite of most ambassadors and diplomats. Of course, the Polonia Palace won’t be getting a lot of nods if it didn’t undergo renovations. While it has retained most of its important architectural components, it was also altered to give its guests modern and top notch amenities.

Al Bustan Palace

The Ritz Carlton Group currently owns this palace hotel but it was once home to visiting royalties of Oman. Located in Muscat, Oman, it has a total of 250 guestrooms, houses the best art pieces of the country, and is the best place to be in to immerse oneself in Arabian culture. As expected, the palace also serves the best Omani cuisine. If you truly want to be treated like royalty, you better book yourself in one of its eight regal presidential suites.

Ciragan Palace

Istanbul also has a palace hotel to be proud of. This is the Ciragan Palace which was once inhabited by the renowned Ottoman royals. It was visited by prominent figures in history and the media including Bill Clinton, Uma Thurman, Robert de Niro and John F. Kennedy Jr. The palace hotel is luxuriously furnishes, and offers a royal, if conventional, fine dining experience to its guests. The amenities and the packages here are also hard to beat.

Patria Palace Lecce

This property boasts of a lot of history. In the 18th century, it was the permanent residence of the aristocrat Anna Petrarolo. The Italian property was then converted to an orphanage before it was restored and turned into an inn in 1850. This is the perfect hotel palace to stay in if you want to learn more about the culture of Italy and be treated like royalty as well. While it’s certainly one of the oldest properties in this list, rest assured that the place has been massively renovated and now offers all the modern amenities the best hotels in the world could give you.

The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh

This palace hotel boasts of 52 acres of bountiful gardens, a large heated swimming pool, and only 49 but spacious two-bedroom suites. This property was constructed largely to accommodate foreign delegates who came to visit the royalties of Saudi Arabia, and was just recently awarded as the World’s Leading Palace Hotel at the World Travel Awards in 2011. If you ever get the chance to stay here, you will be overwhelmed by the landscape overlooking your room. The furnishing is also rich and suitable only for royalties and very close friends. This is the place to be in if you want to feel very important.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

While most of India is losing its enchantment and quickly shifting to cosmopolitanism, Jodhpur still holds a rare gem. The Umaid Bhawan Palace is made out of gold sandstone and has interiors which would impress any Art Deco aficionado. This palace was actually used by the royalties of India since 1943. It was only converted into a hotel in 1977, but not completely. You would be happy to know that in the private wing of this facility still live Maharajah Gaj Singh and his family. This wing used to be the palace’s Zenana, or a private wing for the ladies of the royal line.



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