10 celebrities who own hotels
Inside celebrity-owned hotels around the world including properties belonging to Andy Murray and Hugh Jackman
Celebrities know a thing or two about luxurious hotels.
After all, A-listers are rarely seen going budget for their breaks, opting to stay in the world’s most glamorous properties instead.
But for a couple of stars being a mere guest wasn’t enough, so they bought their own hotels.
For example, Hugh Jackman enjoyed a wellness retreat so much he ended up buying it, while Andy Murray is celebrating his Scottish heritage with a chic property in Dunblane.
Meanwhile, Donatella Versace’s 7* Palazzo is famed for its opulence, while Liz Hurley has added a touch of luxury to city breaks with her hotel in London.
We take a look at the celebrities who own hotels – and what guests can expect when they visit…
1. Andy Murray, Cromlix Hotel
The tennis champion is celebrating his roots with this chic hotel just outside of his hometown of Dunblane.
The large Victorian Perthshire mansion boasts just 15 bedrooms for a luxe experience which has gained it a 5* rating. There are also two drawing rooms, a conservatory, dining room, snooker room and a fine dining restaurant.
Andy previously said of the hotel: “By re-establishing Cromlix as a leading luxury hotel at the heart of the Dunblane community we will be able to attract new visitors to the area, create a number of new jobs and focus on supporting other local businesses. I’m pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in.”
How much? You can find prices starting from £209 a night on TripAdvisor.
2. Hugh Jackman, Gwinganna Health Resort
Hugh Jackman is such a fan of the resort he’s been known to stay here while training for roles, but loved it so much he ended up investing.
The swanky lifestyle retreat sits on Australia’s Gold Coast, tucked away in 500 acres of breathtaking rainforest and hinterland.
Expect organic dishes, yoga classes, a gym and even a luxury spa. Everything is scheduled around offering a total stress-free zone. For example, you’re only allowed to use your mobile phone when you’re in your room, while the whole retreat is a no-smoking, alcohol-free zone.
How much? Two-night packages start from £581pp a night.
3. Donatella Versace, Palazzo Versace
I’m A Celebrity fans may recognise this as the luxurious hotel where the stars go after they leave the jungle, in Australia’s Gold Coast.
Think 200 rooms and suites in the hotel boasting bespoke furniture, open plan bathrooms with gloriously large tubs, huge comfortable beds and views of the breathtaking landscape.
Italian artwork adorns the walls, there’s a 63m pool, and those looking for some R&R won’t be disappointed thanks to the luxury spa and fitness centre.
A second Palazzo Versace also opened in Dubai in 2016.
How much? You can find prices from £224 a night on Booking.com.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo, Pestana CR7 hotels
A partnership between Cristiano Ronaldo and the Pestana Hotel Group, the footballer has launched luxury boutique hotels that are ideal for those after a celebrity-worthy city break.
There are currently two properties on offer; one in Portugal’s capital Lisbon, and one in Funchal, Madeira.
Expect spacious rooms with all the amenities you need for a luxury stay, rooftop pools with bars that transform into a vibrant party hub at night, and plenty of perks such as fine dining snacks and central city locations.
How much? You can find prices from £65 a night on the official website when there are sales on. Looking for a package? Jet2holidays has deals including stays at Ronaldo’s hotels.
5. Elizabeth Hurley, 11 Cadogan Gardens
‘Quintessentially British’ is one of the best ways to describe this chic townhouse tucked away on Sloane Square, in the heart of London’s elegant Chelsea district.
Expect cosy and traditional interiors, luxury suites and bedrooms ideal for escaping the city’s hustle and bustle, and a host of fine dining options including the luxe afternoon tea offering.
How much? Prices start from £287 per night.
6. Richard Gere, The Bedford Post Inn
The Pretty Woman star co-owns this seriously luxurious Relais & Chateaux property in Bedford, New York, about an hour away from the city.
The eight-room hotel boasts swanky rooms, its own yoga studio and two restaurants which offer farm-to-table dishes.
How much? You can find rooms from £334 per night on TripAdvisor.
7. Olivia Newton-John, Gaia Retreat & Spa
The Grease star is a co-owner of this wellness treat near Australia’s Byron Bay, where guests can take part in a range of activities from cookery classes to morning yoga practices.
There are various specialised packages whether fitness is the goal or de-stressing is top of the list.
As for the rooms? Expect luxe suites with huge comfortable beds, breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery, and some even have private terraces where you can really unwind.
How much? Prices start from £636pp for two-night packages.
8. The Libertines, The Albion
The Libertines are opening up a hotel in Margate, in a five-storey, ten-room Victorian townhouse where they will be working on their fourth album, which means guests could have a chance of seeing the group while staying there.
The band has promised “individually designed guest rooms, each with a distinctly Libertines’ style” although no opening date for the hotel has been confirmed yet.
9. Robert de Niro, multiple hotels
Robert de Niro is no stranger to the hotel business having invested in a couple of properties, but one of his most famous ventures include the Greenwich Hotel in New York’s Tribeca, and Nobu hotels with properties across a number of cities including London, New York, Marbella, Ibiza and Vegas.76516486337
10. Leonardo DiCaprio, Blackadore Caye
Leo is renowned for his eco-friendly efforts, so it’s no surprise that the actor bought this small island in Belize to transform it into a sustainable, eco-resort for visitors.
The island retreat is still being developed so it can be powered by renewable energy and give the local eco-system a boost too, while at the heart there will be a luxury hotel that’s all about health and wellness, alongside off-the-grid accommodation for employees of a research station on climate change.