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About Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest

The Royal Hotel Pilgrim’s Rest is situated in this historic and unspoiled gold mining village. Proclaimed as a National Monument in 1986, the village has succeeded in preserving the quaint atmosphere of yesteryear. Composed of authentic buildings dating back to the 19th century. The Hotel was built in 1894 celebrating its 105th birthday this year. The gracious Victorian accommodation boasts brass bedsteads and sumptuous ball and claw baths.

The hotel consists of six suites and 44 double or twin bedded en-suite bedrooms in the main hotel and adjacent cottages, still carrying their historical names. The hotel features a stately lounge with fireplace where you can relax and enjoy a sun downer or night cap. The Church Bar originally a school chapel was brought to Pilgrim’s Rest by ox wagon and erected adjacent to the hotel. The hotel also offers an informal theme restaurant known as Diggers Den and the Peach Tree Creek where formal meals and functions are held.

The facilities offered in the area are a nine hole golf course, horse riding, trout fishing, gold panning and hiking trails. A choice of charming museums and curiosity shops are available for the less energetic. The hotel is paraplegic friendly and children are welcome. Situated close to unequalled venues such as the Blyde River Canyon, Kruger National Park and the Panoramic Route.

  • Response Rate: 89%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 20 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Reviews: 72 Reviews


  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Hiking
  • Cosy

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Zulu (isiZulu)
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest

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Michelle Mans
01 January 2018

I can recommend this to anyone who enjoys awesome food, neatness and cleanliness. Beautiful decorated rooms and an awesome bath.

Renthia Roodt
04 March 2017

They can upgrade the towels and bedding. Car washers in the area is an absolute nuisance!!!

Bruce McPhail, South Africa
16 January 2017

We are a family of four from NZ (2 adults, two teenagers). The Royal Hotel is out of another era, and fading a little around the edges. Rooms were at the back of the hotel, a bit of a walk to get to them but nice and quaint when you arrive.Good hotel smorgasbord dinner and breakfast. Not too happy about the car being washed (at a cost) even though the sign on the dashboard said "Do not wash this car". Watch this one if you are staying there.

Ruth Miles, South Africa
26 July 2016

Everybody was efficient and welcomimg.  Our (4) rooms were clean, with everything we needed and VERY pretty.Just don't expect to find any other restaurants in town open after 6.15pm!!!   We were a very mixed bag of guests.1 x 15 year old1 in 30s2 in 40s1 in 60s and1 in 70s and were were all very happy

Lorraine Thomas, South Africa
24 August 2015

I have been looking forward to staying at the Royal Hotel for a very long time and I felt like a child on Christmas morning when I finally made my reservation.  The mood was however spoiled when I arrived and they knew nothing about me.  Luckily they had a room available and I kept the e-mails confirming my booking and the dates etc. still on my laptop (that travels with me).  I had to show the front desk reception my confirmations as proof that I did indeed book.  The following morning, I was told that they had my booking under a different date and that's why they didn't know about me.  Other...
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Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest Map

Royal Hotel Pilgrims Rest is 0.7km from the centre of Pilgrims Rest , the nearest airport 65.1km (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Pilgrims Rest

God's Window

(10.9 km from Pilgrims Rest)

1 review

This is the spot where everyone takes their shots. Serious shutterbugs will be reaching for their polarising filters and best wide angle lens. Choose a clear day and you can see all the way to the Kruger National Park and Mozambique. Glance towards...

Three Rondawels

(10.3 km from Pilgrims Rest)

8 reviews

The Three Rondawels are also known as 'The Chief and his Three Wives'. The flat-topped peak to the right is named Mapjaneng - the 'Chief', whilst the three wives are named Maseroto, Mogoladikwe, and Magabolle. Towering in isolated and massive...

Lisbon Falls

(10.5 km from Pilgrims Rest)

7 reviews

At 92 m, the Lisbon Falls are the highest in Mpumalanga. The river separates into three streams as it plunges into the pool below. These falls are located near God's Window and just north of Graskop.

Gold Panning Pilgrim's Rest

(1.4 km from Pilgrims Rest)

Pan for real gold in the Pilgrim’s Creek just like the diggers did in the 1870’s. An exciting activity and great fun for one and all! Keep what you find.