While fame can protect against many things (queuing up for the latest designer handbag and doing your own laundry, to name a few), being an A-lister doesn’t guarantee a completely stress-free existence.
Whether they’re exhausted from a busy movie schedule, a promotional tour, or dodging the paparazzi, celebrities need a vacation too. And with huge bank balances at their disposal, many choose to buy and design their own hotel tours rather than simply checking into one.
Be it a vain purchase, a serious investment or a long term passion project; There are many more well-known hotel owners than you might think.
From Liz Hurley’s posh block in central London and Richard Gere’s cozy New England Inn to Bono’s Dublin hideaway and Mick Jagger’s luxury rental, we highlight the hotels where the potential for a summit is standard.
Stargroves Villa, Mustique
Owner: Mike Jagger
On the West Indies island of Mustique, one of Mick Jagger’s private residences can also be rented – for a price.
Stargroves Villa is located right on the beach and offers fantastic views over the Atlantic Ocean.
The tropical retreat of the Rolling Stones frontman can accommodate up to 10 guests and is equipped with all the facilities a self-respecting high roller could need: a swimming pool, gym, sundeck and a team of staff including a butler and a The chef caters to every request.
You might imagine you’ve got the moves just like Jagger, but at over £3,500 a night in peak season, you’d need a rock star-sized bank account to afford a stay here.
The Bedford Post Inn, New York
Owner: Richard Gere
Nestled on 14 acres of countryside in the sleepy town of Bedford, New York, this small inn makes up for its lack of size with Hollywood credentials. While humble, this nationwide check-in is from none other than Pretty Woman star Richard Gere.
The screen legend purchased the eight-room inn in 2007 with his business partner and subsequently transformed the Bedford Post Inn into a luxury spa.
The yoga-loving actor has also set up a yoga studio, which offers retreats and workshops, as well as daily classes.
The Clarence Hotel, Dublin
Bought by Bono and other members of U2 in 1992, the Clarence Hotel was a precursor to the gentrification of Dublin city centre. And 30 years later, the 49-room Check-in is still one of the trendiest hotels in the Irish capital.
Located in the vibrant Temple Bar area, this hotel is great with its 1930s vibe and decadent rooms (think thick velvet curtains and bespoke furniture), but it’s the wealth of food and drink options that really make this place make you stand out.
From all-day dining at the contemporary Cleaver East eatery, to cozy pints at The Stout Bar, to an acclaimed cocktail menu at The Curious Mister (formerly the Octagon Bar).
Not only is this a great place for a nightcap, but it’s also the bar where the band hung out before they made the hotel their own.
no 11 Cadogan Gardens, London
Owned by: Elizabeth Hurley
She’s a Sloane Ranger pin-up, so it’s no surprise that model-actress Elizabeth Hurley’s Haute Hotel is just off Sloane Street in the heart of Chelsea.
Each of the 54 rooms (including 19 suites) in The Cadogan, a converted country house, is decorated with a lavishness befitting her regal alter ego, Queen Helena Henstridge.
Built by Lord Chelsea in the late 19th century, Liz took over the hotel and extensively renovated it in 2016.
Now with elegant accommodation and fine dining at the on-site Tartufo restaurant, there’s even a suite package that includes a bottle of bubbly and deluxe transportation, giving mere mortals the chance to live like royalty for a night or two.
The Greenwich Hotel, New York
Owner: Robert de Niro
While Robert De Niro is synonymous with the big screen, the Goodfellas star has another appearance on his impressive resume: successful hotelier.
Despite co-founding the renowned Nobu Hospitality Group (a hotel empire that includes several restaurants and hotels around the world), the Oscar winner got his first taste of the hotel game with the Greenwich Hotel.
Located in Greenwich Village, the birthplace of the native New Yorker, the boutique hotel houses 88 individually decorated luxury guestrooms.
Impressive additions include the Japanese Shibui Spa, housed in a genuine 250-year-old Japanese farmhouse reconstructed on site. There is also a shiatsu room, a traditional bathroom and a treatment room for facials and massages.
The Cromlix Hotel, Scotland
Owner: Andy Murray
Tennis star Andy Murray loved his brother’s wedding venue, the Cromlix Hotel, so much that he bought it three years later and even helped host his own wedding two years later.
Located just outside his hometown of Dunblane, the tennis star bought the 15-bedroom Victorian mansion for £1.8 million in 2013 before giving it a complete makeover.
Inside, the pimped trail has its own chapel, games room and gourmet restaurant, while outside there are tennis courts, a private lake for fishing, archery and off-roading.
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