Here's How to Vacation Like a Royal
From staying in the same room Princess Diana once occupied to popping the question in monarch-like fashion, these hotels are ready to treat you like royalty.
You don’t have to live in Buckingham Palace to receive royal treatment. To celebrate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming nuptials, four U.S. hotels are offering events fit for the royal family but available to everyday people like you and me.
At The Drake in Chicago, guests can stay in the Prince Diana Suite, a room that was customized to the late princess’ specifications for her three-day stay in 1996 and has been untouched since. The suite includes a Lifecycle exercise bike that Diana used during her stay—and its refrigerator is stocked with mineral water, which Diana presumably drank after those workouts. “The suite has been left exactly as it was designed and decorated to give guests and fans of Princess Diana a glimpse into her life,” a press release states, adding the suite also includes photos of Princess Diana.
Every Monday in May—the royal wedding month—The Drake will also show royal-themed films, including The Princess Diaries, The Queen, Elizabeth, and Victoria & Abdul. Guests can watch the films while noshing on fondue, the press release says.
On May 12, which is Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s big day, the hotel will host a royal luncheon in its grand ballroom. The event includes a “prerecorded screening of the wedding and [will] feature the same menu that was served to Princess Diana when she visited the hotel in 1996,” the press release states. Tickets start at $100.
And no royal experience would be complete without an afternoon tea. So, The Drake will host a “royal tea” during May in its Palm Court, its wood-paneled dining room.
If the royal engagement has inspired you to pop the question yourself, the Conrad New York has you covered: the hotel is offering a “Propose Like a Prince” package that includes a two-night stay in the hotel—in a room decorated with rose petals— a bottle of bubbly, a ring consultation, and an hour-long helicopter tour of the city. What more could you want?
A similar proposal package will also be available at the Conrad London St James, but it includes an optional suite upgrade, horse-drawn carriage ride and a photo shoot in the nearby Royal Parks.
Finally, at British Colonial Hilton Nassau, honeymooners and vacationers alike can receive royal treatment with the hotel’s “Royal Honeymoon” package, a deal that includes a three-night stay in its Governor General Suite—which will, naturally, be decorated with rose petals—a bottle of champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, a shark-diving adventure, and afternoon tea in the hotel’s beachfront gardens.