More and more celebrities have been investing their Hollywood money in the hospitality sector as of late—restaurants, nightclubs, and transportation services, to name a few. But it’s celebrity owned hotels that have most recently been thrust into the limelight, though not always for the most delightful of reasons. The Nobu Hotel in Manila, which is co-owned by Robert DeNiro, was recently named the world’s worst. Rigsby’s Guest House, of which Harry Potter star Rupert Grint is the sole shareholder, was closed due to poor sales. However, not all celebrities have seen such failures when dabbling within the hospitality industry: Andy Murray’s Cromlix Hotel has received consistently excellent reviews since its opening in 2014, and Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort remains one of Utah’s finest. Leonardo DiCaprio made headlines with the purchase of a $1.75 million dollar island in Belize, where he plans to build a sprawling, eco-conscious resort, set to open in 2018.
Many hotel patrons may not realize that they’re in fact staying at a star-studded property, which is why we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of celebrity owned hotels. Book a room at one of these A-list approved destinations, and you may wind up doing yoga next to Hugh Jackman or eating breakfast next to DeNiro.
Nature lover Hugh Jackman planned on spending a few weeks at the Gwinganna Health Retreat on Australia’s Gold Coast while getting in shape for Wolverine, but instead wound up staying for two months—and ultimately became co-owner. The wellness resort offers spa treatments, outdoor activities, stress therapy and more, all amongst a serene Australian setting.
Tennis star and Oympic gold medalist Andy Murray owns the Cromlix Hotel, a Victorian country estate that dates back to the 19th century. The property was converted into a hotel sometime in the 1980s, but only recently did it reopen under the ownership of Murray, whose refurbishments turned it into a five-star luxury property.
Located in the charming town of Bedford, New York, this historical property dates back to the 1860s and is situated amongst lush, rustic surroundings. What guests may not know, however, is that the Inn is co-owned by Richard Gere, a Westchester resident himself.
Though the property won’t be opening until 2018, Leonardo Dicaprio’s ambitious undertaking to build a luxury, eco-friendly resort on the island of Blackadore Caye in Belize saw the environmentalist purchase the island—that’s right, the island—for $1.75 million dollars alongside hotelier Jeff Gram.
The band ABBA remains one of Sweden’s most beloved musical exports, and member Benny Andersson made headlines back in 2003 for opening the Hotel Rival in Stockholm. It has since received superb reviews over the years and has been labeled one of the city’s best places to stay.
The largest celebrity-owned resort belongs to actor, director, and Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford. The picturesque mountain resort is located on the slopes of Mt. Timpanogos in Utah, and offers a plethora of outdoor activities such as river rafting, horseback riding, fly fishing, skiing, and more.
Edited article By Adeline Duff/ Travel + Leisure /TIME