Royal Hotel Bethulie Hotel Accommodation, Free State

Royal Hotel

Hotel at 34 Joubert Street, Bethulie, 9992, Xhariep Region, Free State, South Africa. Show on Map

About Royal Hotel

Looking for an offbeat stopover that’s a fascinating destination in its own right? Then you’re going to love the Royal Hotel in Bethulie, one of South Africa’s premier heritage inns and at the same time fresh and exciting in spirit.

Uniquely, the Royal Hotel aims to offer guests the complete Bethulie experience. Highlights include musical recitals, visits to artists, stargazing and a ghost walk. In addition there are tours of Bethulie’s township and an ever present focus on heritage.


Inside, the Royal offers both large en-suite rooms and their cosier counterparts. Most can be configured as twins, doubles or triples. There’s also an annex containing twin rooms and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

In the public areas, guests are surrounded by tens of thousands of books, artworks and vinyl records shelved floor to ceiling. These are parts of even larger collections housed in surrounding buildings.


The hotel dining room specialises in Free State cuisine, the epitome of scrumptious home cooked boerekos. The Royal serves a full slate of breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Naturally there’s a pub and there’s also a coffee shop offering lighter meals.


Bethulie’s Royal Hotel was established in 1873 and in its earliest years serviced the heavy traffic plying between the Eastern Cape coast and Kimberley’s diamond fields. Sections of the building date back to that period and make it one of the oldest surviving inns in the country.

During the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 - 1902 the Royal was in the front line, at times serving as operational headquarters in important phases of the hostilities. During 1901, it provided sanctuary for those running the war’s most infamous concentration camp.

In the 1930s the hotel was well known to the young Patrick Mynhardt, who late in life recalled those days in his groundbreaking stage show Boy from Bethulie. Patrick has since died, but the Royal preserves the simple stage set that Patrick used around the world.

In the 1960s the hotel played a key role in the creation of what’s now Gariep Dam or rather Lake Gariep, the largest sheet of fresh water in South Africa. Visitors take pleasure in nearby game reserves that were a by-product of the construction scheme.

Today, the Royal continues to play an important role in the Bethulie community. Guests are drawn from all over South Africa and from many other countries, in many cases attending special events organized by the hotel.

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In Room / Unit

  • = in all rooms
  • = in some rooms
  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Hi fi
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities
  • Wheelchair Friendly

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Wheelchair access

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service


  • Tour assistance

Accreditations (as claimed by Royal Hotel)

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Quick Facts

GPS location
Latitude: -30.495716833
Longitude: 25.974429999333335

Children policy
Children of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/out times
Check-in from 13h00
Check-out by 10h00

Listed on
July 2014 - 1 Review

Travellers' Reviews

Excellent stay, excellent...

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