10 Celebs You'd Never Guess Owned Hotels

10 Celebs You'd Never Guess Owned Hotels

Get in bed with the stars (sort of) at their stunning properties around the world.

By Karen Gardiner

Given the fickle nature of fame, it's a smart celeb that runs a side hustle in the hotel business. We're not saying that if you check in to any of the following hotels you'll see your fave rock star or movie star.... but, well, you never know.

1. Robert de Niro

With the Tribeca Film Festival only just drawing to a close and a high-profile Taxi Driver cast reunion wrapped up, Bob de Niro has had a lot on his plate recently. Hopefully, then, someone else has been running the show at his hip NYC Greenwich Hotel, home to A-list-friendly restaurant Locanda Verde and a collection of his artist father's original paintings. It's not the only hotel name under De Niro's belt but, with his Nobu Hotel Manila having recently been voted worst luxury hotel of the year by Luxury Travel Intelligence, it's certainly the best.

2. Andy Murray

When he's not winning tournaments, breaking British men's losing streak at Wimbledon or simply smashing a racket in frustration, Andy Murray is picking up awards for his five-star Scottish hotel. The 15-room Cromlix, housed in a Victorian-era Perthshire mansion and surrounded by 34 acres of bucolic woodlands, took home the title of Luxury Hotel of the Year at the recent Scottish Hotel Awards. Life is busy for a top tennis player so it's really his mother Judy that runs much of the show at Cromlix, even developing a tennis-inspired fashion accessory line for the hotel's boutique.

3. Bono and The Edge

Been to Ireland but still haven't found what you're looking for? Next time check into the boutique four-star Clarence Hotel in Dublin's Temple Bar area. U2 bandmates Bono and The Edge have shared ownership of the hotel since it opened in 1992, though reportedly stepped down as directors in 2013. U2 fan but can't make it to the Emerald Isle yourself? Watch a recording of the band performing "Beautiful Day" on the hotel rooftop in 2000.

4. Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman became so smitten with the Gwinganna Health Resort in Queensland, Australia, while staying there a few years ago that he decided to invest in the wellness retreat. Perfect for over-stressed celebs, or anyone else needing a break from a hectic lifestyle, the resort offers inclusive packages for two-to-seven days of exercise, spa time, and wellness therapies in the serene surroundings of the Tallebudgera Valley, surrounded by ocean and valley views.

5. Richard Gere

The little town of Bedford, New York is around an hour north of New York City and home to quite a charmed circle of celebs. Bruce Willis dropped $9 million on a mansion there a couple of years ago, joining Martha Stewart, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, as well as Catherine Zeta-Jones and hubby Michael Douglas. Where, then, to spend the night if you're just visiting? A celeb-owned hotel, of course. Specifically, the charming Bedford Post Inn, co-owned by card-carrying silver fox Richard Gere and a member of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux collection.

6. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Speaking of the rock-solid Hollywood power couple, Douglas and Zeta-Jones are currently in the process of redeveloping Bermuda's Ariel Sands resort, due to open in 2017. The resort will feature 26 beachside cottages and 28 suites in the main building, as well as a freshwater pool and commitment to eco-conscious practices. Fun fact: The Ariel Sands property has been in Diana Douglas, Michael Douglas’ mother’s, family since the 1840s.

7. Gloria Estefan

Head down to Vero Beach, Florida if you dare. The rhythm is most certainly gonna get you at the beachfront, Gloria and Emilio Estefan-owned, Costa d'Este Beach Resort — and we're not just talking about the zumba sessions on the patio. Retro Miami-style design flourishes abound and the resort's cabana bar is a chic spot for happy hour mojitos.

8. Robert Redford

Given its name, it's perhaps not much of a surprise to learn that Sundance Mountain Resort is owned by movie legend Robert Redford. Redford purchased the land in 1969, hosted the first Sundance Film Festival in 1978 and founded the Sundance Institute in 1981. The resort lies on the slopes of Mt. Timpanogos, near Park City, in Utah. With hiking, river rafting, and skiing all on offer, it's a picturesque year-round destination.

9. Francis Ford Coppola

When it comes to his hotel portfolio, Godfather director Francis Ford Coppola goes big. As well as the gorgeous Blancaneaux Lodge in San Ignacio, Belize, he also owns another Belize property, the Turtle Inn, as well as Palazzo Margherita in Italy, La Lancha in Guatemala, and the colorful and tropical garden-surrounded Jardin Escondido, his former home, in Buenos Aires. Naturally, the collection is kept in la familia, all operating under the name The Family Coppola.

10. Leonardo deCaprio

Courtesy McLennan Design

Sadly we will have to wait until 2018 to get in bed with Leo, so to speak, but we're already excited. The newly minted Oscar winner — and noted environmentalist — is in the process of developing an eco-friendly luxury resort on Blackadore Caye, an island he actually owns, in Belize. 

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