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See inside the modest three-star hotel William and Kate stayed in while in Canada

Three-star hotels may not quite provide the level of luxury we have come to expect royalty to enjoy, which is why the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge staying overnight in a modest inn in Canada came as a surprise. Eyebrows were raised when the down-to-earth William and Kate checked into the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse, the capital city of the Yukon Territory, the westernmost and smallest of Canada’s three federal territories. 

The Coast High Country Inn where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed in Canada. Image: Canadian Hotel Guide
The Coast High Country Inn where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stayed in Canada. Image: Canadian Hotel Guide

The night spent at the inn was dubbed the couple’s ‘date night,’ as it was the only night they spent away from their children, Prince George (3) and Princess Charlotte (16 months) on their official eight-day visit to Canada. The toddlers stayed with their nanny, Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, at Government House in Victoria, which is the Queen’s official residence in Canada. It was reported that William and Kate were ‘delighted’ with their accommodation in Whitecross.

The hotel stands out as it is painted white and green and has a 40-foot-tall Mountie statue at its front. Its quiet downtown location makes it a popular place for guests to stay, as it is right next to Jim Light Park and within walking distance of the restaurants, bars, and boutiques of Main Street. While the royal family’s dog, Lupo, stayed at home in Anmer Hall in Norfolk, he would have been welcome at the pet-friendly inn.

A room with a jacuzzi at the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse. Image: Coast Hotels
A room with a jacuzzi at the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse. Image: Coast Hotels

The royal couple were reportedly given the hotel’s top suite. If they stayed in the 380-square-foot premium kingroom, it comes complete with a fireplace, free Wi-Fi, a jacuzzi, an LCD TV, a microwave, mini fridge, work desk and iPod dock. It usually costs approximately $200 per night, and residents have access to the inn’s fitness and business centres as well as in-room Starbucks coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. They were in good company as the inn claims that its ‘presidential suites’ have hosted major stars like Robin Williams, Woody Harrelson, Sam Roberts and the White Stripes. 

A superior king room with a jacuzzi at the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse. Image: Coast Hotels
A superior king room with a jacuzzi at the Coast High Country Inn in Whitehorse. Image: Coast Hotels

While at Whitehorse and Carcross, William and Kate visited the MacBride Museum to learn about Yukon’s history. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh previously visited the telegraph office, now part of the museum, back in 1959. The young couple also enjoyed a community festival on Main Street, complete with ‘Healing Totem,’ a blessing from an elder, a welcome dance by the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, an introduction to a carver working on traditional totems, and a mountain biking demonstration on Montana Mountain.