Hotels in Windermere

As a truly British summer of events and celebrations begins in honour of the Queen's 90th, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, one of the UK's largest independent hotel groups, is offering holiday makers hoping to share in the celebrations a royal variety of majestic locations across her fair land. 

For real royalists who want to visit where the celebrations began, visitors can stop by the four-star Macdonald Windsor Hotel, which is two minutes' walk from Windsor Castle, the official residence of the Royal family. Guests can watch the Changing of the Guards from the lounge while sipping on a cocktail designed in honour of Her Majesty as they parade in front of the hotel.

In Oxford, home of Queen's College which was named after Queen Philippa in 1341, the five-star Macdonald Randolph Hotel is also celebrating a special birthday this year. The hotel, which has just completed a £6.5m refurbishment, opened its doors 150 years ago in the heart of the world-famous university city. The hotel has played host to British prime ministers throughout the years and its Morse Bar is instantly recognisable as the regular drinking spot of British fictional detective Inspector Morse.

The Queen has often spoken of her love of Scotland, and the picturesque mountains of the Highlands. Guests can follow in the footsteps of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh who spent a summer's day in Aviemore in 1981. A plaque marking the occasion is displayed at Macdonald Aviemore Resort, which boasts four hotels, 18 woodlands lodges and has received a recent investment of £8m. Its restaurants are serving a menu 'Fit for a Queen' featuring By Royal Appointment produce, including John Ross Jr. smoked salmon.

At the bottom of the Edinburgh's Royal Mile sits Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, positioned perfectly for visitors to explore the imposing Edinburgh Castle and majestic Palace of Holyrood House, an official Royal residence and once home of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Thousands of British holiday-makers descent upon the Lake District as the ideal location for a celebratory weekend retreat. Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa started life as a Georgian residence and has had its fair share of royal guests since opening its doors in 1745 including the Emperor of Japan. Guests can enjoy a traditional afternoon tea served with Her Majesty's favourite Earl Grey Tea overlooking the breath-taking scenery of Lake Windermere.