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at 52 De Wet

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Pool review highlights
... amazing especially at night all sparkly. Rooms and hotel and pool spotlessly clean. Staff wonderful. safe hotel, save...
... decorated, the dining area had a lovely view out to the pool which looked over Bantry Bay and the ocean, which is what we...
... and there is loads of space for all your clothes etc. The pool terrace is fabulous with comfortable beds and a breathtaking...
Most popular question about the pool
Is the pool heated? We are looking at coming in July when the weather won't be as warm.
Answer from Sandy W
May 2019 |
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estellejulie wrote a review Feb 2020
Auckland Central, New Zealand107 contributions128 helpful votes
This is a little gem of a hotel. Peaceful and luxurious. Do get the room with oceanview and balcony/ terrace.
It feels like your own private house. Huge with lovely outdoor lounges.
View is amazing especially at night all sparkly.
Rooms and hotel and pool spotlessly clean. Staff wonderful. safe hotel, save surroundings. Not a fault at all. Do go!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Marnie Fennell, General Manager at 52 De Wet
Responded 14 Oct 2020
Thank you so much Estellejulie, you are too kind. It really does make all our hard work worthwhile when our guests leave such lovely reviews. We hope that we will welcome you again soon, Best Wishes, Marnie, Russell and the Team
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gilli28 wrote a review Jan 2020
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My husband and I spent 5 nights here back in November. It was out last stop on our trip to South Africa to celebrate my birthday. This is our second visit to Cape Town as it is such a beautiful city with so many things and places to explore.

52 De Wet location was good. A short walk down the hills to Bantry Bay, which has a few cafes and restaurants. You can also catch the hop on, hop off bus from there. Camps Bay is approx. a 20min walk during the day and you would need to catch an uber back at night. Waterfront is approx. a 5-10min drive. We used the hop on hop off bus for 2 days when we arrived to get our bearings and explore the closer sights such as Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Kirstenbosch, Bo-Kaap, Waterfront, the wineries of Constantia and Camps bay. Then hired a car for the next 3 days to get a bit further out to explore Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, the penguin colony at Boulders beach, Cape of Good Hope, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay etc.

At 52 De Wet we had an Oceanview room. It had a large bathroom filled with lovely products to use. The balcony was nice with a lovely view over Bantry bay. The bed was comfortable, however it was situated right under the air conditioning unit, so at night the air conditioning would blow right onto you no matter what swing or fan speed you had it on. The room was a bit too stuffy so switching it off wasn’t desirable as there was no air flow in the room. This didn’t make for a peaceful night’s rest. We couldn’t get the TV to work but didn’t bother us too much as we were out most of the time. There was enough room to put all your clothes etc. It had a small safe and a bar fridge as well as a few snacks. The turn down service at night with a bottle of water and a treat was a lovely touch.

A big downside is load shedding (electric outages imposed by the government) unfortunately the hotel doesn’t have a generator so these power outages can be inconvenient when travelling... with charging phones, cameras, laptops etc. Also, we were unable to make full use of the included breakfast and Wi-Fi due to these outages. When we arrived at 8pm we were greeted with a torch by the door man and shown to our room. We had no idea what the rest of the hotel looked like as it was in darkness due to load shedding. Just a bit off putting when you arrive at a new destination. Not the hotels fault, but just something to consider when travelling and paying over $400 a night in accommodation.

After reading some of the reviews perhaps we were expecting to be more impressed than what we were. However, the staff were pleasant, and the rest of the hotel was nicely decorated, the dining area had a lovely view out to the pool which looked over Bantry Bay and the ocean, which is what we really wanted to experience. It was lovely to sit here in the evening to watch the sunset and enjoy the wonderful view.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from Marnie Fennell, General Manager at 52 De Wet
Responded 14 Oct 2020
Thank you for your review, we are deeply disappointed that we did not meet your expectations. Loadshedding is less than ideal no matter how much you pay for your room and unfortuntely the government often give us no notice of such outages. During loadshedding, the power often goes off for 2hours at a time. I am surprised to hear that you couldn't see the rest of the hotel due to the lacking of light, as we have many torches and candles lighting up our walkways and our rooms, I am so sorry if this was not the case on your arrival and will address this with the night manager. Sadly a generator is not an option for us as we are situated in a residential area and the noise that they create is too much of a disturbance for both our neighbours and our guests. Thankfully we do not have loadshedding very often and now have a wifi box to ensure our guests staying in or working during this time at least have access to the internet. Apologises once again, it really does sadden us to hear that we were not over and above every guests expectations. We hope that you will give us the opportunity to make amends. Kind Regards, Marnie, Russell and The Team
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MADABOUTANIMALS wrote a review Dec 2019
Borehamwood, United Kingdom264 contributions76 helpful votes
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From the moment we were greeted by Russ the owner on our arrival we felt at home in this beautiful boutique hotel perched up high with sensational views. Georgia and the team are on hand to attend to your every need. Our room was beautiful and filled with gorgeous products and there is loads of space for all your clothes etc.
The pool terrace is fabulous with comfortable beds and a breathtaking view. The hotel is also filled with the most stunning sculptures and pictures.
We couldn’t have asked for anything better for our last two days in South Africa and won’t hesitate to return here in the future.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Marnie Fennell, General Manager at 52 De Wet
Responded 14 Oct 2020
Thank you so much for your kind review, it was such a pleasure to meet you. We hope that we will be your first choice when you next visit our beautiful country. Best Wishes, Marnie, Russell and the Team
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OG G wrote a review May 2019
10 contributions2 helpful votes
We stayed for 3 nights at the start and end of our trip to Cape Town and were lucky enough to have two phenomenal, large rooms, both with beautiful balcony’s overlooking the ocean and SeaPoint. We were lucky to have brilliant weather so got to enjoy our sundowners by the pool each night to some beautiful sunsets. The selection of gins is not too be missed!

We ate at the hotel one evening and can’t recommend it enough, a delicious, intimate 3 course meal over looking the ocean with perfect wine. Breakfast in the mornings was well stocked and hot food was really tasty.

Staff were caring and always on handy to answer questions or help us grab a drink. We loved our stay and will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: April 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from marnie52dewet, General Manager at 52 De Wet
Responded 18 May 2019
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave 52 De Wet such a lovely review. We take a lot of pride in our in house dining and it is lovely to hear when it is enjoyed so much. We hope that we will welcome you again soon, Kind Regards, Marnie, Russell and the Team
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YorkshiremanNorfolk wrote a review Feb 2019
Great Bircham, United Kingdom18 contributions7 helpful votes
We have just spent three days at this small Hotel in Cape Town and it was a total pleasure. Everything about the place is just perfect.

The hotel has less than ten rooms and it is perched high up the hillside on Bantry Bay. From there the views of the ocean are magnificent from most of the rooms, the dining room, the pool deck and the infinity pool itself. What made the view unexpectedly dramatic for us was the pods of Southern Right Whales not more than a few hundred yards out to sea breaching from time to time and surfacing constantly to blow. We were told that seeing whales at this time of year is almost unheard of as they have normally moved away by the end of November.

Aside from the view, the staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly and nothing is too much trouble. Marnie who manages the hotel and her husband Russell who is a chef are terrific and ably supported by Ian and some delightful ladies from Malawi who are hard working and extremely attentive to their guests. You feel as though you are house guests with fantastic hosts who can’t do enough to ensure you have the perfect stay.

We were on a trip to our son’s wedding in the winelands and so we treated ourselves to the Penthouse room. It was enormous with a large balcony stretching the entire width of the room with sun loungers and armchairs positioned to take advantage of the views. Beautifully furnished it has a very modern bathroom with a huge shower and a bath beside the window so you can watch the ocean while you soak. His and hers dressing areas and a huge bed with very high quality satin cotton sheets and duvet cover complete the very special feeling of the room.

Breakfast was excellent, there are a range of snacks and sandwiches always available and Russell will cook dinner on request which is an experience not to be missed! He is a terrific chef and the dishes he cooked for us would not be out of place in a Michelin starred restaurant. Drinks are available at all times and there is an honesty book for you to write down what drinks you have taken if there is no one available to serve you.

Marnie sent a car to collect us at the airport and the driver was called Ghalieb. He is great and we used him throughout our stay to run us around Cape Town and one day to take us down to Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. He is a good driver and an accomplished guide who will show you all the points of interest and we would recommend his services wholeheartedly.

All in all, 52 de Wet is an wonderful experience not to be missed. Go and see for yourself and you will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely. If you want a full-on sea view ask when booking.
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Response from marnie52dewet, General Manager at 52 De Wet
Responded 12 Apr 2019
What a wonderfully in depth review, the team are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and your time in Cape Town. We are truly blessed with stunning views, with lots of dolphins and whales in the bay this year. I hope that your son's wedding was everything that he and his wife dreamed of and that you all had a wonderful time. We look forward to welcoming you back to 52 De Wet soon. Kind Regards, Marnie, Russell and The Team
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ronans12 asked a question May 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom130 contributions95 helpful votes
Is the pool heated? We are looking at coming in July when the weather won't be as warm.
Answer from Sandy W
May 2019 |
Check w the hotel. They’re lively and they’ll get right back to you. P
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Answer from marnie52dewet
Aug 2018 |
Dear Philippe, My gosh, I'm so sorry, we completely missed your message. I hope you are all well. I'm so pleased that you decided to stay with us regardless and that your stay was an enjoyable one. It was a real pleasure to meet you and your family and we hope to welcome you again soon. Kind Regards, Marnie Fennell
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