We were treated like royalty at the hotel! The hotel is beautiful, the food exquisit, the service outstanding and the ambiance magnificent. The Royal Hotal is a rare experience that accentuates quality of life. We are looking forward to a future breakaway - another enriching experience!
Super comfortable beds, nice linen, air-conditioning, en suite marble bathroom with separate shower and bath, room service, nice pool and sun deck, big garden with amazing views on Kasteelberg mountain, friendly staff. Need to say more? OK, historical colonial hotel, longest safari like veranda, “Out of Africa” feel, authentic colonial bar and more friendly staff. And although the town has lots of lovely little restaurants the hotel’s restaurant “1862”is the place to have dinner should you look for an affordable gourmet treat.
We took a day trip to Riebeek on what was going to be a day trip from Cape Town and so loved the fantastic charm of the Riebeek valley that we decided to stay the night at the Royal Hotel. This old colonial hotel has been restored wonderfully with modern hotel features but retaining the old world charm. Our rooms were large comfortable with great beds and good showers with excellent linens set in the gardens which have great views of the valley around and a real warmth of welcoming from the owner of the hotel Robert. We will return to the hotel again as the area is a wonderful oasis of traditional South africa and seems to be getting a good reputation, (well deserved) as a gastronomic centre. We loved it.
A hotel that can’t be ignored on a colonial trip is this oldest hotel in the Western Cape. With the longest front veranda south of the Limpopo it has a colonial façade even the Mount Nelson can be jealous of. Old world feel with all modern day’s facilities. And only for a third of the price we paid in other hotels. We prepared for quite a trip only to find out it took us one hour drive only from the Mount Nelson. Located in the main street of this beautiful little town where people still leave their front door open (must be the last town in SA). Friendliness all over. Not just at the hotel. Great food. Slow living.
We stayed one night (special occasion). On arrival, we got checked into a room with interleading door. Immediately we requested to move to another room as we could hear EVERY SINGLE WORD of the conversation the couple next door was having. We were told hotel is full and we can't be moved. Upon leaving for dinner, we again requested to be moved in case situation changed. We left for dinner and came back to room at around 23h00. Our adjoining neighours were making a huge racket on their side (however in their request, there was only a single door between us - we could literally hear bodily noises, it was disgusting! Nevertheless, we had absolutely NO privacy and it was LOUD (so much for a romantic weekend - if we could hear everything they were saying and doing, they would hear…