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The Royal Hotel

33 Main St, Riebeek Kasteel 7307 South Africa
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"The grand old lady finally has her new dress on" is what the locals said when The Royal was refurbished and upgraded to the highest standards in 2005/2006. After serving more than seven generations, the oldest hotel of the Western Cape occupies a very special place in the hearts of both local and international visitors.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Meeting rooms
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast in the room
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Sun terrace
24-hour front desk
Clothes dryer
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Air conditioning
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Extra long beds
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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English, Afrikaans
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A Tripadvisor Member wrote a review Sep 2011
Paarl4 contributions
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!
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Date of stay: September 2011
Response from RoyalriebeekCapeTown, Owner at The Royal Hotel
Responded 21 Sep 2011
Dear guest, Thank you for your positive review. Comments like these make it all worth while trying to improve on ourselves every day. Although in the country and a bit away from the mainstream facilities our aim is to offer the same service as one may expect in Cape Town or Franschhoek. We believe that achieving this in combination with the beauty our valley has to offer ,we can offer a truly different and rememberable stay with us. Looking forward to welcoming you again.
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VanDaalenAmsterdam wrote a review Mar 2011
Amsterdam7 contributions5 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: February 2011
Response from RoyalriebeekCapeTown, Owner at The Royal Hotel
Responded 21 Sep 2011
Dear guest, We are thrilled you enjoyed your say so much. Every time we have a bigger following from Europe. Our beautiful picturesque valley, country friendliness and good service in combination with the colonial historical building seems a very appealing combination. We hope to welcome you back in the near future.
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MG_Eclipse_boy wrote a review Mar 2011
Hanley Swan, United Kingdom182 contributions96 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: February 2011
Response from RoyalriebeekCapeTown, Management representative at The Royal Hotel
Responded 08 Mar 2011
Dear valued guest, Thank you very much for your kind review and taking the time and effort to give your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
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TatLivingston wrote a review Jan 2011
Hamburg, Germany2 contributions1 helpful vote
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.
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Date of stay: January 2011
Response from RoyalriebeekCapeTown, Management representative at The Royal Hotel
Responded 08 Mar 2011
Thank you very much for your time and effort to review us. We are glad The Royal fitted in so well with your colonial trip. Your knowledge of historical buildings was a real treat.
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LizeCapeTown wrote a review Nov 2010
Luang Prabang, Laos42 contributions26 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: November 2010
Response from RoyalriebeekCapeTown, Management representative at The Royal Hotel
Responded 08 Mar 2011
We are very sorry to learn that we have not been able to live up to your expectations. It is most unfortunate this incident took place. I do apologize for the inconvenience caused by the noise factor of the room adjoining. It is a situation that is clearly beyond our control. These situations can happen in this industry from time to time although for us it is the first time we received a complaint of this nature. Our rooms have 60 cm thick walls and the inter leading rooms are separated by two (!) doors with 40 cm thick foam in between to ensure complete sound proof. Something that was done after this incident is that now the keys to the doors and not left in there at the discretion of the clients (as in most hotels) but only handed out when used as inter leading. This is to prevent that either side may open the door from their side and prevent (although very unlikely) removing the insulating foam. We tried our best to handle it as well as we could with all the discretion possible. As the lights were off in the room next door and no sound was to be heard at the time we chose not to wake them up. It so happened that when management was called out to assist in solving this problem that there was a no show (which can only be determined after a certain time). All in all your request of being moved to another room was honored. The night porter was at your door at all times waiting to carry your luggage until sent away by your partner. Your requests for a complementary stay in your emails we can’t honor as management dealt promptly with the situation and you had a 33% discount on the room rate. We hope you enjoyed your stay in our beautiful valley.
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US$90 - US$132 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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