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The Whale on Main B&B

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The Whale on Main B&B is an upmarket boutique B&B, centrally located between the old town center and beaches. Whale watching in season is possible right across the street on the world-famous cliff path. For enthusiastic golfers, we are situated adjacent to Hermanus golf course. We serve a sumptuous breakfast! Our rooms offer luxury accommodation, most with balconies to enjoy mountain views or sea views. All rooms have superb beds, satellite television, free Wi-Fi. and coffee stations. An outdoor pool for swimming and relaxation is located on the premises. Grotto Blue Flag swimming beach and various smaller beaches are close by. We support adventure tourism, and this is a bicycle-friendly establishment.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Non-smoking hotel
Internet
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Golf course
Hiking
Horseback riding
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Umbrella
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Blackout curtains
Desk
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Safe
Cable / satellite TV
Extra long beds
Walk-in shower
Seating area
Bottled water
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Charming
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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GinnyStaffordshireUK wrote a review Feb 2024
Alton, United Kingdom318 contributions135 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights at Whale in January. The property is very clean and well maintained, breakfast good and owners friendly and very helpful. We found it a bit difficult to sleep as there was no ac and the fan was a bit noisy. Good walks from just across the road.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 6 days ago
Good day Ginny Thank you for your thoughts on your stay with us. Yes, unfortunately ac is something that we cannot provide due to the current electricity shortage in SA. But, we have put in additional insulation on our ceilings and fans in the rooms. Kind regards Zeno and Marlene
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Stef wrote a review Aug 2022
Cape Town Central, South Africa28 contributions2 helpful votes
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I did a road trip with my son who is visiting from the USA and we spent 1 night at The Whale on Main. Marlene and Zeno are fantastic hosts. The rooms are beautiful and all their decor stunning. I love the wooden fish lamp shade that was designed by a local artist (Art Thirst). The breakfast was beautifully presented. Marlene also took time to show us around in Hermanus. Thanks Marlene and Zeno, will support you anytime!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded 06 Aug 2022
Dear Guest Thank you for your review of 5 stars. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and it was a privilege to show you around our beautiful Hermanus. Until next time!
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gasher806529 wrote a review Feb 2024
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Lovely B&B near Hermanus Golf Club and not far to town or the beach. Owners were very helpful and breakfast was great each day. Nice pool outside and spacious comfy rooms inside. Would definitely stay there again. Many thanks!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Good day Gasher Thank you for your thoughts on your stay at our guest house. Much appreciated. Regards, Zeno and Marlene
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aitutakiraro wrote a review Dec 2023
33 contributions31 helpful votes
This very family-run, tastefully furnished hotel offers the ideal accommodation in Hermanus. Located directly on the main street and only a few steps away from the coastal promenade. Safe area, car park in the enclosed grounds. Very tasty breakfast! Good information and very friendly hosts. We would book this hotel again in a heartbeat on our next visit to Hermanus.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 15 Dec 2023
Thank you for your review and compliments. It was a pleasure hosting you in our guest house. Regards, Zeno and Marlene
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elgo wrote a review Dec 2023
Huenfelden, Germany5 contributions
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We have had a beautiful time with Zeno and Marlene at their lovely place. It is very clean and the rooms are big - breakfast was really tasty! We have been welcomed so nice, we felt like coming home. Zeno gave us grade advises what to do in Hermanus and we would love to come back for a little longer next time! Thank you for having us!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Don’t miss a swim in the tidal pool and take a walk on the cliff path!
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Responded 10 Dec 2023
Thank you for your 5-bubble review. We are glad that you have enjoyed your stay @ The Whale on Main B&B. A visit to Hermanus should always be a highlight of any itinerary and we strive to make that a reality. We hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future!
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StepannZ wrote a review Dec 2023
Prague, Czech Republic6 contributions4 helpful votes
Dear Zeno and Marlen, Our previous review got lost somewhere on the way to you, but I'm happy to write it again. Great accommodation, excellent breakfast😉😀 and at the same time you were great hosts and guides for us! The apartment is located in a beautiful area, just off the coastal path from which you could watch whales frolicking, amazing!!! Also nice area for dining. We hope to see you once again in the future👍🏻! Štěpán and Veronika, Prague
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Very safe place
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Response from Zeno Venter, Owner at The Whale on Main B&B
Responded 05 Dec 2023
Dear Stepan & Veronika Thank you for submitting another review, how thoughtful. We really enjoyed meeting and hosting you in our guesthouse and are pleased that you found the area and whale watching satisfactory. We are looking forward to seeing you again one day, perhaps. Regards, Zeno and Marlene
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htremm145455 wrote a review Nov 2023
Vienna, Austria1 contribution
It is a stylishly furnished, magical house with lovely owners. We were completely under the spell and can wholeheartedly recommend this accommodation. Marlene and her husband have valuable tips and are wonderful hosts
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Date of stay: November 2023
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Response from Zeno Venter, Owner at The Whale on Main B&B
Responded 29 Nov 2023
Helmut! It was a pleasure hosting you here. Thank you for your stay and wonderful review. See you next time... Regards, Zeno and Marlene
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Lucas-Karine wrote a review Oct 2023
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This is a great place to stay, not just because the rooms are modern, clean and high quality, but mainly because the hosts are genuinly friendly. From teh moment when we arrived till our departure,our hosts were very customer oriented, offered useful tips and advice (and binoculars to watch the whales). We immediately felt welcome as a person, not as a customer. Thanks Zeno and Marleen.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 01 Oct 2023
Good day Lucas and Karine Thank you for taking time to write this review. We are glad that you enjoyed your time here. Enjoy the rest of your trip in SA. Kind regards Zeno and Marlene
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Wansbrough2012 wrote a review Oct 2023
Weston super Mare, United Kingdom959 contributions113 helpful votes
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We booked a stay here before Covid hit, and rebooked it for a year later but still couldn't make it, this year we finally made it and worth the wait it was. The property is stunning and the photos just do not do it justice, we stayed for 3 nights and loved every moment. Attention to detail is thorough right throughout the property as are the hosts, Geno & Marlene. Offering lots of advice about places to see and venues to eat. The property is within easy walking distance of the cliff path where you can either go to Hermanus itself in 30+ minutes or in the opposite direction to Sopiesklip Beach. If you drive into town it's about 5 minutes so all in all a great location. And if you are there at the right time of year there is a good chance of seeing whales from the cliff path and even in Hermanus itself. So if you are looking for somewhere to stay in Hermanus then you won't go far wrong at Whale on Main.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Responded 01 Oct 2023
Dear Mike Thank you for your great review. We really enjoyed your company during your stay. We are glad that you made most of what Hermanus has to offer. Till next time... Regards Zeno and Marlene
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sbryan948800 wrote a review Sept 2023
Berkshire, United Kingdom1 contribution
We had the best stay and we’re so glad we chose this place. Zeno and his wife were incredibly welcoming and gave us tips and advice on places to go and see and the best restaurant choices! Lizette’s was our favourite! The room was huge and had everything we needed. It was quiet and comfortable. And the whales….just out the door and across the road! Stunning coastline and so many whales. Hermanus was a great surprise. Loved it. Thank you Zeno and Marlene.
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Responded 01 Oct 2023
Good day Bryan Thank you for the review about your stay with us. We are glad that you enjoyed your time in Hermanus and in our guest house. Hope to see you back soon. Kind regards Zeno and Marlene
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PRICE RANGE
R 2,140 - R 2,618 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeOverberg DistrictOverstrandHermanus
NUMBER OF ROOMS
6
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Whale on Main B&B
Which popular attractions are close to The Whale on Main B&B?
Nearby attractions include Hermanus Cliff Path (3.4 km), Fernkloof Nature Reserve (1.4 km), and Grotto Beach (2.9 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Whale on Main B&B?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
Which room amenities are available at The Whale on Main B&B?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, blackout curtains, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at The Whale on Main B&B?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at The Whale on Main B&B?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Whale on Main B&B?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Gallery Cafe & Deli, Char'd Grill & Wine Bar, and Cafè 1904 Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Whale on Main B&B?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Whale on Main B&B have airport transportation?
Yes, The Whale on Main B&B offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Whale on Main B&B?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Does The Whale on Main B&B have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.