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329 Main Road, Hermanus, Overstrand South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 21/10/16 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 21/10/16 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#14 of 97 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
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Brand new upmarket B&B, centrally located between the old town center and beaches. Whale watching in season possible right across the street. 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
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
Private check-in / check-out
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Room features
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
Hair dryer
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Mountain view
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans
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Stef wrote a review 02 Aug
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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Response from Zeno Venter, Owner at The Whale on Main B&B
Responded 1 week ago
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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foucheg51 wrote a review Apr 2022
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Excellent stay at The Whale on Main! Such good hospitality and friendly people. Asist with restaurants to visit, ect. Room was superb with everything you need. We'll definitely go back if we visit Hermanus again.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded 1 week ago
Dear Guest Your five star rating is much appreciated. Thank you for staying with us and maybe we will see you on your next trip to Hermanus.
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Anna L wrote a review Mar 2022
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Rooms are very clean and spacious! Everything is set up with love and it feels like coming home. Breakfast ist super fresh and delicious! The host is super nice and friendly! As we stayed with her outside the whale season, she made a huge effort in arranging alternative activities to make our time unforgettable! Her recommendations were all great and we enjoyed the time ! Will definitely coming back for whale season!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Private parking spot and beach towels available.
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Response from Zeno Venter, Owner at The Whale on Main B&B
Responded 04 Apr 2022
Dear Anna Thank you for your review. It was our pleasure trying to make your stay as memorable as possible. Perhaps we will see you again for the whale season. Regards, Zeno & Marlene
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pford608173 wrote a review Mar 2022
Reading, United Kingdom1 contribution
A great three days stay. Very attentive and pleasant hosts who catered for all our needs. Situated in a convenient area to amenities especially the stunning cliff walks available. A good breakfast freshly prepared as requested.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Responded 04 Apr 2022
Dear Peter Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us. We hope that your journey back home was pleasant. Regards, Zeno & Marlene
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GeoffH wrote a review Mar 2022
Bangor, United Kingdom10 contributions
Marlene and Zeno are tremendous hosts and The Whale on Main B&B is a beautiful place to stay and well located in Hermanus. The room was huge, immaculately clean and well serviced every day. We very much hope to stay in The Whale on Main when we return to Hermanus. Book with confidence!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Responded 04 Apr 2022
Dear Guest We are glad that you enjoyed your visit to Hermanus and staying with us in The Whale on Main. Hopefully we will see each other again in future! Regards
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rholtb938512 wrote a review Feb 2022
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Marlene & Zeno were very friendly and welcoming hosts. Good location, less than 5 minute walk to the coastal path and a few minutes drive to the lovely beach and town restaurants recommended by Zeno. Light spacious room and guest areas. Gated off-road parking, excellent breakfasts cooked to order.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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0441Raphi wrote a review Feb 2022
Switzerland13 contributions1 helpful vote
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We spent two nights at this wonderful B&B but could/should have stayed longer. Marlene and Zeno, the owners, are super friendly and welcoming. They gave us good advice for activities and restaurants. The house/room is very modern, spacious and clean. It has everything one can ask for. The location is easy to find and only a stone throw away from the sea and the famous cliff walk. Restaurants are also within a few minutes walk or a short ride by car. We‘ll be back next time we go to Hermanus!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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acorde913511 wrote a review Jan 2022
Somerset West, South Africa1 contribution
We needed a short break and The Whale on Main, did exactly that for us - we were treated by great hosts. This is a great location, and the B&B has excellent facilities, superb breakfast. All in - it was fantastic. Thank you
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Date of stay: January 2022
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hworro365288 wrote a review Dec 2021
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Welcomed with open arms by our lovely hosts Zeno and Marlene, they couldn't have been more helpful and kind. Superb room, and located just over the road from two stunning short hikes. Into town and towards grotto beach. Great facilities Couldve stayed a week
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Traveling One wrote a review Oct 2021
Greenville, South Carolina740 contributions159 helpful votes
We had a great stay here. Super friendly hosts, tasty and great portion sized breakfasts, very comfortable bed (one of the best), and super quiet at night which is very important to me! We loved being so close to where the whale lookouts and appreciated the owner showing us across the street and introducing us to his friend whose a whale land tour guide. Because of this we saw calves breaching! It was a great experience!! Two things to point out : there’s no AC which didn’t bother us because the temperature outside was quiet cool . The other thing is the bathroom lighting wasn’t great. Overall we had a great experience and happy we picked this place at the last minute to relax for 2 nights. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$97 - US$122 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeOverberg DistrictOverstrandHermanus
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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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, Pear Tree, and Char'd Grill & Wine Bar.
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.