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Karoo Art Hotel

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30 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale 6750 South Africa
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This is the best 4 star country hotel in the whole of the Klein Karoo! An ideal stop-over between Cape Town and the Garden Route, a must-stay for any visitor! Best food and most comprehensive wine list in the whole of the Klein Karoo! Restaurant has just won the Klein Karoo Gourmand Award ! We have a few signature dishes, reflecting the ethos of the Chaîne des Rộtisseurs, the international gastronomical guild dedicated to the camaradie of the table. Some of these dishes are unique to the Karoo. Loads of historic character. Most friendly staff. Rooms with balconies and views available. Character bar and great restaurant. Huge swimming pool for hot summer days. Many open fireplaces for the winter nights! Karoo hospitality. The hotel is an art gallery with many paintings by local artists on display and for sale. Some rooms with cable TV available. Staff are keen to share local things to do and to see with guests. We even have a private 40 seater private cinema for use by our guests!
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Ursula H wrote a review May 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa13 contributions1 helpful vote
Visited before and finally able to spend a night, decor stunning, lovely location. Delicious food by chef Derek Lowe, very friendly staff, a shout-out to Gershwyn! Was sad to hear hotel for sale but glad to hear its been bought and will carry on.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Theo Nel, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel
Responded 03 May 2021
The King is dead! Long live the King! Thanks for your encouraging words and great review. New owners will take our beloved hotel to new heights- and Chef Derek will remain on! We are closing now for the winter recess and to re-paint and refresh the hotel- see you in Spring again! The hotel remains open for pre-booked tour groups, booked in advance. Regards Theo Owner
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jonathangi11 wrote a review Apr 2021
Cape Town, South Africa27 contributions
I loved the hotel. There is such interesting art on the walls and elsewhere. I am sure when covid is not in play there must be even more to see. Friendly staff doing their best to please. Overall highly recommended.
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Coastal103106 wrote a review Apr 2021
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The first impression from the outside is a bit of a let down but once inside its like going back in time. The walls are multi colored and the art and photographic displays are first class and remind you of the way things were in the 60's and 70's. The evening meal was a gastronomic delight and, unusual in the modern era, portions were real man size.
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Date of stay: April 2021
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Response from Theo Nel, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel
Responded 18 Apr 2021
Thank you for your visit and great feedback. we have a great chef,olf-school, and we firmly subscribe to the philosophy that, to be a great platteland ( country) hotel, you have to have a good table! We know it is time to repaint the exterior of the hotel- and it certainly is on the agenda in the quieter winter months. We were closed for 8 months in 2020 and also in Jan/Febr 2021, due to Covid-19 restrictions, which naturally has curbed us somewhat. Next time please stay at least two nights- it is only then that you can really enjoy what our hotel ( with its great pool!) and our village have to offer. Regards Theo Owner
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Guest1 wrote a review Jan 2021
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No tv channels available in rooms, although extensive list in in-room facilities guide. Apparently only in bar No towels in room, had to ask and was only given 2 baths sheets, no small towels offered. Good food in restaurant, but hotel being most expensive in town lack service, hospitality and attention to detail
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from Theo Nel, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel
Responded 09 Jan 2021
Sorry to hear we disappointed you. To be frank, we also found you to have disappointed us as a guest in our hotel. Lockdown has had a devastating impact on our operation and that of all hotels in SA. Like most hotels, our hotel was closed from the initial lockdown in March until mid-November, during which period we had lots of expenses but no income whatsoever. We re-opened for the ‘summer season’ in the hope of keeping our business alive and some of our staff employed. (UIF-ters support has come to an end). We have offered large discounts on our normal track rates in order to attract local travelers, with there being no hope of our regular international tour groups visiting now. The financial impact of all of this had been devastating on SA hotels- also for our small Klein Karoo hotel. With no income for so many months; discounted income whilst open now, but many expenses still to be covered; many canceled reservations, and very low occupancy, we – like virtually all hotels in SA - are forced to run a scaled-down operation. Our restaurant menu is smaller than usual; our wine list/bar offering is also considerably smaller- until that was completely closed down by Government once again last week. Our TV’s are not currently connected due to the high cost of the DSTV subscription. It is simply impossible to trade if you have to pay the DSTV subs when only 3 or 4 rooms are occupied on any given night. In exchange for this, guests get a substantial discount on accommodation rates. We have also dropped our food process and ( when allowed to sell) our bar prices. You benefitted from all of this. Guests booking directly with us are informed that our TV’s aren’t operational, but we now realize that we hadn’t made the changes on all of our 3rd party booking sites (your booking was made through one) - we apologize for that oversight, which we have now corrected. Our Housekeeping staff had left by the time you checked in and realized there were no towels in your room. This occurred because we showed you a number of rooms upon check-in - also a free upgraded Groot Karoo room, which we in fact prepared for you- and which HAD a full set of towels in. You however opted for another room, which we allocated to you on your request. This oversight was corrected immediately by another staff member who probably not aware that he should have given you small towels as well as the bath sheets – it is standard that they are placed in the rooms. It was an error by our housekeepers and not one that is made regularly, I’m sorry that you were the guests on the receiving end of it. Again, merely asking for it would have solved that hitch immediately. You chose to remain quiet and to blast us on a public platform. You clearly were highly stressed already when you checked in, as both you and your partner went into a hissy fit when you realized upon check-in that the whole town’s electricity was down. The tantrum that you threw at reception was unpleasant and indeed bizarre - why act aggressively towards the co-hotel owner who checked you in, because of the town electricity being down? It is something completely beyond our control. Your self-absorbance already then became patent, with you whinging about your laptops and cell phones that had to be charged and your “important work” you had to do.. Weirdly, you were really annoyed that the hotel couldn’t fix the power failure and didn’t have any idea how long it would last. The town electricity went on soon thereafter, but that clearly did not quench your thirst to bash this little hotel in the Karoo. You made specific arrangements to have breakfast very early the next morning and to check out early - for which our staff and chef got up early and came in earlier than our normal operational times to accommodate you – but you did not pitch. You clearly changed your mind about having your breakfast early and checking out early, and only came down much later. All good- except you did not have the common decency to let us know the previous night we did not have to open the kitchen especially for you earlier than normal. So much for consideration for our staff. It seems that you used that time - and our free Wi-Fi - to have drafted your cutting review. In spite of your valid complaints about the lack of towels upon check in (which were immediately sorted out when reported) and the lack of TV in your room ( who actually travels to the Klein Karoo and get their jaw so put out because of not having TV in the room?), none of this could have caused you any serious inconvenience ? We consider it unfair to say that we ‘lack hospitality’. It was an oversight and these things happen ,especially when we run on a skeleton staff . Our staff are super friendly and helpful and your hurtful comment is unfair. You were extended a substantial discount for the curtailed TV service but you probably are blissfully unaware of going rates and thought you were paying the full normal price. Most of our guests have been very understanding of the difficult situation our hotel and almost all hotels in SA – and indeed internationally – had been plunged in over the last 10 months and have grasped that the discount makes up for some of the services not being available or being offered on a smaller scale. They have reported to us that it has been the case at most of the places they have stayed on their travels. You clearly have no understanding of the impact that months of closure have had on anyone in the tourism/ hospitality industry. Thank you for the compliments on the food, we’re glad that you enjoyed your meal and your feedback has been passed on to our chef. It is something he and his other staff will appreciate after having been treated so inconsiderately by you on the morning of your ( delayed) departure. when you did eventually check out, our GM and Head Chef personally greeted you and asked you whether you enjoyed your stay and you assured him you did. You clearly prefer the poisoned pen. Send me your bank account detail by email to our reception and I will refund you your accommodation fees for the night. We do not appreciate poisoned money from thoroughly unpleasant guests. All readers will be able to compare your petty and cutting review with the rest of the reviews we get , which are predominantly excellent.
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Barrie T wrote a review Dec 2020
Jeffreys Bay, South Africa295 contributions64 helpful votes
We first visited over a year ago when our daughter told us it was a 'must experience'. Our room was lovely; a quaint cross between modern amenities and 'old-time antique. Unfortunately the evening meal was very 'lack-luster' as the usual chef was having a knee-op. Our latest stay-over was in December 2020 and again the room was attractive with Japanese style wall paintings and art work. The staircase is a bit of a nightmare for older couples (like ourselves), being rather steep and with left hand handrail on the first stage and right hand rail on the second- which does not quite take you to the last stepping-off point so watch your step! The food on this occasion was excellent and the chef very friendly and willing to discuss his culinary secrets for such things as his mint sauce. An enjoyable stay at a very reasonable price.
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Theo Nel, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel
Responded 09 Jan 2021
Thanks for your kind review. our head chef is back on-site and ready to serve you again. Please let us know in advance of any requirements- such as difficult mobility- and we will do our best to assist you.
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PRICE RANGE
US$77 - US$131 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
FORMERLY KNOWN AS
Barrydale Karoo Hotel
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeOverberg DistrictBarrydale
NUMBER OF ROOMS
15
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Frequently Asked Questions about Karoo Art Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Karoo Art Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Hardys Memories of Africa African Art and Curios (0.3 km), Magpie Gallery (0.04 km), and House of Books (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Karoo Art Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Karoo Art Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Karoo Art Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Karoo Art Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mez Karoo Kitchen, The Blue Cow, and Diesel & Creme.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Karoo Art Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Karoo Art Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.