A Whale of a Time

A Whale of a Time

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4.5
#1 of 2 villas in Fish Hoek
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Value
We have 5 self catering apartments with breathtaking sea views of False Bay. Perfect for whale watching, we are a 5 minute walk from the beach, and close to shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions and more.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Clothes dryer
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Private pool
Complimentary tea
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Room features
Soundproof rooms
Housekeeping
Safe
Seating area
Sofa
Kitchenette
Microwave
Bath / shower
Laptop safe
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Mid-range
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

11 Echo Road, Fish Hoek 7975 South Africa
Getting there
Car recommended
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Grade: 38 out of 100
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Cape Town Intl Airport
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DCM2211 wrote a review Jan 2020
Dublin, Ireland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I stayed in the Penquin Apartment for 5 nights. We were delighted with our experience. The property was light and airy with a large balcony overlooking False Bay. The views were spectacular. The apartment was well equipped for our needs. There was also a small pool on the grounds.
What made this place stand out was the service. We had daily cleaning service (not expected) and Ivan, Thalia and the team were on hand to help us with everything we needed. We have stayed in Sunnycove (FishHoek) three times now and this was the best accommodation we stayed in by far. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from 312ivany, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 24 Jan 2020
Thank you for this positive review, Thalia and I have taken your personal recommendations into considerations and will be making those minor adjustments. we look forward to hosting you and your family again in the near future.
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Stuart W wrote a review Jan 2023
Brighton, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a very relaxing two weeks at Whale of a Time. Beautiful apartment, kept very clean by the service. The view from the balcony was spectacular. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you could need. The bathroom had a great shower cubicle (just remember to wait a minute for the warm water to come through)
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Date of stay: January 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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magali b wrote a review Oct 2021
Begnins, Switzerland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Neptune appartment for 3 nights.
It's big and very clean with all necessary items to cook.
The beds are very comfortable but the curtains in the rooms are white and the sun shine already in the early morning in the room. We were awake at 5am everyday.
Otherwise I will totally recommend this place which is beautiful.
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Date of stay: October 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from A Whale of A Time Guest House, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 07 Nov 2021
Thank you for a wonderful review , we look forward to hosting you again.
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rehanaabdulla wrote a review Jan 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in the Penquin Apartment we were two adults and two teenagers and we were so comfortable The views overlooking False Bay were amazing. The apartment was well equipped for our needs. The beach is within walking distance and we enjoyed our morning walks along the beach. Parking is a consideration if all visitors don't park properly.
The service was amazing thank you Faith and Melody for keeping it clean. Ivan thank you for a wonderful stay
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: December 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from A Whale of A Time Guest House, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 16 Jan 2022
Dear Rehana Thank you for a wonderful review, You and your family were wonderful guests and we look forward to your next visit. Kind Regards ivan
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Go40825 wrote a review Sept 2020
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Comfortable stay for a weekend in the Dolphin unit. For a longer stay choose the beautiful Orca unit.
The views from all units are some of the best views of False Bay.
Booking in and out was effortless.
The chairs and table on the balcony create the ideal setting to watch the sunset.
Crisp white bedding, a comfortable bed and the sound of the waves to lull you to sleep.
We had a lovely relaxing time.
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Date of stay: September 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from A Whale of A Time Guest House, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 06 Sept 2022
Thank you for a wonderful review.
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Kitty T wrote a review Feb 2022
Ireland
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely bright open apartment with a nice verandah where we could sit and look at fish hoek bay and it’s beautiful views.
Small very clean pool below with loungers.
Very good sized bathroom and the kitchen area had everything necessary for general needs.
Only real disadvantage is that it is quite high up, nestling on the hillside, so not for anyone who can’t walk really.
The management set up a WhatsApp group with you to answer any questions, help with any issues snd we thought this was excellent. Very helpful idea.
Extremely good value for money and we would recommend it unhesitatingly
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Review collected in partnership with this hotel
Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from A Whale of A Time Guest House, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 06 Sept 2022
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Donald N wrote a review Oct 2023
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Property overlooks False Bay with magnificent sea views. Location is on a quiet street with easy access to amenities. Our apartment is ideally suited to a couple with a well fitted kitchen and with lounge and bedroom overlooking the sea.
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Date of stay: September 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from A Whale of A Time Guest House, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 07 Nov 2023
Thank You for a positive review
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Venture67152727223 wrote a review Apr 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My first thoughts as I walked down the stairs and onto the veranda, which ran the entire length of the floor we occupied, was "Wow, what a view". The view of False Bay was utterly amazing. The accommodation was extremely spacious and very comfortable. The beds in particular were very comfortable and the view from them was spectacular to say the least. Everything about these apartments worked so very well for us and we cannot wait to return for our next holiday. We were were very close to Kalk Bay which is a favorite haunt for my family. We loved the spacious lounge and especially the veranda which we used for breakfast each day while enjoying the spectacular sea view. The shops were only 5 minutes away and there were plenty of good restaurants within a 10 minute drive from the accommodation. The only problem I had was in one of our 2 units was a lack of hanging space in the wardrobe. I communicated this with the owner and he has said he will sort this out ASAP..
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from A Whale of A Time Guest House, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 23 Apr 2022
Thank you for a positive feedback , glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Tracy Y wrote a review May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Had a lovely stay with my parents. Accommodation was clean, fresh & amazing views. Ivan, the host, is amazing and always available for requests, suggestions and the two ladies who service the apartments are friendly and eager to help. Was a very nice stay and will definitely be back. Only drawback is the parking - it is quite limited and if you have a big car it's a bit of a squeeze. But this was the only challenge and was manageable. The host, location and views more than made up for it!
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Date of stay: April 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from A Whale of A Time Guest House, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 06 Sept 2022
Thank you Tracy for a wonderful review, We hope to see you soon.
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Louis Eksteen wrote a review Jan 2024
Johannesburg, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
If you love a stunning view over a beautiful bay, close enough to the beach to walk there and back, this is the perfect spot for you in Fish Hoek. The apartments are great but what impressed even more was the service. Simple WhatsApp communication meant efficient, effective service and nothing was too much trouble. I loved it there.
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Date of stay: December 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Ivan York, Owner at A Whale of a Time
Responded 04 Jan 2024
Hi Louis Thank you for a wonderful review, In today's day and age we need to embrace technology and I am glad that its working. We hope to see you soon. Regards Ivan and the team.
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Ash wrote a tip Jun 2019
Amersfoort, The Netherlands135 contributions55 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you don’t like stairs, go for top units. Look at their website for each unit information as they differ."
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Linda A wrote a tip Jan 2016
Pennington, South Africa8 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Penthouse have stunning view"
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TertiaGoosenScholtz wrote a tip Aug 2013
Gansbaai, South Africa32 contributions13 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"The cottage we were in are lovely and very private, although all off the guest uses the swimming pool that are situated at your cottage. If you have a problem with climbing steps I recommend a suite at the main building. Luxurious! All of the suites have sea views!"
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KelvinZulu wrote a tip May 2013
Rivonia, Gauteng, South Africa292 contributions414 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are sea facing, behind you is a huge mountain. Have all meals on your patio and watch the sea below for whales and dolphins, we saw a school of dolphins swim past one afternoon, as well a whale basking on surface one morning, you may see all the way across the bay to Gordon's Bay and Rooielsbaai in the distance."
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,511 - R 2,680 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownFish Hoek
NUMBER OF ROOMS
5
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Frequently Asked Questions about A Whale of a Time
Which popular attractions are close to A Whale of a Time?
Nearby attractions include False Bay Firearm Training Academy (1.1 km), Global Unique Fabrics (1.0 km), and Creation Jewellers (0.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at A Whale of a Time?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at A Whale of a Time?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at A Whale of a Time?
Guests can enjoy complimentary tea and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at A Whale of a Time?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to A Whale of a Time?
Conveniently located restaurants include Barracudas, Beira Mar Portuguese Restaurant, and The Stag & Maiden Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at A Whale of a Time?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at A Whale of a Time?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to A Whale of a Time?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Rhodes Cottage Museum (4.3 km), Noorul Islam Heritage Museum (5.2 km), and Scala Battery (3.8 km).
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