By the Way Guesthouse

By the Way Guesthouse

898 Sias Oosthuizen Street, Clarens 9707 South Africa
bedroom area Meadow suite
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4.5
#8 of 30 guest houses in Clarens
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
By the Way Guesthouse is situated at the entrance of Clarens. The guesthouse has 2 suites that are bed and breakfast included and in walking distance to the shops. The suites have full en suite bathrooms, lounge areas and kitchenettes. Easy to find and tastefully decorated offering guests luxury accommodation at affordable rate. Breakfasts are delivered to your room and prepared fresh each day.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Coffee shop
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Breakfast in the room
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Room features
Housekeeping
Bottled water
Kitchenette
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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3.5 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans

Location

898 Sias Oosthuizen Street, Clarens 9707 South Africa
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 73 out of 100
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Bloemfontein Intl Airport
217.4 km
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60swinter wrote a review Feb 2020
Spain178 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Only spent one night here but what gorgeous accommodation and such a great welcome on our arrival.
Huge apartment with a small balcony and everything you could need, a small selection of drinks (including wine) in the fridge to purchase, cheaply I must add. Plus there was milk & water for free to go along with the tea and coffee.
An easy stroll into the town with its shops and restaurants which meant we could leave our car in the secure parking area.
You would not be disappointed if you stayed 1 night or weeks here, very homely, bright, comfortable and clean.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Anthony R wrote a review Jan 2023
16 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
By The Way guest house is a wonderful place to stay. Before we arrived Dylan - the host - had already sent us all the information we needed to make our stay comfortable and pleasant. The location itself is great, it's close enough to walk to the village but far enough away that you aren't disturbed by the noise. It's also two minutes away from Clarens Xtreme where you can do a lot of exciting activities. We chose the bed and breakfast option, which included a friendly service every morning from both Sam and Dylan and delicious food. Our stay was both fun and relaxing and I recommend this guest house to anyone visiting Clarens.
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Scubadiveninja wrote a review Mar 2023
Northwich, United Kingdom91 contributions59 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great location, short walk from the main square. The room was huge and beautifully decorated. Everything you could need was there with thoughtful touches like milk for tea, salt and pepper if you were eating in and some cookies.
Breakfast was well organised and had good choices.
What sets this place apart is the lovely host who is great at communicating and really makes an effort to ensure a comfortable stay.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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lcoetzee5 wrote a review Feb 2020
Kimberley, South Africa1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Fridge was not defrosted upon arrival thus freezer could not be used. Lady at reception had to run around getting it cleaned. No follow up was made, floor was soaked as fridge never worked for the rest of our weekend. Load shedding got the blame - rather consider to invest in a generator,
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Date of stay: February 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Lora R wrote a review Feb 2021
Durban215 contributions93 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I don't like being overly critical at this time especially, but I have to say we were very disappointed and ended up cancelling our stay and moving elsewhere. Our main concerns were that this place doesn't look like its photos anymore.

Our room was spacious and well equipped but the mat in front of the fireplace was full of burn marks, there were long hairs behind the door on the bathroom floor. On arrival we had to navigate around the back of the building and the front terrace did not look like the photos. There did not appear to be any COVID protocols in place. .
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Date of stay: February 2021
2.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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KarinPlett2021 wrote a review Sept 2021
14 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The photos do not do this incredibly beautiful room justice. Yes it is on the main road, but with the door and windows closed, you would never know.
Shutters on the windows to keep the cold out, electric blankets to heat the bed - just perfect.
Perfectly situated as it is close to all amenities, restaurants and gift shops.
Clarens is a must do on your bucket list and By the Way Guesthouse was the ideal place to explore Clarens from.
The breakfast was the perfect start to a long day of exploring the beautiful town.
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Date of stay: September 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Donna-Leigh M wrote a review Aug 2022
Johannesburg, South Africa83 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Upon arrival and seeing that our guesthouse was right as you entered the town I was a tad hesitant if the pictures would match the location but, I was pleasantly surprised. A group of 3 of us had a very comfortable stay. A real gem hidden within a stones throw of everything you would need whilst in Clarens.
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Date of stay: June 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Jessica v wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only stayed one night but will definitely be back for a longer stay! We stayed in the Haze suite and it is beautifully decorated with accents of purple - I loved it! Everything you need is in the room as well as a great mini bar. Breakfast was delicious and we loved chatting to Amy. Thank you for a lovely stay!
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Date of stay: February 2020
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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leshark0 wrote a review Mar 2023
Northwich, United Kingdom45 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very well equipped rooms. Fresh milk in the fridge. Drinking water supplied when you arrive. Lovely and spacious. Only 700mtr walk to town. Secure parking. Great breakfast. Lovely host. Easy self check in and check out, with full instructions supplied. Highly recommend staying in this guesthouse.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Notdonaldtrump wrote a review Dec 2020
Umhlanga Rocks, South Africa91 contributions47 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Convenient, clean, very comfortable, well equipped and reasonable breakfast.
By the Way literally means ‘by the Highway’ ie the main road into Clarens, but that’s not a train-smash - the centre of Clarens is only a few minutes drive away.
If staying in Clarens longer, I’d opt for somewhere more central and picturesque however.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Penny F asked a question Oct 2016
Do you accept dogs?
Answer from AndreaKT
Secunda, South Africa56 contributions4 helpful votes
I don't think they do. Rooms are not all on ground level and place is a bit too pretty I think for them to allow dogs.
Sandy W wrote a tip Nov 2021
Hoedspruit, South Africa109 contributions58 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There were 4 of us and we stayed in Meadow and Haze suits which were wonderful."
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Eleanorvdw wrote a tip Aug 2019
Bloemfontein, South Africa21 contributions2 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Petal room was fabuous."
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Brian B wrote a tip Jul 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa100 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Take the rooms on the front of the guest hose as they have the views."
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margarethT2690LC wrote a tip May 2017
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you have problems with stairs make sure to get a downstairs room."
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Tina V wrote a tip Mar 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa35 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Could be noisy from all the activity in the side road, but depending on purpose of trip, good stay."
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,068 - R 1,197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
South AfricaFree StateClarens
NUMBER OF ROOMS
2
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Frequently Asked Questions about By the Way Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to By the Way Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Blou Donki Art Gallery (0.4 km), Titanic Rock (0.3 km), and Wickit Candles (0.5 km).
What are some of the property amenities at By the Way Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at By the Way Guesthouse?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at By the Way Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at By the Way Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to By the Way Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Highland Coffee Roastery, Treat Restaurant, and Roter Hahn.
Is By the Way Guesthouse located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.4 km away from the centre of Clarens.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at By the Way Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans.
Are there any historical sites close to By the Way Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Bushmen Art at Schaaplaats Farm (0.6 km).
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