My first visit to the Royal hotel was in the winter when the Cape winters are drizzly and cold. The large fireplace in the lounge of the Royal was just the cure. Here you can laze on one of the many comfortable sofas and stare at the crackling fire. Or you can order a drink an start chatting to fellow visitors. On Friday afternoons from 5 - 7 you can order your G&T at half price - bonus! Not sure if that is an ongoing promotion, but I returned a few months later and it was still going. The bartender serves the drink in a large goblet with exotic bits of fruit bobbing in it. Pomegranate, gooseberries, kiwi. A true delight. The hotel has been refurbished and is in excellent nick. Oozes style and charisma. In summer there is a splash pool for residents that faces the lush gardens and has, of course, a wet bar. Splash out - go there!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "The grand old lady finally has her new dress on" is what the locals said when The Royal was refurbished and upgraded to the highest standards in 2005/2006. After serving more than seven generations, the oldest hotel of the Western Cape occupies a very special place in the hearts of both local and international visitors. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Hotel Riebeek Kasteel