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The Royal Hotel
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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

The oldest hotel in South Africa has great bar with extensive selection of Gins and absolutely the right atmosphere for gin & tonic tasting. Do not mist it if you are nearby! The town has breathtaking history, colorful presence and bright future.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank PoohPrague
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Having arrived on a late Sunday afternoon, we were little surprised to be recommended to an alternative restaurant for dinner, on the basis that we were the only potential diners in the hotel that night. Our misgivings were quickly and consistently removed by a very good bed in a comfy room and a world class eggs Benedict breakfast. The staff were without exception, friendly and efficient. Dinner was as good if not better than breakfast, reviewed separately. Another astonishingly great breakfast of French toast with crispy bacon and emmenthal cheese on the following day, rounded off a superb stay.
The gin and tonic cocktail hour between 5 and 6 pm is an innovative and fun way to fuel up for dinner.
We will return. We loved it.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Mike E
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

I visited this hotel with friends. I had a single room which was very spacious with a king sized bed. The bed linen was good quality with many soft pillows. Air conditioner worked well and was quiet and efficient. Great bathroom and walk-in shower. Food is excellent and the breakfast, included in our room rates, was magnificent. It was served on the stoep so we could watch the village wake up as we enjoyed the leisurely feast. We didn't need lunch!
The hotel is pretty and old colonial in ambience. The legendary G&Ts served at half price between 5 and 6 add to the atmosphere. The local gin, infused with botanicals and made in A Still Bay distillery is well worth trying.
Staff are friendly and helpful though one or two are new and need a bit more training.
My only complaint is the unnecessary and too loud piped music. Who needs to listen to Piaf and Sinatra on the longest stoep south of the Limpopo?


Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

What a gem of a place! Colonial spleandour where you can have the best gin and tonic sitting on their long stoep, or in the lovely old style bar.
Wonderful staff, very well run and very friendly!
We'll definately be back.
Room 1 was lovely with the largest king size bed ever!!

Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Emily L
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A great experience, classic, relaxed, very enjoyable.
Good rooms and good room service, most comfortable and very relaxing.
A fantastic stoep, said to be the longest in South Africa and a really traditional hotel, said to be the best colonial example south of the Equator.
Very good restaurant, lovely, shaded and semi open. Great staff, very relaxed.
Drinks and cocktails on the stoep highly recommended.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
2  Thank Irthlingborough43
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