In a word....Wow!
We were greeted by Teresa as we got out of the car, so first impressions were really good and that was BEFORE we stepped inside!
The place is homely with an attention to detail scarcely found in anywhere we've ever stayed. My OH travels a lot with work, to some of the best hotels in the world, and he rated this up there with the best of them.
For a guest house, so much thought has been put into everything.
We stayed in the Mountain Monkey room and I was amused to see the monkey theme running throughout the decor. Our bathroom was fantastic, with underfloor heating and both a bath and shower, plus his n hers sinks.
Tea and coffee was provided in the room, and also down in the dining room.
Our room was next to the library, which led out onto a balcony overlooking the pool (not heated!) and with fabulous views out to sea; another couple saw whales early morning, but we didn't see any during our stay.
We didn't experience any noise during our stay and had two of the best night's sleep of our holiday.
There was a bar in the dining room, which is run on an honesty system, but we didn't use this.
On checking in, Teresa informed us that she'd booked us a table at Burgundy restaurant in town; this was a nice touch as we had no clue where to go for food.
Hermanus isn't huge, and not too far away driving wise, though we wouldn't recommend Burgundy (see my review).
Breakfast was great, the staff were really friendly and helpful.I loved the plantpot muffins :-)
It's not a huge place, but we liked that about it as it meant we felt we got a more personal service and it gave us a chance to talk with fellow travellers.
Parking is available at the front of the property (3 spaces) plus a huge, secure car park at the rear.
Yes, the property is unmanned at night, and there is a locked gate, but I don't feel this was at all detrimental, especially from a security point of view.
Our only criticism has to be of the wifi; we ended up standing next to the office door to send messages back home via whatsapp (I only wanted to send photos to show off what a beautiful place we were staying in!!)
I would recommend this place in a heartbeat. We've actually booked again already for next year.
- Also Known As:
- Les Baleines Hotel Hermanus