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African Queen

Mapledurham Estate, Mapledurham RG4 7TR, England
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 hotel reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An unusual and unforgettable experience. Andy is a very entertaining raconteur, Bonny is a great cook, and Bobby quietly and unobtrusively gets on with, well, everything. He deserves a medal. I expected to rough it a bit, but I was wrong - the showers were hot and the boat was warm and cosy. On the Saturday evening the 14 guests... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have just spent a fantastic weekend aboard the African Queen as a surprise for my husband's 60th birthday. We were not disappointed. Welcomed aboard by Andy the captain, a great character. Food absolutely gorgeous cooked by Bonnie Andy's wife. Bobby the crew man worked tirelessly every day to ensure the smooth running of the boat. What a great team on... More 

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London
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw this unusual hotel and thought we'd try something different for a weekend away from London. We had a really nice weekend aboard this boat. Everything is rather small and a little squashed but still comfortable, especially as we had the slightly bigger room and our bed was suprisingly comfy. I was impressed with the shower pressure and the... More 

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Portsmouth
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

Have been in email correspondence for over 2 months and was under the impression we had reserved a 2 night break for a group of friends (aged 40-70 years). Have just been informed the African Queen have since taken other bookings for the dates we wanted and I have now been told they don't want group bookings incase they are... More 

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SG19
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Great venue great service no complaints re food and remember its a barge so if you want up to date plumbing and space standards don't book it. Worked great for a group, can't see it being so good for couples. Drinks a sensible price however Bobby and Cherry are priceless, and are adorable. Other than sending 'mine host' on an... More 

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Crossville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We have just completed a family trip on the African Queen with my wife, 92 year old father, my sister and her husband. There were just nine passengers on board with three crew. We had a great time. The passengers were very entertaining and the service and food were both excellent. The Captain was an entertaining "mine host" but could... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

we have just come back home from another trip on the African queen.if you want great hospitality great food and a beautiful holiday this is the place to go. Andy, Bonnie, Bobby,Cherie looked after us perfectly, met some lovely people on board. The Food is absolutely brilliant,beautiful scenery and just a perfect relaxing holiday. Once again thank you so much... More 

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UK
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199 reviews 199 reviews
36 hotel reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Where to begin? We watched the Hotel Inspector's African Queen (5D) show the day before we went so we sort of knew what we were getting into. Our trip, was a four night cruise, first going upstream as far as Wallingford and then back downstream to Henley-on-Thames before returning to base at Mapledurham. The ship is great except for the... More 

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New Zealand
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 hotel reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Having discovered this experience on the internet we thought it would be an interesting way to end our European holiday, and it was. The hospitality of Andy, Bonny, Bobby and Cherry was fantastic, they work hard to make sure everything is as it should be and are always smiling. We had the largest cabin in the back of the boat... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My husband was very reluctant about cruising until I found the ideal solution - a cruise that stays within sight of dry land! A five day stay on the ‘African Queen’ was just right. Excellent meals, comfortable accommodation, and the variety of interesting places to visit up and down the Thames made our trip one to remember. Andy, Bonny and... More 

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