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The Cock House

10 Market St, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It actually pains me to write this review where the outcome of the chronic neglect the owner clearly has exhibited may adversely affect the employees in a country where unemployment and poverty are rife. Nonetheless, dear traveler, this place is to be avoided at all costs. Yes, Grahamstown has few options, but there are better than this. Our two days... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We spent a warm, comfortable night at The Cock House, despite the chilly weather and load - shedding! The staff were incredibly friendly and accommodating. It was a treat to be surrounded by the history of the place, the lovely art in the dining room and the antique pieces. The bar is a cosy space for a drink or two... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This was our tenth visit in six years to The Cock House. The reason we keep going back is because we get great service, pleasant, helpful staff and a consistency. Add to that, a great kitchen that delivers superb food. Its a winner!!

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Durban, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This is a very old and historical hotel...from the outside it really does not look like much and area make one a bit nervous. But once our car was parked in very secure lock up area, we discovered a very pleasant bar man on duty that was so helpful! The room was very spacious and clean but must say old... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

This hotel has had some not so good reports but we were very happy with our visit this month. Granted, the location is not ideal, but once through the door, or remote parking gate, it is a mini paradise. Rooms are comfy and large and the staff all welcoming and friendly. We have been visiting Grahamstown for 3 years now,... More 

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

On the whole I agree with Karin P below: old world charm but VERY tired! And I know they can't do anything about the location, but it really isn't pleasant! (From about 6am a lady in the taxi rank opposite was smashing wooden crates with a rock to get her roadside braai going for the 'off to work' rush of... More 

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Paris, France
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

When I've learned from an elder lady at the hotel that Nelson Mandela spend some time here, it was an honor for me to stay a little time my feet in Madiba's path, just as an historical accident. You will be able to enjoy the decadent test of a taste of 19 century colonialism.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We stayed at the Cock House for a week in December 2013. We expected Norden's restaurant to have nice food, but we were unprepared for the exceptional tasting experience and ambiance. The Cock House has a lot of old charm. Don't expect the put together quality of a recently built hotel box, but the stay was still very comfortable and... More 

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Potchefstroom, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Sadly, this historic home has ended up being in a grotty part of Grahamstown, as the town has developed and faces onto the back end of a shopping complex and a noisy taxi rank. A previous reviewer mentioned that it needs TLC. Indeed. On the surface it has a 'gentleman and scholar's' feel to it, but the linen is tired,... More 

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Bolton. Lancs
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

We stayed two nights in November 2013. The food was excellent for Dinner and Breakfast. Appreciated the history of the place and its old world charm but the hotel is looking a little tired and needs some TLC to give it new life. We were the only guests so it was a little flat. The rooms were clean and enjoyable.

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