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The Cock House

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4.0 of 5 Inn   |   10 Market St, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
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The Cock House
Ranked #8 of 33 Grahamstown B&B and Inns
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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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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119 reviews 119 reviews
24 hotel reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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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Johannesburg, South Africa
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I have stayed at the Cock House twice now, and both were great experiences. Their restaurant is superb and you should eat there at least once during your stay, and possible every night if you can make it. The staircase to the upstairs rooms were a little difficult to navigate with a large suit case but this was only a... More 

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Centurion, South Africa
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71 reviews 71 reviews
36 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

hotel is not your modern day design BUT has historical character to the part of this small City within walking distance to an awesome Cathedral located in the center of town!hotel decor is colonial with rich fabrics!love the white crisp sheets,wooden floors and the stately design of the home.staff is always receptive and have a spirit of Ubuntu!breakfasts are excellent.i... More 

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
37 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Having not dined there before , we were pleased when – on a recent visit to Grahamstown - our friends there suggested we visit the Cock House . We were happy to agree to this as we knew that the establishment had an excellent reputation ( but somehow did not get to visit there on numerous trips to the city... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

A group of colleagues and I stayed at the Cock House during a work visit to Grahamstown, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The rooms are spacious and nicely furnished, the breakfast is simple but delicious, and dinner at the restaurant was also good. The staff at the hotel really tried to accommodate our every wish - and we had a... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was recommended in Lonely Planet and we needed to break our journey up North so we booked a night at the Cock house. The hotel is located right across a minibus terminal (rather noisy, and disconcerting). While the history and architecture of the building are interesting, the hotel has seen better days. Unfortunately we were the only guests,... More 

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Jessica S, General Manager at The Cock House, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We always appreciate our guests’ honest feedback; it allows us to look at any downfalls and, where possible, correct them. The building, in which The Cock House is situated, dates back to 1826 and is located on Market Square where, historically, there has always been a lot of hustle and bustle. Unfortunately, in the modern... More 

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Address: 10 Market St, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Grahamstown
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Cock House 4*
Number of rooms: 13

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