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The Cock House

10 Market St, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
The Cock House
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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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Durban, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 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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28 hotel reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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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
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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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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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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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013 via mobile

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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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