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Protea Hotel The Winkler

4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   R538 Numbi Gate Road, White River 1249, South Africa
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Ranked #6 of 9 hotels in White River
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Medford, New Jersey
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
24 hotel reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

We stayed at the Winkler and the gated grounds and lobby are lovely. However, our room had poor lighting and most rooms need updating. There was no plug in the bathroom. However, the rooms have flat screened TVs, wifi (no internet stations), a safe and hairdryer. Please bring a flashlight, because the hotel rooms have outside entrances and the walkway... More

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "Hilthd2000", Greetings from all of us at Protea Hotel The Winkler! Thank you for the kind comments and for recommending us on TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to hear we lived up to your expectations. Your detailed comments on our room standards are very much welcomed and will be discussed with the management team soonest. Do make sure you pay... More

Randburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Service was excellent from every member of staff. Rooms were spacious and beds were very comfortable. Showers hot. generous buffets. Enormous grounds for the kids and gorgeous views from the deck. We'll definitely be back.

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "Merriam C", Brilliant comments! Thank you for your generous recommendations and for sharing this on TripAdvisor. We are pleased to hear we have been able to create a fun and comfortable family get away and the TEAM and I are looking forward to hosting you again soon. Warm regards, Charmaine Kotze - General manager More

Pretoria, South Africa
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We initially booked at a hotel located in Hazyview but decided to forfeit the deposit because the internet and reality don’t always match. It happens :-/ We were glad that The Winkler were able to accommodate us at such short notice. It rescued what would otherwise have been a ruined vacation. My experience was only positive – from the room... More

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "dacostri", Thank you so much for the positive review. We are thrilled to hear you have had such a great time during your visit to our beautiful hotel. Glad to know we have been able to "save" your holiday. Do come back to us soon! Kind regards, Charmaine Kotze - General manager More

Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

As a black south African, we usually are very patient in nature, not full of complaints, but hai khona! I visited the place on the 27th- 29th December 2013, generally I would say the hotel is fine, but would give it 3 star not 4. The food on the 27 was ...okay...then on the 28th and 29 you probably know... More

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "Rehoboth657", Thank you for your honest feedback! Our apologies for not being able to live up to your expectations when staying with us and the end of 2013. I can assure you that our hotel is graded as a 4 star hotel for many years already and that this is done in an unbiased and transparent way. Your food... More

Benoni, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

We visit this hotel at least twice a year and with out fault great staff,great service. Great entertainment for the children, they have games room,water slides and sometimes a movie of their choice in the rooms. The A la Carte Menu is a great alternative to the buffet.

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "Noeleen H", On behalf of the TEAM at Protea Hotel The Winkler, I thank you for choosing to stay with us and for sharing your recommendations! Its much appreciated. We can't wait to host you and your family again soon. Warm regards, Charmaine Kotze - General Manager More

Pretoria
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

A good choice of hotel to relax and enjoy the surroundings. A good central point to see and explore the area, a great place to come back to and relax and enjoy good food and a swim. Sundowners overlooking the pool is fantastic with the lights lighting up the pool and grass area. The rooms clean and big.

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "Mark N", Greetings from White River! Thank you so much for your kind recommendations of our beloved Protea Hotel The Winkler. We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and found it to be an relaxing experience. A jump in the pool followed by a sundowner on the patio can certainly assist in escaping the rush... More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
19 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This hotel is 25 minutes from Numbi Gate and 45 minutes from Phabeni gate . It is a great option for those not wanting to spend big money staying in Sabie Sands . We were greeted with a warm welcome by Gladys who checked us in with a smile and a welcome drink . Rooms are large and bright and... More

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear reviewer, Thank you for the excellent review! Especially your kind recommendations on the service received by our TEAM members are much appreciated. I agree with you that our beloved hotel offers great value for money while in close proximity of many attractions in the area including Kruger Park. The beautiful spacious facilities on offer and luscious gardens are enjoyed... More

Oakdale, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

I was with a small group on our way out of Kruger when we used this hotel as a stop-over. I had stayed here in 2011 with a traveling companion, and my opinion of this hotel did not change. I thought it was sub-standard then, and now, I will say that it is just OK, nothing more. The staff tends... More

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "LoverOfSeattle", Thank you for the honest review. Clearly, the TEAM and I are very disappointed to hear we have not been able to exceed your expectations during your visit to the Kruger Park area. You can imagine its not our aim to simply be an "Ok" option when traveling to the White River area. Especially considering the rich history... More

Miami, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Let me start by saying that "near" is one hour away from the park on a very good highway. Very comfortable to relax after you spend all day al the park plus the drive time there and back of two hours. Rooms have all amenities in must hotels. MAKE SURE YOU TAKE WITH YOU A SOUTH AFRICA PLUG AND A... More

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "santiagozamudio", Greetings from the Protea Hotel Winkler TEAM! Thank you for choosing to stay at our beloved hotel when visiting the Kruger Park area. Your kind recommendations are much appreciated. I am surprised to hear about your travel time to the park as the Numbi Gate of the Kruger Park is only 28 km's away from our hotel, so... More

Plainfield, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

The hotel was clean and near Kruger National Park, which was what we needed it for. The breakfast and dinner buffets were decent, but the staff in the restaurant and the bar were unhelpful. They were rude when you asked for a drink, refused to give change, and were generally unfriendly.

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Hotel_Management2010, General Manager at Protea Hotel The Winkler, responded to this review

Dear "Smasta", We would like to thank you for taking the time to provide us with your comments on your recent stay with us. Although you indicate your stay had been generally comfortable and you enjoyed our facilities and location, I am very disappointed to hear that we have let you down when it comes to the service offering in... More

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Additional Information about Protea Hotel The Winkler

Also Known As:
Protea Hotel The Winkler White River, South Africa - Mpumalanga
Address: R538 Numbi Gate Road, White River 1249, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Mpumalanga > White River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 9 hotels in White River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Protea Hotel The Winkler 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Protea Hotel The Winkler – Your vibey landmark in the Lowveld – Work or Play, the place to stay. Open spaces, African nature at your doorstep and effortless comfort – Protea Hotel The Winkler epitomises the beauty, warmth and tranquility of the unique Mpumalanga province. Facilities available at the hotel include a state of the art conference centre accommodating up to 300 delegates, an on-site paintball course, that can be used for pure fun or team building challenges and for the younger GUESTs a fully equipped Kidz zone. With its ideal location, Protea Hotel The Winkler is a perfect spot from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area which offers attractions like Blyde River Canyon, Sabie Waterfalls and Pilgrim’s Rest. Only 20min drive from the renowned Kruger National Park, 6 kilometres from the White River Golf Course, 8 min drive from the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport and 20 kilometres from Nelspruit, this hotel has a world at its doorstep! ... more   less 
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