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African Shades B&B

3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   13 Swellegrebel Str, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
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Ranked #21 of 33 Swellendam B&B and Inns
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for one night. I found the room very cold. There was a heater which they put on for us when we arrived but it would have been a nice touch to have it on before we entered the room. It was a Saturday in winter and everything in the town seemed to have shut as we really... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We enjoyed our stay in the African Shades. The room was clean and comfortable, the pool area was nice to relax and to cool down. Restaurants nearby with fantastic food. Friendly staff. Great breakfast!

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Southampton, England
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

In a town with many B&B's this is a friendly place in a good location. Our room was clean, large and well fitted. It is in a quiet part of the town close to some excellent restaurants. The new owner is making improvements to everything. The breakfast outdoors was excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

It is a beatiful, cozy and clean B&B. Rooms are really nice, beds very comfy, definitely good sleep. You get tea, coffee in the room. There's a little fridge and a fan. Little touches to the property make it a great place to stay. Swellendam as such makes a fantastic stop on the way to Garden Route. Really recommended. Breakfast... More

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Dusseldorf, Germany
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Very nice hotel, friendly staff, clean and large rooms were well-equipped with everything, pool area a bit small but nonetheless very nice. Breakfast was very good as well! Good car parking area, wi-fi worked good all around the whole spot

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

A very comfortable room with a great shower and comfy bed. An excellent location in the centre of Swellendam. Normally would have given a place like this a higher rating but the owner was not very welcoming or helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed for 1 Night. What a Pleasant Experience. The Room was Clean and in perfect Condition. Staff were friendly and Helpful. Breakfast was Tops. Highly Recommended. Will Definitely Recommend to friends.

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

A very nice and very good furnished two bed bedroom. The service all in all as well as the breakfast was excellent! Managed by a family which gave me the feeling of beeing home! You can have your own specialised breakfast which was awesome, even our vegetarian friend found what she wants to eat.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

Ideally situated in a quiet leafy street a short walk from a couple of good restaurants and conveniently close to the centre of town. Our stay in Sept 2013 was just before completion of renovations but we were made to feel incredibly welcome and were exceedingly well looked after. Recommended!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Friendly staff, easy to find, clean & well equipped rooms, good breakfast, etc. What more do you need when travelling the N2 between Cape Town and George? Located right across the road from Mayville House (part of the Drostdy Museum) in an oak lined street, African Shades is within walking distance from most of Swellendam's attractions with some of the... More

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Address: 13 Swellegrebel Str, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
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Hotel Class:3 star — African Shades B&B 3*
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A unique bed & breakfast located in the beautiful, historic town of Swellendam, right across from the Drostdy Museum. Expect a warm welcome, clean, spacious rooms, super comfortable beds and luxurious cotton percale linen. We offer 6 en-suite rooms all with separate entrances and private patios. Our swimming pool has stunning mountain views and offers welcome relief for those hot, summer days. At our Arts & Crafts shop, the best of modern and traditional South African crafts and designs are on display. Colourful, unique and inspiring!Our restaurant is shaded under large oak trees and overlooks the Langeberg Mountains. Open for breakfast and lunch, this is the ideal spot for a quick refreshment stop. As a family run business, we pride ourselves in always providing friendly, personal service. ... more   less 
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