We stayed for one night on Easter Saturday 2013.
Location: In the middle of nowhere and whole Matijesfontein is preserved in the 1920’s.
Room/Bathroom: 1920 s!
No modern conveniences, e.g. our room had no shower, not even a handheld one in the bath tub and there was only a small strip neon light over bathroom mirror to light the bathroom. There was no hairdryer. We do realise that with conservation laws in place, the hotel might be restricted in what they can do to modernise the place, but you can get bath tub fittings with a shower head for most time periods or at least get some plastic ones that can be stuck over the hot and cold tab without being fixed.
We had a twin room and whilst one mattress seemed to be okay, the other one was sagging and the pillows were very thin.
There was a kettle with coffee/tea making facilities but the kettle lead was too short to reach the one electricity socket meaning that you had to move the bed and put the kettle on the floor to make yourself a drink.
The room was clean but there was a musty smell in the room and the cupboards. There was no safe.
Breakfast: We stayed as part of a wedding party with approx. 80 people and unfortunately the hotel was unable to cope with that many guests. One lady was cooking eggs and she also had to replenish the other warm food and plates. Another lady was refilling coffee, milk and tea.
However, the hotel was very accommodating with regards to a short notice change to our travel plans and all the staff were polite and friendly.
Matijesfontein consists of a station, museum, and transport museum, tea room, bar, church, hotel and gift shop. Beyond this there is not much to do, so overall if you do not enjoy indulging in nostalgia, a visit for a couple of hours is sufficient.
... we did enjoy the wedding and wedding party!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lord Milner is a lovely Victorian Hotel, full of history and atmosphere, begging to be explored. Matjiesfontein, the town itself has wonderful gardens to leisurely lose yourself in, interesting museums abundant with all sorts, as well as the typical general store/gift shop, a small chapel, a coffee house full of homemade goodies, an old courthouse, a recently renovated church and The Laird’s Arms Bar. Most evenings, one can enjoy a ride on the old London bus and tour the grounds with our entertainer Johnny. Then experience sundowners in the Laird's Arms. Dinner is served from 7-9pm in our beautiful candlelit dining room. We’ve hosted some beautiful weddings and outrageous birthday parties in our transport museum or the old Courthouse. We are only 3 hours from Cape Town by road or take the train.. "The Train to Matjiesfontein". ... more less