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“A taste of the past” 5 of 5 stars
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Lord Milner Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Duncan Road, Matjiesfontein 6901, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Matjiesfontein
Cape Town
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“A taste of the past”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

If you want to stay and experience a bygone area, then Matjiesfontein is the place to be. It is rated 3 stars, so don’t expect more BUT! You feel as though you are part of the 1940’s in a nice way. From the Lairds arms to the rooms, all part of our history. The food is good, service fine. The bus tour a good chuckle! The museum worth some time to absorb.

Was there as part of a family birthday and we all had a great time.

Overall affordable and great place to kick back and relax

Room Tip: The Lord Milnar rooms are fantastic!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

If you want luxury..do not stay here.If you want Victorian nostalgia it is a must.Basic but clean rooms. Basic but good food.On arrival my wife required a bath. Turning on the hot water tap...only cold water came out. Reception told her to keep running the water until it came. 10 minutes later still no hot water. She was given the keys to three more rooms to find some which she did.In the morning I happened to turn on the cold tap first and out poured piping hot water.
We have stayed three times ....I love it and the station and village.A really excellent museum.
Ask for a room with a balcony.

Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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RawdonSA, Owner at Lord Milner Hotel, responded to this review, May 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to post a comment on your stay at the Lord Milner, Matjiesfontein. We are always delighted when guests appreciate the assets and highlights of the village. More so, we are very grateful to those who persevere despite the drawbacks of staying in historic buildings in a remote location. Plumbing is a constant challenge due to our water quality (a note about the water is provided with the room information) and we thank you very much for your patience on this occasion. We look forward to welcoming you back at Matjiesfontein soon.
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Abbots Langley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

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!

Room Tip: Try to get one with a shower if you do like to rinse yourself down after a bath or when washing your...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Saldanha, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I so enjoyed my one night stay in Matjiesfontein. Our hosts, Tom and Fiona, went out of their way to make our stay so enjoyable. The room we stayed in reminded me of staying with my Great Aunt when I was small - comfy beds with sheets, blankets and a "bedspread" (instead of a modern day duvet). The water was piping hot. We had a traditional Karoo meal in the dining room - stuffed Karoo lamb with sweet potatoe, sweet pumpkin, peas and sousboentjies - delicious. A trip on the red double decker london bus was such fun! It's a lovely place for photographers. The buildings of course are very old but this adds to the charm. Don't go there expecting modern day plumbing, perfectly clean bathwater, and modern furniture. The whole idea is to experience life in those days (of course you have the added benefit of eskom etc.). I'll go back as soon as I can.

Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

A stunning looking building in a pretty village (hamlet?) but it doesn't live up to the promise. small room with no aircon; no shower; dodgy plumbing; only one (difficult to reach) power point, already powering lamps etc; no TV; mediocre food served by not-very-friendly staff. However, the pool is great and the 10-minute bus tour is fun.

Room Tip: Ask to see other rooms in case there's something better available.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Guidlford, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

I last visited the Lord Milner in 1978 with a group of university friends. It hasnt changed much. As other reviewers have pointed out this is a hotel from a long gone age however I think it retains a certain character and charm and I know of many folk who return to it year after year. We spent a very enjoyable evening there having booked the Pool suites under local advice and they were great. The food was average but the most striking thing for us was how enthusiastic and positive staff were. In fact they saw it as their responsibility to ensure we had a good time.

A long night in the bar next door as well!

Room Tip: Choose the Pool Suite
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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McGregor, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Having stayed at the Lord Milner hotel 20 years ago, my recent experience was very disappointing. Reception was okay, not great, but when I checked into my single room (small but that was not the real problem), things started to go down. There was one totally inadequate and noisy plug-in fan, with no table to stand it on, and only hot water came out of BOTH taps in the bath (no shower), no matter how long I ran the taps. Did I mention it was 37 degrees C outside, and the west-facing room had been baking in the sun coming through the window all afternoon? When I complained to the receptionist, before going in for dinner, and asked for a better fan, she told me they had no other fan, and if i wanted to change rooms, I would have to pay more. This seemed pretty unreasonable, given the problems with the room (including toilet flushing issues). Finally they gave me a better fan, but at no stage did the manager talk to me. I was also finally offered another room, but it was already after dinner and I really did not feel like the upheaval at that stage. It is one thing to have problems with a room, but it is bad management not to immediately deal with this in a pleasant way. There was no fan in the dining room, even though it was very hot in the room at dinner time, and staff did not open windows to let in the cooling breeze. The historical ambience is still great, and i had a fabulous swim in the surprisingly icy pool. but don't expect too much if you choose to stay here, and avoid room 22!

Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Lord Milner Hotel

Address: Duncan Road, Matjiesfontein 6901, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Matjiesfontein
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 hotels in Matjiesfontein
Hotel Class:3 star — Lord Milner Hotel 3*
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 

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