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4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   20 Homestead Road, Margate 4277, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #1 of 8 Margate B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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“Excellent Guesthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

The Albatros Guest House
Excellent guesthouse with warm welcome by host André and Bessie.
Beautiful rooms with seaview, spacious and with all comforts.
Extensive, cooked breakfast served outside on terrace.
Fine artworks in the lobby.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Redcar, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

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We have visited South Africa from the UK 3 times in 3 years now travelling all over South Africa, staying in a youth hostel in hermanus to the luxurious 5 Star Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks, Durban.
We have never had any bad accomodation mostly exceptional accomodation, maybe we are lucky who know's. HOWEVER one thing is for sure The Albatross Guest House in Margate is without any shadow of a doubt the best run and most accomodating place we have stayed and trust me we have stayed at some really top draw places in South Africa.
For me where the Albatross stands out head and shoulders above the rest is the friendliness of the owners and the staff. We stayed for 5 nights and Andre's wife was in america at a wedding. We arrived after a long drive from the Drakensberg with torrential rain making the journey seem longer all the way. When we got to Margate we were tired and it was one of them storms where the rain is falling that heavy the car windscreen wipers seemed to make no differance, so your tired and irritable.
We pressed the gate buzzer, within 30 seconds the gate opened, and a big bubbly smiling Andre enthusiastically ran down to us opening the car doors shaking my hand with a nice hard warm grip insisting he carried our luggage to our room.
It just got better from there, we were put into the top right hand corner family room which was vast with two rooms and a bathroom, fridge and tv and a simply huge balcony.
Andre ran everything on trust and was so warm and welcoming. His accomodation is in a stunning setting with stunning views and all the rooms are without doubt stunning to say the least and a testament to him and his wifes taste of design. As it was off season we were allowed to have a look in the empty rooms thinking maybe we were lucky and had the best room. Definately not the case as all the rooms are decorated to the highest of standards all with stunning sea side views with balcony's.
We sat in the main downstairs room a few nights chatting to andre who is an exceptional host and a really good conversationist. He runs an honesty bar and would give me a few free drinks as we sat chatting in front of the tv with the pool at the side of us as the sun was setting and I woke a few mornings with a thick head from the night before.
The location is in a very safe area not that margate seemed to be unsafe, quite the opposite to be honest. Its an easy 10 min walk to the beach from the Albatross.
I cannot praise Andre high enough as he would bend over backwards absolutley every single day to help myself and wife and daughter while we stayed there.
When we left he also insisted we email him to let him know that we had arrived back safely in the UK, its the little things in life that make all the differance and andre is certainly aware of this which is why your stay here will be so enjoyable.

I usually spend hours trawling through the thousands of reviews when going away somewhere, some reviews are good and some terrible for the self same accomodation obviously differant people expect differant things.

All I can say is if anybody has a bad word to say about the Albatross then they quite simply must be one of lifes exceptionally hard to please induviduals.
After leaving at the Albatross Guest House we drove north to Durban where we stayed at the super Luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel on Umhlanga Rocks. There is no doubt the Beverly Hills was a super place to stay and simply cannot be faulted.
HOWEVER it cost a heck of a lot more than the Albatross and after our latest 4 week trip to South Africa, its the Albatross that we will remember foundly for years to come.
This is quite simply, how Guest House's should be run.

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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

The Albatros Guest House is a great B&B Centrally located in Margate. Comfortable and clean. Bessie and Andre were very friendly and accomodating. Nice breakfasts. Great views for whale watching. I would defenitely come again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hillcrest, South Africa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Really comfortable, spacious rooms with a great view of the ocean. Owners and staff were really friendly and accommodating. Breakfast time is beautiful, tables are placed near the pool which also has an ocean view. After seeing the other accomodation available in margate, we would only ever stay here if we were to return.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Luenen, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

As the guest house was fuly booked the owners took us to their flat in the city center.

It was a very comfortable stay an the very friendly and helpful ownwrs Andre and Bessie didn´t even want to know our names or passport ID or something else- "we look in yor eyes an we see we can trust you!"

The breakfast in the GH was very nice as well- we can really recommend this fine place!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

The owners and staff are friendly,welcoming and most importantly proffessional. I enjoyed the confortable and clean beds, the nice tasty meals, the great outdoor facilities particularly the pool and the lapa. The nice view and the sound of the waves during the night. During our vacation we had no crime incidents internally and externally, the neighbourhoood was friendly and safe. We enjoyed the convenience of being closer to town we could either drive or just walk to town, but walkin was our favourite. The weather was great hot, sunny but sometimes a bit windy.

We hope to c u guyz soon! The Albratros Guest House
Tank u Andre, Bessie and your friendly staff.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This is definitely the place to stay on the south coast = whether for business or pleasure it will meet all your needs. The rooms are spacious and more than nice. Effective aircon. A wonderful 180 seaview from just about everywhere on the premises and all the rooms. Watch dolpins and whales from your own private balcony. Super clean and modern bathroom. Beautiful swimmingpool that you will use in summer. Central location. 3 minutes from main beach (by car) Very secure.Host is always available without being intrusive. Breakfast of the highest standard. You feel as if you stay in a five star hotel but with a personal touch. You WILL love the place and return.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Address: 20 Homestead Road, Margate 4277, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Margate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Margate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Albatros Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the sunny South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, Margate is one of the prime holiday destinations in South Africa. The Albatros Guest House & Golf Tours. Situated within walking distance of the beach & bustling village, while at the same time in the middle of the notorious 'Golf Coast'. From the pool deck or your own private balcony, you have an expansive 180° sea view, where you can relax and watch whales & dolphins which abound during the natural phenomenon of the annual sardine run, 'the greatest shoal on earth'. Each of our luxury air-conditioned rooms has a full en-suite or private bathroom (shower & bath), TV, tea & coffee, and balcony with sea view. Breakfast is enjoyed on the deck in the mornings - a great way to start the day. Children over 12 years are welcome. Other facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, bar, pool table and undercover braai (barbecue) area. If lazing around the pool is not for you, there is plenty to keep you busy during your stay with us. Sandy beaches stretch for miles along the coast of the warm Indian ocean, which offers a variety of activities including safe, protected swimming, surfing, or scuba diving with the sharks at Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal. Whale & dolphin watching boat trips, angling and deep sea fishing trips are also very popular. For the avid golfer, the area boasts 6 of South Africa's top 100 golf courses according to the Complete Golfer Rankings, which are guaranteed to test your skills & astound you with their scenery.For the nature lover or adrenalin junkie, extreme adventures at the spectacular white river rafting - in season. There are a host of restaurants & pubs, where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat or a leisurely evening meal. A visit to a crocodile farm, a flip in a microlite, gambling at the Wild Coast Casino, arts & crafts, horse riding we have it all. ... more   less 

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