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3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   45 Marine Drive, Hermanus 7200, South Africa   |  
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Durban, South Africa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012 via mobile

Great view and all round great experience. The unit (4 sleeper unit no 2) is fully equipped and more than sufficient. Although furniture is old it does not lack anything. I was pleasantly surprised with the underfloor heating in the main lounge, heated towel rails and Satellite Television included in the package. Within walking distance of most main amenities, old harbor and whale watching spots. Will definitely be back.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

After reading a few reviews, just before leaving for 45 Marine Drive, which were negative, I was pleasantly surprised and happy to find that the negative reviews were definitely not my experience. Was a home away for home for our family. The views were excellent and the location absolutely perfect to just walk up to the town and browse at the craft market and around the town. We enjoyed our stay and would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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45MarineDrv, Public Relations Manager at 45 Marine Drive, responded to this review, May 24, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review, and we're so pleased that you came to stay in spite of older negative or mixed reviews. We do try to improve our facilities on an ongoing basis and we aim to present our guests with a welcoming space.

These are the sort of compliments that keep our staff going, and they will be passed on. We have also noted your individual ratings and will strive to improve where we can.

Hope you return soon, and thank you again!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

3 couples in a 3-bed flat (No.10, 2nd floor of 4) for 3 nights late September 2011. For one couple second visit to same building (previously a privately owned ground floor flat); the other 2 couples first time visitors from the UK.

The reason for the booking was simply the previous knowledge of the excellent position of the building for whale viewing, and it did not let us down. Also very convenient for Hermanus centre, shopping, restaurants etc - all a very short walk away.

The flat was clean, basic, but functional - except for a microwave which didn't work. It could not be described as luxurious, but was perfectly adequate for a few days primarily directed at whale watching. Two of the bedrooms rather small. Unfortunately on the 3rd day - Monday - a flat directly above was being renovated and a jackhammer used all day. Not the letting companies fault (different owner) but we were thankful our other 2 days were a weekend!

Secure garaged parking; a lift to all floors; overall good value for money as long as the builders don't get you!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kenya
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226 helpful votes 226 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2011

The apartments are located on Marine drive which is one of the main sea facing roads in Hermanus and walking distance to the central shopping area. Great views of the sea from the rooms and the balconies.

Note that although they are advertised as luxury apartments they are basic serviced apartments and this is reflected in the price you pay! The apartments are reasonably furnished with all mod cons in the kitchen and bedrooms.

Apartments are serviced and kept reasonably clean.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Ireland
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36 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2010

Chose here to have balcony on sea front to view whales. Appartment bit dated but did have gated entrance and garage for car. Certainly view was terrific and great central location to walk around Hermanus. Some new furniture and a makeover would have made it perfect but the view made up for it mostly but windows could have done with a clean as was quite windy out on the balcony. Grand for a night passing through and the highlight were the whales from the shore and the boat trip that brought us soooo close amazing.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2010

My partner and I stayed here with my sister and brother in law for 3 nights. The apartment is in an excellent location right on the Hermanus coast and has superb sea views from the balcony. The apartment itself was extremely clean and was perfect for two couples with 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, plus kitchen and lounge area. The apartment is within a 5 minute walk of all the shops and restaurants and is excellent value for money. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2010

My wife and I recently spent 2 weeks in a ground floor apartment (no 2), sharing with two friends. The general level of cleanliness and servicing of the property was poor, and certainly not up to the usual standards found in most holiday accomodation in South Africa. On take-over, we found finger marks all over the patio doors, windows and mirrors, dirty patio bench, unswept patio floor, dirty table runners, 3 internal doors could not be closed, main light fitting in the kitchen broken etc. These problems were subsequently rectified after complaints were made to the reception staff, which should not have been necessary! All units should be properly checked before new clients move in, which is obviously not the case. Advertised as ‘luxury accommodation’, we expected something better.

These apartments are not suitable for two separate families. Although there were two bathrooms, the bedrooms were not comparable. The front bedroom was bright and airy with a sea view, whereas the rear bedroom was permanently dark, much smaller, poorly equipped with only a view of the lift! Also a second set of keys had to be specially cut for us.

These apartments all have impressive sea views and are very convenient for the town centre. However, it should be noted that there can be substantial noise, mainly during the day, from the busy road between the property and sea. Also, one would have expected luxury accommodation to be equipped with a wireless internet connection, and even a CD player?

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about 45 Marine Drive

Address: 45 Marine Drive, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 38 Specialty Lodging in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — 45 Marine Drive 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perfectly situated on the very edge of the sea, yet in the heart of the quaint village of Hermanus, 45 Marine Drive is a place where you can relax without a care in the world...These fully-serviced self-catering apartments offer spectacular panoramic sea views on the famous Champagne Kilometer. So you can wake up to the call of seagulls and the sound of crashing waves — and watch the Southern Right whales play and frolic in the bay right beneath your balcony during the whale season. The 3-bedroom apartments can comfortably sleep up to six people. We also have some 2-bedroom units on offer. ... more   less 

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