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Baleens
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   310 10th Street, Hermanus 7200, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Hermanus
Malmö, Sweden
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21 reviews 21 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Excellent value for money and friendly host”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

This place sure exceeded our expectations. We stayed for 2 nights in a large family room with 1 double bed and 2 single beds. The room also had a sofa, dining table, micro wave and some plates and cutlery. Bathroom looked a bit worn. Wifi signal was good in the room. Traveling with a 3 year old it was perfect. Nothing fancy, but for the price we paid it was fantastic value for money. Breakfast was good (yogurt, müslie, fruit, toast, bacon and egg). The host was very friendly and helpful. The hotel is quietly located a few minutes drive from the town center and close to the beach, which could even been seen from outdoor area where we had breakfast. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We stayed over for about three weeks and used the guest house as a platform to do trips and see the Overberg district from a central point. The guest house is situated very close to a beach and lagoon and it had a warm and friendly feel to it. It was by far the best value for money after extensive research. It was family friendly with great hosts being Nato and Paula. I would recommend this jewel of a place to anyone and I am going back there!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

If you intending to visit Hermanus to watch the whales or otherwise, this hotel is HIGHLY recommended. Very clean, excellent food, reasonable prices, very friendly and helpful staff and superb accomodation, certainly one of the best in the Western Cape. One the edge of town but only 2 minutes drive to centre.

Room Tip: all three rooms booked were excellent
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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western cape
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7 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Thank you for a most enjoyable stay, My husband & I really found your B&B cosy, relaxing and just that home away from home feeling. We felt comfortable & relaxing. We had a sea-facing room with balcony, which is a must. We enjoyed the view & just chilling. Thank you again for accommodating us with a special breakfast. We will definately be back.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

Thank you Nato and staff for a brilliant stay at Baleens !
Our accommodation was very comfortable and we enjoyed the sea and mountain views from our room.
We loved the location and are certain that no other establishment can offer such good value for money.
The hotel is decorated with stunning pieces, the breakfast buffet was excellent and the relaxed atmosphere was greatly appreciated.
We will return for sure !

  • Stayed December 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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Vancouver Island, Canada
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

The Baleens is a nice and quiet place with lovely African decorations, and roomy public areas. It is located in a residential area, and only a few steps away from a pleasant walking path along the beach. The staff is friendly and helpful, and a nice buffet breakfast is served. We had an upstairs room at the back, which was quite adequate with a bit of a mountain view.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Top Contributor
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42 hotel reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Let me start by saying we were in a room in a section that we were told was going to be renovated and that the rest of the hotel was renovated.

Overall though Baleens was fine for the night. Nato is welcoming and helpful. The dining room and overall place is clean and spacious. There's a computer with internet and free wifi. Also free coffee and tea throughout the day, free breakfast, and a restaurant/bar at night. Spring for a balcony with a bay view - we saw a whale the first night we were there!

The biggest downfall is the location - if you're here for one night it's fine, otherwise I would personally want to be closer to the town center. The room itself was fine but the light on our balcony didn't work, the door made noises all through the night, the bed was creaky, the bathroom was dark, the light to the bathroom was actually next to the front door, not in the bathroom, there were spider webs outside our balcony door, some spots on the sheets. Like I said earlier, this room may be on the way towards change but while we were here, it wasn't.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 310 10th Street, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 10 Hotels in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Baleens 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, privately owned hotel with an informal atmosphere offering great value accommodation. 21 en suite rooms, either double, triple or family. Some rooms have panoramic ocean views. English and continental breakfast. Fully licenced bar. Close to the ocean and lagoon (100 meters) in a quiet and safe part of town. Wifi, internet, braai facilities, swimming pool, pool table, Dstv, conference room and facilities. ... more   less 
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