We stayed one night at Penguino, stopping in Hermanus in hopes of seeing the whales. Both did not disappoint! It takes only 3 minutes to walk from the front door to the cliff walk (across the street and between two buildings on a path strewn with flowers). We were up at 6:30 a.m. to make that walk, and spent an hour and a half with one or more whales visible most of that time. We returned to the guest house for a delightful breakfast served at 8:00 that started with yogurt, fresh fruit salad, sliced meats, cheese and choice of 3 different juices. The dining area is very elegant with antique tables and chairs and cloth napkins. Then we could choose between the special of the day (ours was french toast) or a basic English breakfast. We were traveling with another couple, and chose to rent the King Penguin room (with a queen bed) and the Little Penguin room (with two twin beds pushed together). These two rooms are adjoining. There are two bathrooms within the adjoining units, but the Little Penguin room's bathroom is across a hallway from the bedroom. The bathroom within the King Penguin room had a big burgundy tub, as well as a shower. Both rooms were very clean and comfortable and we slept well. The beds had duvets, and no top sheets, and this was one of the few places on our trip to South Africa that provided a wash cloth. Stefan has a lively personality and loves to tell stories about his life in South Africa. He booked us a meal at a restaurant downtown as soon as we arrived, and it was very good. We could have stayed a month with all the closet space in our room! The pool area looked very nice, but it was too cool to use it. We also didn't have time to use the lovely living room with comfortable chairs for all the guests to use. Our two rooms were downstairs and totally separate, and it was very quiet, except for the birds that woke with the dawn. Our room also had a great desk and light, and a very good book with local information. We were very comfortable here, and would definitely stay again.
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