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“See whales right in front of the guest house.” 5 of 5 stars
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On the Cliff Guest House
4.0 of 5 Guest house   |   42 Westcliff Road | Westcliff, Hermanus 7200, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #27 of 80 Hermanus B&B and Inns
Singapore, Singapore
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“See whales right in front of the guest house.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

Whales were easily spotted just a hundred meter from the cliff in front of the guest house. A fellow guest told us they saw whales from their balcony before joining us on the cliff. The room was just right for our family of 2 adults a child and a toddler. When we arrived, they had prepared 2 single beds in addition to our king sized bed as they were “not informed of the age of our children”. But when the lady owner saw that we had a toddler, she immediately offered to replace one of the single beds with a baby cot. As it rained on one of the days we were there, we asked her for recommendations on what we could do. She told us to try have a cup of coffee at De Kelders which is about 30 mins away. We went and found Coffee on The Rocks, and were rewarded with sunny weather, great peanut butter milkshake and endless display of up to 7 whales near the coast.

Room Tip: Ask for a room at the top floor if you want to whale watch from the balcony.
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 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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N. Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We found the owners to be friendly and helpful and as we were hoping to see the whales were delighted when Charmain called us to come and see a mother whale with her baby swimming nearby.
We found Hilton and Charmain to be great hosts. Our accommodation was excellent a large comfortable rooms with balcony overlooking the sea. The eating opportunities in Hermanus were varied and excellent. We would certainly strongly recommend On the Cliff in Hermanus.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

This was the first place we chose to stay at the beginning of our first ever trip to South Africa, and it certainly set a high standard. We had an upstairs en-suite bedroom with a king size bed, plus an adjacent lounge. The view from the room was over very quiet Westcliff Road to fynbos covered cliffs and the ocean - we couldn't stop looking and smiling.
The guest house is spacious and attractive. The owners are helpful and friendly. It was particularly nice that they came and chatted during breakfast - excellent breakfast by the way.
During our three night stay we never used our car, preferring to walk along the cliff top path either into town, or to the new harbour. It would have been safe to walk back after our evening meals, but we chose to use the local tuktuk. Taxi rides are not normally this much fun!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would certainly return should we visit Hermanus again.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Lewes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2011

We had a wonderful stay in Hermanus, the owners and staff at One the Cliff were friendly and helpful and our spacious, modern room looked right out to the sea. It was a short walk into town along the coast path, saw loads of Southern Right Whales and despite indifferent weather had a wonderful few days. The owners recommended a number of places to visit and to eat, all of which were excellent.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Delft, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2011

We stayed in Hermanus for two nights in october. The On the Cliff Guesthouse is a grate place to stay. The rooms are spacious and luxurious. We stayed on the first floor and saw several whales from the balcony. From the garden you can walk right on to the cliff path for a walk to the town centre or for whale watching. The hosts provide good service, and travel and diner tips. The breakfast is good, though during our stay sometimes a bit chaotic.

Room Tip: The upstairs rooms are good for whale watching from the room
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

We loved our huge room with the wonderful view of the sea. It was so quiet and peaceful with only the sound of the waves breaking on the rocks to interrrupt the silence. Late one afternoon we had a couple of drinks from the honesty bar and sat with them on our balcony as the sun went went down - glorious! We saw lots of whales while in Hermanus including one from the hotel breakfast room! The walk to the town along the cliff path was delightful and we met several little dassies along the way. Another novelty was the tuk tuks Charmaine ordered for us to take us into town at night. We very much enjoyed talking to Charmaine and her hubby, they were very friendly and natural.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

We could not believe it when we arrived - huge room with terrace and sea view; beautiful courtyard pool and sitting room. It is about 20 minutes' walk from downtown Hermanus, but that was half the joy of it: the walk along the clifftops into town was just stunning. We could see whales breaching in the bay as we ate our breakfast. We stayed in a lot of beautiful places during our holiday but this one stood out as the best of the lot.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about On the Cliff Guest House

Address: 42 Westcliff Road | Westcliff, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 80 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — On the Cliff Guest House 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seafront luxury guest house with sea views from all rooms. Sauna, heated pool, pub, gym, guest lounges, bicycles and more. Situated with the cliff paths directly in front of the house and beautiful views of the whales in season from your room. Shark cage diving, whale viewing, diving, horse riding, fantastic beaches and lots more. ... more   less 
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