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Abalone Guest Lodge
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   306 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #19 of 84 Hermanus B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Great hospitality!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

This lodge is a gem of a guest house which is enlivened by the excellent hospitality offered by the staff there. We stayed there for one night on our honeymoon and are glad that we did.

There is ample parking space at the lodge. Whilst the lodge is a good 20-30 minute walk out of the middle of town, the journey can be made for most of the way along the terrific coastal path which hugs the shoreline (45 mins). From this path, you can see the great crashing of waves against the rocks an excellent opportunities to spot whales frolicking in the sea. Take a pair of binoculars though! Also be aware that the footpath eventually diverts onto the main road.

The staff are helpful when it comes to booking restaurants and offering wine at most opportunities! The breakfast was delicious and the lounge area was great for socialising or relaxing with a book.

The wi-fi did not really work during our stay and perhaps this is something that can be rectified to make it an ever better service.

Whilst the spa, gym and pool facilities at the lodge were appreciated, we did not get round to using them due the short length of our stay.

Since it was our honeymoon, the lodge also delivered some champagne and delicious cheesecake to out room, which was gratefully received!

Thanks for an excellent stay.

Room Tip: We did not stay in a sea view room, but imagine that it would be very pleasant.
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  • Stayed September 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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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Genoa, Italy
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Abalone and we do recomand it. Staff great courtesy, excellent rooms and location, excellent services quality made our stay unforgettable. Thank you Abalone! Mirko and Barbara - Genoa (Italy)

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Peterborough, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Abalone Guest Lodge.
Staff and service were excellent, we were made to feel very welcome.
Excellent location, beautiful outlook - able to see whales whilst having breakfast!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

The perfect place to stay with service second to none. Wonderful location. Beautifully clean. Excellent breakfasts and facilities. All this tied together by the most helpful and friendly staff who made it their job to ensure that our stay was memorable. It certainly was!!
Erica (particularly, but not exclusively!), advised us as to all things local, and booked boat trips, restaurants and taxi`s for us. Nothing was too much trouble.
If we ever travel to South Africa again, we will definately returnThe Abalone Guest Lodge.

Room Tip: Rooms with a sea view allow you to make the most of the whale watching.
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  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Robertson, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We enjoy our stay very much....friendly staff and they walk the extra mile for their guests. Rooms and bedding is very clean. Breakfast was great and my friend got a surprise JC Le Roux for her birthday!

  • Stayed October 2013, 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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Perlemoen, Manager at Abalone Guest Lodge, responded to this review, November 11, 2013
Thank you for the beautiful review. Please come and visit us again!!!!
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Although it was not fully booked, we were assigned the nearest room to the road, with traffic noise and besides with no sea view. The wall between the next room is so thin that we could hear TV and other noises coming from the other guests. To get to the breakfast room we had to go outside (the weather was heavily rainy and cold). Breakfast had very little choice and not very good, especially the hot food. It was described as one of the best spot for whales-watching, but there are many others that are near the town centre.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Perlemoen, Manager at Abalone Guest Lodge, responded to this review, October 13, 2013
Dear Guests
I appreciate your comment on TripAdvisor and apologise that Abalone Guest Lodge did not meet your requirements. However if you had brought this to my attention on your departure, or if you felt that there was an item that you would have enjoyed from our very extensive continental breakfast buffet, I am sure we would have been able to accommodate you. I have noted your remarks with regard to the noise coming from the room next door and I will look into adjusting the level of the televisions.
With regard to not been accommodate in a sea facing room, we book as per requested from your agent. If however you decide to return to South Africa on a future visit please contact me directly and we can then discuss your needs, so as to ensure that you have a memorable stay.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We stayed two nights in September and found everything to be very good. Our room was modern and was overlooking the ocean which was lovely. The staff did provide menus for local restaurants and some input as to what restaurants guests often dined at. Weeks before our visit to Hermanus, some staff member did email me in response to my inquiry as to which whale watching boat to book with. Their recommendation was a good one. An early breakfast was provided so we could in fact get to the 9 AM boat in time.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Perlemoen, Manager at Abalone Guest Lodge, responded to this review, October 12, 2013
Thank you for your review, and we hope to see you again in the near future!!!!
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Additional Information about Abalone Guest Lodge

Address: 306 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 84 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Abalone Guest Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abalone Lodge, situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge offers luxury accommodation for travel, business or leisure. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World. Abalone Guest Lodge is situated on Siever’s Point, a landmark seafront position midway between the town centre and the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Hermanus. We recently added a sauna treatment room and gym for your comfort. We look forward to welcoming you to our tastefully decorated en-suite accommodation that offers you every luxury as well as unrivalled views of the ocean and the mountains. ... more   less 
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