I stayed here with my husband as part of our honeymoon trip to South Africa. We stayed in De Opstal for 2 nights as we had a long drive from Cape Town and were planning on visiting the Cango Caves (highly recommended by the way!) the following day.
On arrival there was no one to greet us which was rather disappointing as we had contacted them before hand (in an email explaining the time we would be arriving about 6:30pm) yet we had to find someone to show us to our room
Which ended up being the restaurant manager. We were shown to our room which was a pleasant and definitely quirky. The term shabby chic is a perfect description for it although to be honest it was more "shabby" rather than "chic". I'm sure some people would quite like this but personally I was quite disappointed. We were expecting some type of honeymoon welcome (bottle of wine, room upgrade) though we had nothing. I was also annoyed that the safe did not work (other guests also experienced this problem too).
We had dinner at the restaurant which was actually not as bad as some reviewers has described. There was salad, potatoes, meat, bread, sauces and some chocolate and fruit desserts too so good selection of food on offer. Though saying that I would strongly suggest you arrive early as on both nights there were two large groups and once the buffet food disappears then that's it.
The gardens are beautiful and the weather gets very warm in Oudsthoorn (reached 38 degrees on both days we stayed there). The rooms were clean and quirky and house keeping kindly offered to do our laundry. If you need a stay for one night only and are fond of quirky unusual accommodation with beautiful gardens then this is ideal. We so much wanted to visit the Cango Caves which is the only reason we stayed here although next time if I has the option, I would not choose to stay at De Opstal.
- Also Known As:
- De Opstal Hotel Oudtshoorn
- De Opstal Hotel