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“Lovely staff, huge rooms, a special place....” 4 of 5 stars
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Lanzerac Hotel & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Lanzerac Road | PO Box 4, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #5 of 15 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Dulverton, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Lovely staff, huge rooms, a special place....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We stayed at Lanzerac at the end of a 3 week wedding/honeymoon trip to South Africa. The setting is beautiful, a wonderful building with the back-drop of mountains. The staff were charming, especially the reception staff who were delightful, helpful and thoughtful. The staff were aware we were on honeymoon and made our stay very special. Petals in our room, wine, home-made cakes, fruit platters, all left with a lovely card from the staff.

We arranged a meal in the hotel restaurant and, as it was cold and just into winter, the Receptionist asked if we'd like to eat in the old bar area in front of a huge open fire. It looked lovely there so we asked if we could. The table looked an absolute picture, covered in petals, leaves etc and we had champagne "on the house" bought to us. The evening menu is not huge but everything on there looked wonderful and those meals we had were all excellent. The lunch menu is much larger and again, everything was perfect. Although a moderate sized hotel, it feels much smaller and more intimate. The bar is amazingly well stocked and the local Lanzerac wines delightful. We did the trip around the cellars and a wine tasting and yes, of course we ordered some wine to be sent home which arrived just 2 days after we were back in the UK - Yum!

Most of the rooms appear to be outside of the main hotel building with their own front door and terrace (with a table and chairs) overlooking the immaculate central grassed area. There are umbrellas in the rooms and at every exit from the main building so you needn't worry about getting wet on the very short walk to your room. The rooms are huge! We had already upgraded to a luxury room but am sure they gave us a junior suite. There was a lounge, bedroom (connected by a large archway), dressing room and large bathroom. The style was sleek, simple and stylish. In general, the rooms were in excellent condition with just a few minor flaws like sockets being a bit loose on the wall etc. With regards to the room, there is only one criticism, the hot water pressure was awful! It took 15 minutes to fill the bath and no other hot tap delivered a drop of water whilst the bath ran. We had plenty of time and were never in a hurry as we were on holiday so it was no great drama but could have been frustrating if in a hurry.

The spa area in truth looks a little "tired" and in need of a revamp. However, there are huge bi-folding doors which open straight onto a vineyard and up the side of the mountain, a fabulous view from a jacuzzi! The staff in the spa were lovely and it was very quiet, peaceful and relaxing.

One point worth of note, we had a day wandering around Stellenbosch. The hotel arranged their driver to take us into town. We had assumed that it would be easy to get a taxi back but whilst in Stellenbosch we didnt see a single taxi. Thankfully, we had the hotel number and just rang them for a ride home, make sure you take their number and a mobile phone with you if head into town!

All in all a really good hotel with fabulous staff who make your stay very special indeed.

Room Tip: All looked good, lovely to get one with a terrace.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

My self and a friend visited Capetown and the Western Cape in May 13. We decided to end our holiday with a stay at the Lanzerac a hotel and Spa which was suggested to me by a friend who has stayed there previously. What a lovely weekend!

The location was beautiful and standard excellent. Food was superb. Staff were friendly and couldn't do enough. We spent a day in the Spa and the treatments were excellent I had a whole body deep tissue massage and a reflexology and they were as good if not better than I have had elsewhere.
The location is great 45 mins from the airport and about an hour from Capetown. I'll certainly be making a return visit.

  • Stayed May 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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Kroonstad
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We enjoyed a lovely late afternoon tea in the court yard. Exceptional beautiful old Cape Dutch building anf furnishes. Very good staff: a wad of notes fell from my pocket and a staff member drew my attention to it - commendable. We can recommend the Lanzerac.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Franschhoek, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

My husband and I were looking for a lazy Friday afternoon restaurant and as we have stayed at Lanzerac before we thought we'd take a trip down memory lane, after all it is 5 stars. We sat in the courtyard of the Terrace Restaurant and it is a magnificent setting, well kept gardens etc. The staff were OK although we had three different people tending to us. I orderdered the chicken roulade which ended up being a dry baby chicken breast on top of some aubergine and a raw pastry-ish thing (I have no idea what it was) and what seemed a teaspoon of an olive tapenade on top. My husband ordered the linefish of the day, Kingklip and mash but this was the size of the palm of my hand and drenched in a cheese sauce. presentation was poor and I believe my chicken was warmed up in a microwave as the one corner of the chicken was rock hard. I sent mine back and it was still on the bill! I complained and many apoligies were given that she forgot to tell the cashier to remove it. Very very disappointing indeed.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Had lunch with 13 colleagues at Lanzerac Terrace on a beautiful sunny Friday afternoon. Stunning afternoon filled with friendly efficient service accompanied by excellent wine and hearty meal. Lovely wine Estate full of history in brilliant setting.

Stayed May 2013
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Everything a stay in the Cape winelands should be. Set at the foot of the Jonkershoek valley, this hotel just doesn't disappoint. Stunning setting, generous rooms and great service.

We stayed in Stellenbosch in preference to Cape Town for my wife's 1st visit to South Africa and she was simply blown away. Right on the wine route and with the Stellenbosch village just a short drive away, there is more than enough to do.

And, if the weather turns a little damp, the old pub at the Lanzerac is the place to be.

  • Stayed April 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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Farnham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed here for 3 days at the end of March. The staff is so friendly and notices you whenever you come or go. The lunch on the terrace is a must, weather permitting, but the food at dinner is also gorgeous and delicious. The lamb shank comes without the bone and melts in your mouth and the pork belly is tender, tasty and not fatty at all.
Basil is particularly very articulate and an excellent waiter.
I also enjoyed the spa with my girl friends and we all had a lovely time.
The rooms are so spacious, you will appreciate it.
The swimming pool just outside our room (7) we could not use as it was too cold, but you can use the spa swimming pool when you stay in the hotel. The rooms are outside of the main building.
It was quite expensive at the time of booking compared to other places, but we thoroughly enjoyed it and would not mind going there again, although we are not people of habit.
Just go for lunch or dinner if you don't stay, it is well worth it; an old character traditional estate in a leafy residential side of Stellenbosch and close to many wine farms and town centre.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 7 outside the main manor and it was on a corner and quiet. Not sure about others...
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  • Stayed March 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Address: Lanzerac Road | PO Box 4, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Stellenbosch
#4 Luxury Hotel in Stellenbosch
#4 Romantic Hotel in Stellenbosch
#7 Family Hotel in Stellenbosch
#8 Business Hotel in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Lanzerac Hotel & Spa 5*
Number of rooms: 48
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set in the heart of a 155ha working wine estate, on the outskirts of picturesque Stellenbosch, the historic 300-year-old Lanzerac Hotel & Spa is the perfect base from which to explore SA’s most famous winelands. With just 48 luxurious bedrooms, this 180-year-old Manor House exudes an air of intimacy and provides the ultimate in personalized service.The hotel’s fine-dining restaurant with several different dining areas offers guests a wide choice of culinary styles. Guests end their evenings over coffees, liqueurs, cognacs and cigars enjoyed either in the trendy Esquire Whiskey & Cigar Bar or in the elegant Craven Lounge with its genuine antiques and authentic Cape Dutch architecture. Whilst the historic Manor House provides an ideal venue for private in-or-outdoor conferences and functions, the picturesque setting of the Manor Lawns offers the perfect opportunity for exclusive outdoor events and lavish weddings. Leisure activities include swimming in one of the hotel’s 3 outdoor pools, golfing, hiking and mountain biking, wine tasting and cellar tours. Treatments at the world-class Lanzerac Spa & Wellness Center take place against a stunning backdrop of mountains and vineyards, ensuring you leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. The spa has recently added the revolutionary “Dr.Fish” Therapy to its repertoire, where tiny fish are utilized to exfoliate the skin and give it a micro-massage. Come and experience true South African heritage, first-class service and luxury, superior pampering and wellness! We’ve been preparing for your arrival for over 300 years! ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Lanzerac Manor And Winery Hotel Stellenbosch
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