I stayed at Bonne Esperance with a group of graduate students and other psychologists. We occupied four rooms for the course of a week, using it as our home base for day trips in the Western Cape. Everyone, from co-owners and desk staff to breakfast and housekeeping staff, where quite gracious and as helpful as could be. Breakfast included a large selection: yogurts, fruits and cereals, different breads each day, and a hot breakfast option each day. There was no reason to go hungry. Rooms were clean and comfortable, and the grounds appeared well kept. As these were cooler days in May, I never saw the pool in use, but it was a comfortable, private space if someone HAD wanted to use it.
I admit I was concerned about the apparent distance from shopping (I didn't like the idea of people walking in the dark for two blocks). However, I quickly learned that we were in a fairly safe area, and we could be nearly anywhere (from banks to restaurants to shops) in 10 or so minutes. Bonne Esperance s situated directly across from Stellenbosch University's spectacular botanical garden, which is a great visit on a warm day.
I agree it seems a bit expensive, but for the atmosphere, and the delicious breakfasts, I would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bonne Esperance is a charming Victorian Villa with wrap-around veranda, cast-iron moldings and corner-turret. The villa was originally built in 1901. The house retained the same charm and ambiance of that era but with the added luxuries of the modern age. Our 15 comfortable en suite Guest Rooms are lovingly decorated and include air-conditioning, hospitality tray, mini-bar fridge, wireless internet access, hairdryer and safe. Enjoy breakfast au Provence in our breakfast room or outside on the veranda. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bonne Esperance Hotel Stellenbosch