I went on a teambuilding / goal setting trip with my team and I had mixed feelings about this hotel in terms of my total experience. So I will try to be objective in my review.
The element that need to be worked on are practical and can be fixed so I can only hope that they use the feedback to their advantage.
WHAT WAS GOOD
- Rooms: Very spacious, beautiful views, big beds and large bathrooms.
- Hotel: Architecture of the hotel was gorgeous, earthy feel to it
- Ambience: Very quiet, you would never think Johannesburg is so close
- Service: Hotel staff quite attentive and went the extra mile to assist (They let me use their PC after I spent an hour trying to connect via 3G unsuccessfully)
-Closeness to the Cradle of Humankind centre
WHAT NEEDS WORK
-Food: We did not have the best food, especially when it came to dessert; the Malva pudding tasted like egg (or in my colleagues words…”egg that claimed to be Malva pudding!”). Even though the host
replaced it with a bottle of wine…it was cold and we really wanted some warm dessert.
- There was no network and since it was a business trip; this was a deal killer for me
- While the attraction is the Cradle of Humankind, the hotel itself in my perception was not quite family or child friend – it came across as a very formal but also doesn’t balance out the business need for connectivity.
Overall a good hotel but would not be my first choice of accommodation in the area, especially if the above challenges are not addressed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ‘Maropeng’, is a Setswana word meaning ‘returning to the place of origin’ and this was kept in mind when the interiors of the hotel were designed. The four elemental forces of nature, earth, fire, water and ice that kick-started our planet some 3-billion years ago feature prominently in the overall look. The 24-bed four star boutique hotel is the epitome of true luxury and is a five minute walk from South Africa ’s premiere tourist destination, the Tumulus visitor attraction and 10 km (6 mi) from the Sterkfontein Caves. ... more less