After a long day of driving from Hermanus and arriving after dark in Prince Albert in the cold, it was great to be greeted by a warm welcome in the form of Mai with her ready smile and an already warm room. In my short 1 week in South Africa end July 2012 (and first time there in winter), I found that to be a rarity there. Some of the rooms I stayed in took ages to warm up; some never did fully! The room was very clean and comfortable; it's a very old house but well-maintained. Mai recommended three restaurants for dinner which were just a few doors down so that was convenient. Tried two of them while I was there and both were good (Gallery Cafe and Swartberg Arms). I really enjoyed the breakfasts; everything was really fresh and nothing looked or tasted like it came from a supermarket. Cats, lots of them. Mai has 11 of them; all well taken care of. I like cats so that was a bonus. Mai's very gregarious and nice to chat to. She had a friend over the last night I was there and she invited me to partake of her lamb curry dinner. I think I know curries and hers was awesome! Oh yes, I enjoyed the conversation too :-). Prince Albert is a really peaceful place, ideal for taking some time off from everyday life. There's good food and wine to be found there. Karoo lamb is really good. There's not a whole lot to do there but then again one goes to Prince Albert to chill. Having said that, the dessert wine at Soetkaroo was really good and the cheese and milk from the Guernsey cows at Gay's Dairy were delicious. I'd visit Prince Albert again and when I do, I'd definitely stay at Mai's again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mai’s Guest Lodge offers four comfortable, air-conditioned, double bedrooms, each with a bathroom-en-suite (with shower). Three rooms have an additional single bed and the family room has bunk beds. Mai serves a hearty, cooked breakfast on the terrace or in the sunny dining room. There's a comfortable lounge, shady patios, a sheltered swimming pool and the peace of a village lifestyle. Mai’s has a three star rating from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. ... more less