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“A fantastic place to stay” 5 of 5 stars
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The Robertson Small Hotel
5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   58 Van Reenen Street, Robertson 6705, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #3 of 18 Robertson B&B and Inns
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“A fantastic place to stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

I absolutely loved the place. I have a weakness for attention to detail and this place just gets is right. The garden, pool areas and verandas look fantastic and invite you to just chill. The rooms are quite big and all have their private little terrace outside. The bathrooms are beautiful. We obviously had supper at the restaurant and the food was outstanding. I’m still surprised how they could serve me the Prawn Salad with 6 tempura prawns for not even ZAR 70? Great value for money! We loved the fact that they had the Krone Borealis Cap Classique on their wine list.

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Franschhoek, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2010

We celebrated our anniversary this year at the Robertson Small Hotel. We were absolutely delighted at the charm of the hotel, their great attention to detail, the charming ambience created at the hotel, the absolutely delicious cuisine at the in-house Reubens Restaurant, and the excellent full body massage that we both had at their spa. We were particularly impressed at how the staff anticipated our needs and made us very comfortable.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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39 hotel reviews
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2010

We stayed as this delightful hotel on a Sunday night in May 2010 at a rate of R3 000 for the best of the three class of rooms. Certainly, every comfort and luxury has been provided at great expense: the rooms are stylish and state of the art. A beautiful pool stretches across the property right in front of the rooms. The bathroom products and linen are of the highest standard. Staff was kind and knowledgeable. We had dinner in the restaurant which was ok but definitely not as good as our meals at Reuben's in Franshoek had been in the past. Breakfast, included in the tariff, was passable but not memorable. These disappointments were rather a pity given the relatively high tariff and the fact that this is nothing if not a "foodie" destination. A slight draw-back is that there's not much to do in the town of Robertson itself; it is not as immediately appealing as some other towns in the W Cape. But the hotel itself is well worth a visit and I would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2010

I don't have an expansive-enough vocabulary to do this hotel justice. Easily the best hotel experience I have had in South Africa, and in my top 5 having stayed in some of the best hotels in the world.

The service was professional and understated, the rooms enormous and extremely comfortable, everything was clean and neat - I can't praise it enough. And the cherry on the top? They washed my car for me before we checked out!

PS Reuben's, the restaurant in the hotel, is incredible!

  • Stayed May 2010, 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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Birmingham
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

What a wonderful find!!! Rooms are outstanding, every member of staff treats you like an honoured guest and cannot do too much for you and the food would be served with pride by a top hotel in any European city - the pork, the duck and the fish are superb. This is an offshoot of the famous Reuben's in Franschoek and maintains the quality and value for money which have made the original so justly famous. Ideal for a long weekend or while you explore this beautiful part of South Africa (and its many wineries and stunning mountains) which are often missed by overseas visitors. We look forward to another wonderful weekend with these charming people in lovely surroundings. I am sure we will be back many times.

  • Stayed April 2010, 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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Belgium
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2010

Being invited to a wedding in Bonnievale, we booked a room at the Robertson Small Hotel.
And what a surprise... we had the most romantic weekend in ages. The Robertson Small hotel is no ordinary, unimaginative bed and breakfast somewhere in the sticks... no sir...!
It is a gem of a place with fresh, clean lines, airy rooms, comfort, good food and staff who know all about the essence of hospitality. We will return... no doubt about that...!
Els and Luc (Bantry Bay Cape Town)

  • Stayed March 2010, 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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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2010

I must admit that when I first heard that there was a new five star boutique hotel opening in Robertson, my first thoughts were who on earth stays there… and even on the drive into town, with its mass market Dros steakhouse and furniture shops that still bear the logos of the 80’s, I was unconvinced. Compared to stalwarts like Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and the like, was this little hotel going to convince me to go further afield, to the Breede River Valley? We found the hotel easily - its right off one of the main roads, in a historical pocket of town, and the house itself has been beautifully restored. The interior is gorgeous - they have taken the building’s national monument status into consideration and kept the hardwood floors, high ceilings and quirky details and used decor to transform it into a very chic, modern space. The hotel has ten rooms in total - the Manor House Suites, the Pool Suites and the Honeymoon Suite. We were checked into one of the Pool Suites which I admit, are not for everyone considering the pool is almost within jumping distance of your bed, but suited us down to the ground. We were hugely impressed with the rooms which although are a pretty standard size, are well designed and come with every mod con you can imagine and more - really upmarket bathroom fittings, different bath products from the norm, built in plug adaptors that cover everything from the US to Australia to IPOD docking station and DVD player. We really felt that the owners have spared no expense in making the rooms comfortable and memorable. As it was the Cape’s first above 25 degree Spring day, we thought we would go and do a bit of exploring. The host recommended the route linking Robertson and Bonnievale, as it has some of the better known wineries of the region. Not even ten minutes out of town, our first stop was Springfield, which is really lovely - it being our first trip to the Breede River Valley, we were surprised at the some of the wineries had river frontage and some even had little row boats that you can try and manoeuvre while tasting (we were more inclined to stay on land I must admit!). The wines at Springfield are fantastic and certainly not for empty pockets but we came away with our first two bottles (for a very special occasion!). Next en route was Bon Courage which is a very popular winery and does well priced wines well - we drove away with a case this time. Then onto Viljoensdrift which a friend had actually recommended to us to and when we drove up, and saw the old rackety building that is the tasting room, we almost turned around. But it is so worth the stop, its actually our find of the year! Set right on the river, they offer boat cruises and picnics and it really has a young, festive atmosphere. Another case in the boot, and we decided to head back to the Hotel to sleep off the tastings by the pool! The hotel’s grounds are lovely – they are by no means large but, like the rooms, have been designed well. We loved the wraparound porch and cute little bar and sat out there for a few hours drinking Pimms & Lemonade (we had recovered from the tastings by this stage obviously!). Come dinner time and a few more Robertson converts made their way out to the stoep to have a drink before we sat down to enjoy Reubens, Reuben Riffel’s second baby (the first being his well known Franschhoek eatery). The restaurant was full – both with hotel residents and locals – and although I could go on about the food, it is what we expected – a lovely small menu (with mostly local produce), great service, fantastic food and an easy, relaxed ambience. Pair that with a very well chosen wine list, and I think they have hit the mark. The Head Chef there at the moment (Reuben Riffel is the Executive Chef so does not run the restaurant on a daily basis) is doing a fantastic job and I think he should be commended for successfully filling huge shoes. I must mention the staff because we really felt that the backbone of the Robertson Small Hotel is their team. They could not do enough for us and always with a smile – they were relaxed and read us very well in that we don’t enjoy formality and adapted to that. Would we go back? Absolutely. I wouldn’t go back for the town itself but the combination of a really fantastic small hotel, a winning restaurant and plenty to see (and taste!) in the area, makes it a wonderful weekend getaway. The key to the hotel’s success however, is to not only market themselves to the overseas crowd but also to Capetonians looking for a romantic getaway – making sure there are plenty of winter ‘eat&sleep’ packages will ensure that this little gem fulfils its great potential.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 58 Van Reenen Street, Robertson 6705, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Robertson
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Robertson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Robertson Small Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This unsung jewel encapsulates outer-city hospitality at its most refined in an elegant boutique hotel which calls for an unhurried sojourn in the heart of the quaint town of Robertson.The Robertson Small Hotel’s family of three encapsulates the royal Victorian Manor House, a national monument built in 1909; suave yet relaxed Stable Suites and the serene Poolside Suites, flaunting a crisp cool sense of calm at the water’s edge. The same contrast of clean, natural hues and rich organic textures, silhouetted against a monochrome palette of French white, is integrated in ten luxury suites. Each of the spacious air-conditioned rooms is cocooned with its own unique celebration of modern design and fusion of eclectic yet comfortable furnishings. Enhancing The Robertson Small Hotel experience, the Manor House is home to a cosy bar lounge and a state-of-the-art wine cellar which lends a backdrop to the hotel’s signature restaurant, Reuben’s at the Robertson. Relax and revitalize body and soul with a pampering treatment at The Wellness Room.Fringed by manicured gardens and shimmering pools, The Robertson Small Hotel allows guests to relax and interact in a lavish milieu where unparalleled accommodation, a homely ambience and world-class cuisine come standard. ... more   less 
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