You might be forgiven for missing SW1 in the directories.
You may even be forgiven for driving straight past it, in what is extensively a Residential Area, the streetname is actually shown as various combinations of Elsenham "avenue" "street" "crescent" etc. - nevertheless the TomTom had the right one
But you would never forgive yourself for not staying there !
The place has individually decorated rooms and suites that are very luxurious. The beds are large, comfortable and well positioned in the rooms to allow you to watch the TV/ / Satellite / DVD until you drift off, or look out into the gardens.
The showers offer vast walk-in areas with deluge heads and wall mounted nozzles for that all-over pummelled effect (if you so desire).
We were welcomed to the property and shown around - as I remember; saying "wow" a lot - the massive lounge area with an open view with the sea in the distance and bar area and study (with good quality Internet access) and left to explore the gardens and pool area at out leisure.
Simon the Manager couldn't do enough for us, without being over the top, continually checking if we had everything we needed or required any local information. Simon's mobile number is left in the room - just in case we needed something at 3am. They even managed to track down our relatives in the area through the local phone book and a fair few phone calls!
The property is very well positioned to get to and from the main N2 (about 2km and 3 turns from the main SW Mall and N2 interchange) to the Wine Vinyards, Strand Beach, Hermanus and even Cape Town (and particularly Cape Town International) is not that far away.
Once you are off the street you start to appreciate how large the plot is, it is very secluded and offers an oasis of tranquility.
The property seems very secure with high walls and a sliding main electric gate from the extensive offroad parking to the street (which guests receive a remote control for), CCTV and a security guard.
Although the Breakfast was not quite as extensive as other places we stayed, you would certainly not turn your nose up at it. To be honest the breakfast and the Internet Access beig a bit flakey in the rooms were the only things I could find that offered any room for improvement.
Unfortunately we didn't get time to chill by the pool or visit the SPA for a treatment as we were off here, there and everywhere.
The building and environs seem quite friendly to anybody with walking difficulties, with both ramps and steps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Stay in Luxury in Somerset West Do you want to experience undiluted Euro-African chic and opulence in magnificent surroundings? Enjoy delicious chef prepared meals? Be treated with dignified enthusiasm by well trained staff who really enjoy what they do? Then Somerset West's best kept secret is the place for you - SW1 Lodge - a treasure in the Helderberg. SW1 Lodge Offers 5 uniquely decorated and individualised rooms all en-suite, a magnificent dining area, reading/ relaxation, TV lounge and bar, conference facilities, a swimming pool, BBQ, sauna and an exquisite garden setting. Whether it is business or pleasure SW1 Lodge & Spa Retreat has no equal in the Helderberg. It is THE place to unwind, take a break, have a conference or that all-important business meeting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- SW1 Lodge Somerset West, South Africa - Cape Town