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“Best place to stay in De Kelders/ Gansbaai” 5 of 5 stars
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Sea Star Lodge
5.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   19 Ingang Straat | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7200, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #9 of 29 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Warrington, United Kingdom
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84 hotel reviews
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“Best place to stay in De Kelders/ Gansbaai”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

A very modern place in an excellent location. The rooms are very modern with all amenities including nespresso coffee machines but the best thing is the view outside. Spectacular views of the bay with whales swimming in them- cant beat it!!! The sea is a bit far from the place but you can still see them easily from your room or take a little walk along the cliffs to see them a bit more closely. Also our room had a bath from which you can admire the view while having a soak!!! The rooms have large glass doors which are mirrored on the outside so you have privacy during the day but not at night when you put the lights on!
The living room/ dining room has a good collection of books and also binoculars and like to enjoy the view. Afternoon tea with cakes and breakfast including cooked breakfast to order are served here.
There is a small outside swimming pool and inside heat room/sauna.
One thing to note is that it is not signed posted so is a bit difficult to initially find if you are driving there. But it is the only large red and white building in that street so it is easier to find than you think.
If you want a quieter setting than Hermanus and want to see the whales playing in the water during the whale season from a comfortable modern place, this is absolutely perfect.

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Affligem, Belgium
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9 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011 via mobile

We were very sorry to have booked here for only 1 night. We saw a lot of whales just by looking out of the window. The host was very friendly, helpfull and we walked along the beach with the lovely dogs.
We surely will return to Sea Star but then for a few days.

  • Stayed November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huddersfield, England
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

This was the first of nine guest houses on our SA trip and, excited as we were for all that lay ahead, we didn't want to leave this wonderful place, where you feel you are outside even when inside! Believe me, believe all the other positive reviewers and believe The Greenwood Guide (and ignore the very strange review that focussed on promoting somewhere else when Sea Star was ranked number 1 on TA ...how lacking in credibility is that?)...the rooms, the service the views and the breakfasts are all stunning. Ardi arranged restaurant bookings that were superb, a light aircraft whale watching trip that was incredible and gave help, advice and treats at every opportunity. Thank you for welcoming us to share your unforgettable home for a few days, Ardi, we appreciate it very much.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2011

Sea Star Lodge is one of the best guest houses I have experienced in the last ten years of traveling through more than 40 countries. The service and hospitality is excellent. The rooms are spacious and the roof top room has an amazing private terrace with the most beautiful view. Breakfast, hot and cold, is excellent.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2011

Sea Star Lodge is stunning, stunning because of the rooms, the views, the service, the sauna, the breakfast, the tea-coffee-cake ceremony in the afternoon, the Nespresso machines in each room, the complimentary mini bar and the friendly staff members. A place to come back again and again

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
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Hamburg, Germany
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

I spent three nights at this outstanding guest house. Went for shark cage diving and whale watching, enjoyed the sauna and the mountain bike I got for free from Sea Star Lodge and the spectacular sea view. The near by nature reserve is a paradise and the restaurants in walking distance like Benguela and Kloeks are fantastic. It couldn't be better.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
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Nice, France
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

After attending a conference in Cape Town my husband and I travelled another two weeks in beautiful South Africa. Our best experience by far was the outstanding Sea Star Lodge in De Kelders. Their hospitality was overwhelming. We were pampered in the best possible way. The lounge and our suite was so spacious and beautiful. Our bathroom was a dream. My husband and I watched the whales from the bathtub. The breakfast is delicious and the cakes in the afternoon were superb. We wished we could have stayed longer

  • Stayed October 2011, 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
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Additional Information about Sea Star Lodge

Address: 19 Ingang Straat | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7200, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Sea Star Lodge 5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated directly at the Walker Bay facing the Atlantic Ocean and the coastline of Hermanus you'll find this small exclusive lodge. At this place luxury ambiance meets genuine warmth and here you'll experience the wonders of nature in their full glory. Whether you are looking for adrenalin and decide to go on a shark cage diving trip to discover the Great White Sharks or if you decide to savour the local wines at the estates in the nearby Stanford Valley - our friendly staff would be glad to assist you with information and make your stay an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. The modern and spacious design of the lodge provides breathtaking sea views. The African arts blend in perfectly with the modern design and create a unique luxury atmosphere ... more   less 
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