We went for a weekend break with a voucher which gave us a double for 600 rand. At that price it was good value, though I wouldn't be keen to pay the rack rate of around 1,100 rand ppn.
The hotel is in a stunning location in the Cradle of Humankind, and is well designed so every room looks out over the veld through wall-to-ceiling windows. The rooms are very comfortable and modern with huge beds, nice linen and decent bathrooms and have little patios out the back to watch the sunset. There is free and fast wifi throughout.
The place was pretty busy - probably because of the voucher deal - which meant the restaurant was packed when we went for dinner. The food was good, the atmosphere was great and the staff were lovely.
Breakfast was the usual hotel buffet fare, with bubbly wine and loads of fruit juice options. It was a little overpriced, but we ate out on the deck and the view was amazing.
The only odd thing about the place is that it doesn't quite seem to know what it wants to be. It had the vague feel of a business hotel yet isn't near any business centre, and probably isn't quite luxurious or casual enough to pull off being a holiday hotel. The result is a pool and sun deck which feels a little too small and is slightly crammed in behind reception, reception staff who are matter-of-fact and frantic rather than personable and friendly, and rooms which are lovely but feel slightly too close together when there appears to be no shortage of space.
That said, we had a great weekend away and loved the setting. From the bedrooms, pool and restaurant you can see no other buildings - just fields, hills and a huge sky. It's only an hour or so from Joburg, the scenery is fantastic and the hotel is a relaxing place to stay.
- 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 boutique hotel is a five minute walk from South Africa's premier tourist attraction and 10 km (6 mi)from the Sterkfontein Caves. ... more less
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