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John Montagu Guest House
3.0 of 5 Guest house   |   30 Joubert Street, Montagu 6720, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #16 of 23 Montagu B&B and Inns
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
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28 hotel reviews
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“Lovely guesthouse”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

We booked a standard room and Cathy upgraded us to a larger room because it was empty so I certainly have nothing to complain about! I don't know what our original room looked like but the one we stayed in was beautiful. The house is wonderful, very charming, great breakfast, very friendly host. What else is there to say? Great stay!

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

The Guesthouse was welcoming and cool after our hot road journey. We loved the decor. Staff were friendly and helpful. We needed to leave a little later the following day and we were able to keep the room with no additional charge. It is conveniently located near all the local eateries and shops. We were travelling the Route 62, so our reservation at this guesthouse was made at the very last minute. Not knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every minute of our stay there.

Room Tip: We chose the room which had adjacent access to the pool area.
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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33 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2011

I chose this guesthouse after reading reviews on tripasvisor and was really disppointed. My husband and I had a 2 night stay at John Montagu and we both felt that there was not enough attention paid to the guests - it did not have that personal touch that we came across at other guesthouses. We never saw the owner as it was managed by Cathy who lives next door. I must admit that Cathy gave us her mobile number to contact her if needed and she gave us maps etc. and made a reservation at a local restaurant. However the atmosphere was cold and the house soulless especially on our second night when we were the only people in the whole house.

Our room was small and there was nowhere to sit. There was no television in the room and poorly lit at night making it rather gloomy. On the upside we did have a spa bath in the bathroom, but, no shower. The breakfast was average - I had scrambled egg which had been cooked in the microwave oven and was raw on the inside - could not eat it.

There is such competition in Montagu as nearly every other home is a guest house that if the JM wants to succeed it will have change. Regretfully I would not recommend the JM guesthouse.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Basilat20, Owner at John Montagu Guest House, responded to this review, October 20, 2011
We are really disillusioned to notice the review you have given us on Trip Advisor, especially in light of the favourable review you left in our guestbook.

However being in the hospitality industry for a while now, we have come to realize you cannot please all.

What some perceive as a ‘soulless’ guesthouse others regard as a haven of peace and tranquillity, and consequently is used by a group of Yoga enthusiasts for their weekend retreats.

While some perceive their scrambled egg as being raw, others perceive the perfect scrambled egg as being soft and just a little bit moist.

All our guests are treated with the utmost courtesy, respect and hospitality.

The room you chose to stay in does have seating in the form of two beautiful antique chairs. The lighting (apart from overhead lighting) is provided by two charming bed side lamps in keeping with the overall decorative theme of the room.

In essence, the whole Guesthouse was available to you, the lounge, outside pool area and gardens. You were not restricted to your room.

Management who reside in the garden cottage less than 10 meters away from the main guesthouse , are also always available, 24/7 to guests, either by phone or in person, should guests require any further assistance. We do, however, believe in being unobtrusive when assisting guests to ensure their privacy and create a relaxed atmosphere.

If at any time during your stay at our Guesthouse you had expressed any dissatisfaction we would have done our utmost to alleviate the problem.

Thank you nevertheless for your review and a special thank you to our regular and loyal guests who choose to stay with us whenever visiting Montagu!

Oh and by the way, the restaurant you visited in Montagu was equally disappointed by the review you gave them as I am sure were some of the other guesthouses you rated so critically whilst on your recent trip to S.A.
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Roodepoort
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2011

I have always been sceptical of choosing a place to stay from the web, as we have had some bad experiences in the past. Well all I can sayis that we took a chance on the John Montagu Guest House, and boy were we in for surprise. Our stay live up to the website in all aspects. The rooms, service, food and hospitality was first-class, I would recommend The John Montague guesthouseto anybody who wants to have a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. As somebody famous once said, I'll be back. Thank you to the management and staff for a wonderful stay

  • Stayed April 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

An oasis in the middle of the Karoo!
A true home to home experience. Would recommend to anyone whether for business or holiday purposes.

  • Stayed April 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Johnannesburg
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2011

Wonderful stay at a charming venue, great value... hospitable host , friendly staff and a fantastic breakfast. The room was a delight and tastefully decorated.
Can highly recommend!

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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eindhoven
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2010

Guesthouse is somewhat older but very cosy, Kati was our perfect hostess, with a lot of attention for the guests, she takes care that your stay is great

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about John Montagu Guest House

Address: 30 Joubert Street, Montagu 6720, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Montagu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 23 B&Bs / Inns in Montagu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — John Montagu Guest House 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come and stay a while in this magnificent guest house where you are offered bed and breakfast accommodation of a superior quality. Experience tranquil Victorian living with all modern facilities, only two hours drive from Cape Town or Oudtshoorn. Surrounded by the majestic Langeberg Mountains and in the fruit bowl of the Breede River Valley, Western Cape. An ideal retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Within easy walking distance of restaurants and the historic village centre of Montagu. Facilities: Breakfast is served in the sunny dining room overlooking the pool. Guests enjoy a breakfast of fresh fruit, homemade breads, scones and muffins, or a full English breakfast. Relax in the comfortable lounge where the guest may make use of the many books on display. On sunny days and warm evenings guests may splash in the beautiful beach pool or enjoy a drink at the pool. ... more   less 
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