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“Wonderful views but fails in some critical areas” 2 of 5 stars
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Champagne Sports Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   Central Drakensberg | Private Bag X9, Winterton 3340, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Winterton
Johannesburg, South Africa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful views but fails in some critical areas”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

Great hotel - I was there for a conference for a day (my choice as my colleagues were there for 2 days). It's such a pity that the resort is a 4.5 hour drive from Joburg, as the setting is beautful and the room I stayed in was large, very modern and very well appointed. I have issues with most hotels and the number (or lack thereof) plug points. No problems here. Also the bathroom is ridiculously large and has a separate shower from the bath (always a winner for me).

So.. the concerns?? Very few, but:

- the gym REALLY need to be looked at. Given that this is a resort it is not well appointed at all. There were no sweat towels available, the water was not chilled and the facility is not air-conditioned. I was terribly disappointed in this aspect of the resort
- the wifi seriously needs to be looked at. The coverage is patchy at best and does not extend to all conference rooms. For me that is a SEVERE deficiency. Given I was there for business I needed to stay connected and in contact and this proved very challenging. Also, when using the wifi it was pretty slow and not what I would have expected from this level of facility/resort
- service levels from staff are poor. The staff are apathetic and hard to pin down. At lunch today it took a waiter nearly 20 minutes to deliver a series of drinks to my party of five. This really is terrible service.

It is such a pity that these, for me, critical aspects of the facility have been overlooked. Had they been in place I would have rated the resort 4/5 stars.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Pietermaritzburg
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2012

In wonderful Dragensberg.in KZN South Africa.Villas beautiful.Lovely views.serviced every day.Golf course fantastic.Well worth the travel.Lovely walks in berg.Bird life unbelievable.Nearby rapture retreat.Cycling and running on road or off road very scenic.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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south africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We spent a week at the Champagne Sports resort in a time share chalet.
The location is absolutely spectacular - mountains.
The golf course is amazing - challenging...
Halfway house excellent.
We attended a Quizz night in the pub which was great fun.
Restuarant in the hotel at a special evening for Time shares. The food was excellent and the service superb. The restuarant is huge so my only suggestion would be if they could close off part of it to make it more ambient. However they do a lot of conferences in the hotel so that might not be easy.
Overall experience was excellent.
Lots to do other than golf - we ate at a local restuarant at the crossroads complex - Thokoso or something... which was excellent as well. The bird show is excellent, never got to see the Drakensburg boys choir - ran out of time. Nice little meander as well for a bit of country shopping.
The chalets are not super modern - probably redone about 10 years ago. But they are comfortable and have everything you need.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012 via mobile

A beautiful venue with wonderful walks, stunning scenery and good family place to go. Unfortunately I hate beds that are stuck together as a king size. Also the walls between each apartment in the new section are very thin- you can hear your next door neighbour! Having said that the bar is a warm cosy place with an excellent hostess who makes one feel welcome and is the epitome of an excellent employee. Large lounge is also available for watching the rugby and massive dining room with huge spread of food of excellent quality. Spa pricing is too high... I've been to many. Also teach staff a little about wine- they have no idea about pouring, types of wine or what to recommend.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2012

Stayed in timeshare units. Well equipped, clean and very big. Ideal accommodation for families. Golf course is also great for mid week golf with a young family. You can take your time and let the kids play. Views are awesome.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Durban, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Stayed in a timeshare chalet (3 bedroom/3 bathroom) with our family and even though there were 8 of us the accomodation was not crowded. Chalet was well appointed with all necessary equipment. Only disappointment was the braai (barbecue) which was very exposed and dirty.

The chalet was situated on a golf course with beautifull views of the Drakensberg.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Stayed in a timeshare chalet for three days with my family. Chalets are well laid out. Our unit had a great uninterupted view of the mountains. Had a great game of golf on the well maintained course.Great overall stay. Will certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Central Drakensberg | Private Bag X9, Winterton 3340, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Winterton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Winterton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Champagne Sports Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 243
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