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“Fabulous location but disappointing” 2 of 5 stars
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Cathedral Peak Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Cathedral Peak Rd., | Central Drakensberg, Winterton 3340, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Winterton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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“Fabulous location but disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2005

We stayed for 3 nights in 2 deluxe rooms with our teenage sons as part of an otherwise fabulous 3-week family touring holiday. Whilst we would agree with other reviewers that the location is outstanding we were rather disappointed with the accommodation and food. Our rooms were spacious, clean and reasonably well equipped but not up to the high standards we experienced in other, much cheaper hotels we stayed at during the trip. The breakfasts were quite good but we found the restaurant soulless and the buffet-style dinners very unappetising. We also found that, if you didn't go for dinner early, the food was lukewarm and/or dried-up. To be fair I believe that the kitchens were being renovated during our stay so this may been the reason but it's still no excuse. The staff, as elsewhere in South Africa, were very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2005

We stayed for 6 nights during April 2003 and had the most wonderful time. Our accommodation was a deluxe family room which consisted of two double rooms with a framed glass divider (curtained), plus en-suit. The meals were excellent too - breakfasts were buffet style and had everything hot and cold you could think of (local and international). We ate lunch most days on the terraces. Morning and afternoon tea was included and served on the terraces too. The views of the Northern Drakensberg (Cathedral Peak) are spectacular and we sat many evenings just gazing at the stars in the clear skies. I would highly recommend this hotel and give it a 4* rating. The staff make the hotel as they put a massive amount of effort into making your stay extremely comfortable and welcoming. We would definately return in the future.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2005

We booked ourselves into the Cathedral Peak hotel on the nights of the 7th and 8th of January. We stayed in one of the executive chalets at the foot of Cathedral Peak. The chalet price (circa Euro 250 a night) was worth it purely for the magnificent view of Cathedral Peak and the Drakensberg Mountains which greeted us through the picture window when I woke up in the mornings. The four poster bed in the chalet was the largest and most comfortable I have ever slept in. There's also a neat balcony outside the chalet where you can sit and sip a couple of late night drinks and gaze at the blaze of stars twinkling in the firmament of the Southern Hemisphere. Although the hotel characterises these chalets as 'honeymoon suites', once I explained to them that I would be sharing with my brother, they quickly provided him with another less capacious bed.

The food (which was served buffet-style) was excellent. I can honestly say that the chicken curry was one of the finest I have ever tasted. My only gripe is that it was only available on the first of the two nights I stayed at the hotel. It is so good the folks at Cathedral Peak should have it available as an option on the menu every night. Breakfast was equally impressive. Eggs and bacon cooked to order. Pork sausages of the highest calibre. Freshly extracted Guava juice. Also, if the mood takes and your hunger is all pervasive, minute steaks are on the breakfast menu.

The hotel is the midst of Zululand and there are a number of interesting dirt tracks in its vicinity (passable in an ordinary saloon car) which are well worth investigating. Together with my brother, we drove about twenty miles from the hotel through the mountains to a lake in the lowland area. The drive gave us an interesting insight into the lives of the Zulu farmers and their struggle to survive in harsh conditions. Everywhere we drove we were greeted in a friendly fashion and it would do your heart good to see the sparklingly happy faces of the Zulu children as they played in the fields. They have very little, yet they glory in one another's company. A valuable lesson perhaps for our own Western children who have forgotten that there is a lot of pleasure to be had in simple things.

When we returned to the hotel after our Zululand excursion, we sat on the balcony outside the hotel restaurant and watched an electrical storm slowly wend its way over Cathedral Peak. Magnificent. Even though it was a pitch black night, the lightning illuminated the landscape dramatically and the unusual play of light and shadow would have done justice to a Rembrandt painting. I must say that I'm bemused as to why this hotel is recorded a one star establishment in tripadvisor. The reality is that it is worthy of at least three stars, if not four. And - in terms of the unique beauty of its environment - it is up amongst, if not superior to, the five stars.

I'm also surprised that this is the first ever tripadvisor user review of the Cathedral Peak hotel. In some ways, I penned this review with reluctance because it's the kind of secret retreat one would like to keep to oneself. On the other hand, however, life is short and should be sucked down to the marrow and if I can encourage others to taste the delights of the Cathedral Peak hotel, then so much the better.

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Address: 1 Cathedral Peak Rd., | Central Drakensberg, Winterton 3340, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Winterton
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Winterton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cathedral Peak Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 104
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
4* family-owned Cathedral Peak Hotel offers unrivaled access to the Drakensberg Mountains within a World Heritage Site. The resort hotel caters for leisure, conference and weddings and offers an exceptional leisure experience, sumptuous buffet meals & warm hospitality. Accommodation is provided in family rooms, standard rooms, Superior rooms, seven honeymoon suites & the Presidential suite. Seasonal special offers cater for all budgets. A host of activities ranging from guided hikes, mountain and quad biking, helicopter flips, horse and pony rides, swimming pools, tennis, badminton, squash, lawn bowls, 9 hole golf course, floodlit mini adventure golf, in season children’s entertainment program and much, much more... ... more   less 
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