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“Still a favourite, but....” 4 of 5 stars
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Drakensberg Sun Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   R600 Central Drakensberg | Cathkin Valley, Winterton 3340, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Winterton
South Africa
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Still a favourite, but....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012

We have once again returned to one of our favourites, the Drakensberg Sun. The setting, atmosphere and food remain excellent, but a few things do niggle. Why no carports? There have been numerous requests for this and still no response. The hotel rooms' bathrooms are outdated and need a serious revamp, as do the air-conditioners. The gym is also in desperate need of proper equipment.
We love the Drakensberg Sun, but all these things have been mentioned before by various people, yet still no response by management, which is sad indeed.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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6 hotel reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2012

We have been to Drakensburg Sun on two occasions. The resort is fabulous. Both the chalets and apartments are well laid out and clean. The food at the restaurant is always well presented and tasty.

There is ample to do on and around the resort, from hiking, site seeing , fishing, there is something for everyone.

The views of the surrounds is breathtaking and serene. We will definitely go back.

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 hotel reviews
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Magnificient views in a very conveniently situated hotel.

  • Stayed June 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Chorley, United Kingdom
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15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in April. The grounds of the hotel are beautiful and immaculately kept. There are lots of activities on offer and I expect that it is a favourite for families with young children.
The food was excellent, with large buffets and freshly cooked food to choose from.
The staff were pleasant and reasonably discreet.
I suspect that this hotel bases most of its popularity on its surroundings as the rooms are quite poor. They are very outdated and in need of full modernisation. We had door handles that didn't work properly, ones that had been refitted and then fixed up poorly and dressing tables that were marked and stained very badly. The showers were poor quality. The carpets in the corridor were stained and in one area very wet, no idea why, but this was for the entire duration of our stay so wasn't just an accident. . All this let's the hotel down. The area is beautiful and I would most certainly return however I think if I was lucky enough to do so I may try one of the other hotels in the area.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at the Drak Sun for a weekend whilst getting married. The staff at the resort are very helpful, from before we arrived to our departure. They really made our weekend special and went the extra mile. The resort is also very kid friendly, so our boys where entertained and had fun! The rooms are reaching the end of their shelf life, and need renovations but still remain comfortable. We would definitely return to stay in the hotel again.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2012

We frequently stay at the Drakensberg Sun, and I have always found the staff to be very customer friendly and helpful. The restuarant staff are friendly and helpful. They serve a great buffet spread, and the patio menu is also excellent - well presented and tasty. On special requests like late check out they have been very accomodating. The rooms are good - the bathrooms could do with updating. Overall a pleasant place to be when exploring the Drakesnberg.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

I travelled in April (for 2 nights) when the weather was very pleasant - warm days with slightly chilled evenings.The hotel was comfortable, clean and child friendly. Staff are friendly and helpful. There are lots of activities - canoeing, hiking, horse riding, volley ball, etc. As a vegetarian I was pleasantly surprised by the many breakfast and dinner buffet options. I wouldn't rate the hotel as a 4 star, rather a good 3 star. I think that it needs a serious upgrade and has a lot of potential given it's location and facilities. A bar fridge and clock in the room would have been helpful as well as some patio furniture. The gym is pathetic and the spa was closed on one of the long weekend days! But for short two day stay, it was pleasant and enjoyable.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Drakensberg Sun Resort

Address: R600 Central Drakensberg | Cathkin Valley, Winterton 3340, South Africa
Location: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Drakensberg Region > Winterton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Winterton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Drakensberg Sun Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Drakensberg is one of South Africa’s most acclaimed tourist destinations and it is little wonder why. Set in the breathtaking Cathkin Peak area of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Drakensberg Sun not only offers guests panoramic views of the region but some of the best resort facilities and amenities imaginable. If you’re interested in visiting the Drakensberg during your next holiday, the Drakensberg Sun resort is the accommodation offering for you. ... more   less 
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