The Protea in Clarens is well placed and has good views of the Maluti mountains. It is clean and the service is excellent. The Adamo restaurant in the hotel is top class - superb food and great wine list. If you like a good red blend - try Beyerskloof Synergy or Ribshack Red.
Breakfast is very good with a large variety of breakfast fare.
There are a few annoying things, mainly in the design - the shower and hand basin is actually in the room itself - only the toilet is separate. The flow of water in the shower is poor for such a large shower head. The pool is more like a large bath plonked on the patio, quite strange. If the architect had made use of the roof space - a garden, a proper pool and a cocktail bar - this hotel would be amazing! But overall a good stay (long weekend) - and even if you choose to stay somewhere else in Clarens the restaurant is a must visit!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel Clarens - Home is where the Art is. The Protea Hotel Clarens is located in the best kept secret in art and culture circles of the Free State. The picturesque village of Clarens is framed by the majestic Maluti Mountains, sandstone cliffs and is in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This artists’ haven is a tapestry steeped in history and rich in legend. Experience a living masterpiece that exudes sheer style, luxury and design. Protea Hotel Clarens blends in with the natural splendour that has inspired artists, eco lovers and tourists who simply enjoy the art of living to explore this tranquil, magical landscape and relax, in style. Take in the breathtaking scenery with sundowners on Protea Hotel Clarens’ terrace, enjoy fine dining or laze away the hours in luxury and comfort. This sanctuary embodies state-of-the-art excellence and service. From adrenalin rushes to cultural expeditions, Clarens offers it all. With an abundance of activities nearby, from San paintings and dinosaur trails to white river rafting and rock climbing; Protea Hotel Clarens’ warm hospitality completes the picture. So whether you plan a romantic getaway, team-building exercise, business conference or African adventure, Protea Hotel Clarens has it all. ... more less
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