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“FAN-TA-STICK!” 5 of 5 stars
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Golden Gate Hotel
3.0 of 5 Cottage   |   Golden Gate National Park, Clarens 9707, South Africa   |  
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Durban, South Africa
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99 reviews 99 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“FAN-TA-STICK!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

After 3 fun packed days with a group from Taiwan, our last stop with them was Golden Gate Hotel and they were to continue to Maseru.
When we got to Golden Gate Hotel we were all amazed by the beauty of this place, everything just seemed new at the Hotel. We had a lovely buffet dinner, the restaurant was amazing and our bedrooms were beautiful.
The normal time for breakfast to start is 06:30am but thanks to the management and the kitchen staff who helped to arrange for my clients and I to have breakfast at 06:00am so that the group could arrive in their next destination in time. Highly Recommended.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Golden Gate Hotel is 20km away from the beautiful town of Clarens. We stayed in the self catering bungalows and it was 1st class. The bungalows are very clean and the view is spectacular. There is lot to do for exercise and there are 8 walking trails, from 1 hour to 8 hours. The scenery can be described as "Gods own creation". A family that is active would really enjoy the outdoors. Spending time at Golden Gate is like traveling 20 years back in time. It is really peaceful to be surrounded by the most awesome nature scenery.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Somerset West, South Africa
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68 reviews 68 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stayed one night in January 2013. The balcony room was really well appointed with an unbelievable view of the 'Golden Gate'. The furnishings were stylish and luxurious and the bathroom-en-suite the biggest I've ever seen! The restaurant, however, was disappointing - not much choice on the menu and the meal we had wasn't great. Breakfast next morning was under-catered for a crowd of conference guests. We took a hike around their local cave area, which was fun and offered even more interesting views, with a scary trip up a rickety ladder. A location well worth the visit.

Room Tip: Go for a balcony (first floor of the hotel) facing the Golden Gate.
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  • Stayed January 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Centurion, South Africa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The view is stunning! And at night the "Gate" is elumenated which is also stunning! But the charlets is not kept up to date.....the bath was cracked and the ants were there the minute we spilled something! The bedding reaked of smoke - and we asked for a non smoking room....!
We escaped to the small attached room where the linen were a crisped white but the cupboard doors were off?!
Not a good impression....
I would recommend the restaurant as their food were excellent and my husband went for seconds.
So drive passed the Hotel if you want to sleep, but if it's lunch or dinner time....turn in and enjoy!

Room Tip: All the charlets face the Golden Gate, not all the rooms of the Hotel.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for one night in November 2012.
The hotel is set within amazing scenery. If you are an outdoors person there are many easily accessible walks and drives in the area.
The inside is clean, stylish and comfortable. Couldn't fault our room at all apart from the view of the side of the hill out of our window! The bathroom was very large and clean.
We had the buffet dinner in the restaurant which was good value for money and very tasty.
Didn't use any other facilities so can't comment on those.

We bought some glasses from the gift shop which was actually priced reasonably.

Staff were kind and helpful.

Overall, would recommend for a relaxed stay.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

My wife and her 3 sisters stayed at Golden Gate Hotel in "newly revamped" chalet. Linen on single beds were very dirty. No aircon or fan to help with 37o heat. Carpets very dirty. Response from SAN park suggest they are aware of issues

  • Stayed February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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White River, South Africa
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Brandwacht Hotel in the Golden Gate Park towards the end of January and loved the natural beauty which seemed to embrace us! The Hotel accommodation was great and the staff exceptionally helpful and friendly.

The rooms were comfortable but could be problematic during the warmer periods as the ventilation and lack of air conditioning would be a problem, particularly as you cannot leave your sliding doors or windows open due to the local baboons.

The walks were really special and offered magnificent views over the stunning rock formations

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Golden Gate National Park, Clarens 9707, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Free State > Clarens
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 Specialty Lodging in Clarens
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Golden Gate Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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