The Hotel was officially closed at the time but opened especially for the stay of our group of 17. The prior arrangements and the reception on our arrival were professional and friendly. We were notified that the restaurant and bar could not be opened but were referred to the Bistro Blues across the way, where we had a good meal. The hotel provided a delightful breakfast the following morning. We thoroughly enjoyed the warm fire in the lounge, the quirky art throughout and especially the friendly service. Help was readily available to help with our luggage, although being elderly, we are active and usually like managing on our own. Here is the only criticism - the stairs are quite tough to manage with luggage and a lift would have made a big difference. I have had meals meals there previously and was sorry that we could not have done so on this occasion. We wish the hotel a rapid and successful reopening and would highly recommend a stay to our friends an others. …
The Karoo Art Hotel is unfortunately really tired, from the point of view that no investment has been put into the hotel for many years. The staff try really hard, but they are up against a really “old lady” needing some maintenance in and out. Apparently the hotel has been for sale for quiet some time.
As you might expect, art is everywhere in this bohemian hotel, although nothing particularly appealed to us to buy. This is an old hotel with eccentric charm that could do with a little tlc in the public areas. However, our room (3) was very well kept and clean. There is a lovely garden to sit in plus a pool with loungers around the edge. The chef, Derek, is excellent and we had a wonderful meal in the evening. Our breakfast was presented to us rather than us being able to choose (apart from the cooked options) and, for me, the quantity was too much and not all of it to my taste. It concerns me to waste food. If you want a quirky place to stay with a great chef, give this hotel a go.
Stayed here with my family en route back to Cape Town. The area is a little intimidating to European travelers with the local bottle bank across the road. However the longer we were there the more we realized that we may have found our first real S. African old world hotel. Friendly staff, beautiful food and an overall great experience.
We booked an overnight stay on the way home to Cape Town! I was so pleasantly surprised, this hotel is a real gem! The decor and art throughout the hotel give it a quirky but warm and homely feel, the staff are friendly and the facilities at the hotel are great! Rooms are very neat and clean, the breakfasts are superb and our dinner at the restaurant was fantastic! All in all a great overall stay!