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“Pleasant Stay, But Disappointing Room”

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Chartfield Guest House
Ranked #1 of 5 Kalk Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
“Pleasant Stay, But Disappointing Room”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

To be honest we were a little disappointed. Our window looked out onto a shared balcony, so we could never have our curtains and windows wide open as other guests could walk past and see straight into our room. This made our room very dark and stuffy. The room was also a little basic compared to other accommodation we had been staying in (in the same price bracket), and not very practical for the traveller - no dresser and only a tiny table to put anything on, tiny bedside tables and a terrible travel hairdryer that was hardly worth turning on. I believe the house used to be a backpacker place, and it still has that feel - clean and comfortable, but basic - and it seems to be run by students. When I asked for an extra pillow and the possibility of a sheet instead of the duvet on the bed, I was looked at like I was mad, which I didn't really appreciate. On the plus side, the bathroom was excellent - spacious, great shower, shelves to put your toiletries on etc. Location is also fab - within easy walking distance of all the amenities. Complimentary room service coffee was also a really nice touch. From what I could see of the other rooms, they appeared much nicer - so maybe we just had the worst room in the guesthouse (it was the last one available I think). We really enjoyed our stay in Kalk Bay, but our room was disappointing mainly due to the window scenario - in another room I think we would have had a totally different experience.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Spent a lovely night here with friends after an overnight flight from London. As we arrived at about 8:30am, the room obviously wasn't ready for us, but the staff made a special effort to make us feel welcome, storing our luggage for us and making coffee while we waited for our friends to arrive.

The rooms were very large with all features you'd expect (especially liked the lovely big shower and king size bed), and with views overlooking the bay. The guest house itself is just a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Kalk Bay. We'd have liked to use the pool, which looked equally inviting, but unfortunately the weather was a little chilly that day!

There was an extensive choice of breakfast options (both healthy and otherwise!) from their a la carte menu - all of those I tried were delicious.

Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Recommended to us by our travel adviser, Chartfield turned out to be an excellent choice for our 12-night Christmas & new year vacation to the Cape Town area. Kalk Bay itself turned out to be a charming little town on the False Bay with a lovely view of the sea and the mountains, restaurants and shops as well as beaches. Even the unpredictable Cape Town weather held to a sunny, lightly breezy best.

Our room had a wonderful view (we are not telling, which one!) of the sea and the mountains. But more than anything else it was the wonderful care by the staff - and full marks to the charming owners, Shireen and Florian. As others have made a mention, their breakfast and its service is to be complimented (highly recommend the banana smoothie and "the bomb") and also for providing valuable tips on what do do for the day - all that which makes for a wonderful holiday.

Look forward to be there again, someday.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

a very charming, cute, polite, very very nice, wonderful Hotel. we enjoed our sty very much, it topped my hopes totally. the Location is jzst great. Wakling Distance to a lot of nice shop, bars, Restaurants. its for every Age. i loved it!


  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

We spent 5 nights at Chartfield Guest House in the Loft room with the most incredible view of Kalk Bay Harbour, the ocean and the mountains with Simons Town in the distance. The breakfasts were delicious with a great selection, the pool, views and easy walk into Kalk Bay all great. A fantastic guest house that I would recommend to anybody. My Mom and Aunt shared the ground floor room which was also great.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

Florian, Dina, Dianne, and the rest of the staff were so gracious and helpful! The airport shuttle drivers and Lynne with Selah daytrips were all so kind, went the "second mile" to help me! Enjoyed my kitchenette for American Thanksgiving preparations. I stayed in a room without an oceanview. If I needed one, the main porch was a great place to enjoy the oceanview with one of their coffees! Kalk Bay was a wonderful place to stay. Christmas blessings to all at Chartfield!

Room Tip: If you come with a family, the rooms where I stayed would be a great choice.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 13, 2013 via mobile

I attended a workshop with a small group of colleagues. This place is just amazing...good venue, well appointed rooms, caring staff and very good food cooked by the owner. The view and the location in Kalk Bay makes the visit here such a special experience. Well recommended. On the last day, special hot ginger bread men biscuits for all made it such a difference to any other place I have been on workshop. Umesh Bahadur

Stayed December 2013, traveled on business
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Property: Chartfield Guest House
Address: 30 Gatesville Road | Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay 7975, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Kalk Bay
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Kalk Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Chartfield Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chartfield Guesthouse evokes the spirit of a time when everything was done with a little more style and with a lot more attention to detail. It's a haven created to whisk you away from the cares of the world. Chartfield Guesthouse is nestled in this quaint seaside village of Kalk Bay. Our rooms are large and private, allow the cool ocean breeze to whisper through your open windows. ... more   less 
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