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The Plettenberg Hotel
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Plettenberg Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 4, 2007

The 5* hotel 'The Plettenburg' is situated at the top of a cliff overlooking the beach at Plett a short walk into the town to the shops, restaurants and bars.

Everything about this hotel is lovely - great room, beautiful pool and amazing service. Both breakfast and dinner were wonderful, couldn't reccomend it more.

  • Stayed: November 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 2, 2006

We did not stay at the Plettenberg but we did have lunch at the restaurant. We had spent the morning whale watching out of Plettenberg - a wonderful experience- and arrived dressed in jeans looking disheveled and decidedly the worse for wear. When we enquired if we could get lunch we were ushered immediately and with the utmost courtesy to a lovely table by the small rim flow pool overlooking the gorgeous bay. An umbrella was hoisted to shade us and we were served a truly excellent lunch and a good bottle of wine, all at a most reasonable price. The staff couldn't have been friendlier or more gracious. The lobby and lounge were very attractive and I am quite happy to share space with a cat - adds to the atmosphere. On our next visit we plan to stay here.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 30, 2006

We stayed for two days on our honeymoon. The food was excellent. The hotel's restaurant was one of the best I have ever been to and the cocktail bar was very cool. The staff were extremely friendly and the views from the hotel over the bay were breath taking. We had a lovely room and I we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Davinder

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 22, 2006

A small seaside hotel, with minuscule pool and garden. Greatly overpriced and somewhat out of its class as a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group.

As for Plettenberg itself, don't be fooled by the tourist board hype. With its total absence of historical, architectural or cultural features, its featureless main street and residential developments, and unspectactular scenery (other than the bay), Plettenberg is one of the most uninteresting places we have ever visited.

The guests' lounge looked appealing with antique furniture and paintings, but was occupied by the hotel cat, who sat and slept on every upholstered chair. On our return home, we felt this should be drawn to the attention of the management, as some people may not wish to pay so much to share seats with animals. The email we received in reply was less than reassuring....in summary, the cat had been there for ever, animals often enhance boutique hotels........ and effectively we could take it or leave it.

There are lots of quality B&Bs available in the area at a fraction of the cost.

Stayed: June 2006
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Reviewed February 16, 2006

We spent 3 nights at The Plettenberg a fortnight ago and we were very disappointed. we booked rather late so a sea view room was not available. we know Plett very well so this did not add to our disappointment. the room was very ordinary and not at all comfortable. the airconditioner blew right over the bed, the shower leaked like a sieve, the bed was uncomfortable and the room had not been decorated for many years.

The staff could also do with some charm. Staff seem to hang around everywhere and make quite a noise. They are not energetic and have no passion.

In all, we were very disappointed. we expected MUCH more from all the hype surrounding this hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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Reviewed February 14, 2006

Our time here constituted the relaxing element of our hectic dash along the stunning Garden Route - between Cape Town and a Game Reserve outside PE. With that in mind, the Plettenberg provided the perfect vehicle for 3 days of chilling out in a beautiful setting. Our room was very elegant - we rejected our first allocation and were upgraded (for free) into a room in the annexe with sea view. The staff were friendly, helpful and highly professional. Breakfast was delicious - as was dinner - although the latter was very formal. A stunning and informal alternative is to eat at Lookout Restaurant, which is on the back of Lookout Beach 2 mins from the hotel. It has a beautifull deck with views of whales, dolphins and the sunset over the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Bliss! Quite an eclectic crowd and superb fresh fish in an open-air setting. Back to the hotel - the vantage points from the 2 swimming pools were breathtaking. We watched dolphins play in the surf and in general had a fabulously indulgent time. A late afternoon checkout was offered at no extra charge - all helping to ease the pain of this relatively expensive accommodation option - which in retrospect was definitley worth the investment.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Reviewed November 14, 2005

We stayed at the Plettenberg for the night in November and absolutely loved it. The service, hospitality, food, rooms, staff, views, pool were just fantastic and I would definitely recommend staying here.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Additional Information about The Plettenberg Hotel

Address: Garden Route 40 Church Street, Plettenberg Bay 6600, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Plettenberg Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 Hotels in Plettenberg Bay
Price Range: $231 - $785 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Plettenberg Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 37
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Plettenberg - situated on a rocky headland in Africa's most spectacular coastal resort - is the ultimate escape. The 37 luxury rooms and suites, showcase the most breathtaking vistas in Southern Africa. With views of the ocean, mountains and endless stretches of golden beach, The Plettenberg is situated in the heart of the adventure-rich Garden Route, world-renowned for its excellent selection of outdoor activities. From regular dolphin and whale sightings to bungee jumping, treetop canopy tours and other more daring pursuits in the surrounding countryside. The Plettenberg is the ideal place to both relax and unwind - or recharge and reinvigorate - through a series of sensational endeavours. At The Plettenberg the charming service, exceptional cuisine, which is overseen by The Collection by Liz McGrath’s Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, and the setting combine to create the ultimate story, one of a South African seaside property unlike any other. ... more   less 
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