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Cycads on Sea Guesthouse
Stockholm, Sweden
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33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Lovely B&B”
Reviewed March 25, 2012

The hosts, Miemie and Gerhard,made us feel very welcome as this was our first visit to St Francis Bay, which turned out to be a quiet and nice town at the seaside. We spent two nights at the Cycads and would definitly return back. A nice, cooked breakfast is included. The beach easily reached by a short stroll from the guesthouse. The restaurants visited downtown were a big disappointment, however Gerhard made a reservation at the "Five Elements" which was absolutely outstanding and worth alone a visit to St Francis Bay.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 24, 2012

We spent a wonderful 4 days at the Cycads on Sea earlier this month mainly thanks to the friendly hosts, Gerhard & Miemie. The Cycads is ideally located overlooking the sandy East Cape beaches of St Francis Bay. All units have direct access which makes it easy to come and go. Breakfasts are excellant and Gerhard proves detailed directions of where to find good dinner menus.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Banchory, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

We really enjoyed our 2 nights at Cycads, Gerhard and Miemie were so friendly and helpful. We had a lovely room with a view of the sea. The breakfasts were beautifully presented and delicious in the sweet breakfast room.
We went to Cape St Francis which was lovely and A restaurant which Gerhard recommended had a lovely meal overlooking the harbour, our waitress Sally was really nice.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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57 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2012

Great guesthouse with excellent hosts.
However the entire area was a bit of a disappointment as you cannot get to the beach area easily. Poor town planning has made this an exclusive venue for the few fortunate owners with sea facing properties. As a visitor you will battle to get close to the sea or even get a glimpse at it.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London
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42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2012

Cycads on Sea Guest House nestles on a gentle hill overlooking the coast at St Francis Bay. The property is presided over by the charming Gerhard and Miemie who are great hosts who are very enthusiastic about their Guest House and extremely passionate about the surrounding area of St Francis Bay. They run their Guest House with great efficiency, their rooms are spotless and they obviously put a great deal of effort into ensuring their guests are happy and content.

But this is where I get to the “however”. So here goes. However, I feel the Guest House is now a trifle dated and perhaps, rather like an ageing movie star, in need of a bit of a make over. Our ensuite room which, make no mistake, had a great sea view and had a balcony, was nevertheless rather cramped. To reach the bedroom we also had a good few stairs to negotiate and we really struggled with our luggage. It was also a warm steamy summer day and being one floor up – the heat just rose from downstairs – and with no effective air con we were really uncomfortable overnight in what was a small hot room costing 1190 Rand for 2 per night. Another slight problem, call me old fashioned, but a door between the bedroom and the bathroom would have been a nice touch.

That said, the location is great. From our balcony, the view to the left was over the thatched rooftops of this quaint seaside town while to the right you could see across the more conventional rooftops of the properties going toward Port St Francis. The ubiquitous thatched roofs of all the surrounding properties, mandatory in the St Francis Bay area, were somewhat of a curiosity – but for me, while finding them quaint, I nevertheless felt rather uneasy about the strict regimentation of it all. However, back to Cycads.

Without doubt, Gerhard is an enthusiastic host and I really liked him. I’m sure he has his regulars whom he’ll welcome back time after time and they’ll no doubt be more than happy. But to me, Cycads is what I’d call “old school” bed and breakfast. It’s perfectly ok but I think the times have changed – and the times for the more discerning traveller have probably moved on.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bornheim
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Reviewed November 20, 2010

We stayed 2 nights in this guesthouse during our 3 weeks vacation and it was definetely one of the nicest places. The breakfast was very good, very friendly hosts and a lovely, very modern room with view to the sea . No need for renovation. The hosts explained in a friendly and detailed way what to do in the area and pointed out the best places where to go for dinner.
Strong recommendation !

Alex and Thomas

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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the netherlands
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150 reviews
64 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed December 13, 2009

Needs definitely mordernising. Never saw the hosts and we were not sure who was managing the guesthouse in those days the hosts were away. Rooms and bathrooms were small and especially the bathroom was not that clean (old). There is not much to do in Francis Bay and the restaurants in the harbour are not worth to write about. Poor food and even on a saturday night we were the only guests in the restaurant (december!).

Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cycads on Sea Guesthouse
Address: 17 Lovemore Crescent, Saint Francis Bay 6312, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Eastern Cape > Saint Francis Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 19 B&Bs / Inns in Saint Francis Bay
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
When intrepid Portuguese explorer Manual de Perestrelo weighed anchor in this beautiful sheltered bay in 1575, he named it "Bahia de Soa Francisca" after the Monastery of St Francisca, in his hometown of Santareme, hence the name St Francis Bay. Today you will find a tranquil "Village" with an abundance of thatch-roof homes, on the sea, with a lot to offer. Rest, peace, Golf (4 courses within a 60km radius including the well-known "Links" course), walk ways, sea and canal boat trips, superb fishing, super restaurants as well as the Port St Francis harbour. For those who enjoy surfing: "Bruce's Beauties" is world renowned and within easy walking distance from Cycads. During the December holiday season tandem sky-diving is also offered. All amenities are close by. So, come and Feel the Breeze!! ... more   less 

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