Secure, quiet and scenic environment. comfortable rooms, friendly and helpful staff. Management who go out of their way to make you feel welcome. Within walking distance of a shopping mall with almost everything you might need (including kosher food). Excellent value for money. This place has a lot to recommend it for the leisure traveler.
However, for the business traveler it has one (perhaps crucial) failing; the Internet access is terrible! First of all it's not included in the price of a room. Secondly it is impossibly slow. At first I thought it was just South African Internet standards that were low, but I stayed in two other hotels during the trip and found thier wireless broadband a match for anything I've used elsewhere.
One other (minor) irritation. The free local shuttle bus is only free during two narrow time windows in the morning and afternoon. At other times they are very happy to ferry you around the area for a modest fee. Not an imposition, but I had gotten the impression from the website (perhaps unfairly) that it was free all day.
So, if you are looking for a quite break away from the Internet, this place has my unqualified recommendation.
If you have to have reliable and fast Internet access (and don't have mobile broadband) give it a miss.
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