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Riversong Guest House
Ranked #4 of 27 Newlands B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Virginia
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Riversong Guest House - the absolute best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

I recently stayed with six friends at the Riversong Guest House, Newlands, Cape Town. What a wonderful place! I could have stayed at least another week and never left the house. Inri McManus, the owner, has thought of everything. There was so much "extra" in our room that I could not have thought of another thing needed. The staff is wonderful and ever ready to help--above and beyond--all the time. Inri is a wealth of information about the area and ready to share. Breakfast is a feast, starting with a beautiful, individual, plate of assorted fruits every day. I was amazed when I asked for coffee and the follow on question was "regular filtered or French press!" Inri, you made our stay in Cape Town extra special and I will be back!

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear Elisabeth
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the lovely praise. I will share your review with the team tomorrow. We are happiest when our guests are happy and we exceed their expectations. Happy Thanks giving! All the best Inri and The Riversong Team
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Purworejo, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

This is the nicest and homiest place I have ever visited. With the background of table mountain and located next to a river, what would we ask for more for a place to stay in South Africa. Moreover, they offer a reasonable price. Surely, I will come back with my family someday. Petrus, Indonesia

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, November 24, 2013
Dear Petrus
Thank you for your lovely review. Our home is your home. We look forward to hosting you and your family again some day in the future. Best wishes until we meet again. Enjoy wearing your SA hat.
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Verona, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

Everything about Riversong is great! Its location is ideal, Within walking distance to eateries, in a beautiful part of town. The food at Riversong was most outstanding, more than I expected. The view from the patio is spectacular. Table Mountain changes every 5 minutes, with its shadow patterns and cloud formations. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, and the service, o, my, the service. Someone was there every moment to take care of our needs. My favorite time was to sit with our group on the patio and have a glass of wine (or two or three), looking all the while onto Table Mountain. Lots of fun and relaxing times. Inri was most helpful in planning our day trips, getting us advance reservations and tickets (savings us waiting-inline time) and suggesting eateries and tours.
All in all, Riversong is a fabulous place to stay; I heartily recommend it.

Room Tip: The neighborhood is quiet so sound is not an issue. Inri will provide you with a good description of...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, November 19, 2013
Dear Norman
Thank you for taking time to write a review. Much appreciated specially when shared with The Riversong Team who love reading the reviews.
Thank you so much for taking the parcel to my sister. She loved her prezzies from SA.
The current group leave tomorrow. So sad. The next group from Virginia area will arrive in Feb. 14.
Love hosting our USA tour groups. You are always such fun and so easy to please. All the best for festive season and 2014. We hope to meet again some time. Best regards Inri and The Riversong Team.
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Cortez, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2013

There aren't enough superlatives to describe our Riversong stay in November. Impressive facility, well maintained and appointed, lovely location, fabulous snacks and breakfasts and super view of Table Mountain from the garden area. Inri, the owner, made every effort to cater to our dietary needs and comfort. Charmaine, Office Manager, introduced herself with a warm smile was frequently on hand to assist. Archie and Eleanor, our tour guides, who work closely with Inri and Riversong were as professional, knowledgeable and accommodating as Inri and her staff. Our Capetown stay was fabulous largely due to the care we received from Riversong and Archie and Eleanor. What great hospitality ambassadors to Capetown.

No question, this is a professionally run establishment with emphasis on customer service delivered with humor. We would return to Capetown just for Riversong! The staff is wonderful. Discreet and caring, the staff made it a point to learn our names as well as address us by name. Can't beat it--this is more than "home away from home".

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, November 12, 2013
Dear Michele and Bob
Thank you for taking time to write a review. Always much appreciated and I will share your praise with the Riversong team plus Archie and Eleanor who are always keen to get feedback from our guests. We so enjoyed hosting your group. What a fabulous bunch you were. One of our best groups. After you left the guest house was so quiet and it felt like we had said goodbye to family. We are always sad when a great group leaves. Please keep in touch via Face Book or email. Hope Bob enjoyed his kayaking trip. Happy Thanks Giving!!! Best regards Inri and The Riversong Team.
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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2013

Very friendly staff, rooms are beautifully decorated - a home from home. The location is central and easy to find. All the staff went out of their way to help us. A real plus was the internet connection and access to a computer. Will definitely be back and will be recommending to friends.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, November 3, 2013
Dear Janeen Lynn

Thank you for taking time out to write a review. Reviews are always shared with The Riversong Team. We love hearing back from our guests. We enjoyed hosting you and hope to see you in the near future.
Best regards
Inri and The Riversong Team
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Cooper City, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is by far the most luxurious guest house we have every visited. Unbelievable bathrooms, stately servants, beautiful grounds, fine breakfasts, nothing to complain about at U.S. $175 a night - who else stayed here but a young woman on business with a calling card of the United Nations! Free use of laptop computer with wifi. We highly recommend the facility if the price fits your budget.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, October 17, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We enjoyed hosting you and hope to see you again in the near future. Best regards Inri and The Riversong Team.
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

We had three separate rooms at Riversong for 7 nights. There were two adult teachers and 3 high school students. We used Riversong as our "home base" while we toured the Cape Town area. I highly recommend this guest house. Excellent and safe location, good hot breakfast, the ability to order in from various good restaurants, and the nicest staff you have ever met. The owner, Inri was so very nice, and she was always willing to help us in any way. We left for a few days to visit a reserve, and she let us leave our big luggage bags there until we returned to finish up our stay. Van was there at all times and willing to help us with anything we needed. He always had a smile on his face. They did our laundry at a very reasonable price. It was comfortable and felt like home. The high school students had a plenty of room to hang out together, and we had wi fi for communication back to the U..S. We will most definitely be back next year. Thank you Riversong!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, July 24, 2013
Dear Shelly
Thank you for taking time to write a review and recognizing Van for his efforts. He was very proud and so were we. Very much appreciated. We loved hosting your group and look forward to doing so again next year. I have given Ed Clark your contact details and he will contact you about the Safari tours for teachers and maybe students. If any of the students need assistance they can always call me or pop into Riversong. Best regards to you all.
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Property: Riversong Guest House
Address: 14 Esme Road, Newlands 7700, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Newlands
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Newlands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Riversong Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Luxury 4 star boutique guest house in the heart of Newlands, Cape Town. Riversong sits on the banks of Liesbeek River and boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain. Conveniently situated in the Southern Suburbs, Riversong is an ideal base for the discerning business person or holiday maker who is looking for more than a hotel room. Riversong is a short walk from Newland's Cricket and Rugby Grounds, Cavendish Square Mall, Claremont CBD, Vineyard Hotel and Conference centre, S.A. Sports Science Institute, SA Breweries, Dean Street (start of The Two Ocean Marathon), and Virgin Active Gym and many restaurants and pubs around the trendy Newlands Village. 10 minutes from University of Cape Town, Belmont Square, Kirstenbosch gardens, Kelvin Grove club, Great Westerford, Baxter theatre, leading hospitals and schools. 20-minute drive from the Airport, City Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, V & A Waterfront, FIFA Soccer Stadium, golf courses, wine farms and golden beaches. Friendly hospitality and attention to detail makes Riversong a popular choice for local and overseas guests. Our 9 elegantly stylish, spacious en-suite bedrooms have comfortable beds and pillows, DSTV decoders, well stocked fridges and snack baskets, micro-wave ovens, tea and coffee making facilities, safe for valuables, desks/dressing tables, heaters, electric blankets and fans, fluffy white towels and bathrobes, percale linen, hairdryers, clock-radios/ipod docking stations, hot water bottles, Charlotte Rhys toiletries, Pool towels and chocolates. Mr Deliver and Butlers’s pizza menus in rooms with dinner by request. Free Wireless internet. Guest laptop in lounge. ... more   less 
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