This place was not on our navigation system that we got from Avis, but Google navigation was able to find it. It is far out of town...just follow the R538.
We got there late at night and had a prepaid reservation with Expedia (about 1.900 for two nights in a suite incl. breakfast). The night operator however charged us 1.400 Rand again (that was the rate that Expedia pays to the hotel...now I know why they can give rebates so often!!!). The next morning I clarified the problem and got a refund without any problems. And of course they excused themselves for the misunderstanding.
The place just got recently renovated...you can still smell the fresh paint in some areas. The suite (132) had a living room (with windows all around) and a bedroom with a king-size bed (not as soft as a Marriott bed but still soft enough). Both rooms had AC (the one in the bedroom was a newer model with a "night mode" so that I did not hear to much noise from it at night).
The "Numbi Gate" to Krueger was just 20 min driving away. Be carefull as the road is full of potholes (we lost one wheelcover).
Breakfast was excellent and had nearly Hilton/Marriott Standard. The staff was very friendly. It is served till 10.30 AM.
WIFI is only available in the Lobby area, the bar, the Restaurant and still at the pool. There is no WIFI in the rooms (maybe only in the room next to reception). We tried to establish WIFI over our phone via CellC, but with just two bars and Edge it took forever to open any page. But the bar area consists of two big room with a fireplace and lots of sofas and chairs to find a private spot for online business.
The bar itself closes at 10pm. Drinks are realy inexpensive. A beer (local Castle) was just 18 Rand and the Gin Tonic about 22 or so.
The Restaurant usually has a buffet for dinner which did cost around 240 p.p.. We opted for the a-la-carte menue as we were looking for a vegetarian meal. They had a view things on the menu and the portions were big. Ordering some pasta (68) and a Greek Salad (45) was way too much for one person! The quality of our dinner was good.
What I liked most about this hotel is the huge garden with the pool. You dont have any other hotel around you. In the Garden you will find a good sized pool with enough loungers and umbrellas. We never so any other guests hanging out there (maybe in the afternoon when we were on photo safari in Krueger). There is even a playground for children.
Overall please keep in mind that this place is not a new hotel any more and that is not Capetown. So not everything is perfect like in a brand new property. But because there is lots of open space and it has some interesting architecture, I will return for sure when going back to Krueger next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its ideal location, Premier Hotel The Winkler is the perfect location from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Only 20 minutes drive from the famous Kruger National Park and with easy access to attractions like the Blyde River Canyon, Sabie Waterfalls and Pilgrim's Rest. Premier Hotel The Winkler provides visitors with an incredible base from which to explore the rich African beauty of the Mpumalanga province. Founded around 1890, the town of White River has a rich history and has become both a tourism centre and a point of interest for those wishing to witness one of the most unique farming cultures in South Africa. Premier Hotel The Winkler is situated just 14km for the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, a short 20 minute drive from the Kruger National Park, 10km outside of White River and a 30 minute drive to Nelspruit. The climate is said to be one of the best in South Africa, neither excessively hot in summer when rainfall is at its highest, nor overly cold during the sunny winters. Known for its scenic beauty, Mpumalanga offers visitors a front row seat to the majesty of Africa. The largest and most famous game reserve in South Africa lies at the heart of the Lowveld, a 20 minute drive from Premier Hotel The Winkler, the Kruger National Park is a wildlife experience like no other and allows visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unpredictability of this iconic piece of Africa. The waterways of Mpumalanga offer explorers the opportunity to experience a different side of Africa, from the views over the sheer edges of the Blyde River Canyon 800m above the riverbed below to the tropical rain-forests that dominate the eastern side of the Crocodile River Valley. ... more less
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- Premier Hotel The Winkler White River, South Africa - Mpumalanga