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“Utterly spectacular”
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Ellerman House
Ranked #2 of 6 Hotels in Bantry Bay
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Utterly spectacular”
Reviewed February 25, 2011

Stayed at Ellerman House in past years. This Feb trip was utterly spectacular. The fundamentals of the house - peerless situation and views, major major art collection, glamorous rooms - haven't changed but new additions are awesome. Visionary new gallery in the grounds, wonderful replantings of African plants in the gardens and water lilies around the house. It is beautiful. Best are the staff and the atmosphere they create - the place feels younger, livelier, more energetic than before. This hotel is obviously world-class, but mostly because it runs as the most elegant house party, relaxed but I guess with huge amounts of work to get it so. Tiny things - free laundry when other places want to charge you for wifi - underpin it. In contrast, two other places we stayed in on this trip can't come near it. One and Only big, glitzy, urban and anonymous (could be anywherre). Cellars Hohenhort (also Relais), slightly tired, beautiful gardens but feels slow and a bit sad, like an English seaside hotel.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reviewed February 10, 2011

Private, outstanding service and views to die for. The pool is fabulous. The rooms are luxurious. Well worth the price tag but book early. Regulars have their favourite rooms and their regular times of year and they appear to come back year after year. Next time in Cape Town, it has to be Ellerman.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 28, 2011

Exceptional service. Delicious food. Lovely art gallery. Good sheltered location and pool just the right termperature. Very good spa. The electronic controls in the bedroom were the only frustration.

Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Bruges, Belgium
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Reviewed January 22, 2011

Great service,beautiful views and excellent location,very good food at affordable prices,could not be better,if you ask me one of the best hotels of the world,can't wait to go back...'
Pierre and Anne-Marie CHEVALIER

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2011

This was the real highlight of our stay in Cape Town. The staff couldn't do enough to make us feel welcome and the facilities were fantastic. We absolutely loved it here.

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 28, 2010

Stayed at the Ellerman House for several days prior to going on safari. We were delighted with every aspect of this small, charming hotel. The service is first rate as is the cuisine. The guest rooms are large and exquisitely furnished and the public rooms are most elegant. The grounds and sea views are unforgettable..

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed November 25, 2010

Ellerman House is a lesson in refinement. The attentive but low key service is reminiscent of the old English Manors, with large staff contingents all squirreling away behind the scenes. The staff is available at all times, but one never has the nagging feeling of being scrutinized by lingering waiters.
We had the privilege of staying in Room 1, which must be the most beautiful room in the entire establishment. Luxurious soft furnishings, bespoke furniture and an ample room to truly settle in, it was a treat! Returning from dinner to find the underfloor heating on and the room aptly turned down for a romantic evening, I was blown away. The bath is huge, shower big enough for two and more towels than you could use in a month.
As a regular eater, the 24 hour full stocked pantry was the deal clincher for me. Being able to snack at your leisure without the formality of a dining room, or the astronomical costs of room service is priceless and I ate my fair share of wasabi nuts, mini quiches (freshly prepared) and other deli treats. We ate all of our meals at EH and the food is out of this world, the best we had in Cape Town. The wine list is extensive and although some of the bottles are wildly expensive, it is to be expected when one considers their pedigree. Our sommelier was well educated and informed, with a good sense of humor.
Gracefully manicured gardens, a magnificent art collection and impeccable taste in interior décor ensure that Ellerman House is a feast for all senses. A perfect romantic hideaway!!!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Ellerman House
Address: 180 Kloof Road | Cape Town, Bantry Bay 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Bantry Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Bantry Bay
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bantry Bay
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bantry Bay
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bantry Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Ellerman House 5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ellerman House commands spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Professional and charming staff plus a remarkable art & wine collection leave guests breathless. Consisting of 9 bedrooms and 2 suites in the House, and the neighboring contemporary Villa and Spa, the property embodies the best in South African hospitality in true Relais & Chateaux style. Ellerman House is the place to stay in Africa’s fair Cape. ... more   less 
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