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Harbour House Hotel
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
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“Back to my new Favourite”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

i am really becoming a fan of this little piece of real estate in Hermanus. the perfect blend of privacy of easy access to the restaurants and night life of Hermanus makes us come back again and again. So good that I am sure that we will conceive life here!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Harb0urH0useH0tel, Duty Manager at Harbour House Hotel, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Good Day Andre B,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience.

It is always good to hear what a pleasant stay our guests have had with us.

We look forward to making your future stays with us, just as great as the last.

We hope to welcome you back soon! :)

Kind Regards
Reneê Roux
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Stayed for one night on honeymoon whilst travelling the garden route and wish we'd stayed for another!

The room was immaculately presented and incredibly comfortable. We had a balcony overlooking the pool area and unbelievable view of the ocean, quite honestly, stunning. It could not have been more perfect.

Staff were really helpful and booked us onto a whale watching tour as soon as we arrived.

Location is right in the centre of town and could not be better, but there is still a sense of remoteness about it, and plenty of parking available.

The breakfast in the morning was also delicious.

We hope to return again at some point.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Harb0urH0useH0tel, Duty Manager at Harbour House Hotel, responded to this review, November 24, 2012
Dear Vernonio35,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us.

We are pleased that you had a wonderful stay at Harbour House and that our staff could contribute in making your stay with us a memorable one.

We hope that on your return visit to South Africa we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to our establishment.

From all the staff at Harbour House Hotel, we would like to wish you all the best for your marriage and new life journey together as husband and wife

Kind Regards
Reneê
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

This was our second visit to Harbour House this year. It is a really stylish hotel in a wonderful position beside the ocean. It was possible to view the whales from both our balcony and room windows. The staff are very helpful and pleasant. All aspects of the hotel are run efficiently. Advice about visits and where to eat is good. They have started serving evening meals as week as breakfast and lunch. The food is very good as is the friendly service. Rooms are well appointed very spacious and stylish. The views from the hotel and the position in the centre of Hermanus above the old harbour are outstanding. A great place to stay especially during the whale season we had great sightings every day with in a few yards from Harbour House.
Corinne,Trev, Peter, Morven

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Harb0urH0useH0tel, Duty Manager at Harbour House Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Dear Corinne

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experience regarding your stay with.

We are most pleased that you had a great stay with us. We are blessed to be situated in such a central location in such a beautiful town, as Hermanus.

The staff will be happy to hear that they have been a great part in making your stay enjoyable and rememorable.

We trust that you will be returning to stay at our establishment in the near future and we look forward to welcoming you and your family back.

Kind Regards
Reneê Roux
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

As we were driven into Hermanus, we saw a whale waving its tail at us, as if to say 'Welcome!' We checked in to the Harbour House Hotel, and received a warm welcome. The room was just perfect, with amazing views across the harbour, and lovely decor and facilities, we already felt at home. We continued to see whales in the bay during our stay, and also did the Southern Right whale watching trip, amazing! The staff were always helpful, and had time to talk to us whenever we had a query. Lovely touch of a cup cake at bed time! The only down side was we should have stayed longer, 3 nights wasn't enough! Go and enjoy!

Room Tip: If you can, go for a romantic room!
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Harb0urH0useH0tel, Duty Manager at Harbour House Hotel, responded to this review, November 25, 2012
Dear Tracy156

Thank you for your refreshing review.

It gives us great pleasure to receive such positive feedback and to hear that your stay with us was wonderful. We are truly thankful for our location and the fact that the whales enjoy performing right on our "doorstep"

We hope that should you return to Hermanus one day that you will stay with us and perhaps a few nights longer ;)

Many safe travels

Kind Regards
Reneê Roux
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Bath
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed November 17, 2012

We recently stayed here for 2 nights purely to be near to the whale watching area. This hotel was the perfect location. Very modern building which is beautifully equipped with modern clean furniture, bedding and items needed for a short stay. Yes, the inside breakfast room is small but when we were there it was hot and we ate outside on the terrace. The staff were all helpful, polite and knowledgeable about the area. The bar was rather draughty but all in all a perfect stay. We walked to the new harbour for a boat trip to watch the wales - if it is choppy, a warning if you are prone to sea sickness - be prepared! Well worth the trip to see the whales and babies. Plently of locals restaurants serving good quality food - and superb wines.

Room Tip: Room 22 on 1st floor was great - don't forget to ask for a jug of fresh milk as you pass through...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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sussex
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

As we were travelling with friends we decided to stay in one of the apartments managed by Harbour House Hotel. The apartment was beautiful - large, spacious and well furnished with great modern art on the walls and fantastic luxury bathrooms However, sometimes it is the little things that make the huge difference. There was no welcome pack of any kind, no tea towels for the kitchen, no detergent for either dishwasher or washing machine. It felt as if the product was great, the management a bit half - hearted, especially as most people only stay for a short amount of time.We also encountered a few problems, we had specifically asked for both rooms to be made up as doubles but one was made up as twins( although this was rectified), the washing machine leaked all over the floor and we requested help twice and eventually managed to drain the machine ourselves. It seemed as if the management were either over-stretched or a bit disorganised, although they always very pleasant.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

An excellent hotel for whale watching and would definitely visit again if we stayed in Hermanus in future. Breakfast excellent perhaps a little crowded at times as the dining room was quite small, but a good variety of hot dishes to chose from as well as a good choice on the cold buffet. All members of staff extremely helpful and polite. Our room was beautifully appointed looking out over the harbour with a small balcony so we could sit and watch the whales and the world go by.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Harbour House Hotel
Address: 22 Harbour Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:5 star — Harbour House Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harbour House Hotel enjoys the most prominent of positions in the heart of the Old Harbour area, flanked by the seaside and the bustling centre of this holiday town. The magnificent Lookout Terrace invites guests to revel in the soothing surrounds of the ocean ahead and enjoy a lunch from Selkirk's restaurant inspired by abundant local produce and fresh ingredients, alternatively savour a sundowner from the Wine Bar in the Pavilion. Guests are offered a choice of accommodation from the historical architecture of the thatched roof seaside Manor House built in 1920, to the contemporary New Wing and Harbour Square. Rooms are luxuriously appointed with sophisticated modern décor, all within easy walking distance of the town’s top attractions, whale watching sites, markets, restaurants, street cafés and an abundance of reserved natural splendour. ... more   less 
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