Spent 2 nights at the hotel just after New Year. Based on the website and pictures I had very high expectations of the hotel and was a bit disappointed that we were assigned 2 rooms overlooking the parking area and the back of other buildings. I think we paid the same rate as sea view rooms, which makes them very expensive rooms with no view.
There were a couple of small issues with the rooms. We had no remote for the TV in our room - it was stolen or broken, so we had to use 'manual' control. In our daughter's room the peephole for the door was missing so you could look through the hole into their room (I stuffed paper in the hole after that). Wi-fi was expensive - it would have been nice to have wi-fi in the rooms.
The staff were pleasant and helpful' we arrived too early to check in so sat and had a drink on the verandah while we waited for one of the rooms to become available.
Breakfast was good, but not fantastic. We did not eat dinner at the hotel but chose to go out and try different restaurants in Hermanus.
The pool area is probably the 'catch point' of the hotel - clear blue water with a glass wall onto the road going by (which makes all passers-by 'gawk'); sunbeds overlooking the harbour and Walker Bay with the mountains behind, which is one of the most beautiful scenes in the world. This is what you are paying for - sitting on your sunbed, sipping a G&T, looking at the view and having people stare as they go past.
I enjoyed the stay but I would probably choose another hotel next time for that rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the heart of the historical village, Harbour House Hotel has been modelled after its original architecture, a thatched roof seaside manor house built in 1920. Being perfectly located above the Old Harbour, the hotel's understated luxury is offset by the soothing surrounds of the ocean. The magnificent Lookout Terrace invites guests to relax around the infinity pool overlooking the ocean and savour a sundowner from the pool bar in the Pavilion. Harbour House Hotel consists of the restored Manor House with intimate Romantic Rooms, all with views, as well as the New Wing with 18 spacious suites, featuring sophisticated modern decor, a kitchenette and lounge leading out onto a private balcony. Guests are afforded luxury at every turn, from 100% fine white cotton bedding to marble and granite finishes. Sleek lines and carefully curated art pieces add to the modern aesthetic of each room. ... more less
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