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“Just wonderful!”
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Baleens
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
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Orono, Maine
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14 reviews
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“Just wonderful!”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in May 2012. Nato was one of the friendliest hosts and had a wealth of good information. The room was clean, the bed was comfy and the view from the balcony was a dream. Definitely want to come back some time.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

We checked in on the most amazing, luminous SA winter's day and were blown away by the views of the bay from our balcony. The views kind of distracted us from the fact that, though it was clean, the room was a little jaded, and contained no form of heating.

Dinner in the hotel restaurant (the "Salty Dog" was adequate, but limited in choice. Breakfast, served by the owner, Nato, was very good however. There's nice seating in front of a big fire in the lounge, which was welcome, given the icy rooms.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed June 9, 2012

We stayed here for the weekend in June 2012. We were greeted as we arrived by Nato our host. A wonderful man who quickly showed us to our room, helped us figure out where to go and what to do in Hermanus on our weekend stay. The room was bright and clean, with fresh comfy linens. We opted for the top floor with a balcony view of the ocean which was worth it. If it wasn't so cold out, we would have for sure spent some time reading and sipping tea on it. The breakfast was wonderful, selection of cold cereal, 2 yogurts, toast and jams and fresh fruit salad. Nato himself, cooked us scrambled eggs fried tomatoes and bacon. In the evening we sat in the main room with the fireplace, sipping a warm cup of Roobios Tea and watching the news. Nato came and sat down with us for a while and we chatted about our collective histories. He's a wonderful host. I personally loved the fact that Baleens is on the edge of town with quick access to the beach (1min walk). To get into town you will require a car as its about 6-7km. The free wifi was a nice touch as it allowed us to update the world on our wonderful photo's. Hermanus is a picturesque little town I would definitely visit again, and would for sure stay at Baleens.

Room Tip: I would opt for the rooms with the Balcony over looking the ocean.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed May 6, 2012

Excellent value for money........no doubt. We stayed for a night but enjoyed every bit of it. Close to the beach and easily accessible, this place is by far the best value. The hosts Nato and Paula are cheerful people and give a personal touch. Nato is old but has a sharp wit and good memory. Would come again!!

Room Tip: ROOM 22 is the best.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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haydock
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Reviewed February 13, 2012

You get what you pay for very friendly great location on the beach great breakfast we used the new restaurant and bar that has just opened which is not run by owners and we had a great night. only stayed one night but would nstay again if in Hermanus.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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SG
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Reviewed February 11, 2012

What we liked: room with a balcony and a view of the waters. Lovely! Nice breakfast, cooked fresh in the morning and very friendly hosts.

What we didn't like as much: wifi was only at the lounge and there was no satellite TV in the rooms. But the biggest issue was the bed was saggy...we were rolling towards the middle soon as we lie down. The pillows were thin and mine did not smell clean. Luckily, the room next door was unoccupied and unlocked, so we sniffed out some clean pillows for the night.

To be fair, I am sure the hosts would have changed them for us, but since we were there for only one night, we didn't get the opportunity to ask.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Mumbai
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

we stayed for two nights and celebrated new years eve here and it was the perfect place! a really charming guesthouse just a few meters from the beach! like paradise!!!! the hosts are more than friendly and the breakfast was great! we could even use their kitchen for our braii. we really enjoyed the stay and would come again!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Baleens

Property: Baleens
Address: 310 10th Street, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Baleens 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, privately owned hotel with an informal atmosphere offering great value accommodation. 21 en suite rooms, either double, triple or family. Some rooms have panoramic ocean views. English and continental breakfast. Fully licenced bar. Close to the ocean and lagoon (100 meters) in a quiet and safe part of town. Wifi, internet, braai facilities, swimming pool, pool table, Dstv, conference room and facilities. ... more   less 
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