Staying at the Bamboo guest house was a five star delight both in terms of the facilities as well as being hosted by Sue and Jimmy. It was an absolutely memorable experience on every count. I have stayed in some of the finest hotels around the world, but when coming to the Western Cape I prefer guest houses by far over hotels. They make a very big difference to feeling extremely comfortable and homy. If you are a seasoned 5-star traveler this place is just a delight. If you are not and aspire to it, please first expose yourself to the empty bling of 5 and 6-star hotels and then you will appreciate the 5 stars this place deserves.
Bamboo stands right up there with other five star experiences I have had over the years. The guest house and its rooms are immaculately clean, very roomy, open, light and airy. The bathrooms many a top hotel could take a page from. You enjoy staying in the room for its own sake at times. The furniture is hand crafted of bamboo to the owners' specs and gives the rooms that certain character that makes the room feel like quality as opposed to cheap. Jim and Sue do their daily detailed walk around and you can be sure that the slightest thing amiss in a room they will catch and fix. The communal area has the wonderful feeling of a very large family living room and opens up the whole front into a very nice garden, a large sitting area in the garden and a very nice pool. The breakfast was outstanding both in terms of choice as well as quality. Watching Jimmy and Sue whip up omelettes, soft boiled eggs, scrambled eggs etc with a max waiting time less than any five star hotel for 5 tables at the same time amazed my girl friend and I every morning.
What certainly comes through as well and adds tremendously to the comfort factor and relaxation value is that Sue and Jimmy have run gastronomical businesses before and they understand to strike an incredible balance between letting you be, serving you and engaging you.
When I arrived I was a bit worried that the room we had faced the major road through town past the hedges and parking area/fore court outside (I am a stickler with regard to noise). It turned out to be an absolute non-issue. Traffic by nightfall is minimal at best and likewise into the later morning. The location overall was ideal to the centre of town. While not on the sea shore, we had a wonderful view of the sea. Given how wonderful Bamboo is it would take a lot for me to trade it for a sea front guest house (and I haven't found one I would trade it for as my girl friend and I scouted other places when we were there for the next time).
The Bamboo is one of the most outstanding value for money places I have stayed at over the years across 5 continents and many a top rated hotel. And that goes also in comparison to quite a number of guest houses I have stayed with in South Africa. My girl friend and I have fallen in love with the place and will certainly return many times. (or as often as I cam make it down from London!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Guest House offers the very finest 4 star graded guest house accommodation situated in central Hermanus. Beautiful sea and mountain views, a step away from the famous Hermanus Cliff Paths, at the entrance to the 27 hole Hermanus Golf Course, moments away from Hermanus town centre and all its activities and surrounded by splendid beaches. The entire guest house has been furnished in hand crafted Bamboo furniture which has been custom designed and purpose made for Bamboo Guest House by the family owned business, Bamboo Living. Floors are Bamboo and towels are 50% Bamboo/Cotton mixed fibre. A beautifully landscaped garden and pool area with a custom built bar will reward you with hours of entertainment and relaxation in the Overberg sun. The flow of the home with its spacious living areas lends itself to carefree comfortable living for a sublime holiday at the sea. ... more less
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