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Penguino Guesthouse
Ranked #22 of 87 Hermanus B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester UK
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36 reviews
26 hotel reviews
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“Delightful stay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed at the Penguino for three nights, in the Emperor Penguin room. We received a very warm welcome from Stefan and Nikki who gave us lots of information about the guest house, the local area and great recommendations for restaurants.
Our room was spacious, well maintained and spotlessly clean. It included a well stocked tea tray, safe and had a good wifi signal.
Stefan's breakfasts were a highlight. There was wide a ranging menu but each day Stefan cooked a 'special' eg Blueberry pancakes, French Toast or special omelette. Everything was cooked to perfection with a great eye for detail, even down to to the homemade jams - try the sour fig jam, delicious.
Can highly recommend the Penguino.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2014

Staying here was a treat! Beautiful room, newly decorated with five star touches...fresh new linen with attractive pillows, elegant décor, well stocked tea tray, quality amenities in the bathroom, great shower and probably the quietest room I have ever stayed in.
Well located...close to the harbour restaurant with great views and sea food....and close to town....good for early morning walks along the cliffs which you need as the breakfast is so good. Cooked by Chef Stefan Otto, my breakfast was a treat, quality ingredients all the way eg Stefan's homemade jams, berry compote with wonderful yoghurt and the coffee was so delicious I just had to buy some on the way home!
Thank you Stefan and Nikki for a wonderful stay. Gail.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2014

This is truly paradise on earth. This is by far the best guesthouse I ever stayed.
Myself in the high end hospitality when going any where I am looking for the perfect service with a feel like home, and this is exactly what Penguino is about. You will received the perfect service and Nicki and Stefan (the hosts) can never do enough to make you feel special. The breakfast is also my favourite, Stefan is doing some "special" everyday as well as cooked breakfast and buffet of all sorts. If you are lucky enough to try is French Toast you will come back just for that.
The location is perfect, just next to the sea front and walkable distance of the city center and the market.Stefan and Nicki are also always happy to help, make recommendation for your days and being your personal concierge. I could write a full book about my stay here but I will leave you discover by yourself and get ready for the best experience that you could have in Hermanus.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2014

The guesthouse is very well situated in Hermanus and has nice and cosy decoration.
Breakfast was great - big choice and must try to the berry pancakes!! delicious
the owners are also very friendly and nice
we came with our 2 kids and had a very nice family room with 2 rooms and 2 bathrooms - very big]
we also enjoyed the swimming pool !

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 25, 2013 via mobile

Perfect!!!!!
Nice place, very clean. Very quiet but only a ten minutes walk to the old harbour on the cliff walk.
Best hosts in South Africa.
Best breakfast we ever had in all our journeys.
THANK YOU
Da könnt Ihr beruhigt hingehen! !!!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Luanda, Angola
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

We fell in love with Hermanus during our short two night trip and staying at Penguino was the icing on the cake. Stefan and Nikki made us feel so welcome (including their warmth towards our two children, 7 and 11), helping with recommendations for wine stops, restaurants, beaches and shops (!) and as all the other reviewers say breakfast is simply out of this world. Stefan's training in the profession is more than evident... Our accommodation was perfect, a two room family unit, with ample space and we also enjoyed the communal areas and pool. You will not stay at a more welcoming stay and we hope to be back very soon.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

A brilliant 2-night stay with fabulous hosts Stefan and Nikki. Super comfortable beds and bedding, everything that you could possibly need and very well maintained. The close proximity of the cliff paths and town centre make this the perfect place to stay. I might not have seen whales (but it was the wrong time of year for them) however did spy a couple of dolphins! Definitely somewhere that I will return to and recommend.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Penguino Guesthouse
Address: 16 Westcliff Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 87 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Penguino Guesthouse 3.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Penguino guesthouse's 4 rooms are tastefully and individually decorated with high quality finishes, each with en-suite bathrooms. We are a small family run guesthouse we pride ourselves to give warm, friendly personal style of hospitality. As we are just 40 m from the famous cliff paths and a 7 minute walk to the center of town. Stefan and Nikki Otto are looking forward to welcoming you to Penguino... come and breath our Champagne air! ... more   less 
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