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Birkenhead House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Lausanne, Switzerland
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94 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Best hotel we ever stayed”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

This hotel is the most hospitable place we have ever stayed in. The hotel is located in a, from the street perspective, inconspicable location in a residential neighbourhood, however has a dominant view on the bay of Hermanus, right above a small rock/sand beach (weather is cold, but swimmable for die hards, no sharks) and right next to a wonderful long white sandy beach, ideal for jogging and walking.
The rooms are small but wonderfully decorated, views are fantastic.
This hotel is one of those places you will never forget for their "total relaxaton" atmosphere, attentive staff without exception, very nice meals in a cozy, not tight or posh atmosphere.
If you are looking for something special, this is a place to go to.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

An amazing location, great attention to detail, fabulous food & incredible service. We've stayed in nice places & this has to be the best I've ever been to. I'd book another trip to South Africa simply to stay here again.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Palma de Mallorca, Spain
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2013

Gorgeous boutique hotel, within walking distance (along a stunning clifftop path) of Hermanus. The service blew us away, and the food was lovely. The fact that all the food, laundry and minibar,was all included seemed amazing and just added to our enjoyment of the place. Will go back , hopefully next year.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We spent three nights at this lovely hotel at the end of a business trip. Set atop a cliff with a commanding view of the ocean, Birkenhead House is truly beautiful. The rooms are large and exceptionally well appointed and the views are spectacular. What sets this property apart, however, is the outstanding service from all staff members. From the informative driver who took us to several nearby wine farms to the excellent barman, everyone was extremely warm and helpful, attentive without being intrusive.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Birkenhead House in Hermanus is a whale-watching paradise, this super luxurious boutique hotel is perfect for those seeking a uniquely different seaside experience with magnificent views. Shane Brummer, the GM is delightful and all the staff eager to assist with any aspect of your stay. Long walks on the beach, relaxing at the pool, sipping cocktails or partaking in the magnificent cuisine are the order of the day here. The portfolio also offers unique accommodations in Franschhoek at La Residence as well as a safari option at Royal Malewane, situated in the Thornybush Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Greater Kruger Area. The Royal Portfolio forms a unique Southern African 5* circuit with an emphasis on luxury travel.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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La Grange Park, il USA
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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Breathtaking! That is one word that would describe this place. Once we arrived and saw the ocean views, we couldn't look away! The rooms were great with huge bathrooms and a private patio. We were able to take some hikes along the trails that were alongside the ocean. The service and people were very attentive. Just a couple blocks away was a hiking trail up a mountain that also gave us a great view of the surrounding towns. We can't say enough good things about this place and hope to return!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Vienna, Austria
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Reviewed January 29, 2013

First: Get proper directions and you will find birkenhead house & villa easily - i have stayed in both several times and i am a "returnee" - the house an villa are built in such an endearing way that you truly feel at home - comfort at its best!
you are greeted upon arrival so nicely, so normal by the staff members (any of them) that you feel being welcomed.
each room is designed with cottage-like furniture on a high standard, wonderful beds (decorated on your arrival day with flowers and herbs from their garden - so sweet) good contemporary south african paintings are adorning the walls, bathrooms are beautiful designed with up-to-date amenities and enough room for movement.
the hotels is stretched with fish-ponds, easy stairs to climb, a lounge held in white with soft sofas and chairs, an adjoining dining-area (used for breakfast as well) and windows, big windows with the direct view onto the sea or in season, the whales.
from this terrace you have access to a walking path between the shrubs and dunes, leading either to hermanus down town or to the next bay.
sun beds and towels are here provided and before you consider to sit down , you will be asked if you need any help or drink or whatsoever (same at their pool, not too big unfortunately but big enough for a good dip).
their spa is worthy to visit, good massages, good products but nothing special.
one bitter drop: the dinner.... I had been there eating with every stay and always hoped that there would be a change to the better but unfortunately never was the food really good, sometimes below average (overcooked, smacked on the plate, confusing seasoning, etc), sad!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Birkenhead House

Property: Birkenhead House
Address: Cnr of 7th 11th Street | Voelklip, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Hermanus
#1 Luxury Hotel in Hermanus
#1 Romantic Hotel in Hermanus
#2 Family Hotel in Hermanus
#4 Business Hotel in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Birkenhead House 5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Perched on the Hermanus cliffs, the regal Birkenhead House overlooks the whale watching paradise of Walker Bay. Accommodating guests in the utmost luxury, this is the perfect destination for those seeking the pinnacle of seaside living. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Birkenhead House & Villa Hotel Hermanus
Birkenhead House And Villa

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