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Birkenhead House
Ranked #1 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Stony Brook, New York
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37 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Biggest Bang for the Buck”
Reviewed December 19, 2013

I was awed and totally impressed by the 5 star greeting, the over-the-top amenities, the highly professional staff, location, whales and the can-do attitude by exemplified by all that, if I lived closer (I'm in N.Y., USA), I'd take up residence at least once a month. It's not cheap, but it is the most I have ever received for my hard earned dollar.

The nicest component, and there were many, was that everything was included: there were no additional charges for wifi, laundry, wine at dinner, contents of room refrigerator, etc.

And then.....the chef arrived to explicate the menu, offering suggestions and/or modifications to meet any special requests you might have. Ummmmm good!

Room Tip: All rooms are exquisite, delightful, spacious. I was in room 9 with three - count them - 3 balconies...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2013

Stayed here for 3nights , the setting is beautiful, we could see whales while we had breakfast ! The service is the best we have experienced anywhere in the world and the food is amazing -this hotel is a must for anyone going to South Africa.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed November 22, 2013

What a location, on a dramatic cliff, with an infinity pool overlooking a bay overflowing with calfing whales. All inclusive, attentive service and a luxurious lounge looking over the sea like a double spread from home and garden. They made an extra fuss of us because it was our honeymoon. Great cliff walk into town, wish we'd stayed longer!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed November 21, 2013

Stayed here 2 nights, saw the wails.... Lovely room (number 5), lovely staaf, all inclusive (even the laundry) super lunch and dinner, super vieuws, super wine..... we will be back soon for a longer stay

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Quinta do Lago, Portugal
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

Stayed in room 9 and woke up at 7am to hear a building site in full swing, to be fair the hotel had left a note in the room and advised that they had advised Carrier our UK agent (who in my opinion are sadly lacking). I was very surprised the manager Shane didn't make contact when I told reception we were checking out, albeit I had met him serving breakfast.
Suffice to say we only stayed the one night and moved back to the Delaire Graff..
The staff are extremely pleasant and the food is fine. All that said the hotel is quite tired (peeling paintwork and grubby sofa's) - not really a boutique hotel. The room we had was very small and very limited in respect of dressing room space, the TV is not the easiest to operate but Alistair came to my rescue and managed to program S Africa v Scotland.

Room Tip: Don't stay in room 9 irrespective of the building works the room is tiny and you have a view of...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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london
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2013

We revisited Birkenhead House as we loved it before . It did not disappoint . It is like staying with friends in a lovely house . The rooms are all lovely , with great attention to detail ( decanters of brandy and whiskey on a table ) . All the rooms and decor are different , but best of all was our view . The sea , with whales jumping out of the water visible from our balcony .
The food is fabulous , the house wines amazing and the staff are genuine ,friendly and work very hard behind the scenes to make your stay effortless. Loved it . Am going back . ( if you want the whales , check to make sure they are there !)

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2013

This hotel really can't be beaten if you like small hotels with thoughtful facilities, excellent hosting, delicious foods and wines (all included) and fabulous views and opportunities to view whales from your bedroom balcony.

Room Tip: Rooms one (larger) and two have fabulous rooms. Don't book them as I would like to book them nex...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Birkenhead House
Address: Cnr of 7th 11th Street | Voelklip, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
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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 Romantic Hotel in Hermanus
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Hermanus
#1 Luxury 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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Birkenhead House & Villa Hotel Hermanus
Birkenhead House And Villa

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