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Abalone Guest Lodge
Ranked #15 of 87 Hermanus B&B and Inns
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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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“Great Guesthouse”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Our party of 6 stayed here for 2 nights in last week of August. We had a very warm welcome and all 3 rooms we had were very high standard. As others have said Abalone is as close to the shore of the bay as you can get and great for whale watching. Guesthouse is a good walk from main centre at Hermanus which is ok in daylight but probably not recommended at night. We got a 6 seater tut-tut taxi back from town both evenings, which was fun and cost very little. Breakfasts were very good and the honesty bar in the lounge was a nice touch. All in all a guesthouse we'd have no hesitation going back to or recommending to others.

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Haverhill, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 25, 2012

We stayed here for three nights after a week in a Kruger game lodge. The welcome was warm and efficient with all the advice we needed on where to eat and what guests had thought of the restaurants in Hermanus. We went to three and found all of high quality.
There is of course no comparison between a bush camp and Abalone: different worlds. We found it very comfortable, totally secure and with access to a glorious garden, spectacular views of the bay and the whales, plus some of the loveliest birds we've ever seen at close range. Also, to have a spotted eagle owl swoop into the garden and "sit" on the border edging for almost two hours was astonishing.
The staff were all positive and efficient; we enjoyed conversations with the manager and the waitress from Worcester: a long journey for a weekend home. She talked about the owl with us and how her son loved the beaches. These details raise a very good place into the excellent category because they bring humanity into efficiency.
Thank you to everyone at Abalone.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Herent, Brabant, Belgium
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Warm welcome with a glass of wine, very nice rooms and a host that helps you out immediately for whalewatching trips, walks, ..., and "lost" bags. Best breakfast we have had on our tour and an address to note for the next visit. Hopefully we can come back and visit Abalone lodge again next year in March!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

As other reviewers have said, this is a lovely hotel very close to the on-shore whale watching (noting that high season is winter/spring) and with a really friendly welcome from the staff. I would add that there is a lovely cross-section of birdlife in the hotel garden and nearby ‘fynbos’ vegetation. If I were to be picky, the distance of the hotel from the town centre isn’t ideal in the evening, though taxis are easy to order and good value. So five stars it is.

Room Tip: The garden view rooms we had were delightful, and closest to the clifftop walk.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

After along busy 2 week drive from Cape Town to Zambia over 6500km my wife and I were privileged to spend a relaxing weekend at Abalone Guest Lodge late in July 2012. The weather was not great but that just added to the relaxation as we were able to use the rain free opportunities to walk directly to the cliffs and view the Whales and there were many. During the rain we relaxed and read in warm comfortable surroundings with very friendly management assisting us. The breakfast was great and we drove into town, just too far to walk with showers threatening, to eat the other meals. There is a lot of choice available to savour the cuisine of the area. We had already explored all the other attractions e.g. Shark Diving on previous occasions so were very happy with this opportunity to relax and enjoy the luxury.

Room Tip: Direct Access to the beach which is private is preferable to the street side rooms where there is le...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This was a real gem. The hotel was excellently positioned for fantastic cliff walks and brilliant whale watching opportunities. We were made very welcome with a complimentary wine and an extensive choice of activities and restaurants which were efficiently explained and booked for us.
The room was secluded, clean and restful. Breakfast was excellent. When I left my glasses there tehy were even posted to me. This is a fantastic hotel and I would thoroughly recommend it.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Our family spent two nights here and found it to be the perfect location - amazing scenic views from our rooms, friendly, accommodating staff (they even found us out on the cliff path to tell us our whale watching tour schedule), and easy access to Hermanus by cliff path or cab for dining. Our only disappointment was that we had scheduled shark dives and whale watching (which were both awesome), but left little time to enjoy the delicious breakfasts and relaxed atmosphere of Abalone Lodge. If you can spare the time, I'd recommend including some free time for whale watching from the deck or exploring the cliffs - you'll be glad you did!

Room Tip: There are two sea-facing rooms and our travel agent was savvy enough to get them - you can watch the...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Abalone Guest Lodge
Address: 306 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 87 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Abalone Guest Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abalone Lodge, situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge offers luxury accommodation for travel, business or leisure. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World. Abalone Guest Lodge is situated on Siever’s Point, a landmark seafront position midway between the town centre and the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Hermanus. We recently added a sauna treatment room and gym for your comfort. We look forward to welcoming you to our tastefully decorated en-suite accommodation that offers you every luxury as well as unrivalled views of the ocean and the mountains. ... more   less 
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