What a surprise to stumble upon this gem in South Africa! Aside from the warm greeting by Phil and his wife, we were most impressed by the meticulous care in which Phil takes with amenities and advice.
First off, we had the best Wi-Fi connection at this little guesthouse than in almost all of southern Africa (in part, I think, because of Phil's background in IT). We could make calls on our Wi-Fi connection via our phone to make arrangements, etc., where at other places the boasted "free Wi-Fi" was laughable.
Second, Phil steered us away from overpriced but cute looking restaurants nearby, and made us a reservation at a great little Italian place that had great pizza and other options. We really like people who are frank and give real opinions about things, rather than "Oh, everything's great!" Everything's not great, let's be honest.
Lastly, Phil hooked us up with a last-minute deal at a big hotel in Port Elizabeth, since we had an early-morning flight to Zimbabwe and no place to stay in between. What a sweet hotel! And they gave us an upgrade to one of the suites with an Eames lounge chair and lots of other things that shouldn't be in hotel rooms.
Anyway, the Gumtree is a terrific base for your stay in Oudtshoorn, and it's mostly because of the people who run it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gumtree Guest House is one of the finest in Oudtshoorn, overlooking the Grobbelaars River and the historic Suspension bridge. This guest house offers luxury and charm, in the shade of a century old giant gumtree. Close to town but with a beautiful view, many restaurants and attractions are within 5-10 minutes walking distance for guests. Our rooms offer the comforts of air conditioning, ceiling fans, hairdryers, toiletries, beverage packs, electric blankets, TVs, tea/coffee trays and minibar fridges. Each room has its own external entrance. Amenities available to guests include laundry services, Wifi and Internet Access, and telephone/fax facilities. We are fully licensed and offer a cosy bar which is ideal for pre-dinner cocktails or post-dinner nightcaps and features a fireplace on chilly winter nights as well as satellite television. Our breakfast features as much locally sourced produce as possible and we offer Continental and cooked breakfasts. Barbecue facilities are available near the pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Gumtree Hotel Oudtshoorn