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Alba House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #11 of 46 Paarl B&B and Inns
Paarl, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
64 hotel reviews
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“Highly Recommended for Holidays or Business”
Reviewed January 11, 2012

This is a beautiful property, wonderfully located and possessing a stunning view over the valley and beyond to the mountains. In a delightful garden with a large and beautiful pool, Alba House ought to be suitable for holiday makers wanting a long stay or business people needing to be in Paarl. We stayed for one night because we were attending a function in the area. Our room was comfortable and well appointed, and the breakfast was substantial and very fresh.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

First time in South Africa for vacation and our expectations were met by far during our fortnight stay in December 2011. Our "home" at Alba House was great, friendly and beautiful. The pictures of Alba house and the garden are telling the truth and the scenery from the house is incredible. The breakfasts kept us going until late afternoon whether we went for a round of golf, hiking at Paarl mountain or sight seeing in the Cape province. The personal care and service we got included a o advice on places to visit and booking of golf tee times. The lounge area has lots of information you as a visitor to the area could be interested in. We believe Alba house is the best choice in Paarl.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

There are hundreds of places to stay in the wine region, so picking the right one is always difficult. But if you want a smaller, more personal and intimate place, but still enjoy luxury and with affordable prices, the Alba House is definately a place to consider. The guesthouse is on the southwestern outskirts of Paarl in a beautiful neighbourhood. The room, the guest lounge with nice seats overlooking the mountains, the breakfast, the personal care of Ivana and John and great service of the other personell working there really was enjoyable. The pool is great as well and the day we arrived it was 38C so certainly were thankful to cool off in there....:) Safe place with parking on the property itself as well and within easy reach of restaurants in Paarl and just half an hour from Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. One of the best choices in Paarl I think!

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed November 9, 2011

We had never been to South Africa or Paarl, and had located Alba House, a B&B through the town's website. Email exchange was very cordial, so we booked.
The experience was fantastic, not only because of the venue--pristine and well appointed, with great views of the surrounding mountains.
The icing on the cake was the hostess, Ivana. She is not only charming, but a great resource on what to do locally. She routed us to a potpouri of wineries, restaurants, and sights--most of whom knew her and husband John from their frequent patronage.

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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Hesova, Owner at Alba House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, November 24, 2011
Thank you for your kind review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay here.

We love Paarl so much, it is easy to be so enthusiastic about it's beauty. Our guests usually regret they have not stayed longer to enjoy the mountains, wineries, restaurants, golf etc. Hope to see you again soon.
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Paarl, South Africa
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Reviewed March 5, 2011

We have stayed at Alba House many times in the past few years and the very high standard of acomodation and those wonderful breakfasts are just the same. John and Ivana are the most welcoming and hospitable hosts and nothing is too much trouble for them in giving guests such an enjoyable stay. And, of course, there is that stunning view and magnificent swimming pool set in lovely gardens.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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prague
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

if you like golf, if you like nature and hiking, if you like good food and wine, then Paarl is excellent option. and if you like friendly and relaxed accomodation then Deckers Alba House is one of best to stay in. Questhouse is spacious and hospital-like clean, breakfasts are tasty and always fresh. Outside you can enjoy huge swimming pool, which is being taken care of Mr.Decker himself. you will be lucky to find one fly inside.
its located in quiet area away from main roads, but close enough to city center so you can walk if you want to. theres a lot going around paarl, wine farms everywhere.Cape town almost on the doorstep. if you play golf, its almost heaven-like with both Deckers being enthusiast golfers and active participants in local golf club. Ivanas info about local highlists is almost unbearable and you would propably need 2 months to complete all trips she can plan for you...thank you again and hopefuly see you again sometime.

Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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AlbaHouse, Owner at Alba House Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, February 10, 2011
As you will see the review is very positive. The review was written by a couple from the Czech Republic who stayed with us for week or so and whose knowledge of English is limited. They have rung us to express their concern that the word "unbearable" in the 8th line of the second paragraph is not want they meant. the word should be "Plentiful"
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed January 7, 2011

Ivana & John's place, Alba Guesthouse, is absolutely delightful and great value. Ivana and John are perfect hosts and offer up plenty of suggestions of things to do, places to eat etc. The rooms are very comfortable and spacious. We only stayed two nights, but should have organised our itinerary to stay there longer. You should make Alba your base to discover the region, not simply a stop-over, as it is a wonderful place at which to relax and from which to make jaunts out to the various vineyards in the winelands. We would certainly recommend staying here and we hope to come back. James & Radka, Brussels, January 2011.

Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Alba House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 16 Lille Street | Courtrai, Paarl 7646, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Paarl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 46 B&Bs / Inns in Paarl
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Alba House Bed and Breakfast 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
WELCOME TO 4* ALBA HOUSE BED AND BREAKFAST: Situated within the golden triangle of Paarl, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek at the Western Cape. Surrounded by world renowned wine estates. Cape Town International airport 40 minutes drive, Cape Town only 30 minutes. Alba House offers spectacular views, en suite air conditioned rooms with king size beds, own private entrances and patios, huge salt water swimming pool with fresh water solar heated pool shower, beautiful garden. The picturesque town of Paarl, is one of the 3 oldest in South Africa. Ideally suited for Cape Town visits. The Cape Peninsular and the sea side towns near Cape Town easily accessible from us. We offer airport transfers, holiday planning and visits to local attractions.Special discounted "Play and Stay" golf packages at Paarl-Boschenmeer and Pearl Valley Golf Estates arranged. The amazing Val de Vie Polo Estate within easy reach. Walk to wine farms for wine tasting and leisurely lunches under oak trees. Paarl area produces 1/3 of South African wines. Great restaurants, cafes, shops, galleries, museums, mountain trips with picnic. ... more   less 
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