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“Very child-friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Spier Hotel

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Spier Hotel
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
St. Gallen, Switzerland
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12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very child-friendly”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

I got the impression from the website that it would be child friendly and it certainly was. The room was huge, so an extra bed was no inconvenience - 2 large adults and a child and lots of baggage fitted very well. I had booked a river facing room and it was lovely to open our windows onto a view of the river, vineyards and mountains each morning. After a short walk you get to the main hotel buildings were the restaurant was. On our first evening our son saw a few boys kicking a football on the grass beside the open air tables and he joined them. They became firm friends and spent time playing football, swimming and "propping up the bar" watching football on the TV for the rest of our time there. It was very relaxing for the parents especially as the whole place seemed very safe with a very obvious security presence. We ate most evenings in the hotel restaurant but one night at Moyo's which is separately run but within the estate. It was an interesting experience, great food and the entertainment was quite fun. I wouldn't go a second time but once is okay. The children liked it as they could choose their food from a very extensive selection. The estate also has wine tasting, another restaurant called "8" and lovely grounds in which to relax and eat a picnic. They also do Segway tours and this was the top hit for our son.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Well to read your most positive feedback is an absolute pleasure for our team.

It shows that the constant effort of the team is very much appreciated by you.

Indeed we have placed a great focus on making our junior visitors' stay fun-filled allowing the parents to have a good break. It is very much appreciated to hear that we are succeeding with our children initiatives!

We hope to be able to welcome you back in the near future.

Kind regards,


Joep Schoof

General Manager
Spier Hotel & Leisure
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014

What a pleasant surprise our stay a Spier Hotel was. We would usually avoid these lager places, and favour small family run guesthouses. Nevertheless I ended up make the booking at Spier Hotel basically because we believe this winery produces the finest Chenin Blanc there is, which makes an excellent excuse for staying a couple of nights. It turned out to be one of the nicest stays on this road trip in the Western Cape. The rooms are spacious, tastefully decorated and clean. It is however the beauty, from the surrounding park to the extensive collection of contemporary art that deserves the visitors’ attention.

Our presumptions about bigger resorts were put to shame by the attentive staff and a capacity to cater for individual wishes. During our stay the hotel restaurant’s a la carte dinner menu was replaced by a buffet. However, upon our wish the a la carte menu was kindly made available to us. We certainly appreciated this fine service and the delicious food. Spire is a wonderful family experience.

Also, our gratitude to the staffer who found our camera and made sure it was returned to security so that we luckily got it back. Thank you!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
we really appreciate your most positive feedback and it is good to hear that the quality of Spier's wines made you decide to stay with us.

What is equally important to us is that we have lived up to, and exceeded upon, your expectation for personal service.

We welcome you to re-visit us soonest and would naturally be delighted to assist with your future reservation.

Kind regards,


Joep Schoof

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

Starting our honeymoon at Spier was a real treat. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. The staff were exceptional friendly without fail. Right from the lady cleaning the room to the staff at breakfast, the reception staff and the porters all the staff seemed happy and pleased to help.

The room was magnificent with a really comfy bed and a great bathroom. Breakfast was great as was the turn down service... All of this in a magnificent area insured that we had a fantastic stay.

Will definitely be back

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Dear Mark,

It is so good to read that your honeymoon stay here at Spier was enjoyed by you. The team works hard on a daily basis to make your stay memorable and your review confirms that we are on the right track! Thank you for that.

Please do join us on your first anniversary next year, we will gladly assist with making the reservation for you.

Kind regards,


Joep Schoof

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

During beginning of November my husband and I spent 4days at Spier. What a highly recommended stay it was ! As ex-Stellenbosch residents, Spier is wellknown to us and it was a lovely return for us. The food is outstanding, the service professional and the accommodation spacious, modern and, above all, private. The position on the Paden Powell Road makes for easy access to the N2 to Cape Town and Stellenbosch is a mere 10 minutes away. The hotel offers more than enough for guests to stay just there though. Walking, cycling, birdwatching, winetasting, visiting the wildbird sanctuary, enjoying your private patio, the spa, the lovely variety of public areas (both in- and outdoors), gardens and swimmingpools - all of that and more without ever having to get in your car! We will for sure be back.

Room Tip: Rooms on the ground floor have lovely, big and very private patios, leading onto the gardens and poo...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
Dear Letitia,

Thank you very much for your most positive feedback on your stay at Spier.

We truly are glad to hear that you have appreciated so many of our offering here on the Estate.

We would be delighted to be able to welcome you back on your next trip to South Africa.

Kind regards,


Joep Schoof

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

This hotel was booked as part of a honeymoon package by trailfinders. The hotel is lovely. Reception area and bar area filled with Africa art and have a modern vibe. Restaurant area and outside area was the same with comfy seats and lovely views

When we arrived we were greeted in a warm and friendly manner and also got a lovely glass of wine to taste. We then were taken to our room and made welcome

The room was slightly dated and not very clean. There was a lot of dead insects, but had a tv, nice balcony and outside area and we had wifi.

We had lunch and a buffet dinner there. Lunch was lovely. Buffet the first night was average but better the second night.
Staff were all super friendly and very helpful.

Only real downside was as a honeymooner we felt it was very family oriented and packed with kids running wild everywhere so quite loud and chaotic at times. Not very romantic or relaxing. It is peak season so that's no surprise but it was frustrating and we would not recommend here for honeymooners at this time of year. It is far more family suited.
We would recommend taking a drive up to Franshoek from here for lunch as lots of nice places to see there.


Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, December 31, 2013
Dear Jonny & Jules,

Thank you for your most positive review, we are very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at Spier.

We have taken note of the comments you have made that we can improve on and the team will double their efforts to make this happen.

Indeed the hotel has welcomed many families over the last few holiday weeks, creating a festive buzz in the public areas. I am sorry to hear that we did not recognise your need for more privacy as we would have loved to show you any of our five courtyard pool areas, that are more secluded than the main pool.

When you book your first wedding anniversary stay with us next year we will gladly arrange for a private dinner in the woods for you to showcase our romantic side.

Please do let me know if I can assist you directly with making the booking.

Kind regards,


Joep Schoof

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Great place, fantastic gardens.
Rooms are spacious and well decorated.
Lots of nice swimming pools spread around the large propriety.
Stunning gardens and fantastic proteas around.
Clean and modern decor.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Thank topons8
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, December 31, 2013
Thank you so much for your glowing review, we really appreciate your support.

We hope to see you back at Spier soon!

Kind regards,


Joep Schoof

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2013

Me and my family have been privileged to enjoy the Speir Resort several times. Indeed, this place became our favourite holiday destination and we would gladly recommend it to anybody who is keen to experience service excellence, great hospitality, delicious food, tranquil environment, exuberant ambiance and picturesque scenery. If we were given the oppurtunity to rate the Speir Hotel, it would most definitely acquire five-star rating. It is evident that the management and staff are working tireously to meet and exceed the expectations of the guests who come from all over the world.

Thank you,

Maria & Milcho Damianov.

Room Tip: Rooms with river view are very romantic.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, December 25, 2013
Dear Maria and Milcho,

It was such a pleasure to read your fantastic feedback, the team is proud to hear that their efforts are well appreciated by you.

In return we would like to thank you for your continued business and glowing recommendation.

We truly look forward to welcoming you back at Spier soon.

Kind regards,


Joep Schoof

General Manager
Spier Hotel & Leisure
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Property: Spier Hotel
Address: R310, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Spier Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spier, in the heart the famous Cape Winelands, is more than a hotel. It is a destination in itself. One of the first hotels in South Africa to be Fair Trade in Tourism certified, Spier offers visitors a variety of authentic experiences - from food and wine to outdoor activities - in beautiful surroundings. ... more   less 
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