We stayed at this hotel for only one night and really wish we could have stayed longer. Sadly we arrived quite late, in the middle of a thunderstorm, however we were greeted with a glass of delicious chilled wine whilst we were checking in (very pleasant, every check-in should be like this!), and taken to our "room" by golf buggy.
I say "room", but this was not a room! This was a huge suite, with a total of 3 balconies, a huge bed, fire, seating area, Nespresso coffee machine, and massive bathroom with an excellent shower. We'd emailed ahead and asked the hotel for a specific room, they were lovely enough to upgrade us for free, so we had a great room overlooking the river. I'd describe the rooms more as mini town houses, in a lovely little village.
The staff are great, and can't do enough to help, even collecting guests in the golf buggies and ferrying them around the resort whenever required. The bar area is really comfortable and very reasonably priced. We tried room service for a quick snack, and ate a really delicious meal in the restaurant on the evening. Even the prices in the hotel restaurant are good value, and the wine is delicious, especially the dessert wine!
I can't fault a thing about this great hotel. We were sad to leave the following morning, not really able to experience everything that Stellenbosch had to offer, and treating the place more as a stopover en route back to the airport. If I return to this lovely hotel I'd definitely want to spend more time here. It's also perfectly located only about 30 minutes outside of Cape Town too, with the airport very easy to get to.
- 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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