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“A bit 'out of the way'” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch

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Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch
Ranked #10 of 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Ireland
Level Contributor
57 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A bit 'out of the way'”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2010

This hotel is in a techno park outside of town so a car is essential. It is a very quiet location with a vineyard right outside of our room. The rooms are in 'blocks' beside the main building. The rooms are a good size and clean with comfy beds. They have AC, tea making facilities, hairdryer & safe. We ate our evening meal in the restaurant the two nights we were there. It was a buffet type, very good the first night but not so good the second. Think I would have preferred a hotel in Stellenbosch itself.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Jan50
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Pretoria
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2009

My husband and I with our eighteen year old daughter stayed at your hotel for 3 nights. What a PLEASURE, it was absolutely up to our standards, super CLEAN a nice view on the dam with all the ducks and beautiful birds as well as VERY GOOD SERVICE.

THIS IS WHAT WE NEED IN OUR COUNTRY, SERVICE AND FRIENDLYNESS.

Thank you very much Protea Hotel, you will definitely see us again.
JR

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lisimaro
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2009

When we arrived at the hotel there were issues with the hot water in our room. The management of the hotel quickly moved us to another room and also gave us a small gift of fruit and wine to make up for the inconvenience. We only ate breakfast at the hotel which was very good. The views of the valley and mountains from the hotel are glorious. Would recommend for those travelling to this area for winetasting as in the heart of winelands, not too expensive and one normally eats out at winefarms etc so don't need to stay in an expensive hotel to enjoy the stay.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank lsjJohannesburg
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Hyderabad
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 10, 2009

The hotel is located away from city in a peaceful place next to the Technopark sourrounded by grape farms and hills. The hotel rooms are nice and every room has a beautiful scenic view of natural beauty.

The inbuilt lawns and gardens are maintained very well and one can enjoy a nice morning walk. The pool side view is also good.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — distance from city
  • Stayed March 2009, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank BigcatRaj
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Turku, Finland
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62 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 1, 2009

I had a room in "cottage" A, ie closest to the main building, up on the 2nd floor, no elevator, and a huge piece of luggage to carry up the stairs.
I only have good things to say about my room, clean, nice, everything in order, with fantastic view of a vineyard!
The hotel is more like small "cottages" separate from the main building and it can be quite a walk depending on where your room is. I was in luck, cottage A.
The hotel is way outside central Stellenbosch and that's a town without taxis.
I strongly recommend you have your own transportation when you come to this hotel! We got help in arranging for transportation back to the hotel after a meal in restaurant downtown.
The hotel is spread out on a large area, I think this is more of a conference/business hotel.
This is not my kind of hotel, I like staying somewhere central where I don't need to worry about (nonexistent) taxis/transportation back.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Laila L
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Surrey
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7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2009

Ok - the main gripe first. The location of this place is awful if you don't have a car. I ended up staying there for 3 nights on a business trip and felt pretty stranded. If you fancy going for a short walk, the nearby 'sights' are a business park. Stellenbosch centre is a good 10-15 minute drive away.

Breakfasts were good but the one evening meal I had on room service was awful - a pork steak (on the menu as sirloin?) was cooked to death then smothered in bbq sauce and accompanied with half cooked fried. The Black Bull bar and restaurant is kind of nice although I had a beer so don't know about the food.

Internet access is by flaky wireless which would only work in my room if I kept the computer by the bedroom window and I was close-ish to the main reception area. Its also pretty expensive

The room was fine - as already stated in other reviews, this is less a hotel and more a compound of mini-holiday apartments - my 'room' actually had a separate bedroom and lounge which had a small kitchenette in it with microwave, sink, toaster and fridge although I didnt use any of this.

This is it means the whole place is very spread out over a small campus so if you need to go to reception or to the restaurant it can be quite a walk (compared to being in a regular hotel at least).

Wouldn't stay here again if I return as I would prefer to be closer to the centre of town where there is stuff going on.

  • Liked — Good views of the mountains
  • Disliked — Located in a business park too far from Stellenbosch centre
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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322 reviews
158 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 543 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2009

We reserved the Protea hotel as our last night destination in South Africa prior to flying home from Cape Town early the next day. We were well aware the hotel was not in the centre of Stellenbosch, but it is further out than we thought: around 10-15 minutes drive. Having said that, we managed to find the hotel in the car without real problems.

We were pleased to be given an upgrade on arrival to a suite, which had a large living room (with kitchenette concealed behind a cupboard) and a separate bedroom and bathroom, which were very nicely decorated and clean. The suite had 2 large TVs with a good selection on international channels, including the UK's Sky News - I just mention this small point because all other hotels/B&B's we stayed at in South Africa had very limited number of TV channels.

We arrived at the hotel early eveing after a very long drive from Oudtshoorn and were salivating over the prospect of a nice dinner! Originally we'd planned to drop the bags at the hotel and drive into town, but it was getting late and we were really too tired to do this. We naturally assumed that a hotel of the Protea's size would provide a decent on-site restaurant or two but were really disappointed to see what (limited) options were available. The main restaurant was only doing a buffet (which we try to avoid at all costs), and the bar area we were directed to as an alternative was more like a nightclub with extremely loud music, hardly a pleasant atmosphere for a nice dinner. Very irritated about this, we went back to the room and ordered room service. This was actually pretty good when it turned up, but I would not stay in this hotel again due to the lack of restaurant facilities and slightly inconvenient location out of town, with no restaurants within walking distance.

  • Liked — Large, spacious suite
  • Disliked — No full service restaurant on-site
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch
Address: Techno Avenue, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Stellenbosch 3*
Number of rooms: 180
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in the heart of the Winelands, in one of the most beautiful and heritage conscious towns, Stellenbosch is the second-oldest town in South Africa and affectionately referred to as the "Eikestad." Nestled between two international golf courses, Protea Hotel Stellenbosch offers all guests the best of the Winelands. Accommodation is available in Executive, Deluxe and Standard Twin rooms, where Deluxe and Standard rooms configure to a two-bedroom apartment ideal for families and groups. Executive rooms have the best view in the house and are designed with the executive traveller in mind. Whether it’s the magnificent backdrop of mountain ranges you seek, perhaps just a scenic drive or wine tasting at the many surrounding wine farms, you will never run out of things to see and do. The hotel boasts two restaurants, two swimming pools, braai facilities, wireless internet access and the largest conference venue in Stellenbosch. If that’s not enough, why not gaze at the 270° view of the Helderberg mountain range, Blaauwklippen vineyards and the De Zalze Golf Estate. Whether it’s a family holiday or a team building activity you are looking for, Protea Hotel Stellenbosch is just the venue for you! ... more   less 
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