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River Manor Boutique Hotel
Ranked #18 of 113 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 2, 2010

We stayed at the River Manor as part of our honeymoon in South Africa. The hotel was pleasant, the rooms were clean and spacious and the staff were friendly and keen to make our stay as nice as possible.

The hotel is also very well located and there are lots of great bars, shops and restaurants which are just 2 mins walk away.

Our only critisism was that the reception looked a little shabby and felt more like a nice B&B than a boutique hotel. This may well have been because we had a lot of rain whilst we were there and unfortunately didn't get a chance to use the outdoor pools - I imagine that these are lovely in the summer.

I would recomend this hotel due to its great location, cleanliness and easy access both to Cape Town and the winelands area.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 24, 2010

The staff were so great and helpful, that we eventually stayed an additional 3 days in this really nice and relaxing hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 5, 2010

We stayed here for 2 days during a 3-week trip around South Africa.
The hotel is beautiful and because they are a listed building it retains all the old world charm of the buildings. The grounds are well maintained, centered around 2 pools, with lots of well established plants and trees. Our room was large and well decorated.

Breakfast was delicious, plenty of choice and breakfast cooked to order. It is served outside on the terrace when the weather is nice.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. They swiftly answered any questions we had and arranged excursions for us. The guided winelands tour is a must!

We didn't want to leave as 2 days in Stellenbosch just wasn't long enough to explore it all!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

We visited River Manor for 2 nights and enjoyed our stay very much. We had a large room with a large bathroom with a freestanding bath - the decor is very much old world luxury. The setting is fantastic with a 5 min walk into the centre of Stellenbosch and lots of great restaurants within 5-10 mins walking distance. Although you are right by the centre, River Manor has a secluded feel with a walled garden, with a swimming pool and we enjoyed eating breakfast outside in the morning. A few criticisms - I had a massage in the spa, which was lovely although I thought the prices were quite high compared to other similar hotels/treatments. Secondly, 2 different receptionists tried to sell us the wine/chocolate vineyard tour even though I said that I was pregnant and not drinking. Our only other criticism was that it was very hot while we were there and we had to have the air con and ceiling fan on at night in order to have a temperature we could sleep in. Other than that, it is a charming hotel in a lovely setting and the staff were very helpful.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 19, 2010

We stayed at the River Manor while attending a wedding in Stellenbosch. The hotel is fantastic. The rooms are comfortable, the staff are very friendly, the grounds are stunning and it is a 5min walk from the centre of Stellenbosch and some nice restaurants yet it is very quiet. Overall I loved this hotel and if I ever go back to Stellenbosch I wouldn't stay anywhere else! There were only two things that let it down but they are nothing to over shadow a great stay. 1. They have a very early check out and a very late check in (10am & 3pm). When we arrived after a 12 hour flight etc (at about 1.30pm) we were told our room would not be available till 3.. fair enough but our paperwork said 2pm check in. We went and had some lunch headed back and were told our room still wasn't available as they were showing it to some tour reps. We didnt really have a problem with this and were offered a drink by the staff. Much to my disappointment even though we both only had a bottle of water we were charged for them. A complimentary drink would have spoke volumes as it was now past 3.30pm and we were accomodating them by waiting for our room. And 2. I like to unwind infront of the TV at the end of the day before bed. Our room had the smallest TV I'd ever seen and had a poor selection of channels which only worked intermittently.


If you are going to Stellenbosch stay at the River Manor other than those two small points it was perfect. We used the Spa aswell which was a nice experience.

Although this hotel has a 4 star rating I would say by a british travellers standard based on the room & facilities I'm not sure I would agree. We spent the day at Lanzorac which is a 5 star and that was far far superior so I dont know what would make up that 1 star??

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2010

We stayed in the River Manor for two nights as part of our honeymoon. The hotel is located within walking distance of central Stellenbosch. There isn't much to do in Stellenbosch, but it is a quaint town with some good places to eat and nice little shops. The staff of this hotel are friendly and helpful. They organised a trip to the winelands for us (with the owner's brother) which we enjoyed very much-lots of wine and chocolate! The hotel has a spa and two pools, but we didn't avail of these. Our room was nicely decorated although quite small. A complimentary bottle of wine and nibbles were left in our room which was a nice touch. The friendly owner introduced himself at breakfast and had conversations with his guests. We visited Franschhoek one evening. It has some good restaurants. We would recommend the River Manor to others.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 16, 2010

We stayed at the River Manor for three nights in February 2010 at the end of our (first) trip to South Africa which was in celebration of our 40th wedding anniversary. The staff were very cheerful, helpful and friendly and no request was too much trouble for them. However, compared to the other Hotels and Guest Houses that we stayed in, this was the least enjoyable for the simple reason that our room (12) did not match up to the expectations we had, for a standard room as illustrated on their web site. The room was small, the shower room very basic and the room furniture, in our opinion, was in need of replacement. The linen and towelling, whilst clean, was "dingy" and should have been long replaced. Please note that we have no opinion on other room types in the hotel and our view is based solely on the "Standard Room" that we were allocated. We will return to South Africa in the future, but regretfully, not to the River Manor!

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Address: 6 The Avenue, Stellenbosch 7602, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #18 of 113 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price Range: $204 - $346 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — River Manor Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River Manor Boutique Hotel is located in the very heart of historic Stellenbosch. Our unbeatable location is within easy walking distance from everything that the historic oak-lined town has to offer. Housed in two adjacent manor houses and set in a landscaped garden on the banks of the Eerste River, we offer discerning travellers an unforgettable experience in a gloriously romantic environment. ... more   less 
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