From the moment we arrived until the moment we left - 5 days later, there was not one single complaint we could have made against the fantastic staff at this great 'downtown' hotel. There are some issues with the building but we had a fantastic stay and would not hesitate to recommend it. We had booked an apartment style room and were a little bit surprised that it was 'motel' style, in that we had to walk outdoors to get to the lift/stairs to our room. But when we got there, it was magnificent. We were in room 405. It was huge, dining table which sat 10, two enormous bedrooms and two balconies, with seating for 12 people on one and for 4 on the other. Great kitchen and two big big bathrooms. First the few minor problems, the fittings in the bathroom were broken and need a bit of looking at, as was one of the double sinks in the bathroom which was cracked. The restaurant next door has an extractor fan duct and and a chimney which were below our apartment and fed their dirty air up to us. Particularly bad at lunchtime when they were cooking and we were relaxing. Finally the yard....or the Werf....in the title needs a bit of a clean-up. It is a great outdoor area in the middle of the hotel where you can relax and eat, but it is a bit scrappy and could do with some replacement furniture and a coat of paint. Enough complaining........now the good bits, breakfasts were fantastic, local produce available with an extensive selection on a cosmopolitan menu full of international favourites. Great coffee quickly refilled by the friendly and efficient staff. Dinner was a similarly great experience, super food, well presented and reasonably priced. Worthy of special mention are Gregory the duty manager who was constantly looking for ways to help and even more so was John from customer services who was brilliant throughout our stay getting weather forecasts recommending places to go and making dinner reservations. He was constantly helpful and friendly in a way which I have never experienced before, he was brilliant. The location of the hotel is excellent with an incredible variety of restaurants all in very easy and safe walking distance. Parking was safe and secure in their own underground car-park. The pool area is well manicured as are all the new rooms around it which looked fantastic. We did not see any of the old rooms so cannot comment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Oude Werf (the Old Churchyard) is South Africa's oldest hotel, in the historic heart the Cape Winelands 'capital' of Stellenbosch, and within easy reach of its many rich experiences. Its award-winning design blends two century-old period inspirations with the latest contemporary luxury. 58 superb en suite accommodations are centred on a famous inn-house that flows to a shady vine-covered courtyard with gourmet restaurant and a charming lounge and bar, overlooking its central gardens and pool deck. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Country Inn Stellenbosch
- Stellenbosch Country Inn