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“Pleasant stay”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Oude Werf Hotel

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Oude Werf Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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3 reviews
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“Pleasant stay”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

This hotel was very centrally located in Stellenbosch. Easy to walk to some wonderful restaurants and bars, and a great starting place for exploring wine country. We loved that it is very old, which makes it unique. The included breakfast was fabulous, and the pool/courtyard area was lovely. My only recommendation is to make sure you request a renovated room. The "old" rooms are decorated with antiques, and may appeal to some, but the musty smell, and the dingy appearance was quite a turn off for us. We were able to move to a renovated room, which was much more modern and comfortable for us. As someone else mentioned, there are no elevators, so have someone help with your luggage. Overall, we enjoyed our stay very much. I do think that the room you are given could definitely impact how comfortable you are during your stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

We had a very nice 2 night stay just last week. The hotel is well located for pleasure travelers with nice cafes, restaurants, galleries, and shops on tree lined streets all in walking distance and a good central spot for jumping out to the vineyards nearby. The staff could not have been more helpful and nicer from check in, to sending champagne and chocolates to the room for our anniversary, to arranging a travel breakfast when we had to leave early in the morning, breakfast service, parking our car, etc.
Our room was very comfortable and functional with a large opening picture window for fresh air and nice bath area. I will comment that some of the modern decorating was not to our taste, it was a bit "out there", but I am sure it appeals to others and it certainly would not stop me from returning or recommending this nice place to stay in Stellenbosch.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

We all loved this place. I organized a group of 14 people (friends and family) to enjoy the wine region in SA and this was our base hotel.

Located right in the middle of the beautiful town of Stellenbosch it is easy to walk to main attractions. very well located, amazing breakfast included and really comfortable rooms makes a stay there a must. I return there every single time I am in this region.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
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melbourne
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

A beautifully decorated old hotel which has both positives and negatives.
Positives - aesthetically very pretty, centrally located, attentive staff, lovely restaurant
Negatives - no lifts (find someone to carry your luggage), rooms a bit dingy (but clean), old air-conditioning which was very loud.
We enjoyed it, but I think the room you are given could determine how comfortable your stay is

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stayed in this hotel during a recent visit to South Africa. We had possibly the worst room we ever had in any hotel; the shower was dirty, with black mould on the walls, and the toilet was nearer brown than white. It was dingy. We were in one of the rooms in the old part of the hotel, and it looked as if it was due for refurbishment. The rooms in the newer part looked OK, but we were told that all other rooms were fully booked for the whole of our stay. We have had a refund from the travel company to compensate for the awfulness of the rooms. Breakfast was OK, but the courtyard where we had breakfast could have been a good place to eat but looked a bit neglected. Shame.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

An historic hotel and its age is one of its handicaps. Bedrooms have aircon but not all of the rest of the hotel. No lift but I am told that one is to be installed next year. Parking is by valet because of the lack of space which can mean that your car is elsewhere in the town. Central location is a mixed blessing. Good restaurant. Staff very friendly and they overcome the other deficiencies.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Israel
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for a week and enjoyed every moment!
The staff is welcoming and friendly! The room we had was lovely!
Breakfast very nice many plenty of fruits ,fresh fruits and lovely bread and cakes and cheeses! You can order hot dishes .
We had dinner a few times and it was very nice and tasty!
If you stay here you must eat at the restaurant!
The location is perfect and you can walk all over the city .
It's a great place to stay!
We shall defently come here again!
Thank you!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Oude Werf Hotel
Address: 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa (Formerly d'Ouwe Werf Hotel)
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Stellenbosch
#9 Business Hotel in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Oude Werf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 63
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

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