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“Amazing view with the best hospitality!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of At Whale-Phin Guest House

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At Whale-Phin Guest House
Ranked #17 of 53 Mossel Bay B&B and Inns
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7 reviews
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“Amazing view with the best hospitality!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013 via mobile

Just had the most amazing breakfast at Whale Phin guesthouse in Little Brak, Western Cape. Better service can't be find anywhere else in the world. Was amazing to see a Southern Right Whale and her calf playing just off the shore break while enjoying a 5-star 3 course breakfast. Thanks Louis and Joy Cook!

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Durbanville, South Africa
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2013

We recently stayed here overnight on a trip between Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. The guest house was very pleasant. The owners are very warm and friendly. Our room had excellent views of the sea, and was very comfortable. The breakfast was simple, but well prepared. We would certainly go back.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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warwickshire
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38 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2012

Just returned from a stay at whale phin guest house.excellent views from our room of the ocean.hosts joy and Louis are so helpful with their knowledge of the area.enjoyed a fantastic breakfast on the balcony,lots of fresh food etc.would definately recommend whale phin to anyone.

Room Tip: Use the free shuttle taxi to go for a meal in mosselbaii
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for one night only and what a find! (thanks again trip advisor ) the accommodation is approx 20 minute drive east of Mossel Bay but the views are stunning over the ocean. Whales arrived for us to view on a sunny afternoon, but the weather turned overnight and was too blustery for them in the morning. Enormous breakfast very friendly hosts who loaned us some binoculars as forgot to bring them! Stayed in ground floor apartment with direct access to large patio area.
Excellent value for money and wifi access. Highly recommended.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

Thanks to Joy for her hospitality. The breakfast we had at whalephin was the best we had on our Garden route holiday. I am confident that if Louis would have been with you it could have been even better.

The location of the B&B is a little away from Mossel bay but I felt vindicated of my choice when I experienced the sunrise from your place. It was one of the best and would serve me a lifetime as a memory to cherish.

We were quite impressed when you turned up promptly late in the evening to receive us. The room was good with a beautiful garden. I would have loved to stay longer to explore the fynbos and the surrounding places. The chirping of the birds, the comfortable bed, the superb breakfast and a lovely host made our brief stay at Wahlephin a very special one. I would definitely come back again.

Room Tip: Take the room upstairs if you can.......and catch the sunrise early.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Forest of Dean, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

We stayed at the At Whale-Phin Guest Houst for 2 nights in April, an excellent base to visit the local attractions in the Mossel Bay area. What a lovely comfortable room with superb views of the bay - absolutely beautiful! Louis and Joy were excellent hosts, the English breakfast was very tasty and I adored Louis' home-made muesli. Both gave us a lot of local information including advice on the local restuarants and shuttle services. Special thanks to Joy for booking our trip to the Botlierskop game reserve (it was very special being allowed to stroke 3 month old lion cubs). We can thoroughly recommend this lovely guest house and would definately return.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2012

Louis and Joy have worked very hard to make this a lovely guest house. They include many small simple amenities to make the stay nicer such as binoculars for bird and whale watching.
They have an extensive local knowledge and are willing to make recommendations to all guests.
The breakfast was delicious!

Room Tip: Rooms are a bit chilly. Pack warmer sleepwear for autumn.
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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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LouisJoy, Owner at At Whale-Phin Guest House, responded to this review, April 10, 2012
Thank you verry much for this kind review, we are committed to good service and to inform our guests of activities in and around Mossel Bay. Extra blankets are available in all the rooms.
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Property: At Whale-Phin Guest House
Address: 8 Grysbok Avenue | Reebok, Mossel Bay 6503, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Mossel Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 53 B&Bs / Inns in Mossel Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
At Whale-Phin Guest House is out of town in a safe and tranquil area. We are situated on a dune overlooking the bay of Mossel Bay. Enjoy the unspoilt ocean and “Fynbos” views. From your room spot whales in season, dolphins and plenty of garden birds all year round. Five minutes walk from clean and safe beach. Wireless internet, e-mail, fax and credit card facilities. Come and sleep to the music of the ocean. Do a "Walk with the Lions" nearby. ... more   less 
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