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Boulders Beach Lodge
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Simon's Town
Llandudno, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Disappointing...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2013

Compared to other accommodation on our trip around South Africa this wasn't great value for money. The location is good although you have a fairly large car park out front rather than being directly on the coastline. The rooms are small but clean and the bed is comfy with good quality linens. However, the rest of the furniture in the room was cheap and shoddy. We were in an upper floor 'balcony' room but the balcony is really a walk way along the front of the rooms and doesn't face the sea. I don't think any of the rooms actually face the sea directly. Breakfast was tasty but you were allowed either juice or coffee, not both which is frankly just cheap! We did eat dinner and the food was very good. The location is good for a walk along the coastline to see the penguins. However, I think if I were in the area in future I would stay elsewhere and just drive along to the beach to looks at the penguins.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013

We chose this lodge because of its location next to the penguin colony. The lodge is a small place with a nice restaurant. We knew we had made a good choice when we arrived in the parking lot to see 2 Southern Right whales out in the bay. They were frolicking around for a couple of hours and we had fun watching the whales and of course, the penguins.

Check-in was quick and the girls at the front desk were helpful with information about the area. They even made us a couple of sandwiches for the next morning since we were leaving early and would not have time for breakfast.

The room was basic but comfortable and having a bath tub was a big plus. It was cold and we indulged in a warm bath after visiting the penguin colony. We also had a couple of penguins nesting outside our room. Even though they could be noisy at times, they are the most unique neighbors we have had and it made for a great start to our Cape route travels. If you are a penguin lover, this is a good place to stay.

Room Tip: The mountain rooms do not have a view but that is where the penguins were nesting.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Pretoria, South Africa
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33 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2013

PROS:
Excellent communications via email prior to staying at the lodge.
Delicious breakfast included in our room price.
Cozy, welcoming towel rolls on made-up bed when we arrived.
Convenient walk to Boulder's Beach and viewing area.
Restaurant on site with delicious food and professional, prompt waitstaff.

CONS:
Not worth $150. I think this lodge was "okay" but the only great part was the restaurant and wait staff therein. The room was dated, and both my husband and I considered it just "okay." Okay does not merit $150 per night. I would pay between $75-100 only for the location of this place adjacent to the beach.
"Sea view" for our room (#12) meant either going out onto the balcony and looking between the buildings, or over the roof of the adjoining building. The biggest window had a view of a large overgrown yard and another building. Again, this room was okay, and if you can get it for $75-100, go for it. But don't pay $150.
When checking out, the woman did not thank me for my stay. She barely made eye contact. When I asked for a stamp for my Cape Town passbook, she said that it was locked up in the manager's office and the manager wasn't in that day. I asked if there was another area I could get one and she said no. (I found out, thankfully that they also have a stamp at the Boulder's Beach Viewing area).
No penguins at all at the lodge. Of course those aren't guaranteed and they were within a short walk.

Room Tip: Don't pay for a sea view in room 12. Not worth the extra money.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed the stay at the Boulders Beach Lodge. The room was very basic and simple but the room was only a small part of the memorable experience. The place has the feel of a family -- The staff was extremely friendly (from the desk to the restaurant). The food at the restaurant was some of the best that I had during my entire visit to Cape Town and Hermanus and I ate at some very nice restaurants. Getting up early to go out and watch the penguins while it was quiet was an experience of a lifetime.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2013

Very close to boulders beach. Penguins out of the door .
Little bit noisy. Good services and excellent position.
Restaurant suggested.
You can go to the beach at sunset when crowd has gone: it is fantastic















  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

We came for the penguins but were pleasantly surprised by this charming place with great food and excellent service. Our room was great, bright, high ceilings and funky retro bathroom. Eating breakfast on the deck with the glittering view, penguins and yummy food was magical! Oh and the mommy and baby penguin nesting in the bushes was too cute!

Room Tip: Upstairs in front-great rooms and more privacy.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Rochester, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

We opted to visit South Africa instead of east Africa primarily because of the penguins. Our visit to Boulders Beach was very rewarding and our stay at the Lodge was the icing on the cake. The location is excellent, the staff warm, friendly & welcoming. While the bathrooms could use some refurbishing, the accommodation was spacious and clean, the bed very comfortable with fresh, crisp linens. It was one of the highlights of our trip to waken early in the morning well before we had to get up, and just lay there and listen to the sound of penguins braying.
AND...the best food we had on our trip was here at the Lodge. This was an unexpected bonus. I had the chef's special for dinner which consisted of tiger prawns & egg noodles in an Asian sauce. My husband had fresh fish and mussels. Both were excellent. Breakfast was also very good...with great cappuccino.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Boulders Beach Lodge
Address: 4 Boulders Place Boulders Beach Simons Town 7975, Simon's Town, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Simon's Town
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Simon's Town
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Hotel Class:3 star — Boulders Beach Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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