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“Good changes; recommendable stay.”

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Riverside Boutique Hotel
Ranked #12 of 60 Hout Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 22, 2011

After our last, not so very nice experience with Riverside Estates, we came back with friends, after we’ve been informed, that the location of the breakfast room has been changed and the management is new. Yes, we’ve been invited to experience the changes and yes we’ve got a special price. But, nobody insisted or even asked us to write a review . This shows me how professional the owner and management are. Who else gives you the chance to See and judge the improvements directly on spot.
This time we had two rooms at the Lothlorien house. The rooms are large with old beautiful furniture and large bathrooms with shower and jacuzzi tubs. Outside there is a wooden terrace with chairs and table.
The breakfast room has been moved to the main house, closed to the kitchen, where no guest can be disturbed any more. The manager (I’ve forgotten her name) was always somewhere around and you could address any requests.
All in all, good changes that make, from our point of view, Riverside Estates again a recommendable stay at Hout Bay.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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Robert V, General Manager at Riverside Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 12, 2014

Dear Mr Herbel,
Many Thanks for your review in 2012. Best of wishes to you and your family for 2014. We have made amazing changes to Riverside in the past 2 years. Please know that on your next visit to Riverside that you entitled to a loyalty discounted rate. Simply email reservations. Best Regards,
Robert Veldman

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Reviewed October 6, 2011

I recently visited Cape town and decided to stay slightly outside the madness of the city and came across Riverside Estates, I have to advise anyone looking for a truly serene and lovely experience to stay here, everything from the food, the service to the decor and architechure here was stunning and 5 star, it is truly a one of a kind resort managed by a few of the loveliest people ive met in my life. It has a warm and homely feeling at the same time as giving you as much peace and quiet as you could wish for.
Two massive thumbs up, thanks riverside and especially liza who took care of me so well!!

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  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Robert V, General Manager at Riverside Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2014

Dear Natasha,
Many thanks for your beautiful review in 2011. A blessed 2014 for you and your family. The dogs sends their regards as well. Please know that with your next visit to Riverside, that you are entitled to a loyalty discounted rate. Simply email Angela at Reception. We hope to see you soon.
Best regards
Robert Veldman

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Reviewed September 7, 2011

all starts with a sunny morning smile around a great breakfast and goes on with the feeling sharing friendship, I will definetely come back! and recommend to friends!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled on business
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1  Thank daniel c
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Robert V, General Manager at Riverside Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 22, 2014

Dear Daniel,
Many Thanks for your review in 2011. We will not forget you and the perfumes!! hopefully you are settled into Knysna with your family. A blessed 2014 for you and your family. Please note that on your next visit to Cape Town, Riverside is offering their loyal guests a discounted rate.
Best regards
Robert Veldman

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Reviewed August 27, 2011

We arrived late on a Friday night and were met by the manager Robert who showed us to our room. It was a peaceful and relaxing weekend. Breakfeast was great, staff very friendly and helpful. We will certainly be back .

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Manny C
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Robert V, General Manager at Riverside Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2014

Dear Manny, many thanks for your review in 2011. Blessed 2014 to you and your family. We have made some more changes to Riverside and have acquired new mattresses. please note that on your return visit, you are entitled to a loyalty discounted rate. Best Regards Robert Veldman

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Reviewed June 19, 2011

We revisited Riverside this year and have booked for 2012 already. The new Management of the estate have managed in a very short time to improve things even more. The staff as always are an absolute delight to deal with; nothing is too much trouble. The Tree House is always our choice of accomodation and this time was an enjoyable a choice as last year. The gardens and pools are beautifully maintained and the staff do everything that needs doing without being obtrusive. Maintenance has vastly improved as well and it shows. The reception area is now in the beautiful main house; a very smart move as the first view as you go down the driveway is this house and you are immediately drawn to it. All in all, a wonderful, peaceful place and we cannnot wait to get back. WELL DONE!!!!!

Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Robert V, General Manager at Riverside Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2014

Dear Shannon,
Thank you very much for your review in 2011. A blessed 2014 to you and your family. We have even made more changes, refurbished some rooms, all have new mattresses ect. We would like to take this opportunity to let you know that with your next visit to Riverside, you are entitled to a loyalty discounted rate. We hope to see you soon. Best regards Robert Veldman

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Reviewed February 14, 2011

We held a Board meeting at this wonderful venue. The setting is absolutely amazing and the service was really exceptional. The staff was always friendly and no request was too much.

The food served was excellent and very tasty

  • Stayed: November 2010, traveled on business
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Robert V, General Manager at Riverside Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2014

Dear Western Cape Fundi,
Many Thanks for your review on your conference in 2011. Blessed 2014 to you and your family. I am the new manager and at the time of your conference was not yet affiliated to Riverside. I would like to take this opportunity and invite you again bearing in mind you are entitled to a loyalty discounted rate. Simply email reservations.
Best regards
Robert Veldman

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Reviewed February 1, 2011

This unique gem of a guest house is so much more than your regular 4 star establishment. The first thought when we entered the property was "what a stunning place". The huge trees everywhere truly makes you feel like you're entering the garden of Eden.

The main building, named "Lothlorien" (very poetic, I thought!), houses guest rooms and reception. We stayed in the Treehouse, a beautiful wooden cabin surrounded by what feels like a forest, and a real treat was the huge deck and superb private splashpool. Both our rooms were en-suite, and being two girls it was fantastic not to have to fight over a bathroom! The attention to detail makes you realise a lot of love and thought has gone into making the experience of staying here a special one. From the beautiful wine glasses and the Weber barbeque on the deck, to a lovely basket of treats that was waiting for us on arrival.

The gardens are huge and really beautiful. We especially loved the lavender-lined garden paths, and were told by Robert (general manager), that the minty smelling ground covers planted between the garden path tiles were especially selected to make your feet smell nice after you've taken a stroll... And it really does! This would be an amazing venue for a wedding or special event. We had a delicious English breakfast on the restaurant deck, overlooking yet another beautiful garden.

What makes this guest house really special though, is the service. The staff are superb and really go out of their way to make you feel at home. Monzi at reception was always smiling and friendly, and ready to help whenever we needed something.

I thoroughly recommend this gem of a guest house to anyone wanting to experience something special, we cannot wait for our next visit!

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with friends
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1  Thank zevilj
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Robert V, General Manager at Riverside Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2014

Dear Zephnie,
Many thanks for your awesome review in 2011. This is much appreciated. A blessed 2014 to you and your family. We have made some changes and acquired brand new Cloud 9 mattresses. All the more reason for you to visit us again, bearing in mind you are entitled to a loyalty discounted rate. Simply mail Angela at reception. We hope to see you soon again.
Best regards
Robert Veldman

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Address: Cnr of Valley & Welbevind Road | Opposite World of Birds, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa (Formerly Riverside Estates)
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Hout Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 60 B&Bs / Inns in Hout Bay
Price Range: $103 - $164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riverside Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Riverside Boutique Hotel, an elegant Conference, Function and Wedding Venue, an established haven, friendship, music and joy. We are located in Cape Town’s jewel – the beautiful valley of Hout bay. Our core values include Eco-sustainability, the upliftment of our staff and the empowerment of our Hout Bay community. We invite you to this place of enlightenment and romance. A place where guests become friends. Experience the magic with us. ... more   less 
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