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“Real Karoo Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Swartberg Hotel

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Swartberg Hotel
Ranked #8 of 20 Prince Albert B&B and Inns
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pencilman
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“Real Karoo Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

We recently held our wedding at Swartberg Hotel after a couple of visits to the town and its surroundings. We invited all of our family and friends along and we were all looked after for the 4 - 5 days that we all stayed.

The hotel provides for awesome accommodation that was recently upgraded by the new owners whom personally ensures that everything is kept to awesome standard and with such friendly staff who cannot enjoy their stay.

Can strongly recommend the hotel to anyone travelling through Prince Albert who might be in need for some real Karoo friendliness!

Jacques & Ellie

Room Tip: Ask for the rondavels at the back of the hotel or room 1 & 4 which walks onto the balcony
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2013

Prince Albert is going through hard times. Guest houses are up for sale. Certainly the Recession
Has a part to play here. But the place has not kept up with the times, but rather larking back on a formula that worked once, but has little to offer a new generation. Unlike the other reviewer, I applaud Wolf for bringing in fresh blood to the town. It needs it! The Hotel is only at the early stages of refurbishment, and already there is a big improvment to what it was. I am confident that
by the end of the year it will be in tip-top shape.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 5, 2013 via mobile

We attended a wedding at the Swartberg Hotel in Feb 2013. This hotel has been renovated and it is a charming place to stay. The gardens are lovely and the staff really went out of their way to be helpful! The rooms all have crisp white linen and towels. The air conditioning in the rooms were wonderful, as Prince Albert can be as hot as hell! I would really recommend this hotel for a great week end!

Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Dorking, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

We had dinner in the grand, rather dimly lit, dining room. Very attentive service, good local wine and delicious food (for less than the slightly pretentious Gallery Cafe). Yes, the place is old fashioned and could probably do with bringing up to date, but overall it was a very good experience.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Newark, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2013

We stopped here after driving the Swartberg Pass. A charming hotel with lovely gardens. We wanted ground level and only the honeymoon suite was available. The room was great and the price reasonable. That evening we ate in the dining room. There is a limited menu, but the food was excellent, as was the service.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2013

I have just returned to the Swartberg Hotel for the third time. It was always charming although sometimes rather eccentric. From my first stay I loved it. Each time I return I find it has improved.
Now under new, hands on, very discriminating owners, the large airy rooms have top quality bed-linen and many other modern and tasteful improvements which enhance the comfort without in anyway detracting from its dreamy charm.
I will go back................

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

We booked at the historic Swartberg Hotel in Prins Albert and was quite sceptical after reading some of the reviews. We were pleasantly surprised! What a charming hotel. It is currently under new management and our stay was great. The decor was calm and unobtrusive, the linen crisp and brand new and the rooms spotlessly clean.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Swartberg Hotel

Property: Swartberg Hotel
Address: 77 Kerk Street, Prince Albert Municipality 6930, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Prince Albert Municipality > Prince Albert
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 20 B&Bs / Inns in Prince Albert
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Swartberg Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Swartberg Hotel is a charming three star (TGCSA) Victorian hotel, situated in the heart of our quaint Karoo village, Prince Albert. Established as a hotel in 1864, the Swartberg is now one of 19 national monuments in the village, and is still the only hotel in Prince Albert today. ... more   less 
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