De Molen Guesthouse lies in a lovely property in the area Spanish Farm in Somerset-West about 45 minutes from of Capetown. The town of Somerset West itself is not all that great, but the Molen is located on a very nice piece of land in the suburb of Spanish Farm with a fabulous view on Gordon Bay and Somerset-West. It is about 20 mins drive to some fabulous wineries of Stellenbosch. The guesthouse is run by a Dutch couple who are now running the place for some two years. They were helpful with our plans for daytrips when you ask but nothing was offered voluntarily. The breakfast is good with freshly baked bread every day. We paid 1150 rand per night for our luxury room including breakfast, however the luxury was only to be found in the bed. The rest was fairly basic such as cupboards, TV, bathroom, furniture and bathroom utensils. Our stay was nice, but there were a number of things that were a disappointment, namely:
- the reception of new guests were done by staff, not the owners. The staff lack good communication skills.
- the housekeeping staff were extremely nice but rather forgetful. Especially on replenishing the coffee and tea.
- there was supposed to be internet available in the reception for guests but that was not true.
- you would expect some international TV channels with a dish on the house, but there were only local uninteresting tv channels.
- the owners were not able or willing to help us in any way of checking in for our flights back home. We had to resort to an internet café in a nearby shopping center.
- our AC worked but made a lot of noise both inside and outside.
- when we departed no-one would bother to say good-bye after a 7 night stay!
We enjoyed ourselves at the Molen. However Joris And Christie need to learn quickly how to be a good host to their guests. The place has a great potential but without the daily input of both hosts it will run off as a basic hotel without any personal atmosphere.
We expected it to be the best place during our four week SA trip, but it proved to be the most disappointing one.
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- Also Known As:
- De Molen Guest House Somerset West, South Africa - Cape Town