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Marula Lodge Guesthouse
Ranked #6 of 37 Swellendam B&B and Inns
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Lusaka
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132 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Quite ok, but nothing to rave about”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

Marula B&B is certainly well and centrally located, and Marion and Filip certainly try very hard to be helpful and accommodating, but we found the rooms rather small - even the 'luxury' ones - and parking in the forecourt very tight, especially when the house is full (which it is much of the time, it being very popular with Germans). The noise from the adjacent main Voortrek Road is quite disturbing (especially at night when trucks barrel through, avoiding the N2's weighbridge), and the splashing from the pool (by fountain and swimmers) right in front of the rooms not to everyone's liking. But, this said, one oughtn't be too picky. The breakfasts are nice and filling, the staff cheer- and helpful, and the hosts full of good advice. I appreciated Filip's help with getting me to a tyre-service, and Marion's with a last-minute birthday cake, also her advice not to omit visiting the candle factory at Bredasdorp (on the way to Cape Agulhas), and Filip booking a restaurant for us (the next-door Powell Rd one is highly recommended). All in all, you could do worse for yourselves.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This BnB was everything you look for - comfortable, affordable, well-situated and reliable. Marion and Fillip are very friendly and accommodating hosts. The pool is lovely, surrounded by an enormous backyard with tanning area, two braai (barbecue) spots, a huge lawn and outside seating area. In other words, its not one of those places where you just crash at night and leave the next morning - it's a place you can relax and feel at home with no need to rush off. The breakfasts were fair - a European spread of cold meat and cheese, fruit salad and yoghurt, cereals, toast and jams, and of course the cooked option - eggs and bacon. Standard, simple, reliable stuff. Our room was absolutely right and the bathroom en suite was impressively large and equipped. Everything was clean and worked well. The hosts had menus of all nearby restaurants and were most helpful in advising us what to get up to in the delightful town of Swellendam. We will be back to this BnB and this little town soon.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

The rooms are moderen, clean, and well designed. Enjoyed my stay alot. Right in the center of the town, close to a lot of interesting stuff. The bed is very comfortable, but missing some sheets. The garden is well kept, and the house is well maintained.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Franschhoek, Western Cape
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Had an enjoyable stay at the lodge. Rooms a tad cold but wall heater supplied. Very friendly and accommodating hosts. Beautiful garden and inviting pool. Modern, well-kept, nicely furnished. Will be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Notre Dame, Indiana, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed July 12, 2013

After a long day on the road driving the Garden Route, this was a welcome place. The owner let my friend and I choose between rooms based on what we would be more comfortable in. After a delicious breakfast, he also chatted with use about our plans for the Garden Route and made some AMAZING recommendations. If not for the beautiful grounds, clean and very comfortable rooms - stay here for the welcoming owners!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for one night on our way to the Garden Route. The hosts were helpful with information about the area and made a great suggestion for dinner. The lounge area was a pleasant place to sit as was the area around the pool. It was a relaxing stay.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights in December 2012. A great experience. We loved climbing locally in Montague and spending time by the pool in Marula lodges beautiful garden. The service was really friendly and rooms lovely.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Marula Lodge Guesthouse
Address: 111 Voortrek Street | 111 Voortrek Road, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Marula Lodge Guesthouse 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Marula Lodge is a modern-African styled Guesthouse with a friendly atmosphere, situated in the picturesque town of Swellendam.The Guesthouse is within walking distance of various fine restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisine. Amenities and a variety of shops are also within walking distance.We offer comfortable accommodation, a sparkling salt water pool with stunning mountain views and serve a sumptuous breakfast on the garden terrace.All our in African style decorated en-suite double rooms, have tiled or wooden floors. ... more   less 
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