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“O.K. for a brief stay.” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Swellengrebel Hotel

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Swellengrebel Hotel
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Ledbury
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“O.K. for a brief stay.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2008

It depends on your expectations, and this place is more a motel than a hotel, but it is perfectly acceptable for a night, or maybe two. it needs a face-lift, but is clean, and the staff are friendly, if casual. Our bedroom/bathroom were adequate. Apparently, there is little competition in the area so the Swellengrebel can set its own standards. The Sports Bar (part of the hotel but also entered from the street) is worth a visit to join the locals enjoying their rugby and cricket on T.V.screens. The food is only average by S.African standards. We were entertained by a small male voice choir after our evening meal - there is little to see or do in the town.
All in all, an okay place to stop at for a short time when touring the area.

  • Liked — Had no choice!
  • Disliked — See Above!
  • Stayed February 2008
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Nosnibor8
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 bubbles
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wales
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2006

If this place was advertised as a motel, it would be fine. With few expectations it cannot dissapoint. However, the websites suggest it is so much more. On paper it looks good: pool, braii etc but this place is one big lost opportunity.
It needs a big overhaul. Unless worn out 70's decor comes back in fashion, the rooms will continue to be tacky and soulless. They are titled deluxe but are in need of a few coats of dulux. The staff seemed resigned to the fact that they were part of a substanndard organisation and had lost the will to live. An entertaining but illustrative example was when my wife and I arrived to check in. A member of staff came to show us the room. As my wife struggled with her backpack, he kindly offered to carry her handbag to make it easier! Having been used to excellent friendly service everywhere else we went in SA, this place failed to deliver.
I have written reviews on Tripadvisor for 5 years now and sometimes, if I read a review like this one, can be tempted to take it with a pinch of salt and decide for myself. Beware. This place really IS crap. If you want a cheap motel, then go for it, but you arelikely to have a better nights stay in one of the many B+Bs available in the area.

  • Liked — The website
  • Disliked — Indifferent service
  • Tips/Secrets — If on a budget, go for it. Otherwise avoid.
  • Stayed November 2006, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Additional Information about Swellengrebel Hotel

Property: Swellengrebel Hotel
Address: 91 Voortrek Street, Swellendam 6740, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Swellendam
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Swellendam
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Swellengrebel Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 48
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