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Karoo Art Hotel
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We liked this hotel! Only a one night stay on our South African travels, but it was so different from other places we stayed, and in a pleasant, quirky way. Decor individual, to say the least! We were shown to one room, with a balcony overlooking the 'village' street, which would have been fine, yet within minutes were visited and offered an upgrade to the 'Garden Suite', which was even better! Nice big bed with good linens, a fine shower and it's 'own' garden area (though I did discover this could be accessed from the pool area, until I locked the adjoining gate). The staff were all pleasant and helpful, and the few 'locals' we spoke to in the bar obviously like the place. This was 'out of season' so the hotel was not full, so none of the noise some other reviewers have mentioned. Area outside the hotel was very busy in the morning with local traders, workmen etc. The breakfast was served by the privately run restaurant within the hotel, and was fair, however the food was rather lukewarm, despite being cooked 'fresh'.
If you want something quirky and different, this is the place!

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Pob-Bob
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2013

Thank you - and happy to hear you enjoyed your stay! Yes we understand traveller's want to enjoy the full experience - which ,in totality,is more than the sum total of a good bed or a good meal etc. Our kitchen /restaurant/menu are being completely revamped and as from 1 July 2013 we will present the best authentic Klein Karoo table in the whole of the Klein Karoo - in fact,in the whole of the world! Toitnette du Toit starts as our new chef - and she is an expert on local dishes ,made from available fresh local produce. We have built a traditional bread oven just outside the kitchen for her - so from now on we bake our own bread. Secret recipes obtained from local elders will also feature! Hope to see you back when visiting SA again.
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

We had a wonderful, fun-filled one day stay with family and friends at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel during the February holidays. Had a marvelous evening in the bar! THX to all! Great Staff, the rooms were clean and cosy, with great coffee in the room.No complaints at all and extremely good food, but you must like lamb.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Carstensabine
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2013

"But you must like lamb" - I liked that !
The good news is that as from 1 July our new chef Toitnette du Toit, born and bred in Barrydale,will extend the menu and regularly change it,depending on what wonderful fresh ingredients from the area are available. And remember the coastline is just a hundred kilometres away - so do not be surprised to every now and then see us having a fresh fish braai ! But there ALWAYS will be lamb or ostrich dishes available- we are part of the Klein Karoo!
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

We had a wonderful, fun-filled three day stay with family and friends at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel during the December holidays. The hotel was extremely accommodating towards my young children (3 and 5 years old). Highly recommended as a child-friendly facility.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Miemie_dp
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2013

This is the great benefit of staying for a few days - the hotel is n good home-base from which to explore the village Barrydale the surrounding Klein Karoo . Our staff are all locals from the area and can guide guests to find those secret gems you will not find in a book or on the web. Hope to see you back in good time!

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Reviewed May 23, 2013

We really enjoyed our trip to Barrydale and the Hotel was a lot of fun. Great Staff, the rooms were clean and cosy, with great coffee in the room. The grounds were kid friendly with table tennis, snooker and a pool.

Room Tip: Don't sleep in the rooms above the bar if you plan on going to bed early.
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Belinda J
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2013

Thank you - hope to see you back some time.
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

We all had our own rooms /suites or whatever, we had flown to Cape Town, hired a car and driven up to Franschoek to have lunch at our favourite restaurant, then had a boozy drive over the mountains and Karoo flats to splash down at Barrydale Karoo Hotel, checked in to a most comfortable retro hotel, had a little sleep on the old fashioned bed and arrived for our welcome supper party, the dining room was abuzz and bar was busy, we had the best slow roast lamb and roast potatoes with spinach. The entire dorp is like a little cowboy town with one horse, our large balcony looked down directly onto the quiet street. The breakfast was traditional proper bacon and eggs with pork sausages and tomatoes. Nice friendly serving staff and bar men - no complaints whatsoever - shall certainly stay over when passing again or visiting.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded May 26, 2013

Please visit again when in our area!
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