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Karoo Art Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barrydale
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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11 reviews
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“beautifully styled attention to detail”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We can't wait to stay at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel again! The rooms are gorgeously decorated and the beds are super comfy. The food was awesome and the staff were freindly and helpful. We will definitely be back

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you for this favourable feedback!
Much appreciated,and always welcome to visit again!
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Melkbosstrand, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We needed a break and decided to try something different. Our stay at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel delivered just what the doctor ordered. The service was friendly, the food excellent and the overall time spent in Barrydale was relaxing and comfortable. The hotel's setting in the centre of town makes for easy exploration both locally and of the picturesque R62. The whole family tremendously enjoyed our time. We'll be back!
Jacqui & family

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, July 2, 2013
Thank you!
We have bicycles available for guests to use for free to explore the town.
Please see our entertainment programme for live music on our website and plan your next visit to coincide with a band of your choice!
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Theo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I recently stayed over in the Barrydale Karoo Hotel just as the winter started to settle in. We we welcomed warmly by the Reception and whisked up to the room in a few minutes flat. The rooms are spacious and extremely comfortable with all the amenities associated with top star quality. The restaurant caters for breakfasts, which was delicious and have an extensive wine list which will cater to the most discerning palate. Also found that the bar area has a roaring fire in the evening and the locals obviously tend to congregate and mix with the visitors in a relaxed atmosphere. The only negative was the noise of the alterations of their new huge fireplace and moving rooms was not an option during the day even though the hotel was not fully booked. Other than that I will surely recommend the Hotel to all and sunder. Johan Jordaan - Cape Town

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Dear Guest !
So sorry you were disturbed by the sounds of us building our new hearth in the lounge..My staff informs me you never complained or requested to be moved to another room - we gladly would have assisted. The new fireplace is finished,big, and working ! As a token of our regret for your inconvenience , you will be given a free bottle of wine on your next stay. But I am very happy to hear that,apart from this glitch, you loved your stay. This is what we want to hear!
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Somerset West, South Africa
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

The small town hospitality of the Karoo is well known, but the Barrydale Karoo Hotel has more - there's this personal touch, spacious rooms with crispy clean linen, free wifi if you need to stay connected, and a restaurant with a superb menu, and wonderfully prepared dishes. We'll be back! Johan & Alda Engelbrecht, Somerset West

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
Thank you Johan + Alda! Much appreciated.
We aim to be an honest typical South African platteland hotel with genuine hospitality ,great food,wine,company and fun. Thank you for confirming that we are on the right track.
We hope to get even better. We have just succeeded in recruiting one of the most promising new South African traditional Karoo food chefs ,Toitnette du Toit, still doing well on Kokkedoor food series on KykNet. Things will soon be cooking even more at the Barrydale Karoo Hotel!
Kom kuier weer en proe hierdie kos!.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

We had a very nice experience. Great restaurant, this is really a must.!! The owner of the restaurant is very charming.

The bar area and front veranda gives the hotel a very nice old school look and feel and is very charming.

The rooms are very comfortable. Indicate clearly if you are a smoker or not. Nice balcanies available for smokers.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thank you for the positive feedback!
Yes we are old-school in the sense that we hold ourselves out to be a good three star typical South African country ton hotel - and then we sprinkle some quirky spices on top of that ! But hospitality / a good bed / good food and an excellent wine list are the pillars of country Karoo hospitality - and al of these you will find here!
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

A very interesting hotel with comfortable rooms. Eclectic décor (especially lounge and dining room) and attentive dining service. We stayed one night during the week - very quiet but one can see that weekends must be a party and a half!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, June 27, 2013
You are right ,Paul - weekends are a lot of fun!
Our live music programme is available on our website.
Hope to see you there on a weekend soon.
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Theo
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Cape Town, South Africa
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

Had a fun filled weekend in Barrydale, our second visit to the Barrydale Karoo Hotel, this time a winter stay...the hotel was very cosy with a roaring log fire to keep the bar toasty, the big fireplace in the quirky lounge area is also going to add a wonderful atmosphere when it is finished being renovated, in the mean time the heater did the job and the creative Magpie lights gives it a magical atmosphere while chatting to friends and sipping on red wine! The staff are very friendly and efficient and full of bright ideas and knowledge of what's open and what to do...we spent time in the steamy hot spring pools at Warmwaterberg followed by a crazy music filled lunch at Ronnies Sex Shop and Roadkill cafe along the R62, the tapas lunch at Joubert Tradouw wine farm is also worth experiencing, sitting under the autumn coloured vines sipping chardonnay - it was a delicious experience. There is often entertainment at the hotel and we loved the Saturday night 'opskop' in the Belanti with Piet Botha and Akkadis band. Just walking around the town in the crisp evening air is good for the soul...wonderful relaxing weekend, take along your friends!!

Room Tip: The magpie room no 13 is very sunny and the front balcony rooms have lovely views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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barrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, June 22, 2013
Thank you ,and happy to hear your stay was special!
The new big fireplace/hearth in the lounge is completed and up and roaring .
It came our fantastically and there is nothing as nice as to sit in front of it on a cold Karoo night with a port chosen from our section of the best ports the Klein Karoo can offer..
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Property: Karoo Art Hotel
Address: 30 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale 6750, South Africa (Formerly Barrydale Karoo Hotel)
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Barrydale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barrydale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Karoo Art Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This is the best country hotel in the whole of the Klein Karoo! An ideal stop-over between Cape Town and the Garden Route, a must-stay for any visitor! Best food and most comprehensive wine list in the whole of the Klein Karoo! ( Wine list has just been awarded a Diners Club Wine List Diamond Award - the highest award possible) ! Restaurant has just won the Klein Karoo Gourmand Award ! Loads of historic character. Most friendly staff. Rooms with balconies and views available. Character bar and great restaurant. Huge swimming pool for hot summer days. Many open fireplaces for the winter nights! Karoo hospitality. The hotel is an art gallery with many paintings by local artists on display and for sale .Some rooms with cable TV available. Staff are keen to share local things to do and to see with guests.We even have a private 40 seater private cinema for use by our guests! ... more   less 
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