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“One Night Stand”
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Karoo Art Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Barrydale
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“One Night Stand”
Reviewed January 5, 2014

We stayed for one night only en route to Cape Town and a friendly welcome made us feel at home. I found the room rate a bit high especially because there is no aircon in the room and no television (basic things one would expect in a hotel room). But given it was New Year's Eve and we were desperate for a room, we gladly paid the rate. The room was impeccable although the decor is a bit over the top (taste does differ) - a clean and fresh room is always a welcome sight after a long journey! The lovely, comfortable and large bed compensated for the awful pillows. In fact, the worst pillows I've ever found in a hotel room. Breakfast was advertised as a "buffet" but the buffet was nowhere to be seen; breakfast was ordered off a menu. Having pointed out the above, it was still a good stay because often the small irritations can be overlooked if the service is good.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Glad to hear you enjoyed your stay. Not sure exactly what you found wrong with our pillows though - we only buy the best,and over the last 3 years have never had a single complaint about our pillows. I also sleep on the very same pillows and find them 100%? What I will do to cater for different pillow tastes is to purchase a few "different "type of pillows than what we have,to cater for different tastes in pillows. For your next visit we will have a few options to choose from! Hope you will then make it a two night stand!
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Theo
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

I arrived exhausted and frazzled but my beautiful room with a view over my own private lily pond started to sort out the kinks. A quick, simple, but delicious supper and an early night did the rest. And an early morning cup of coffee in my beautiful private courtyard set me up for the day. Only stayed one night as I was rushing through but I will definitely stay longer next time. Loved the colourful outdoor shower.

Room Tip: Can't remember my room number, but it was a gorgeous little suite with lily pond and private cou...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for your visit ! You were in room nr 1 0 our splendid garden suite with its own private courtyard and two outside open air showers! Hope to see you back soon!
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

Great location in the klein karoo well worth a visit. Every room different and the decor stunning. We did not use the restaurant but got stuck in the bar on the local tipple listing to vinyl records. What an amazing experience in this charming little town.

  • Stayed December 2013
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Glad you enjoyed our vinyl selection and record player in the bar! Guests are invited to bring their own vinyl records and play DJ in our bar. We also have a honky-tonk piano in the bar,available to guests !

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Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

Although we stayed at Barrydale Karoo Hotel for only 1 night, it was totally awesome. Perfect little get away! Staff are super friendly and goes out of their way to assist guest. It's a very "homely" place, family friendly and GREAT food and entertainment (when entertainment is lined up) I would DEFINITELY recommend to friends & family.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you - and happy to hear you enjoyed your stay!
We are n true typical South African platteland country hotel- certainly NOT a boutique hotel - and are happy to hear you enjoyed our hospitality!
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Camps Bay, South Africa
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Reviewed December 8, 2013

I take Swiss, German, South African etc, MTB cycling groups for 2 week Eastern Cape Touring, and always finish off with a night at the BKH. I have also stopped on a few Harley tours, (probably been there 10 times)
Really cool, staff great, fantastic rooms, cool relaxed vibe, awesome wine list, well priced and the Jagermeister somehow tastes better.... :). typical Karoo saloon, klein dorpie feeling.
Definitely a win and highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Yes we sell a very special unique Jagermeister here!
Barrydale is the capital of the Klein Karoo , and the best town to use as springboard to explore the whole Klein Karoo with day trips on the scenic Route 62 - be it by car/motorbike or bycycle! We offer safe off-street parking , massage services - and Jagermeister!

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

If you plan to spend your next birthday on Route 62, I found the ideal get-away for you! After reading several reviews on Tripadvisor, I decided on the Barrydale Karoo Hotel for 2 reasons. No 1 simply because I have traveled through Barrydale numerous times, but never took the time to explore this beautiful, peaceful little village with it's wonderful gardens and slate stone fences and buildings. The second reason for my visit was that they are generous enough to offer a discount if you spend you birthday at the hotel.Upon arriving we were received by very friendly and professional staff, and of course the decor caught my eye immediately.We were booked into room 2 which is one of the Groot Karoo rooms, very spacious, king size bed and a balcony overlooking the vineyards and landscapes. Their restaurant serves lovely, farm style cooked meals, good wine from the area and the lemon meringue is simply to die for! Our weekend in Barrydale could not even be spoiled by the heavy rains that prolonged throughout our stay! Thank you Barrydale Karoo Hotel, next time I will definitely not just drive through, I will find a reason to stay over!

Room Tip: Any one of the Groot Karoo rooms
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, January 8, 2014
Glad to hear you enjoyed celebrating your birthday with us!
Why not next time rent the whole hotel for you and your friends for the whole weekend and really celebrate that special occasion with us?! We offer very good discounted rates for renting out the whole hotel!
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Theo
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

A very big thanks to all at the Barrydale Karroo hotel for all the effort that was put in to making the Kiehl's Life ride and store launch a huge success. With only 9 days to put together an overnight stop in Barrydale for 21 of us we were a bit nervous when we were tasked to hold a group dinner, outside with a South African feel about it and we didn't quite know what to expect as we didn't have time to do a Recce of the premises. From arrival through to departure the staff at the hotel were friendly and very accommodating, The highlight of the evening was the dinner that was arranged by your team. A VERY pleasant surprise and well thought out. We would not hesitate to recommend Barrydale Karoo hotel for any event be it two people or a group of 21 people as we experienced. The whole experience was just brilliant.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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BarrydaleBarrydaler, Owner at Karoo Art Hotel, responded to this review, November 20, 2013
Thank you for this great feedback ! We consider ourselves the best place from which to explore the fantastic Klein Karoo and its famous Route 62,great for cycling,motorbiking and road trips. We look forward to again giving you and your guests a great typical South African Klein Karoo . Try us for your next stay-over between Cape Town and the Garden Route.experience on your next visit !
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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
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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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