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“Good base for travel around the area-amazing view, but a bit of road noise”
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A Whale of a Time
Reviewed March 24, 2011

Whale of a time was a great little place. We stayed in the Stone Cottage which was really charming. The views were amazing from every window! Unfortunately it is not whale season, but spectacular view nonetheless. It really had everything we needed.

There were quite a few steps to and from the cottage, but this was clearly communicated to us and we didn't mind at all-I thought it added to the charm. Along the coast there is a main road and a railway with a frequent train. This was the only negative about the location. The train was a bit squealy and irritating early in the morning and traffic ppicks up early so if you have the windows open you will definitely hear it. The residents' pool is right in front of the cottage, which was fine for us because no one used it, but it may be a little imposing if a bunch of people hang around the pool. There are separate entrances to the main floor and second floor that require different keys which also is a bit cumbersome. Mavis was our housekeeper and was very sweet and helpful. We didn't really see the office staff, but we didn't go looking either.

I would recommend this place to friends and stay again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2011

We had a unbelievable holiday at a whale of a time, where nothing was a problem, and all the staff and management were terrific. The view of the sea, sunrises to die for, and the whales in the bay was beyond all expectations.
The apartments were spotless and serviced daily with such friendly staff.
If you want my personal recommendations for a place to stay in Cape Town, you need not look any further. You are so close to wine farms, cape point nature reserve, the famous boulders penguins, awesome deep sea fishing, stunning safe beaches and seafood restaurants. We had a great game of golf at Clovelly golf course on our doorstep.

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 7, 2010

I lost my heart at "A Whale of a time". This was not the 1st time that we stayed there. I love the place. From the balcony I can relax, read and enjoy the sights & sounds from the ocean. We have seen the whales last October 2009 must better from the balcony than from the whale boat. Fishhoek en Kalkbay are magical little villages - and you can see it from the balcony. The rooms are spacious, clean and the manangement is excellent. A Whale of a time is the best place to stay in the Cape! You explore the whole Capetown area from there. Charming! I love A whale of a time! I will go back!

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2009

Located up a hill, A Whale of a Time was the perfect respite. The caretakers were courteous and helpful and the amenities and proximity to the beach made it an ideal way to end a wonderful trip. An easy drive away from Muizenberg and Simon's Town. A great place to hang your hat while you relax.

Stayed: March 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

great place to see whales from your apartment. very comfortable, beautiful view over the bay. we enjoyed buying fresh fish from the fish market, and beautiful bread from the deli opposite the market. lovely beaches all around.we didn't venture out much at night but we enjoyed one meal out in camp bay. the staff in whale of a time were very helpful.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 20, 2009

This beautiful, spacious room overlooked False Bay. It is a gorgeous view. The rooms have kitchens and patios. Our room was clean and tidy. The only thing that was a problem was the cold. We arrived in winter and the only heat we were provided was a tiny electric heater.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2008

My wife and I just returned from a fabulous trip to the cape peninsula, south africa. We spent 5 nights at A Whale of a Time.
We were greeted first by Right Whales directly in front of our apartment!
The gorgeous view of False Bay was right there at every moment.
The whales really must also find this a great place. We saw them out front morning, noon, and night. They serenaded us to sleep.
The apartment was terrific! The beds were awesome and the bath soothing. All was perfect for a couple on a romantic getaway.
The thing that really made everything perfect was our host, Debbie. She made our trip seamless with her help with day trip planning and recommendations. She booked us the best table in a great restaurant and had them provide special details for my wife's birthday dinner. She even surprised my wife with roses and chocolates for her birthday.
Debbie is very cheery and delightful. Each morning I shared our previous day's adventures with her.
Stay here! It is absolutely fabulous!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about A Whale of a Time

Address: 11 Echo Road, Fish Hoek 7975, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Fish Hoek
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Fish Hoek
Price Range: $100 - $172 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — A Whale of a Time 3*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Self catering apartments and cottage available, with breathtaking sea views of False Bay. Perfect for whale watching, we are a 5 minute walk from the beach, and close to shopping, restaurants, tourist attractions and more. ... more   less 
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