Very nice marketing pictures. The reality is that the is Cabanas is completely run down and not featured in any photos I have seen. Tiles cracked, faded paint, doors scratched etc. We hit our first problem with the booking. We found it difficult to have our stay confirmed.
When we arrived (late) the staff were courteous and accommodating. The room appeared to be fine at first although a crazy design meant endless walks up and down stairs. There was a strong smell of cigarettes despite the no smoking signs but we made do. Later we discovered empty beer bottles in one of the cupboards and blood stains on one of the pillow covers. A lively party was happening around the pool (the cabanas have a separate pool to the main hotel). I heard some of the worst karaoke I have ever heard in my life but it did provide some amusement. The party was shut down at a reasonable hour but the bring-your-own music seemed to be a common theme for the Cabanas throughout the weekend.
Breakfast at the restaurant was uninspiring. I couldn't get my first choice as there were no mushrooms that day. The kitchen took a long time to get things out and the overall quality wasn't great. I had to specifically ask for toast as it had been forgotten. Paying for the meal was complicated as 'the computer was down'. That eventually translated into 'I can't work out the total'. Thankfully I could work it out quickly on my phone. After that it was a short walk to reception to pay via credit card. For some reason its not possible at the table.
It's not for me but groups of youngsters drinking around the pool with their music pumping seemed to relish it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Elephant Springs Hotel & Cabanas is situated in the popular inland tourism town of Bela Bela in Limpopo Province, less than an hour from Pretoria (Gauteng). Elephant Springs offers accommodation and conference facilities to leisure seekers and business travellers that will not break the bank. The hotel offers 54 en-suite Standard, Standard Deluxe and Family bedrooms, each with select DSTV channels and air conditioning. The hotel boasts a unique restaurant and ladies bar with street side deck, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte. The Cabanas are situated beside the hotel. The three bedroom, six sleeper cabanas offer affordable self-catering accommodation to leisure seekers, large families and conference. The 20 fully equipped units are clustered around a private sparkling pool and braai facilities, with direct access to the hotel’s conference facilities and restaurant. ... more less
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