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“Restaurant was ok” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge

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The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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185 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Restaurant was ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2013

My husband, son and I went for supper at the restaurant. The fish cakes were great and the pork was very good. The service needs a lot of attention and the staff really needs some desperate training. There were only 3 tables to serve so one cannot understand what took so long to serve us our drinks and meal. the venue is wonderful and the restaurant is really very nice. I will eat there again but will inquire about the service time before sitting down.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town, South Africa
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45 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2013

The restaurant at the Breede River Lodge has a wonderful view overlooking the river. The decor is also attractive. But, unfortunately, we cannot say the same about the service and the attitude of the owner. It took fifty minutes to receive our starter dishes. Then a further hour to get our main meal. When we complained to the owner about how long is was taking to receive our food she refuted outright the time it had taken and stated that if we wanted quicker service we could go to Steers (a fast food outlet known throughout South Africa). The problem appeared to be that a television crew was filming at the premises and was receiving precedence over the diners in the restaurant. The cherry on the cake was when the owner sat down outside with the film crew in plain view of the diners and partook of the meal without any regard to the fact that her dinner guests were waiting ages for their food in the restaurant. Not once did she bother to explain to the diner's the cause for the lengthy delay. In fact she was outright rude and arrogant when approached. There was only one waitress on duty, who had only been working for one week. This young lady was on the receiving end of numerous complaints from the diners, but was absolutely charming and did her best under trying circumstances to appease the guests. We will not be returning to this restaurant despite the stunning setting.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mamagos
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2013

I had my wedding in Witsand in September 2012 and used the Breede River Lodge as our reception venue, it was very affordable, 500m from the water and overall the setting was amazing. All the staff were wonderful and friendly they all went out their way to make our wedding reception amazing.

I stayed their for 2 nights my room was great with amazing views of the river and river mouth our room for the night of our wedding was perfect, with underfloor heating, big shower and a balcony to sit and relax with a morning cup of tea are just some of the luxuries we had, 90% of our wedding guests stayed at the lodge for the weekend of our wedding and everyone had nothing but good things to say about the rooms, service provided the food and the great staff.

If you haven't been to Witsand and looking for a place to stay I would recommend the Breede River Lodge, it's peaceful, has a great lounge area to catch up on some reading, it's relaxing and a great place to sit back and just relax and add in a few sun-downers on their deck ;)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town
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31 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights on the last leg of our vacation, on the way back from the Wilderness. The approach road from Heidleberg is a good quality surfaced road. The road form Swellendam over the pont, is dirt but of fair to good quality.

We got a discount for being a walkin (ie no reservation). The resort was pretty full but the service was excellent. The Restaurant has a very nice menu and we dined each night for under R200. ($30). I loved the Pub a great place to end the day and have a cold one before dinner.

We rented a self catering studio unit, that was quite adequate. The bathroom of a good size and the shower worked perfectly. Bedding was more than comfortable. Internet connectivity is limited, although there is WiFi in the lobby.

The resort is a little way up the river and away from the beach so when the wind blows, there are protected spots (and a pool) to relax in. The beach is one of the most southerly in Africa and when the trade winds blow, they blow hard. I live in Cape Town and I am used to the wind, but be prepared for windy afternoons in the summer. I loved the beach. Nice water temperature, no crowds and tortoise blue water.

The resort is great for relaxing, fishing, boating on the river, lazing on the beach. There are no malls, arcades, movie houses, shopping centres for 150km at last. Heidelberg (the nearest town) offers some basic shopping, pharmacy etc.

You require a skippers ticket to operate a boat on the estuary and as in all places in South Africa, permits to catch fish or collect bait, mussels, oysters, etc.

Room Tip: If you are on a budget, take one of the rooms at the rear of the resort. The resort is on a slope, s...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2012

our room was part of a group allocation and i will certainly not stay in that room again. it is a double room, limited view, upstairs bedroom with no window and teeny tiny bathroom with a shower door that can only open halfway due to the placement of the basin.
the rest of the lodge does however look very promising and i'd like to give it another go in a better room. the location next to the river is amazing, the staff is wonderfully friendly and the restaurant's breakfast is yummy.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank chuck-ct
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Costa del Sol
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183 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2012

Our room overlooked the harbour and the river, and was very comfortable and well appointed. The twin beds were quite narrow, but comfortable, with sheets and duvets. The shower room was adequate, although the shower head needed unblocking. The dinner and breakfast were delicious and not expensive. This was our second visit and we look forward to returning.

Room Tip: Ensure that you have a river view.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank JeevesCostadelSol
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Bodrum
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23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2012

It was pouring with rain and blowing a gale which isn't the best time to stay in this hotel but we still enjoyed ourselves. Our rooms opened onto a deck with steps down to the little fishing boat marina. The view was really lovely in spite of the weather. Receptionist was very helpful. I ate in the restaurant but really cannot judge as the fishing boats had been unable to go out because of the weather so there was none of the fresh fish for which this hotel is known.
The one drawback for me was that I could only get wireless internet in the lobby.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Carolyn A
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Property: The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge
Address: 1 Joseph Barry Drive | PO Box 27, Witsand 6666, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Witsand
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Witsand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Breede River Resort and Fishing Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are situated in Witsand / Port Beaufort "THE" Whale nursery of South Africa on the Garden Route midway between Cape Town and Plettenberg Bay, on the unspoiled bank of the mighty Breede River. The water course is tidal and navigable for up to 40 km. The area is a mariner's dream both on the river and the sea. Angling features as the number one attraction with many record breaking catches over the years as will be seen on the Breede River Lodge Wall of Fame. Safe tranquil beaches for walking and swimming. Beautiful in the windless and mild winter days. The area is also renowned for all kinds of water sport, swimming, surfing, wind surfing, deep sea and river fishing, rock, boat and fly fishing, river cruises, canoeing, sailing, spear fishing and snorkeling. With all of this in mind the hotel endeavors to cater both for the local family traveler and the international traveler who would like to see a part of the real South Africa. Experience friendly village life that offers food for the soul and a place to simply relax and unwind. We are ideally situated on the Garden Route as a middle point and base from which to travel and experience the vast arrays of attractions available on this route. We look forward to welcoming you here at the Breede. ... more   less 
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