We only stayed overnight on route to Lesotho. I travelled with my parents who are getting on now, so easy access to all amenities are essential which they are. The service for checking in was a bit slow and we did not get the originally allocated rooms. Instead rooms 101 and 102 were given to us. They must be meant for emergency accommodation only! Nothing wrong with the standards of the rooms themselves, but their entrances are above the reception and lounge area. Also if you like to have your window open, those 2 rooms are sealed. Do not expect to go to sleep until the last of the hotel guests have departed and the staff finished clearing. Being in this location does mean that you will get woken very early when the staff starts their activities with setting the restaurant area for breakfast at around 5 30am. Don't expect a peaceful night! Checking out was quick and hassle free. I'm sure the hotel though pricy is worthwile to select for a stay as long as you avoid rooms 101 and 102.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel Clarens - Home is where the Art is. The Protea Hotel Clarens is located in the best kept secret in art and culture circles of the Free State. The picturesque village of Clarens is framed by the majestic Maluti Mountains, sandstone cliffs and is in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This artists’ haven is a tapestry steeped in history and rich in legend. Experience a living masterpiece that exudes sheer style, luxury and design. Protea Hotel Clarens blends in with the natural splendour that has inspired artists, eco lovers and tourists who simply enjoy the art of living to explore this tranquil, magical landscape and relax, in style. Take in the breathtaking scenery with sundowners on Protea Hotel Clarens’ terrace, enjoy fine dining or laze away the hours in luxury and comfort. This sanctuary embodies state-of-the-art excellence and service. From adrenalin rushes to cultural expeditions, Clarens offers it all. With an abundance of activities nearby, from San paintings and dinosaur trails to white river rafting and rock climbing; Protea Hotel Clarens’ warm hospitality completes the picture. So whether you plan a romantic getaway, team-building exercise, business conference or African adventure, Protea Hotel Clarens has it all. ... more less
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