If you like standard, modern amenities, this is the best place to stay in Clarens. Modern hotel, so you know what to expect. Rooms are a decent size, but the bathroom is almost part of the room: The sink and shower is essentially next to your bed and the WC is in a separate room with a door. I mention this in the event you are sharing the room with someone.... Don't think there is a bathroom "with an extra door" as we usually get. Standard shampoo/ lotion etc. but no conditioner.
I really loved the quality of the sheets! I'm quite picky about sheets but these were lovely.
Great location - walking distance to many restaurants and galleries.
The breakfast was lovely, many choices, eggs made to order, many warm dishes to add to your eggs (sausages, potatoes, etc.) juices, breads and the like. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
At check-in there is a popcorn machine in the lobby and some juice, which is a cute touch for an afternoon snack. In the morning, there is coffee in the lobby.
My only complaint was that wifi hardly worked for the day and a half we were there. They were always saying that they are resetting - with no results. There is a parking attendant at all times and parking was right by the hotel door.
There were metal bars put up to stop the pigeons from living in the roof of the parking facility ---- really unnecessary! It is Africa - let the animals live!
Will stay here again when visiting Clarens.
- 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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