The Riebeek Valley Hotel has alot of charm and the spirit of good old times is still around. I prefer hotels with charm and history! But the place really needs to be put back in better shape. There are so many good qualities, including wonderful staff. We really liked our bedroom, no need for improvement there. We slept well, the bathroom was nice and the was a private sitting area outside. The AC was working well and cooled us down on hot days. We spent 2 days at the hotel and enjoyed the wonderful view over the valley, nipping to a glass of wine at the porch in the evening, reading and relaxing after biking tours during the day. We felt like being back in time with the old funiture and the great spirit of the place.
The garden needs a little care and upgrading, to be put back to its old glory!
My husband tried the pools and found them ok. I didn't go in even though I liked the green style outdoor pool.The pool area just needs some tidying up and also some new "old styled" furniture! The area is not as inviting as it could have been, and there is not room nor equipment for many people to enjoy the sun or sit under an umbrella around the pool. There are few sunbeds and chairs. The furniture is very tired and not up to the spirit of the rest of the hotel. The indoor pool is not attractive at all.
The breakfast is good with lots of choises! We found the dining room very clean and the service is great.
I suppose the hotel kitchen is not used to serve dinner to groups, where not everyone wants the fixed meny. Our biking group of 17 had an "Faulty Tower" experience out on the front lawn (very nice to sit outside!), even though we had made the orders the night before. The buffet dinner the evening before was good!
Well, we ended up at getting main courses before starters, some didn't get anything, we got what we hadn't ordered and it was really chaotic. The food, when it arrived wasn't top class either. My lamb curry was almost only bones. John Cleese was the only one missing, but we manage to laugh at it all afterwards!
This place has so much, it can easily be brought back to the old glory! We would absolutely go back, but we would go out for dinner. Lots of good restaurants around!
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