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Reviewed 19 June 2015 via mobile

Simple little bed and breakfast in an amazing old heritage house. Basic accommodations and not for anyone who suffers from OCD but world class service from the owner and staff. Perfect for you if you need basic accomodation in central Pietermaritzburg.

Thank 659grantv
Exeter, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 November 2014

Nice place to stay with soooo friendly owners. We came from UK and arrived with the summer rains, unexpected cold weather, so liked the warm welcome,with suppers made for us as it was pouring outside, and the impromtu bar. Nihal and Manisha are lovely people with 2 great kids. Do ask for a mobile number to contact them if needed...

1Thank MicChrissy
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 30 August 2014

We stayed at The Sleeping Bao for two days while working in PMB. Although things are not perfect, most of them work and if you raise an issue they respond quickly. So I think it's decent enough value for money. We stayed in the outside rooms next to the pool, which were probably built a bit more recently. They are...

Thank Cara273
Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed 7 April 2014

I stayed at The Sleeping Bao for one night in March and had a great experience. Nihal & Manisha were very accommodating and made our stay one to remember. The cottage we stayed in was setup beautifully and well equipped.

Thank Melissa_Singh
Fourways, South Africa
Reviewed 3 January 2013

Sadly overpriced, run like a student digs, beautiful property in upmarket Wembley, but no organized parking for guest cars (although it is safely off-street), the intercom didn't work, the pool was green, no shower pressure, and the two friendly dogs on property look like they need a hasty visit to the SPCA. We felt like we were imposing on the...

3Thank Jacie271
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 15 October 2012 via mobile

I spent a night at this place while on business in PMB. The bedroom and bathroom was well appointed with everything I needed. I did have a problem trying to open the electric gate as the remote control seemed to be worn out and I was left outside the property late at night with a gate that would not open....

Thank Obru
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Reviewed 11 February 2012

This beautiful property transports you back in time, and has a magical feel about it. We were in town for the Midmar Mile, and were well taken care of. Our hosts were attentive to our needs and extremely pleasant. We will certainly consider staying here again next year.

Thank Avataarkaap
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Reviewed 20 February 2011

My parents and I stayed here for a weekend while visiting family in the area. We had found the booking page while searching online and everything seemed ok - location, price, availability. When we arrived it looked so lovely but then things started unravelling... The buzzer for the gate was not working and we were instructed by a badly written...

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SleepingBao, Owner at The Sleeping Bao B&B, responded to this review

Hi 'Cindoz' Thanks you for your review and frank comments I apologise for only coming back to you now, we only came across your review of our B&B this morning. I would also like to apologise for the problems encountered over your 3 day stay. If it helps any, I would like to address some of your problems: Over the...

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  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Pool
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Internet
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  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
  • Free Parking
  • Breakfast included
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  • Babysitting
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
The Sleeping Bao B&B was established about in 2006, in the heart of Pietermaritzburg in one of the city's preeminent residential areas. The luxury accommodation is situated less than 5 minutes of the Johannesburg - Durban highway, with easy access to all local amenities and central to the numerous events hosted by in and around the city (Comrades Marathon, Duzi Canoe Marathon, Midmar mile, AmaShovashova Cycle race). We are also a perfect spring board to explore the famous Midland's Meanders and the surrounding inherent attractions, with the Indian Ocean ( Durban ) and Drakensburg mountains in easy striking distance. The Sleeping Bao is a beautiful face brick structure with a rich wood interior and a history spanning over 70 years. Situated in country like settings, it is a mere 3 minutes from the city centre and 15 minutes from Oribi Airport. Available are 6 individually and elegantly, fully furnished rooms overlooking well established gardens. Rooms have air conditioning / fans, all rooms are fully heated in winter. Each of the rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and TVs. Visitors have full use of the lounge for business meetings or pleasure as well as a fully stocked pub bar. Guests have full access to the heated swimming pool. A braai area around the pool is also available for use. Lunches are available on request. Prepared individually and with the freshest ingredients, many from our own garden. Prior arrangement needs to be made for dinner. Menus can be individually tailored to suit all needs. Transfers to and from Durban International and Oribi airports can be arranged, as can tours around the midlands meander. Guests have full electronic access to secure off road parking. Laundry facilities are available daily. ... more   less 

Additional Information about The Sleeping Bao B&B

Address: 139 Howick Road | Wembley, Pietermaritzburg 3201, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Pietermaritzburg
Price Range: £44 - £66 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Sleeping Bao B&B 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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“Garden rooms are nicest!”
MicChrissy, 6 Nov 2014 | Read review
“There are 2 outside, free-standing rooms next to the pool. They are nicely removed from the daily bustle of the house, but in summer you might be exposed to the noise from the bar/pool area.”
Cara273, 30 Aug 2014 | Read review
“Great Outdoor Cottage”
Melissa_Singh, 7 Apr 2014 | Read review
“Go somewhere else.”
Jacie271, 3 Jan 2013 | Read review
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