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Crawford's Beach Lodge
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Reviewed 20 March 2013

Visited Crawford’s in February 2013 for a family wedding and loved every minute of the trip. Stayed for only 3 nights but would have happily stayed longer and plan on returning in the next 12 months. The room was very big, with comfy beds, TV, our own kitchen area, iron and ironing board and hairdryer. The bathroom was very coolly located through a door fixed into the wardrobe, making the room look very smart. Crawford’s itself is beautifully located just back off the beach into a large hill, meaning beautiful views from pretty much every room. The beach is 100 yards or so down some steps, which were comfortably managed by my elderly grandparents, so no issues there. The beach looks practically untouched too and is quite a sight at any hour, especially sunset. Food was very good and a mix of local tradition and more common foods too. There’s enough of a choice for most dietary requirements from what I could tell anyway. I would highly recommend this place for those wishing to see somewhere other than Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, and also for those looking to get married abroad. It was my Uncle’s big day and the staff made sure everything ran smoothly and all the guests had a great time. Loved my stay here.

Room Tip: Try and ask for a room that faces the beach. Not sure how much extra it costs, but you get a wonderful view and the rooms closer towards the beach even have their own lounging area to sunbathe and relax.
  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled with family
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CrawfordsBeach, Owner at Crawford's Beach Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2013

Dear Jmertz,
Thank you for the wonderful review - it means a lot to us. And we are delighted your uncle had a great wedding.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Regards,
Mark

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Reviewed 6 March 2013

It's difficult to fault - the location is great and the beaches superb. The self service buffet has an excellent choice, and the staff throughout are friendly and helpful. But there are a quite a lot of rooms (maybe 40) and the restaurant seats maybe 100+. There were two corporate events on when we were there so if you want quiet and cosy, this is probably not the place for you

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2013

A collection of buildings, set amongst the dune forest above the beach. Reached by a winding narrow brick road, with the last section precipitously steep. Service was good, and the room was comfortable. Decor was a bit disappointing, with the feel more "big city corporate- greys and beige" than seaside beach. Missed some colour. The dinner was a buffet, well done-not dry and tired, with a good variety. We stayed in one of the sea facing rooms- great view, but the rooms above must have an even better view- and, with the wooden floors, they couldn't hear us going to the bathroom at 4a.m.

Room Tip: Stay upstairs in the sea facing rooms/
  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Graham C
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

No, nothing wrong with this place, but just not our cup of tea.... The lodge is nicely situated along a beautiful beach, staff is friendly, rooms are well equipped, but something is missing....I don't know, it's just a "white people reserve" I guess, like most of the lodges and resorts along the east coast....we got really sick after the seafood buffet. The staff was very kind and well prepared and provided us with loperamide....makes you think..... Next time I'd rather stay in a smaller, more intimate place ..... We were travelling on AAA vouchers (we payed all accommodation in advance), this was the only place we had to pay an additional (small) amount of money, we thought that was very unfriendly and bad practice.... If AAA doesn't pay enough for the rooms Crawford's should sort it out with them.....

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 January 2013

Crawford's is situated along a stunning 15km beach. The rooms are simple but elegant, with all comforts provided. The staff are friendly and the pool is a great place for young children to play. The only thing that let us down at Crawford's was the lack of catering to specific dietary requirements. We had one vegan and one vegetarian in our group and had to repeatedly ask for food to meet their requirements.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Kate1984Sydney
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