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Mermaid Guest House
Ranked #1 of 5 Struisbaai B&B and Inns
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“It was ok...ish”
Reviewed 28 March 2014 via mobile

There is no 24hr reception so you have to call someone to let you in, which is ok if you have a mobile but it's expensive to use your phone abroad and I often leave mine at home- would have been stuck! Also find it surprising- never known any b&b/hotel not to have someone always on site.
Great views of the sea but- lethally steep stairs and the beds were very uncomfortable. No aircon which was a major problem but we had no option to leave as were on a tour.
Didn't use the pool but as mentioned was very small and overlooks the car park.
Breakfast was pretty standard.
Very friendly but won't stay here again.

Stayed March 2014
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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 March 2014

2014 will be our third year that we stay at Mermaid Guest House for more then a week. Their friendliness, hospitality and stunning service makes us coming back for more each time. The breakfast with a big variety, clean and neat rooms and the willingness to go the extra mile for their quests makes us feel at home every time - a place to relax. Mermaid Guest House highly recommended.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 March 2014

We had 1 nights stay at the Mermaid, wish we had have had more, unfortunatly we were there on a Sunday and most of the Resturants were closed. The rooms were clean and nicely furnished, a little small but adequat. The staff were very friendly, breakfast was very good, all the rooms had seaviews but were 200 - 300 metres from the beach.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 February 2014

We had a lovely stay at Mermaid Guesthouse. The service from Corinne, Christine and their staff were absolutely outstanding. The room we slept in was nice and they especially gave our 2 year old a little "princess bed" as she called it which she just loved. We appreciated the efforts and the service given was tops. They even washed Hayden's bottles. Our room was always cleaned nicely and beds made perfectly everyday. They tidied up and packed everything neatly. Lovely views from our bedroom. The breakfast was my favourite, with so many options and daily variety. I also loved that you could order your hot breakfast from a menu. Very close to the beach and amenities, walking distance. We had a lovely family holiday here and our daughter still talks about it. Many thanks to to Corinne and her team.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

We stayed at the Mermaid in January 2014, for one night. The rooms were on the small side, but clean and very comfortable. The hosts were absolutely charming and very helpful. We had breakfast and it was very good. It is a beautiful, quiet part of the world and we would definitely come back.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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The Netherlands
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

We had a good stay here, the staff was very friendly and the beach in struisbaai is beautifull too.
But struisbaai itself is nothing special if you want to go to the beach and visit cape angulas it a good place but just just don't expect to much of it.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

Another reviewer described the Mermaid as the best available in Struisbaai. This is probaby true and it is very reasonably priced accommodation.

Rooms are small and there is no aircon (30 odd degrees that day). We could have coped, but the bed was tiny (130cm double) and I had had a exchange by email when booking about my height and the need for a BIG bed. Not a very comfortable night!

Breakfast next day was OK. Pool area looks OK in photos, but is tiny and overlooks the car park.

Mermaid is clean and staff were very accomodating, when they were around. We were left by 3pm Sunday afternoon in an otherwise deserted 8 room B+B, all by ourselves. Not a problem, but a little surprising. "Just make a note of what you drink from the bar."

We had booked for 2 nights, but left the next day instead. Absolutely nothing wrong with the Mermaid, at the price we paid, but not for us.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Mermaid Guest House
Address: 8 Protea Road, Struisbaai 7285, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Cape Agulhas > Struisbaai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 B&Bs / Inns in Struisbaai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guesthouse is situated in the picturesque town of Struisbaai, almost at the tip of Africa. Close to Cape Agulhas, the most southern town of Africa and the place where the Atlantic and Indian Ocean meet! Mermaid Guest House offers single, double, twin and family accommodation in Stuisbaai and is fully equipped with every necessary amenity, facilities and services to make your stay at our guesthouse an unforgettable experience. We are located close to all amenities and walking distance to the main swimming beach (14km of sandy beach). ... more   less 
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