My husband and I visited the Houw Hoek Inn on Saturday as we were guests at a wedding. Although I know of the hotel, I didn't expect much as its reputation is built on handling crowds for weddings and conferences, albeit in a beautiful natural setting. Previous experience taught me that often management aren't too concerned about service and facilities at these venues, as people usually HAVE to be there in any case.
So to say that we were pleasantly surprised was an understatement! The Houw Hoek doesn't pretend to be more than it is, but what they offer, is done well.
The rooms (we stayed in the newer ones) were big enough, well-heated on the coldest weekend of the year to date, the bathroom was adequate with hot water and decent pressure in the shower, a fireplace complete with wood already stacked in it, a nice bed, lots of coffee and tea ingredients etc.
You won't be visiting for the cuisine as the wedding menu was very generic, but I suppose that's chosen by the wedding couple, and one can't be too adventurous if you're cooking for a typically South African group.
Breakfast the next morning was buffet style, generous, and more than adequate with a stunning circular fire place heating up the venue.
All in all a good, familiy-orientated experience, set in a stunning valley with great views and extremely friendly staff. For a 3-star, you can't ask for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect combination of old world charm and modern comfort. A home away from home. Houw Hoek Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in South Africa and is peacefully positioned in the beautiful mountains among meandering streams. It is a popular wedding venue, as the rolling lawns and duck filled ponds create a romantic setting second to none. The hotel is situated in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Nature Reserve, just 90km from Cape Town and 75km from Cape Town International Airport. The furnishings are elegant with an emphasis on comfort. The terraces boast views of the magnificent surrounding mountains. We offer all the luxuries of home, to our excellent service will ensure that you have a magnificent stay. ... more less