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Carmichael Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 2 Rosebank B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
San Francisco, California
1 review
“Delightful stay”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

My daughter and I stayed at Charmichael Guesthouse for a week prior to me leaving my daughter at University of Cape Town where she will be studying for 5 months. This is the perfect place to stay while visiting UCT and/ or Cape Town. The owners, Valerie and Yves, are charming, gracious and extremely accommodating. They seems to work 24/7 to make all their guests comfortable in the guest house and the surrounding area. Our room was lovely, large and well furnished with every amenity- adaptor, mosquito repellent, hair dryer, etc. The breakfast was delicious- the French croissants amazing! I highly recommend Charmichael House, particularly for someone in my case- with my daughter busy with the University's orientation, I was frequently alone. Valerie and Yves made frequent suggestions on places I should go and were constantly available to answer all the questions I had. I am very grateful for their warm hospitality.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Carmichael G, Owner at Carmichael Guesthouse, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Dear Lisa,

Thank you for such kind review. We are so glad that we made your stay a pleasant experience.
Don't you worry, I am sure that your daughter will have a great time at UCT.
We would be so glad if we could host you and your husband sometime in March, but hurry up as our occupancy rate is growing daily!...
Looking forward to hear from you.
Best regards / Yves
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Cupertino, California
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Reviewed 8 February 2014

We spent three days at the Carmichael Guesthouse. The owners, Valerie and Yves, clearly have a passion for their house and its guests. It is a classic building, with spacious rooms, that have been updated with very nice contemporary bathrooms. The gardens surrounding the house are attractive and a nice complement to the breakfast room. The breakfast is tasty and the information and tips provided by Yves and Valerie helped us have a great stay in Cape Town. It is very close to University of Cape Town, where our daughter was studying, making it easy to connect.. If we make it back to CT, we will surely plan a stay at the Carmichael Guest House!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Carmichael G, Owner at Carmichael Guesthouse, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Thank you for your review. We are glad that you appreciated our proximity to UCT so that you could be close to your daughter. We are convinced that this will be a great experience for her.
Best regards / Yves
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Reviewed 7 February 2014

Welcoming! Spacious clean equipped room. Love the dining room! Very friendly French couple
For The January heat in the Cape we would prefer an aircon, although they d
Provided us with a fan. If in that area again we ll visit again



  • Stayed January 2014, travelled on business
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Carmichael G, Owner at Carmichael Guesthouse, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Sanet,

Thank you for having taken the time to write this kind review.
At Carmichael Guesthouse, we made the choice not to have aircon units for two reasons:
1- it would go against our quest to be as environmental friendly as possible,
2- in large Family Suites with such high ceilings it would require enormous units which would deprave what made you appreciate our place: charm and character. Besides, for each aircon unit we would have to have a not only ugly but noisy outside fan .
Since our rooms have ample large windows allowing fresh air to circulate, a ceiling fan does the job.
I trust that Gerard's conference went well.
Looking forward to your next visit.
All the best / Yves
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 February 2014

Stayed here as a party of 4 adults in Feb 2014 following a two week walking safari in the north east of the country. Lovely house, well appointed and beautiful secure garden with pool. Very comfortable rooms and everything spotless. Great breakfasts with lots of variety. Yves and Valerie are terrific, friendly, helpful hosts who went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. From the late night airport transfer, online bookings for Table Mountain and Robben Island, bookings for restaurants (Great choices) to the many bookings for taxis nothing was too much trouble. Absolutely no hesitation in recommending to anyone visiting Capetown.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
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Carmichael G, Owner at Carmichael Guesthouse, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Dear Bill,

Thanks a million for your most comforting review! Coming from fellow colleagues it is even more valued as you know exactly what it entails.
It has been a pleasure hosting your party of four and I trust that you have had a pleasant stay in RSA as a whole.

Thanks again and all the best to all of you.
Best regards / Yves
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Montreal, Quebec
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Reviewed 19 January 2014

We were a group of 5 friends renting three rooms in Carmichael house in January, for two nights, and the stay was pleasant. It is an old colonial house that has been very well kept and can provide an idea of the life in a rich family during the XXth century. The rooms are generally large and well decorated, with one exception (a very tiny room at the back of the court yard). They are all very clean. The host is quite helpful in providing additional advices on things to do, The breakfast is well served, even though tables are a bit crushed against one another, The garden and public areas of the house are well kept and quite pretty. Nice swimming pool too. My friends and I had a feeling that our presence was not entirely welcomed by the hostess ; she made a sharp remark because of talk noise in the garage yard, one night at 11pm, an event that lasted 3 minutes as we were saying goodnight to one another. We also felt seriously pushed on the morning of our departure, as if we were not able to respect the set time of 10am to get out without her insistence. One would expect a somewhat warmer standard of hospitality,

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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Carmichael G, Owner at Carmichael Guesthouse, responded to this review, 21 January 2014
Bonjour Jean-Michel,

Thank you for your comment. We value your feedback.
We are glad that your overall experience was pleasant. Allow me to comment on some of your remarks.

Firstly, regarding the choice of your rooming, amongst our correspondence we had suggested 3 options. You chose the one that included what we call the “Standard Twin Bedroom”. According to your mail it was meant to be for a single and since you wanted to stay 1 additional night, you chose a budget room. In fact we discovered upon your arrival that not only you no longer needed that extra night but you also change your rooming arrangements, sharing now with someone from the group. We assumed that was all fine. You would appreciate that we did not charge for that last minute cancellation.

I am sorry that the remark regarding the noise you made coming back late the one night came across in a wrong way, but you would agree that after 22h00 one can expect some rest. So as short as it was, I am afraid I have to confirm that it was indeed LOUD.

Finally, I am sorry that you felt “pushed out” since we always advise our guests that as much as we do need to have access to the room by 10h00AM latest, you are most welcome to stay in our premises as late as you wish, making use of the TV lounge, the patio or even the poolside. In all our correspondence as well as on the registration form that you have signed, does the check out time clearly states, the whole purpose being to avoid such unpleasant incident.

I wish you a wonderful forthcoming spring.
Best regards / Yves
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

We took my brother-in-law and his wife on their first trip to South Africa. The first three nights were spent at this guest house. The rooms were awesome, and the food (breakfast) was exactly what we needed for a day of sightseeing.
They even rescued me from my "break-in" in the dining room with a big smile. Thank you so much for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Carmichael G, Owner at Carmichael Guesthouse, responded to this review, 22 January 2014
Dear Vinjar,

Thank you for your kind revue. It has been a real pleasure hosting the four of you. Valerie still laughs about the situation of finding you trapped in the dining room. I must say that you dealt with it with so much phlegm, having at heart not to frighten her.
Thank you for staying with us and all the best for 2014!
Best regards / Yves & Valerie
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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

My husband and I recently returned from a 2 week stay vacation in Cape Town. We couldn't have picked a better place to stay. Valerie and Yves were wonderful hosts and treated us like family while we were there. We felt pampered being served a made to order breakfast every morning, lounging by the pool, or simply admiring the foliage on the property. The location of the Carmichael Guesthouse was ideal for us - away from the hustle and bustle of City Center, but a short drive in any direction to all the major attractions Cape Town has to offer.

The room we stayed in was actually more than we had anticipated. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom large with plenty of hot water. There was plenty of space and the free wifi was easily accessible and reliable.

Both Valerie and Yves, as well as the staff, responded promptly to every need, and were always there to help answer our questions or make recommendations to help us enjoy our visit even more.

We can't wait to return to Cape Town again and will definitely stay at the Carmichael Guesthouse.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Carmichael G, Owner at Carmichael Guesthouse, responded to this review, 10 January 2014
Dear Maureen and dear Ron,

Woaw! Thank you so much for posting such overwhelming comment!
We are so glad that you have had a nice stay in Cape Town in general and at Carmichael Guesthouse in particular.
I trust your daughter will like the little piglet... ;-)
Hoping that you are not suffering too much with this freezing winter of yours. Look after yourselves.
You can "like" our Facebook page...
All the best to you and loved ones for 2014!
Best regards / Yves
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Property: Carmichael Guesthouse
Address: 11 Wolmunster Road | Cape Town, Rosebank 7700, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Rosebank
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Rosebank
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Carmichael Guesthouse 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Guest House is a stylish Victorian mansion, offering comfortable accommodation with 6 en-suite tastefully decorated rooms. Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, our guesthouse is within walking distance to the University of Cape Town (UCT). Carmichael Guesthouse is 15 min away from Cape Town city bowl and Cape Town international airport via easily accessible highways. The original stained glass windows, wooden floors and original Victorian fireplaces add warmth and ambiance. You will enjoy the peaceful garden, resting on a long chair by the sparkling swimming pool. The Guest House is very central. Nearby lie Cape Town's most famous touristic attractions such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Constantia Winelands, Rhodes Memorial and many more...Golf courses, Cricket and Rugby Stadiums are also just around the corner. Yves, Valerie and their daughters Chloe and Charlotte will ensure that "home from home" feeling. ... more   less 
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