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Riversong Guest House
Ranked #4 of 27 Newlands B&B and Inns
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1 review
“Breath taking views, wonderful staff!”
Reviewed 16 December 2013

This trip could not have been any better than it was. Inri kept us well informed way before we arrived and was patient and kind as the nine of us kept changing our minds in deciding what tours we wanted to take. We needed two vehicles and our guides and drivers that Inri provided for us were so accommodating. As for Riversong, it's so beautiful and inviting that it's hard to put into words. The food was outstanding and even with snacks and wine provided in our rooms, Inri came by with a plate of cheeses and crackers for us as we celebrated our last night in paradise. Riversong is beautiful all on it's own with everything you could ever need, but the staff made you feel like it was your house and you were part of a family. We would love to go back just to visit the good friends that we made as well as the beautifully appointed guest house. We have traveled a lot, but this place was special and will always be remembered.

Room Tip: I saw 5 of the rooms as there were 9 of us traveling together. All of the rooms were spacious and h...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Dear Debbie and Don
Thank you for the wonderful review and email. I am in H.K. at the moment so we email when I get back on 22 Dec. We loved having your group stay with us and we are always sad when our new friends leave us. We look forward to hosting your brother and his wife in the near future. Wishing you a wonderful festive season and a successful and blessed 2014. Will pass on your greetings to all back at Riversong. Lots of love Inri
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Lima, Peru
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Reviewed 14 December 2013

The only issue I had with Riversong is that transportation is a problem, but that's Cape Town's problem, not the Guest House's. The experience was splendid, service first class. Wonderful people that you can talk to for a while, in a beautiful area that's quiet and pleasant, but close to shops (10 minutes to Cavendish shopping mall, for instance). Very good breakfast, very good amenities and in-house services, very helpful people with a constant and honest smile; TV, papers and in-room amenities like tea, coffee and some brandy. As long as your travels require you to be in the Eastern side of Cape Town, or if you have transportation, it's perfect. If you don't, metered taxis are a little unreliable so prepare yourself to walk; if your business is downtown or if you need a full hotel that you can use as a base for working, it won't do. But if you go to CT for pleasure or business in the area, you can do no wrong here. I'm delighted that I've chosen it, even if the real reason was the "Doctor Who" connection (hotel staff were completely unaware of it, BTW).

Room Tip: Next to the pool and as close to the river as possible.
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled on business
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, 18 December 2013
Dear Debbie and Don
Thank you for the wonderful review and email. I am in H.K. at the moment so we email when I get back on 22 Dec. We loved having your group stay with us and we are always sad when our new friends leave us. We look forward to hosting your brother and his wife in the near future. Wishing you a wonderful festive season and a successful and blessed 2014. Will pass on your greetings to all back at Riversong. Lots of love Inri
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Meriden, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

Well before our trip we were provided with personalized guidance on rooms, tours, guide, restaurants. Inri even sent us a photo of the guide who would meet us at the airport, so that we would feel safe. The room was large, and had nearly any amenity one could want. At any time staff were available, and often offered assistance before we asked. The breakfasts were amazing. Each began with an artistically arranged plate of fresh fruit, and included beverages of your choice, and all sorts of hot and cold items. All served as we watched the clouds working their magic over the mountain. There had been rain before we arrived, so the river's song was wonderfully relaxing background. There were fresh cookies in our room each day. This is a great home away from home and it was like leaving home when we left!

Room Tip: The garden room faces the courtyard and pool and has the benefit of the sound of the river.
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, 24 November 2013
Hi Sue

Thanks for writing a review. We loved hosting your group. Everyone was so easy to please and gracious. This makes our job so much easier. Happy Thanks Giving!!!. Best regards Inri and The Riversong Team.
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

Everyone was most helpful, going way beyond what was required at times to meet our specific needs at the moment. No request seems to be too much! The rooms were well appointed with things for most any need. The location was good for eating and shopping. The view of Table Mountain was dramatic as you came into the Inn. I will return the next time I am in Cape Town! DE, USA

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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, 24 November 2013
Hi Margaret

Thanks for writing a review. Thought of you today as I took my parents on the cart ride around Kirstenbosch gardens. It is a stunning hot wind free day. I was amazed at how big the gardens are. I should have done it a long time ago. Much easier than walking in the hot sun. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Best regards Inri and The Riversong Team.
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Virginia
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Reviewed 22 November 2013

I recently stayed with six friends at the Riversong Guest House, Newlands, Cape Town. What a wonderful place! I could have stayed at least another week and never left the house. Inri McManus, the owner, has thought of everything. There was so much "extra" in our room that I could not have thought of another thing needed. The staff is wonderful and ever ready to help--above and beyond--all the time. Inri is a wealth of information about the area and ready to share. Breakfast is a feast, starting with a beautiful, individual, plate of assorted fruits every day. I was amazed when I asked for coffee and the follow on question was "regular filtered or French press!" Inri, you made our stay in Cape Town extra special and I will be back!

Room Tip: A friend and I were in the Leopard Room, which was wonderful. Two queen beds, a lounge area and rig...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, 24 November 2013
Dear Elisabeth
Thank you for taking the time to write a review and for the lovely praise. I will share your review with the team tomorrow. We are happiest when our guests are happy and we exceed their expectations. Happy Thanks giving! All the best Inri and The Riversong Team
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Purworejo, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 November 2013

This is the nicest and homiest place I have ever visited. With the background of table mountain and located next to a river, what would we ask for more for a place to stay in South Africa. Moreover, they offer a reasonable price. Surely, I will come back with my family someday. Petrus, Indonesia

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, 24 November 2013
Dear Petrus
Thank you for your lovely review. Our home is your home. We look forward to hosting you and your family again some day in the future. Best wishes until we meet again. Enjoy wearing your SA hat.
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Verona, Virginia, United States
1 review
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Everything about Riversong is great! Its location is ideal, Within walking distance to eateries, in a beautiful part of town. The food at Riversong was most outstanding, more than I expected. The view from the patio is spectacular. Table Mountain changes every 5 minutes, with its shadow patterns and cloud formations. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, and the service, o, my, the service. Someone was there every moment to take care of our needs. My favorite time was to sit with our group on the patio and have a glass of wine (or two or three), looking all the while onto Table Mountain. Lots of fun and relaxing times. Inri was most helpful in planning our day trips, getting us advance reservations and tickets (savings us waiting-inline time) and suggesting eateries and tours.
All in all, Riversong is a fabulous place to stay; I heartily recommend it.

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Inri M, Owner at Riversong Guest House, responded to this review, 19 November 2013
Dear Norman
Thank you for taking time to write a review. Much appreciated specially when shared with The Riversong Team who love reading the reviews.
Thank you so much for taking the parcel to my sister. She loved her prezzies from SA.
The current group leave tomorrow. So sad. The next group from Virginia area will arrive in Feb. 14.
Love hosting our USA tour groups. You are always such fun and so easy to please. All the best for festive season and 2014. We hope to meet again some time. Best regards Inri and The Riversong Team.
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Property: Riversong Guest House
Address: 14 Esme Road, Newlands 7700, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Newlands
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Newlands
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Riversong Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A Luxury 4 star boutique guest house in the heart of Newlands, Cape Town. Riversong sits on the banks of Liesbeek River and boasts panoramic views of Table Mountain. Conveniently situated in the Southern Suburbs, Riversong is an ideal base for the discerning business person or holiday maker who is looking for more than a hotel room. Riversong is a short walk from Newland's Cricket and Rugby Grounds, Cavendish Square Mall, Claremont CBD, Vineyard Hotel and Conference centre, S.A. Sports Science Institute, SA Breweries, Dean Street (start of The Two Ocean Marathon), and Virgin Active Gym and many restaurants and pubs around the trendy Newlands Village. 10 minutes from University of Cape Town, Belmont Square, Kirstenbosch gardens, Kelvin Grove club, Great Westerford, Baxter theatre, leading hospitals and schools. 20-minute drive from the Airport, City Centre, Cape Town International Convention Centre, V & A Waterfront, FIFA Soccer Stadium, golf courses, wine farms and golden beaches. Friendly hospitality and attention to detail makes Riversong a popular choice for local and overseas guests. Our 9 elegantly stylish, spacious en-suite bedrooms have comfortable beds and pillows, DSTV decoders, well stocked fridges and snack baskets, micro-wave ovens, tea and coffee making facilities, safe for valuables, desks/dressing tables, heaters, electric blankets and fans, fluffy white towels and bathrobes, percale linen, hairdryers, clock-radios/ipod docking stations, hot water bottles, Charlotte Rhys toiletries, Pool towels and chocolates. Mr Deliver and Butlers’s pizza menus in rooms with dinner by request. Free Wireless internet. Guest laptop in lounge. ... more   less 
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