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The Albatros Guest House
Ranked #7 of 25 Margate B&B and Inns
Stellenbosch, South Africa
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4 reviews
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“Relaxed like a king”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

What a wonderful weekend away, got a five star room, treated by the most friendly hosts to the most delicious breakfast, and relaxed like a king. It is close to all amenities, whilst being just the right distance from the sea. We'll be back whenever our batteries need a recharge!

Room Tip: We had a room on the first floor - absolutely spectacular!
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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The_Albatros, Owner at The Albatros Guest House, responded to this review, 21 June 2014
Good morning Jan,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience at the Albatros Guest House. We as owners are very pleased that you have enjoyed your stay with us for the second time and could relax like a king. We read the review with interest as it was truly refreshing and gave recommendations to add value to the next guest who use Tripadvisor as an indication what to expect. We are looking forward to welcoming you back again soon. Andre, Bessie and Staff.
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Reviewed 6 June 2014

Fabulous place to stay with stunning views and great, friendly service!
Very convenient as it is situated close to Margate town and main beach.
In the June/July sardine season it's great to have breakfast on the front veranda while watching whales pass by.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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The_Albatros, Owner at The Albatros Guest House, responded to this review, 12 June 2014
Dear Teniche ,

Thank you for your review and for staying with us a few times before and have another booking coming up soon. We are glad that you always have a fantastic time with us.
We do look forward to welcoming you back and would like to share the great news of an an addition to the family with you.
Wishing you a safe flight and travel.
Andre , Bessie and Team.
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The best hospitality ever, me and my fiancé had a wonderful stay. Very soon me and my friends will be returning on a couples retreat experience. The rooms exceptional, food marvellous our host a great individual, truly a homely experience. As for the view, spectacular....thank you.

Room Tip: Number nine
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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The_Albatros, Owner at The Albatros Guest House, responded to this review, 6 June 2014
Dear Njabulo,
Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to let us know that you have enjoyed your visit with us. We are pleased that we could live up to your expectation. The Albatros Guest House "STAFF" do their best to create a "home away from home environment for our GUESTS. We are also glad that you enjoyed the spectacular view from your balcony, room and during our important time of the day with our guests - breakfast time. We look forward to welcoming you back and suggest that you book our Executive room, with all glass in the front to give you even a better view of the ocean. Friendly greetings. Owners and Staff - The Albatros Guest House.
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

The Albatros Guest House was just what I needed for the weekend... Beautiful, serene, comfortable, with friendly and efficient service. The 180 degree sea view was spectacular. Breakfasts were prepared with attention to detail. The close proximity to Margate's social chill spots was super convenient. I'm already anticipating my next visit!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled solo
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The_Albatros, Owner at The Albatros Guest House, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Dear M,
Thank you very much for posting your review. We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay and escape from your busy routine. We are delighted to have another booking for you coming up soon, and looking forward to meet the rest of your family.
Andre, Bessie and Team
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Not to take anything away from the spectacular view, or well appointed and luxurious rooms, but the warm and friendly welcome of Andre and Bessie , far outweighs the rest. Making this accomodation the best in africa!

  • Stayed May 2014
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The_Albatros, Owner at The Albatros Guest House, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
Dear M,

Thank you for providing us with such a valuable feedback of your stay with us for a second time. We most certainly look forward to your next stay with us in the near future.
Friendly Greetings from team Andre, Bessie and Staff - The Albatros Guest House, Margate
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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 April 2014

Not my idea of normal accommodation. the worst accommodation after 20yrs of visiting wonderful South Africa.
The owners put themselves first as you will see by the numerous notices and disclaimers reminding you that it is there home (not business).
Disclaimers turned out to be a good thing (for them) as two couples latter found a considerable amount of cash missing from there antiquated room safes which use a key, so there must be a spare somewhere.
The property is on a downward spiral as no investment and maintenance is apparent.
Which understandable as the whole town of Margate has already gone the same way.
The town is more or less closed except for main holiday periods.
Six of us booked four days, left after two, all in agreement.
Some creative photography, the pool is a tiny triangle, there is no gym, just a bike and some weights shared with a pool table. fancy getting a sweat up while some youths play pool?
This is the first time I have had to do this, but they are just not trying or don't what is expected.

Room Tip: We had their three best rooms only one acceptable , first floor east wing.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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The_Albatros, Owner at The Albatros Guest House, responded to this review, 21 May 2014
As the owners, we are sorry to read that you did not enjoy your stay at The Albatros.
We do, however, have to put the record straight;

1) We are obliged by the terms of our insurers to put up disclaimer notices (which you will find in every insured accommodation establishment in South Africa). There are a total of 3 disclaimer notices on the premises

2) We strongly deny that nothing has been taken from you. No duplicates keys exist and a locksmith has to be called every time a guest loses a key. We are perplexed that we were not contacted when you discovered the alleged loss.
This is the first time ever that a claim of theft have been raised and we STRONGLY urge you to contact the South African Police Service to investigate your allegation. I also want to point out that from the start you were trying to be dishonest by manipulating the quotation sent to you. (documentary proof exists).

3) We are graded annually by the Grading Council as well as Portfolio and have to maintain the property and keep a up a strict standard set by the grading bodies, not by ourselves.

4) Our pool photo has NOT been manipulated.It is certainly not Olympic size, which it is not meant to be, but I can assure you that it takes 60,000 litres to fill which makes it a medium sized pool in South Africa
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5) The gym is exactly what you see on our website; consisting of a bike, 2 treadmills, weight machine, exercise mat and a pull-up rack .

6) When you booked out after 3 days, not 2 as per your review, you were asked why you were booking out early to which you replied that there is nothing wrong with The Albatros, you play golf all day, your wives are not happy with the limited shopping facilities in Margate and that you were moving to Umhlanga to appease them.

We sincerely hope you enjoyed the rest of your stay in South Africa.
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Tzaneen, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at the Albatros for four nights. It is a lovely guesthouse and we had a room on the top level with a beautiful view over the ocean. It was a spacious room with a corner bath and en suite bathroom. The room has every convenience and is very clean. The only difficulty we had was the bath plug which kept popping up when the bath is filled. One had to plug it in repeatedly before it "sticks".

The breakfasts were delicious and consist of a fruitbowl for each guest, cereals and yoghurt to start. The warm breakfast is then prepared to each guest's individual taste and was hearty and delicious.

The guesthouse is very safe with secure parking inside the property. I graded the location as average purely on the fact that the town of Margate is very dilapidated and dirty. The guesthouse itself is located on a safe street and the property overlooks the ocean. It is situated close to the main street and is within walking distance. Although you should only walk during daytime. The guesthouse is a place where you can rest and there is no late night disturbances, which is something that we value highly. We will definitely not visit Margate itself again, but should you stay over in Margate we can surely recommend the Albatros Guesthouse. The place is also very clean and neat and tidy. The owners have a hands-on approach and they want their guests to have a happy stay. We can honestly say that our stay in the guesthouse was in stark contrast to our experience of the town of Margate. The guesthouse was like an oasis and the owners can be proud of an establishment of high quality.

  • Stayed February 2014
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Property: The Albatros Guest House
Address: 20 Homestead Road, Margate 4285, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > Margate
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Margate
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Albatros Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on the sunny South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, Margate is one of the prime holiday destinations in South Africa. The Albatros Guest House & Golf Tours. Situated within walking distance of the beach & bustling village, while at the same time in the middle of the notorious 'Golf Coast'. From the pool deck or your own private balcony, you have an expansive 180° sea view, where you can relax and watch whales & dolphins which abound during the natural phenomenon of the annual sardine run, 'the greatest shoal on earth'. Each of our luxury air-conditioned rooms has a full en-suite or private bathroom (shower & bath), TV, tea & coffee, and balcony with sea view. Breakfast is enjoyed on the deck in the mornings - a great way to start the day. Children over 12 years are welcome. Other facilities include a sauna, Jacuzzi, swimming pool, bar, pool table and undercover braai (barbecue) area. If lazing around the pool is not for you, there is plenty to keep you busy during your stay with us. Sandy beaches stretch for miles along the coast of the warm Indian ocean, which offers a variety of activities including safe, protected swimming, surfing, or scuba diving with the sharks at Protea Banks and Aliwal Shoal. Whale & dolphin watching boat trips, angling and deep sea fishing trips are also very popular. For the avid golfer, the area boasts 6 of South Africa's top 100 golf courses according to the Complete Golfer Rankings, which are guaranteed to test your skills & astound you with their scenery.For the nature lover or adrenalin junkie, extreme adventures at the spectacular white river rafting - in season. There are a host of restaurants & pubs, where you can enjoy a quick bite to eat or a leisurely evening meal. A visit to a crocodile farm, a flip in a microlite, gambling at the Wild Coast Casino, arts & crafts, horse riding we have it all. ... more   less 
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