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“Splendid view, ocean roar”

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The Ocean View Luxury Guest House
Ranked #11 of 56 Wilderness B&B and Inns
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12 reviews
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“Splendid view, ocean roar”
Reviewed 9 August 2012 via mobile

Set in an ideal location, Ocean View is just that. Every room looks out over the water and the only sound you'll hear is the roar of the ocean. I received great service and enjoyed the heated floors. Windows everywhere to maximize the view.

No major complaints.

Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Thank John E
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Brussels
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Reviewed 13 April 2012

We loved our stay at this stunning, modern guesthouse with fabulous views on the beach from every corner in the house. The interior decoration is wonderful, great rooms with direct access to balconies or the swimming pool. Excellent breakfast and very friendly host and staff. Just forget about Wilderness itself (pretty dull) and enjoy the beachfront and Ocean View.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Ocean View is a fabulous contemporary guest house located right on the beach with breathtaking views of the sea. First impressions are of a brilliantly designed, spacious, light building with unusual artwork and luxurious furnishings.  I'll  never forget walking into the building - the view of sea sound of the waves were magical. The beach was fairly deserted and remained like his during our 3 day stay .. very surprising since it was the end of the summer when the weather was still hot. Walks along the beach where therefore an absolute joy.

 All the rooms have great views of the sea although some better than others. We were originally booked into room 3 but asked to move since the full length windows were much narrower than in other rooms making the room a little dark. The ground floor room (6) is much bigger, lighter and with better views.

 Would  love to give this a 5 throughout but one or two areas need to be looked at:
After dinner ( all 3 nights of our stay) we would return to OV to find the place in darkness ( only10.30 pm)- not welcoming and not easy finding the light switches and negotiating 2 flights of stairs. Also there seems to be a slight problem with condensation but maybe this is a hazard of being right on the beach - the property is built on a sand dune.
Although there is an honesty bar in the lounge , the rooms don't have a fridge ( the only place we stayed without one)so couldn't keep drinks cold or have fresh milk with tea/ coffee.
Having said this Jan was enormously helpful and went out of his way to accommodate our needs.

This area has some great restaurants including  The Girls which is very  close by .  
    I strongly recommend  one of the local activities - taking a picnic , canoe for 40 mins  followed by a 40 min walk to a waterfall . A fabulous day out !!

  • Stayed March 2012
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 February 2012

Whilst I cannot argue that the position and style (getting a bit dated in places) is excellent, I would say that the customer services side of things need looked after.

We arrived at 14.00 to find that no electricity would be on until 21.00 that night, having confirm the reservation with a credit card we were not offered to not check in and try somewhere else.

We the struggled heavy suitcases down two flights of stairs without any help to our quickly darking room.

We decided to go out for a meal and return at 21.00 to watch some TV and catch up with emails only to find the place in complete darkness and a few lite candels on the stairs to guide the way to our completely dark room.

The owner did ot seem to make any provision for lighting the rooms by the way of candels or other forms of lighting (broke a very expensive glass jug that we had been given due to tripping over it during the night).

Come morning we found that electricity had returned at 3.00 just in time to have our first luke warm shower, one would have thought that in lieu of all of this upset one would have been offered some discount....but no life went on even charging for a bottle of beer I had earlier in the evening.

Whilst I do not expect the owner to magically get some electricity I feel that there was a complete lack of customer care and would suggest that you look instead to Villaafrikana in Knysna a short distance away with superb rooms, views and owners.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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theoceanview, Manager at The Ocean View Luxury Guest House, responded to this review, 2 December 2012
Dear unknown guest,

After receving your negative report re service I discussed your mentioned facts with my 2 personal staff.

Nor them or me recognise or remember the facts re luggage doing yourself (2 stairs down) and
your need for information, that one of us would tell you: reed your info book in the room.

We operate daily just the opposite of what write in your review.

Hope you can read German and Italian guest reviews, so that you can reed what I mean.
We are a helpfull team and we will stay that way.

We are sorry, that we did not forfill your needs during your stay.

Kind regards

Harm TH. Dijkstra
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Edmonton, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2012

We stayed for one night in mid-February. The house is relatively new (finished in 2010) and the rooms are well appointed with high end furnishings and fixtures.

My wife loved the bathroom (which in room 4 at least) was divided into three sections -- again, lovely fixtures and a large shower. Real care and attention to detail by an owner that obviously cares.

The views of the ocean are spectacular and the photos do not do justice to what you will see. We were driving the Garden Route from Cape Town and wished we could have stayed another night.

Final note: we were greeted by the owner on arrival who was friendly and attentive. He arranged a car for us so we could attend at a local restaurant and was quite helpful.The review in Frommer's guide about this gentlemen does not square with our impressions of him. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2012

This house is a fabulous example of minimalist style,design and elegance! All rooms have unbelievable views over the enormous Wilderness beach, the whole house seems to be made of glass and the decking and pool is just a lovely place to chill out and watch the incredible sunsets. You can walk straight down to the beach. The owner is very friendly and everything is classy and beautifully designed. Great breakfast, robes, big rooms, walk- in showers, beautiful lounge-you feel you are living the millionaires lifestyle! We loved it here, it's very safe and Wilderness is a very calm, quiet and laid back place. The sea does crash in, however and once or twice it woke us up! A small price to pay for such truly incredible location and quality! We loved it.

Room Tip: Most rooms open straight out onto the big, shared deck, but one room has its own private balcony.
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Stockholm, Sweden
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2011

Perfect location right on the beach. Stunning view from every single room.

A modern, minimalistic high quality villa that definitely deserves its five star rating. However, the service doesn't really match the exterior.

Room Tip: The cheaper rooms are as good as the more expensive ones. All have an amazing view. I would opt for...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Ocean View Luxury Guest House
Address: 39 Die Duin | P.O. Box 244, Wilderness 6560, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Wilderness
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 56 B&Bs / Inns in Wilderness
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ocean View Luxury Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Ocean View Luxury Guest House in Wilderness has six sea-facing rooms with first floor balconies or ground floor decks and a Penthouse with a large roof terrace. Direct access to the beach and signature decor define The Ocean View experience which is all about the glorious sights and sounds of the Indian Ocean. All units have king-size beds, en-suite bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling sea-facing sliding doors. Breakfast is served on the first floor with a spectacular view of the ocean. The spacious guest lounge on the ground floor opens onto the pool deck. From there, Wilderness beach is a mere heartbeat away. ... more   less 
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