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“Breathtaking views, wonderful owners and perfect staff: 10/10!!”
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52 De Wet
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Bantry Bay
Certificate of Excellence
London
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“Breathtaking views, wonderful owners and perfect staff: 10/10!!”
Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed at 52 De Wet over the New Year period. Our entire stay was without flaw.

The pool area is quaint, clean and beautiful with a gorgeous unspoilt view. The whole hotel is exceptionally clean and the staff are attentive ti your every need.

The home made cakes were delightful and the evening suppers cooked by Russel were delicious. Marnie was there to give advice for the rest of our stay in other parts of SA. They were both so warm and welcoming!

We rarely return to the same place twice but would come back next with with friends with a doubt.
This place is a real hidden gem.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marnie F, General Manager at 52 De Wet, responded to this review, 5 January 2014
Thank you both, it was such a pleasure having you & we sincerely hope we'll see you again very soon! David the cat is becoming somewhat of a celebrity here at 52 De Wet & has barely moved from your balcony since you left.

Kind Regards & Best Wishes,
Marnie
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

We stayed for a few days in late November before moving on to the Winelands - from the moment we arrived until when we left we were blown away by the hospitality provided by Marnie and Russell.

The views are as good as any you will get anywhere and the rooms were fantastic - the Penthouse is especially great. the food (cooked by Russell) and wines were great and we would happily have not moved at all ! The pictures don't lie !

We can't wait to come back.....

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marnie F, General Manager at 52 De Wet, responded to this review, 29 December 2013
Dear John,

Thank you for the lovely review, I sincerely hope we'll welcome you both back in the near future.
In the meantime have a happy new year & take care.
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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

I walked in the front door at sunset time..... ran through the place directly to terrace and there it was: the most stunning view I´ve seen. We´ve spent 11 days there and enjoyed it very much. However, the rooms and appartments are very different. The rooms with "ocean view" are really spectacular. The room I originally had, with "partial ocean view" was very dark. Yes, one could see the ocean, but only through a small window. And that was the only daylight, which was a little depressing. I was able to change rooms and enjoyed every moment of this great place. Service (housekeeping and breakfast servcice) was very friendly and helpful. Marnie´s assistant needs to show a bit more enthusiasm and empathy. Russell cooked for us on the first evening and we enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal. To make up for all the good food in South Africa I would have appreciated a gym or fitness room, which is not offered in this guest house. So thanks to Marnie and Russell for making us feel at home. I have already booked my next trip to the 52 de Wet in March!

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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Marnie F, General Manager at 52 De Wet, responded to this review, 15 December 2013
Dear Stefanie,
I hope you are well & thank you for your review. I'm very sad to hear that yourself & Zelna didn't hit it off. Having only been with us for a short period of time, we are actually very pleased with her progress & possibly the language barrier stood between you. As English is not her first language.
I completely agree with you regarding the gym & hope to fit one in near future.
Thank you again, it was a real pleasure having you stay with us & look forward to seeing you again in March.

Kind Regards.

Marnie & the Team x
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

We could not fault our stay at 52 de Wet. The location is great, a few minutes from the centre of Cape Town, 5 mins from the bottom of the Table Mountain cable car and just minutes away from Camps Bay for bars and restaurants, but on a quiet road with spectacular views of the sea. The staff were incredibly helpful, friendly and professional, offering to book restaurants and taxis as needed as well as giving the benefit of their local knowledge with various recommendations for excursions. (Kirstenbosch gardens being a particular highlight and not in our plans until recommended by Russell.) The rooms are huge, decorated tastefully and spotlessly clean. We stayed for three nights in the deluxe ocean view room which had a beautiful view, large bathroom and a super comfy bed and then stayed in the penthouse for our final night which was absolutely out of this world. If you can, just go for it, you won't be disappointed! We would also say that anyone staying at 52 should seriously think twice about dining out, Russell's food and Marnie's hospitality were sensational. We dined in twice in our four night stay and would have done so more often if we didn't feel guilty about not getting out and about! We can honestly say we've never enjoyed a stay in a hotel as much as we did at 52. We will definitely be returning and would unreservedly recommend 52 de Wet to anyone looking for accommodation in Cape Town.

Room Tip: We stayed in both the deluxe ocean facing room and the penthouse. Both were superb but the penthouse...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marnie F, General Manager at 52 De Wet, responded to this review, 16 November 2013
WOW, what a review!
I'm completely speechless! Thank you very much, I have passed on your lovely comments to the team & hope that we'll welcome you again, hopefully when the weather is slightly more on your side.

Kind Regards,

Marnie Fennell
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Reviewed 4 November 2013

It is one of these places, which truly doesn't need further recommendations, but it is so good, I can't resist. So here goes:

52 de Wet is located amidst Cape Town's beautiful residential area. You not only feel like you belong there, but you feel AT HOME. And what a home it is! The view is to die for. The interior is stylish and welcoming. Everything is designed with taste and care for perfection. There is no slightest intention for quality to be compromised. These high-end surroundings are perfectly complemented by staff, who is nice, helpful and flexible.

I think 52 de Wet mastered the art of "an exceptional stay" in venue, design atmosphere and deed. Of course the beauty and charm of Cape Town help, but hardly anything could go wrong during a weekend getaway if your Boutique Hotel takes care of all these "exceptional stay" essentials. Highly highly recommended!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marnie F, General Manager at 52 De Wet, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
Thank you for the review, myself & the staff at 52 are so pleased you felt at home in our beautiful hotel. This is exactly the feel we are aiming for & hope others also feel this.
Please take care & we hope to see you again soon.

Kind Regards,
The 52 Team
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

We had an unforgettable stay at De Wet !

Service : Marnie, Russel, *David* and their team were irreproachable. Thanks so much !
Situation : no wind, safe, incredible views.
Rooms : , spacious, huge balcony (penthouse), bathroom with ocean views, X-Large very comfortable bed.

We highly recommand that Luxury Hotel.

Room Tip: Any ocean facing room !
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marnie F, General Manager at 52 De Wet, responded to this review, 30 October 2013
Bless you & thank you. It was a real pleasure having you both & David misses you dearly.
I can see him sat outside looking in as I type. You won't believe I brought him a collar yesterday & we can safely say he will not be wearing it, he's defiantly still a wild one.
Please let me know if you'd like to return, in the meantime everyone sends their regards & keep warm! Marnie x
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Sadly we only had one night at 52 De Wet - but what a special place! We received a warm friendly welcome, despite arriving later than planned. We were immediately offered whatever we would like to drink - and a cup of tea at that point, was exactly what we needed.

We drank this is the small lounge alongside the dining room - where both breakfast and dinner (by arrangement) is served. The views at every angle from the pool deck were absolutely breathtaking.

The décor is sleek and modern, with a touch of Africa. Our room was a very generous size with a HUGE bath - as well as a shower. No view from our bath, but I understand there are other rooms that have baths with a view.

The staff members we met were friendly, efficient and helpful at all times. Breakfast was fresh and generous - everything you could think of. Hot breakfasts are made to order too.

It is such a beautiful and peaceful place that if we had had longer there, we would have been tempted to just hole up there - and not bother to go anywhere else! It really is a 'destination' in its own right.

For the really sensitive sleepers - there are frogs nearby in what I imagine is a mountain stream - I personally found the sound friendly - and made me feel as if we were deep in the countryside.

Every city option is very close by. Cabs are the easiest to get to and from 52 De Wet, but if you are there for a long stay, a car rental is probably the best choice. Lots of interesting things are in walking distance - but you have to get BACK - up quite a seriously steep hill. I'd suggest walking there....... but taking a cab BACK if you have not got a rental car.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Marnie F, General Manager at 52 De Wet, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Thank you so much for your review & I'm sorry I personally missed your visit but it's always a joy to know that in my absence my staff are on top of everything.
They absolutely enjoyed having you both stay and I hope you will visit for slightly longer next time, so I can have the pleasure also.

Kind Regards & Best Wishes,

The 52 De Wet Team
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Property: 52 De Wet
Address: 52 De Wet Road, Bantry Bay 8005, South Africa (Formerly The Cascades on 52)
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Bantry Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bantry Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — 52 De Wet 5*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The 52 De Wet is superbly positioned in windfree Bantry Bay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in a most dramatic way. The hotel is a showcase of ultra-modern design, bright and exuberant. Frontal panoramic sea views from all six double suites. In addition the hotel offers a grand two-bedroom suite with private pool, again with frontal sea views. 5 star TGCSA accreditation ... more   less 
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