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“Pleasant and Friendly”
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Baleens
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Vancouver Island, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 hotel reviews
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“Pleasant and Friendly”
Reviewed 3 December 2012

The Baleens is a nice and quiet place with lovely African decorations, and roomy public areas. It is located in a residential area, and only a few steps away from a pleasant walking path along the beach. The staff is friendly and helpful, and a nice buffet breakfast is served. We had an upstairs room at the back, which was quite adequate with a bit of a mountain view.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Let me start by saying we were in a room in a section that we were told was going to be renovated and that the rest of the hotel was renovated.

Overall though Baleens was fine for the night. Nato is welcoming and helpful. The dining room and overall place is clean and spacious. There's a computer with internet and free wifi. Also free coffee and tea throughout the day, free breakfast, and a restaurant/bar at night. Spring for a balcony with a bay view - we saw a whale the first night we were there!

The biggest downfall is the location - if you're here for one night it's fine, otherwise I would personally want to be closer to the town center. The room itself was fine but the light on our balcony didn't work, the door made noises all through the night, the bed was creaky, the bathroom was dark, the light to the bathroom was actually next to the front door, not in the bathroom, there were spider webs outside our balcony door, some spots on the sheets. Like I said earlier, this room may be on the way towards change but while we were here, it wasn't.

Room Tip: Try to get one in a renovated part of the guesthouse.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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South Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 19 November 2012

Baleens was terrific. We had a large "sea-facing" room with a balcony and a view of Grotto Beach. The hotel is an airy, spacious, nicely furnished old place, about 2 to 3 miles from the Hermanus town center, in a quiet residential area, which we much preferred to the hustle-bustle. Nato, the manager, is a wealth of knowledge which he shares freely, concerning where to visit, eat, drink, etc., not just in Hermanus but in much of S.A. All this plus a full breakfast for only about $75.

Room Tip: Get a sea-facing room on a higher floor.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 November 2012

This was a nice hotel with friendly and helpful hosts. I had a double room to myself containing a double and a single bed so plenty of space for one person. I had a nice view to the side of the hotel overlooking mountains. The room was relatively basic with no hair drier and no tea and coffee making facilities but it was clean. The en-suite was a good size with a great shower. The public areas were spacious with plenty of books and games scattered around, there was also a pool table in the games room. Breakfast was good and freshly cooked. The wifi was a bit limited and did not reach much beyond the public areas. I did feel that this hotel was a bit far from the town, not an easy walk although it was close to the beach.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Saskatoon
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

By far the best pub I got to in SA. Just the right size to fit the perfect crowd of 8-10. Amazing selection of beer n wine, one of the best merlot I've had (spookfontein), very much a terroir wine. The food was top notch, and I was more than stuffed. Got to chat for a whiel with the barman and the chef, both are chipper delightful fellas in their own right. Despite being a tiny pub with a heart (and hearth!) this was probably the funnest night I ended up having on vacation. Don't go to town, stay home for this beauty.

The rooms were pretty standard, with nice view of the ocean (watched whales breach from the room!). Didn't get breakfast as had to beat hell to the Sharks early next morning, but the staff had some bread n basics for us.

Room Tip: Seriously, just stay here to eat.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 November 2012 via mobile

Our twin room was reasonable size overlooking pool. Basic but fine. No tea and coffee. Very quiet location in pretty garden. About 6 k from town but 2 mins walk to lovely beach. Hosts could not have been more helpful. Great lounge with games, books , pc, free wifi and tea and coffee. Rooms clean but felt public areas could have been a lot cleaner.

Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

We slept in room 14, sleeps 4. Big room with kitchenette and bathroom with shower. Nice bed, slept well! Good breakfast prepared a la minute and fresh fruitsalad. Drive to Hermanus takes 5 minutes, nice beach, Grotto, at 1 minute.

Room Tip: Rooms with seaview have nice terrace.
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Baleens

Property: Baleens
Address: 310 10th Street, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Baleens 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small, privately owned hotel with an informal atmosphere offering great value accommodation. 21 en suite rooms, either double, triple or family. Some rooms have panoramic ocean views. English and continental breakfast. Fully licenced bar. Close to the ocean and lagoon (100 meters) in a quiet and safe part of town. Wifi, internet, braai facilities, swimming pool, pool table, Dstv, conference room and facilities. ... more   less 
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