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“Great Family Guest House” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Baleens
Ranked #6 of 12 Hotels in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 reviews
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“Great Family Guest House”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2013

I like the fact that Baleens is a few km out of town as it resides in a quiet neighbourhood and is within walking distance to Grotto beach. It seems as if Hermanus is becoming a haven for teenagers (along with all the tourists) and the downtown/waterfront area is very busy and noisy--so it was nice to stay away from the throngs of people. The breakfast was simple but good, and the coffee was always fresh and strongly brewed. With regard to our room, it was neat, although the staff could do a better job cleaning the walls and ceilings and the tiles in the shower were a bit grotty. The kids loved the place, especially the games room with the Foosball and ping pong table. We would definitely come back to Baleens.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Milan, Italy
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2013

the place is an option for a cheap stay in hermanus. It is located outside the village (it takes 10 mins by car to get to the centre). Our room was in need of a tune-up (window curtains were spotted with stains and walls should have been painted white), but the overall impression during our stay was not bad. Breakfast was good + very nice and helpful gentleman at the reception desk. very good wifi. 2 bad thing: towels were smelling bad + there are no blind curtains at the windows: as soon as the sun rise there is full and bright light in the room.. bring with you an eye mask!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Kamnik, Slovenia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2013

Very cosy place to stay. We loved the playing room and african style of the guesthouse. The owners are very helpful and nice. Is a very nice but a little remote location, so it is advised to have you own car.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London
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53 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

we stayed at Baleens in Hermanus for 2 nights to do some whale watching on our way up the garden route. The owners are lovely and couldn't be more helpful. The rooms are clean and the breakfast is good, its quiet for sleeping, And the kitchen staff are very friendly too. The only downside is you do need a hire car as its a 10 minute drive into town. But overall a lovely place to stay highly recommended.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Munich, Germany
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013 via mobile

As we arrived in Hermanus we've been not very optimistic to find a good, budget-priced place to stay, especially during whale season. But after many disappointments we finally did! Nice and cosy room with everything you need, a private, spacious balcony with oceanview and a solid, diverse breakfast as well as a warm welcoming owner named Paula (?). Recommendable!

  • Stayed November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

very nice guesthouse. good clean rooms, very friendly staff, good facilities (table tennis, pool!)
decent cooked breakfast
out of town which is fine if you have a car, and actually better for the beaches which you don't get at hermanus itself. very nice coast walk to hermanus (c. 3k)

only issue was getting there/away: there are two ways into hermanus, one was blocked from freak rain. We had reserved through booking.com so it wiould presumabyl have been possible - and would have saved us - to forewarn us of this fact by an email. Similarly, we asked and wre advised that the pass to franschoek was open, arrived at the foot of the pass to find it wasn't which meant for a large detour! not helpful sorry!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Kingston, Canada
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33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2013

Nice quiet location at far end of town, near the beach. Our room was basic and plain with a smallish bed. Breakfast and common areas were great. Software tells me I have to write at least 200 characters, when there is nothing more to say!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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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 12 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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