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The Marine Hermanus
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 November 2011

Although we stayed only one night in Hermanus, we loved our stay here. What could be better during whale season than seeing the whales play right off-shore from the gorgeous windows during breakfast, the windows from our room, or on walks along the cliffs right outside the hotel. We did it all!

We had all of our meals here, and the service AND food was of extremely high quality. Especially impressive was the beautiful lobby and bar. What a relaxing place to sit!

I can not imagine a better place to stay in Hermanus.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2011

Thank you for the kind words. Our Sun Lounge is definitely one of the best locations in Hermanus to watch whales from in comfort while sipping a Martini!

Please do visit us again... the whales are calling!!

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Reviewed 6 November 2011

Super hotel, very clean and to be able to see Whales breaching whilst you have your breakfast was something else.
The room wasn't to our taste as it was a little "chintzy" with Delft style wallpaper and could have been a bit bigger but that said the reception area, bar, breakfast room and restaurant were stylish and modern. We went during the Whale festival so the town was packed but the whole experience was great. We'd go again.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2011

Over the Whale Festival, the population of Hermanus doubles and the town becomes a hive of activity. When you return, be sure to contact me and I will be able to match a room with your needs.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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Reviewed 30 October 2011

We spent 3 nights in October at this lovely hotel, celebrating my wife's 30th birthday. It is an 'old' hotel; apart from the fact that it can do with a paint job on the outside, this is meant in a good way. The staff are very friendly & helpful; the rooms are really big (our bathroom was the size of most hotel rooms); the location is probably the best in Hermanus; and the list of 'back in the day' positives goes on. We had dinner at the Seafood restaurant which was well worth the visit - my wife's choice of fishcakes and salmon 'nicoise' couldn't be faulted (and she's not even really keen on seafood...). The highlight is having breakfast/ an afternoon drink and seeing what the whales get up to, all from the comfort of your chair!

Room Tip: Ask for a sea-facing room/ pay for one during the whal-watching season; get a room on the 1st (not g...
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2011

It sounds like you enjoyed the stay and hope this birthday will be remembered for years to come.
Next time, try our magnificent Seafood Platter in the Seafood at The Marine. You will not be disappointed.

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Reviewed 29 October 2011

The hotel is very comfortable with fantastic views of the whales during the season. The seafood restaurant is well worth a visit. More than anything we were impressed by the genuine hospitality from the friendly staff who did their utmost to attend to us and make us feel very much at home. We would certainly include The Marine in a future trip to South Africa.

Room Tip: A sea view is certainly worth it!
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2011

Hermanus is particularly worth repeat visits, especially knowing that your stay will be in comfort and luxuy at The Marine.
Thank you for your positive feedback and we look forward to welcoming you back soon.
Kind Regards
Hamish Hofmeyr

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Reviewed 23 October 2011

The Marine was built in the early 1900s and it has all the elegance of that era, plus it's extremely comfortable, has luxurious bathrooms, and friendly staff. It is worth paying for a sea view, the hotel is right on the front and you can watch the whales playing about in the sea just in front of the hotel. You just step outside and there is the wonderful cliff walk, with flowers, hyraxes and whales. Much enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Sea views are the best if you want to see whales.
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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2011

Sea view rooms are definitely preferrable although all of the rooms at The Marine are comfortable and allow one to truly relax in style.
The History of the Hotel is rich in culture and forms a backbone to what Hermanus is today. A heritage we are all proud of.
I hope that you will return again soon. I am sure there will be a few familiar Dassies
(Hyrax) ready to welcome you back.
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Hamish Hofmeyr

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Reviewed 18 October 2011

The Hotel has a great location and a wonderful seafood restaurant with delicious food and very accomodating staff. You can truly see whales from the window in your hotel room provided you are there in the season. However, unfortunately the hotel probably needs some renovation. The room which we have first been offered was not really in good shape. There was a bad smell and it made an overall impression of being slightly run down. Thanks to a very friendly and service-oriented member of staff we got an upgrade to a nice room. Staff in the hotel is generally very helpful and friendly. Apart from one waitress at breakfast who really made us feel extremely uncomfortable when we came to breakfast 10 minutes b e f o r e breakast finishes.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with family
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2011

On behalf of The Marine, I must apologise for your experience in the breakfast room. We strive for service excellence at all times and any deviation from this is treated with the utmost urgence.
I am delighted that your upgraded room was more to your liking and your issues with your first room have been dealt with.

We hope to see you again in Hermanus soon.

Kind Regards
Hamish Hofmeyr

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Reviewed 17 October 2011

We gathered for a 95th birthday lunch, and most of us stayed for 2 nights. This is a very well run and very happy hotel. The staff are always cheerful and go the extra mile to make ones stay especially comfortable.

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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this reviewResponded 31 October 2011

What a lunch it was. From the welcome to dessert, all ran like clock work.
Thank you for deciding on The Marine to celebrate such an auspicious occasion.
We hope to see you again soon.
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Hamish Hofmeyr

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Additional Information about The Marine Hermanus

Address: Marine Drive, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Hermanus
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hermanus
#4 Luxury Hotel in Hermanus
Price Range: £201 - £435 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Marine Hermanus 5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Marine is one of the southern hemisphere's most spectacular seaside Relais & Chateaux properties. Perched on the cliffs, overlooking Hermanus's Walker Bay, The Marine boasts 40 individually decorated bedrooms and suites. This unforgettable property overlooks South Africa's most pristine whale sanctuary, and it is just a stone's throw from one of the greatest densities of the endangered Great White Shark, and selection of fynbos species in the Cape. The Marine offers guests the unique opportunity to experience the finest land-based whale watching in the world. From June to September guests are able to view these majestic creatures from the comfort of their beautiful sea-facing bedroom. The attention to detail is apparent in every aspect of this remarkable owner managed property - from the personal service to the exceptional cuisine which is overseen by The Collection by Liz McGrath's Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff, the perfect-for-sundowners Sun Lounge and the in-house Carchele Beauty Spa. Each piece of The Marine story adds another element to an unforgettable stay. ... more   less 
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