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The Marine Hermanus
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Hermanus
Certificate of Excellence
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“We wanted to stay longer.....”
Reviewed 14 September 2012 via mobile

A beautiful hotel, Great service, great location, lovely suite. We only stayed two nights and it was not long enough. Food was excellent, even for me, a vegetarian. The staff went out of their way to look after us, especially Amanda. Constructive comments are that the bathroom was too small for the suite we had and that the tour desk needs to be more aware of the tours she sent us on. We went on a whale watching tour with Dyer cruises and they spent the first twenty minutes at the shark cage diving. This was horrific for us to witness, basically treating sharks as circus animals, which is now banned in most other countries as inhumane. We were very sad that we spent the best part of a day on this. We would have loved to spend time with Dave if we had known he did this.(we met him by chance on the path).
We would love to visit again sometime.

Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this review, 30 September 2012
Thank you for your constructive comments and I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us.
We will be sure to reccommend some different activities in the area on your return visit.
Warm Regards
Hamish Hofmeyr
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 August 2012

Thank you to the team at The Marine for making our business stay exceptional. The views, facilities and catering was the icing on the cake. We were accommodated from the first correspondence with Monique Oosthuizen up to our reception by Amanda and the rest of the team on Friday evening 24 August. We did not want to leave on Sunday morning 26 August. Thank you Hamish for being available to us. We will certainly refer this venue and will be back for more.

Room Tip: Deluxe room with king size bed and sea views is always a good option
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled on business
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this review, 28 August 2012
Delighted that everything ran smoothly.
It was great working with you and we hope to see you back at The Marine soon.
Warm Regards
Hamish Hofmeyr
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

Liz Mcgrath at her best with signature hotels. Beautiful decor and ambience. Rooms very comfortable with a wonderful view.
But needs a bit of updating- having to crawl around on the floor to find an electrical outlet to plug in mobile phones and all the electronic gadgets many travellers now have is not elegant.But that is a small gripe for such a wonderful old gracious place.

Room Tip: Sea Facing is great. But make sure the windows do not rattle in the wind!
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this review, 28 August 2012
The Marine Hotel truly is Liz McGrath at her best and it was wonderful having you stay with us.
I must apologise you had to search for a plug. We have built-in international adapters in every room to accommodate all needs from all around the world situated at table height next to the dressing table.
When you return again, we will be sure to point this out to you.
Looking forward to welcoming you back to The Marine.
Warm Regards
Hamish Hofmeyr
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Milan, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2012

We stayed 1 night at the Marine Hotel and we had a wonderful experience. Grat position in frony of the sea, fantastic clean big and warm rooms, the staff was really helpful and the restaurant was good good good. We will return again!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this review, 28 August 2012
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay, made all the better with a great meal in one of our restuarants.
We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future.
Warm regards
Hamish Hofmeyr
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 August 2012

As this was our third trip to The Marine this review is definitely long overdue. We are used to staying in top class hotels across the world and The Marine certainly desrves its 5 star status. Every member of staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and relaxed. They all give you their time and attention and we felt at home from the moment we drove through the gates.

The Management set a high standard and the staff appear to genuinely care about their guests. Our room was wonderful, overlooking the bay, although we were a little early to see many whales. Normally we never dine in hotels preferring to venture further and seek out some local hostelries. However, we did have dinner in the seafood restaurant and it was amazing- my husband thinks it was the best we had on our whole trip to South Africa.

Thanks to all the staff at the Marine - we hope to see you again next year.

Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
What a treat it was to have you stay with us once more and to know that you enjoyed it so much.
The whales are out in full force now and we`re looking forward to a great season.
We can`t wait for your return where you will be able to sample some new additions to our menu.
Until your next visit.
Warm Regards
Hamish Hofmeyr
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

The Marine reminds me of a Rolls Royce. Stately, elegant, comfortable and impossible to ignore. Yes, there are faster, more powerful and technologically more refined motor cars on the market but none of them as satisfying and accommodating as the Rolls, even an old one. You can't refuse the emotional ambiance the Marine bestows upon you. The Marine makes you feel special, relaxed and like a king. Every five star hotel has all the bells and whistles that accompanies it's status, but The Marine is so much more. It is the perfect place to relax, read, eat, watch the whales swimming by, or to do....nothing! A guest not totally happy with his or her stay at the Marine has a deep seated unhappiness problem and is most probably an accomplished complainer anywhere in the world.

Room Tip: sea-facing
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this review, 16 August 2012
We are delighted that you enjoyed your time with us here at The Marine. It truly is the epitome of rest and relaxation.
We loved having you stay with us and look forward to your return with anticipation.
Warm Regards
Hamish Hofmeyr
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2012

We didn't travel 10,000 km to be put in a room with a view of the car park and a soundtrack from a passing motorway. Strangely, having gone all that way to see some whales we were looking for views and peace. I did not sleep a wink the first night. Our room was a vintage peach floral horror with dirty old sealant holding the baths and showers together. Not good enough for the charges at this hotel. We were moved and our 2nd night was spent in a room at the front of the hotel with amazing views of the sea and whales. Do not go to this hotel unless you book an ocean view. It is overpriced in my view, but what a view you are paying for. Once you have that firmly in mind you are then free to enjoy what has to be one of the most superior whale watching experiences in the world. Excellent breakfast topped off with 4 massive Southern Right Whales sunbathing before us. Perfect. We would thoroughly recommend booking Dave, through the hotel, who will take you on a whale walk. Very special. Lovely man who has made the whales his life. Inspiring and a trip of a lifetime. We also went out on a boat and saw more whales than we could have ever imagined it possible to see on a 2 hour trip. Easy drive to and from Cape Town. The hotel restaurant is a bit formal so we went into town and loved the Burgundy restaurant sitting outside watching the whales go by.

Room Tip: Only book a room at the front of this hotel. There is no point going otherwise unless car-parks, con...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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hamishhofmeyr, General Manager at The Marine Hermanus, responded to this review, 7 August 2012
Thank you for your comments.
We are currently doing some well deserved improvements in a few of our rooms and would love to show these to you when you visit us again in the near future.
I am delighted that we managed to find you a suitable room for the remainder of your stay however and that you made good use of some of the excellent venues and activities we have to offer in our magnificent town. The whales were indeed very active and we look forward to an exciting few months ahead with them in the bay.

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Hamish Hofmeyr
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££
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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