The roughest part was checking in- we had to drag our luggage across the parking lot to the reception and then to the room for a total distance of about 30 meters. There really wasn't much to complaint about- free wifi, coffee and tea, double sinks in the bathroom, European electrical outlets (didn't see the American one) and the running air-conditioning to warm us in the cold winter. Staff was courteous, attentive and helpful.
The rooms and the lodge weren't big but worked like a clockwork. There is even a small table in the bathroom to let you put your change of clothes there. It was also a nice surprise to find hot water bottles when we turned in for the night. Laundry service is available to those who stay longer than one night and charged by the kilo. The lodge only served breakfast as part of the package but for lunch and dinner there are some of the best rated restaurants in that town on the same street few hundred meters away. We walked to our restaurant so we could drink more. However, walking in the dark in general is not advisable anywhere especially for tourists but we felt safe.
The lodge itself is not big so during the busy season some may not appreciate rubbing shoulders with fellow traveler in close quarters. However, we are extremely impressed by the thoughts that have been put into that lodge. It is clear the proprietors/management are experienced traveler themselves and know the right questions to answer. Very nicely done.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to one of the finest small luxury guesthouses in South Africa, and the best choice for your stay in Oudtshoorn. Hlangana Lodge offers a pleasant relaxing atmosphere while guests are treated to the highest standard of luxury and service. The lodge is perfectly situated to serve as a haven from where one can explore Oudtshoorn and the surrounding countryside. AA awards finalist as best luxury lodge in South Africa 2010. Golden award for tourism, value for money, Madrid Spain 2010. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hlangana Hotel Oudtshoorn