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“Fantastic Power Shower”
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Queens Hotel
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Oudtshoorn
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic Power Shower”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

We stayed 2nights in the hotel. Easy parking at the rear, very impressive facade, immaculate fountain gardens and a consistent 1950s vibe throughout the hotel.

Rooms are drab, little choice on the tv and a lack of hangers in the cupboard. Absolutely stunningly powerful shower in the bathroom, best we encountered in South Africa! Great breakfast choice although on day 2 there were no prepared tables available for us after a herd of visitors had enjoyed their food earlier on.

Highly entertaining Bar Steward who seemed to enjoyed a game of dare - 'Who would ask whom first for a drinks order'!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

This is a fantastic old building and both restaurants and bar are a pleasure to sit in as the decor is very trditional as is the enrtance and reception area. The rooms are nice enough and clean. Our experience in the restaurant was ok, the staff were great but the menu does not change each day and the chips tasted like frozen oven chips. Apart from that though they serve very good wine at a reasonable price.
Breakfast is good and the bread is all baked on site.
The check in staff was not particularly friendly and had limited local knowledge that she wished to share with us.
There is ample parking at the rear of the building that looks secure enough.
The hotel has its own cafe and bakery next door which is very good.
The town itself has nothing to offer and I know that is not the hotels fault but it does put you in an accessible spot to visit local regions so a one night stop would have been enough for us.

Room Tip: Some of the rooms on the second floor are noisy because of a generator sound.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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lance
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43 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We arrived here, the reception area impressive, the out side impressive, and the best curry I have ever tasted in the restaurant, but the room we were given was number 117, like I was put in the naughty corner, which I did tell them, the room had poor lighting lots of ants, and a shower over the bath that flooded the room, the view from the window looked out over tin roofs, shame that the public room styling is not carried to the rooms. We have been traveling the garden route, and the standard of the hotels have been very good, this not as good as some we stayed in.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 September 2013

What is with Oudtshoorn? Nothing but very cheap shops, and very little else? At least the Queens Hotel was a sparkling jewel in a very ordinary town.

The Hotel is lovely - beautifully and tastefully decorated, and the guest lounge was stunning. I liked the outside courtyard too. The marble flooring and staircase were opulent, as was the large room we stayed in. Very nice bed and spotless bathroom.

Close to Cango Caves, Cango Wildlife Ranch and the Ostrich Farms, this is the place to stay in the area!

Good service, excellent breakfast and highly recommended for a comfortable place to stay. I like the fact that the Royal Family stayed there years ago, and there is a photo in the reception area.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gandia, Spain
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192 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2013

This is a hard hotel to fault. Slightly old fashioned perhaps but in the best possible sense. A refined hotel reminiscent of a gentlemans club in Britain in the fifties but with every convenience of a modern luxury hotel. The staff are welcoming, the room large and stylish and the food was excellent. Overall a hotel I would love to return to. It was a pleasure to sit in the elegant drawing room (it would be so wrong to call this lovely room a lounge) awaiting an excellent dinner and to sit there again afterwards to have coffee. Top marks and highly recommended!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 reviews
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Lovely historic hotel, restaurant food probably the best we have had in SA so far. Close to the Cango caves and the Garden route. Free wifi, reminded us of many historic hotels we have enjoyed in Europe.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Stayed here for one night when traveling onto the Garden Route. The hotel had a very nice and traditional feel to it, something I always like. The rooms were nice and well furnished with the only criticisms being the bed was slightly too hard and not particularly comfortable and the rooms were cold and I could not get my heating to work.

The service was good and I enjoyed eating in the restaurant and the breakfast was also excellent.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Property: Queens Hotel
Address: 5 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn 6625, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Oudtshoorn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 9 Hotels in Oudtshoorn
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Queens Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Colonial elegance, modern convenience The Queen's Hotel is an oasis of colonial elegance and wired modern convenience in the heart of Oudtshoorn - the capital of the beautiful semi-arid Klein Karoo. Finished in 1880, this grand dame of South African hoteliery has recently been restored to her full original beauty and continues to offer sumptuous accommodation, service and dining that is reminiscent of a bygone era but driven by dynamic modern hotel management. ... more   less 
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