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Spier Hotel
Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 May 2011

We visited the winelands at the end of our month trip to South Africa to relax before our huge flight home. Spier did not disappoint, originally we had planned to pop in for the cheetah sanctuary and tree house dining at Moya, but we were so wrapped up in the place we asked about vacancies in the hotel and then never left the premises for the next 48 hours. There was a free kids club allowing us to enjoy a wine tasting uninterrupted, the grounds are huge with loads of walking tracks to explore and the staff super friendly.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 April 2011

The hotel is fab, and the staff were amazing. If you go make sure you go to see the interactive bird show, not only will you be educated but you will be helping to contribute to the fantastic work they do at the bird sanctuary there. I would also advise to see the Cheetah's and take the tour to get full advantage.
You shouldn't miss the wine tasting either. We were only there one night but would stay again if I ever get back to that part of the world.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

Stellenbosch was the final leg of our South African tour, and our experiences had run the gambit from safari tent lodging to staying with friends in Cape Town. After two weeks on the road, Spier was just what we needed. While a bit removed from the downtown area and many of the premier wineries, the more-rural setting affords the room to create beautiful grounds, great event spaces, and quiet lodging.

We were two families traveling from the States with three children. The Spier was a great experience for everyone, and at the same time I didn't feel our rambunctious children were imposing on the other guests.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled with family
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4  Thank BrianP14
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Reviewed 7 March 2011

We stayed for 2 nights. The hotel and grounds are very nice, like a small village. Room was clean and had all the facilities we expected, and a very large double bed with comfy pillows! We ate at the moyo restaurant on our first evening to sample the 'African experience'. Whilst it was ok, and a bit different, we found the food to be only average. We ate in the hotel restaurant on the second evening, and had different opinions of the food. Mine was very good, but my wife ordered the lamb potje, which did not exactly fall off the bone as we had expected. To be fair to the hotel they accepted it was not up to standard and removed this from the bill.
The hotel has a nice very affordable wine bar, which was cosy, albeit a bit quiet. The hotel is a long way from town so realistically one would have to dine in every evening.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank lynnandbarry
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

We had a wonderful stay at Spier in January 2010 and had no hesitation in rebooking for this February. Some of the recent negative comments on Trip Advisor had us a bit concerned and to be honest, were right on the mark!

Service at breakfast was dreadful... so slow and with no consistancy. Tables were either not laid with serviettes or salt and pepper, the butter was left from one set of diners to the next and in the heat, was often rancid ,as was the milk in the jugs left on the table. Every morning we had to ask for fresh milk and butter and it took ages to get tea and coffee. Flies were all over the buffet and there really should have been some way of keeping the yogurts, cheeses etc cold. It also took a long time for tables to be cleaned between diners.

Housekeeping was another grey area. The rooms are very nice but could definately do with being cleaned a bit more thoroughly. Our floor was filtly and we had to resort to wearing socks to keep our feet clean.

The main swimming pool is very nice but there are by no means enough loungers for the size of pool deck and the number of people wishing to use the pool. We often had to ask for more pool towels and the drinks/food service was non-existant most of the time.

On the plus side, we found all the staff to be extremely pleasant and very helpful and always willing to put things right. It was such a pity that they weren't right in the first place.

Spier has a beautiful setting and is a lovely place but is just lacking in some of the details that a 4 star hotel should have. Things could so easily be put right with some good management ,as they are mostly minor but added together make for some frustration.

We would recommend Spier to people but with a few reservations.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Traveller from UK
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Reviewed 10 February 2011

After reading some recent reviews on here we were not sure what to expect on our arrival. However, we were pleasantly surprised. The staff were polite and helpful and the rooms were good but could have done with a bit more attention to detail in the cleaning. We ate in the Hotel restaurant and had an excellent meal that was good value. The breakfast was typical buffet style fare but very good and when asked they cooked scrambled egg to order. We also ate at the Eight restaurant and that was exceptionally good with knowledgeable staff and good service. The grounds are very pleasant and peaceful. Overall a very pleasant last two days of our holiday. I recommend that you go and see the Cheetah's and have a Cheetah Encounter- amazing experience.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DWHandMJH38
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Reviewed 4 February 2011

Stayed here in Jan 2011 for two nights.. room was large and airy with air con and ceiling fans. Disappointed that the swimming pool closes at 5pm each night when the sun doesn't even start setting until 8pm.

Don't come here for a wine experience... there are much better estates locally where you can enjoy tastings in peaceful and serene surroundings. When we were there, the tasting session we witnessed resembled a free booze up in a student's bar.... therefore gave it a miss. Hotel restaurant was very good, if a little pricey. Lots going on on-site, but seemed to be a bit of a tourist trap. Would recommend hotel to friends looking for a base to tour the Cape winelands.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: R310, Stellenbosch 7599, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
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 Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 17 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Price Range: £94 - £185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Spier Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 153
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spier, in the heart the famous Cape Winelands, is more than a hotel. It is a destination in itself. One of the first hotels in South Africa to be Fair Trade in Tourism certified, Spier offers visitors a variety of authentic experiences - from food and wine to outdoor activities - in beautiful surroundings. ... more   less 
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