We have stayed here twice and both experiences were the same. Overall the hotel itself is charming, clean and well maintained. The property is decorated in the style of a Cape Dutch farm which might appear spartan to some but felt authentic and fitting with the environment. Given that the rates here are still very reasonable compared to other hotels in the area I would still recommend it but with some notes of caution.
We stayed in a courtyard room which was big enough for a king size bed and two single beds for children. Courtyard rooms face on to a separate courtyard with a small swimming pool. Ground floor rooms have a small patio onto the garden. If you are visiting as a large group, a courtyard room can be useful as it allows for a convenient communal space. If you are not, it can be quite noisy as the sound of other guests playing at the pool or talking on their patio late into the night does bounce around the courtyard. The room itself was clean and tastefully furnished. There was a small fridge which is useful (see later comments on food) and the bathroom had a separate large shower and was clean. The room was serviced every day to a good standard.
I agree with previous comments on service, it can be slow and unreliable at times. The food, however, is the one area which really does disappoint. The breakfast buffet is lovely, served in the main dining area and terrace onto the garden with a generous selection. The rest of the time the food is ordinary at best. It can also be difficult to eat between meal times. Over December/January (and possibly at other times) there is no a la carte menu in the evening and you are limited to a small and underwhelming buffet. We tried the Moyo Restaurant on the property one night but the service was terrible and the food gave most of us upset stomachs. My advice would be to plan to explore nearby restaurants, there are hundreds of fantastic places to eat in the area, and to stock your mini bar with snacks. There is a deli on the property which has delicious picnic food and wine so plan to picnic rather than eat at the hotel during the day.
Spier is well located for exploring the Stellenbosch wine region. As it is close to the highway it is also only a 40 minute drive to Cape Town so is an option if you are looking for a good value place to stay out of the city.
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- 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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