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“Great place to unwind...”
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Spier Hotel
Ranked #4 of 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
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70 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great place to unwind...”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We stayed at the Spier Hotel this past weekend and it was very relaxing. And that is saying a lot as we have 3 small children. It's still relatively low season though so the hotel wasn't full. We really appreciated this and I'm not sure we would have enjoyed it as much if it had been full of people.

Spier does not allow dogs or animals of any kind but they do welcome kids of all ages....which was a big part of our decision to stay there. They have a kids club from 9 to 5pm and outside playgrounds with jungle gyms on the other side of the estate. Besides, even during low season, our kids always found other kids to play and run around with.

Room: We have 3 small kids and we booked a King-sized room with separate lounge and garden area. The garden led to an incline, which led to a small river. Even though our smallest is 2, we didn't feel like this was at all dangerous as it was a bit far off and the garden area was quite big. We really enjoyed the room and it was very spacious with a kitchenette and gas fireplace. They set up two beds on the floor and a cot in the lounge for our kids.
Only drawbacks were: we could hear our upstairs neighbors too loudly and they must have a small child who likes to throw tantrums and move furniture at 11pm at night! In any case, we finally called the front desk and asked them to talk to our neighbors. They did so and we had a restful night's sleep after that.
Our room looked very clean but after I stepped on a small piece of broken glass in the lounge and had to clean the hard-to-see grime in the bathtub, I realized that the cleanliness was only on the surface. Also, no toilet brush. Perhaps this is also considered service but there are certain things I'd prefer to clean myself. Just a matter of good hygiene.

Service: No complaints. You can tell that service is very important at Spier. It was almost as if everyone who works there is pre-programmed to be "nice". It can seem a bit much sometimes (for example when a manager came up to me at the restaurant and asked "Are we making you happy?") until you recall how many places have no concept of customer service whatsoever. So I applaud their effort to make customers happy. We didn't ask for much during our stay but when we did, we got positive and prompt response.

Kids club:
We wouldn't have booked at Spier if they didn't have a kids' club. The kids club is not always staffed during opening hours (8-5) so you may have to request at the reception that they open it. Sometimes they also leave early. There was no childminder at the club on Saturday at 4pm but I decided not to ask at the reception since it would have only been for an hour.

Protea Walk/picnics/playgound.....: even the kids thought the Protea Walk, where all the different kinds of Protea are growing, was really cool and it became our favorite path from our room to the Eight-To-Go Restaurant and outside play area. I can only imagine how beautiful it is in Flower Season.
There are playgrounds, picnic tables, shaded areas, restaurants, stores to buy food for picnics, walking paths and a jogging path.
We wanted to try the Camelot Spa but we decided to stay outdoors as the weather was so lovely. There's also an Eagles Encounter and a Segway Tour but we didn't try these either.

Wine-Tasting: Very good. We did the high-end wine tasting and we ended up taking a few bottles of the 21 Gables Chenin Blanc home. One thing they could do better is to provide little snacks (simple white bread) to go with the wine-tasting....just to ensure that those of us who actually like to finish the wines don't get too light-headed :-)

Spier tries hard to be eco-friendly (recycling water and plastic, using home-grown or local produce for example) and participating/encoraging several community projects (art and green projects) but in the end, it is a still business and they are trying to survive like everybody else. Many things are outsourced and not everything is "homegrown".

We were very sad to learn that Moyo, the delightfully unique restaurant with tables and seats in the trees, music, face-painting....our very first introduction to the Spier Estate, has now been closed down for good.

All in all, I would highly recommend staying for a weekend or a few days. Even visiting the estate for the day or for lunch is well worth it. And, by all means, take the kids or grandkids!

Room Tip: If you have small kids, then rooms on the ground floor with access to the garden and the river is re...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
Thank you very much for your detailed and most positive feedback on your recent stay with us here at Spier.

We are glad to know that you have spend your time with us exploring all the activities we have on offer on the farm, and indeed we very much enjoy looking after our little visitors.

We have improved our Kids Club further and will run full day programs for the children during all school holidays, we welcome you to come back and let your children adventure with us.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon here again at Spier.

Warm regards,


Joep Schoof

General Manager
Spier Hotel & Leisure
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Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

A very enjoyable stay at this excellent base, which we used for a business trip to Cape Town. We used the hotel facilities extensively, including getting taxis into Cape Town to do sightseeing. Excellent local food and drink, and got to enjoy some local customs.

Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Thank you for your positive feedback on your stay with us at Spier, we are very happy to hear you have enjoyed all our offerings.

Thank you.

Warm regards,

Joep Schoof

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

I went there for a conference with a big group of people, The rooms are spacious and nice, the bed very comfortable ad the bathroom big and clean. The scenery is very nice , as the hotel is a kind of big farm, so you can take walks around, do activities etc.
The spa was ok and the breakfast offers lots of choices. The only remark is that the area where the breakfast/ lunch takes place looks a nit old(maybe the tiles should be changed).
All in all it is a very nice and calm place, more than a classic hotel.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled on business
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
We appreciate to hear that you have enjoyed your stay with us here at Spier and have appreciated the scenery.

Thank you.

Warm regards,

Joep Schoof

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

This was our fourth stay at Spier and we have already booked again in February 2015. It's probably our favourite hotel and we just love coming back. Yes, there are more luxurious places to stay in the world, but there's something about the ambiance of the estate that draws us back each year. We like the relaxed pace everywhere and the fact that it's not 'high rise' and has plenty of ground. Devron on Reception is a welcoming face and always ready to help out if there are any issues to be addressed. Wiseman's beaming smile always starts our day off well and we love mulling over a leisurely breakfast while planning our itinerary. Often we'll just laze by the pool and have a glass of Chenin Blanc or try the wines and snack in the fabulous new tasting pavilion. The rooms are spacious and comfortable with friendly and helpful staff to look after us. The smart and eclectic bar area is always buzzing and during the winter one can enjoy a large glass of wine in front of the log fire.

Room Tip: We prefer downstairs with access to one of the private gardens with plunge pool.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
Thank you for your fabulous review and continuous support, we look forward to your return in February!

Devron and Wiseman are proud to hear that you have enjoyed their presence and attention.

Thank you.

Warm regards,

Joep Schoof

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

Just recently had a short stay at the Spier Hotel and winery. We were there in the winter (July) so it was pretty quiet but we had a great experience. The hotel itself is very elegantly furnished and the rooms, just separate from the main lobby area are clean, homely and very much in keeping with overall colonial winery/farm ambience of the place. The restaurant in the main hotel served excellent and varied fare offering a lot of local produce. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the wine tasting and our son thoroughly enjoyed the Eagle encounter. The location of the hotel is extremely convenient to Stellenbosch, the surrounding Winelands and even Cape Town. What really made the stay for us however was the superb service, which was always extremely friendly and helpful in every way. I would certainly like to think we will be back and I would thoroughly recommend this hotel as a great base to explore the Winelands.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
We really appreciate your kind words and feedback on your stay with us at Spier.

It is good to hear that you have enjoyed so many of our offerings and most importantly your positive view on the service from the team.

We look forward to your return to Spier on your next trip to Stellenbosch and appreciate your willingness to recommend us to your friends.

Thank you.


Warm regards,

Joep Schoof

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

There are many wine farms to choose from in the WC, but Spier has the beauty, the art, and most of all the most spectacular staff who made our conference stay really amazing. I've stayed here for leisure before and this was a conference visit, like no other conference before! A treat no matter what the purpose :-)

Room Tip: Riverside is great
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
Thank you so much for your most positive feedback on your stay with us, specifically your appreciation of our team is well received by them.

Thank you and we hope to see you soon again with us here at Spier.

Warm regards,

Joep Schoof

General Manager
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Our family of 4 (incl. 2 kids 4 and 7 yrs) stayed for 2 nights. The room was very spacious and open. The staff was very child friendly and food was very good. The highlight for us was the beauty of the vineyards surrounding, I strongly suggest doing a picnic by the wine tasting area - we thoroughly enjoyed it! Perfect location to get in some wine tasting and also to visit other sites like cheetahs, eagles and other amazing restaurants in the area.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Spier_Hotel, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this review, 9 September 2014
How wonderful to read you positive feedback on your stay with us, we do enjoy looking after our little visitors.

It is good to read that you have enjoyed your picnic from our deli, it is indeed a real treat sitting on the lawns.

Thank you.

Warm regards,

Joep Schoof

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Property: Spier Hotel
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 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
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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