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Oude Werf Hotel
Ranked #6 of 16 Hotels in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Johannesburg, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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“Rooms to die for!”
Reviewed 16 July 2013 via mobile

I've stayed at Oude Werf a few times. But still can't help but get a little excited when I know I will be staying there. The rooms in this hotel are amazing. Be sure to stay on the third floor, where you also have the added benefit of overlooking some Stellies restaurants. Modern, beautiful, and so upto date you can't help but fall in love. Their piece de resistance is definitely their bathrooms offering some of the best finished I have ever seen. On the down side, they don't seem to take food very seriously, with the restaurant serving okay food and not having a room service option, but they make up for it with location; with some amazing restaurants at your doorstep, this should not dampen your stay at all.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 10 June 2013

We arrived at the hotel and were greeted by the friendly staff , checkin was very quick and efficient . We were staying in a recently renovated room , it was chic and comfortable . The hotel is very well located , it seems to be in the centre of stellenbosch , there are lots of GOOD cafes and restaurants to walk to from here . The staff at the hotel are all very friendly and helpful . We truly had a lovely time at this hotel and would definately reccomend it to anyone !

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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antwerp
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

overnight stay here in standard room.the room has everything you need,tea,balcony,roomy,etc,etc.These rooms are rather old fashioned and in need of an update.If I had been staying for longer,I would have upgraded to one of the new rooms.It's like comparing a good 3 star to a 5 star.It's up to the individual to decide.All in all a top hotel.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

We had a lovely stay at this very chic hotel in the middle of beautiful Stellenbosch. Behind the stunning old Cape Dutch facade a beautiful modern hotel was built, with lovely rooms and excellent beds and bedding. We found the staff exptremely professional.

Good value for money, and the breakfast was great next to the courtyard under the vines. If you are looking for a classy, comfortable hotel in the centre of historic Stellenbosch.... this is the place.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 May 2013

Exceptional service by the staff. Fantastic rooms. Day manager Wonder really went the extra mile on several occasions to help our family.
We stayed in one of the apartments to the north of the main complex. It was really comfortable and there was a recurring noise that was traced to the plumbing in the unit above us and fixed the same day. Our apartment was clean and neat.
The included breakfast is worth mentioning and since the weather was great we had breakfast every morning on the outside patio. It's one of the best hotel breakfasts that we've had.
The hotel is really centrally located in the heart of Stellenbosch and a easy walk to several museums.
They have a small pool in the courtyard and it's enough to keep cool in and for you and the kids to swim in. Otherwise this is not a hotel that I remember as having any kid's specific activities. We knew that beforehand and only used the hotel as a base before exploring for the day. There are a huge number of things to do in the area.
Avoid arriving in Stellenbosch on the weekend before the local universities' classes start at this time of year. They have a fund raising procession through the street on the Saturday morning and there is also a wine festival that weekend. Very noisy in all the restaurants and bars even at 2am in the morning but it get significantly more quiet after that weekend.
Parking at the hotel is secure but limited and sometimes you have to wait for the guy to get your car out from behind another car. We only had this problem once during our 5 days there.
We will definitely be back.

Room Tip: The family apartment with 2 bedrooms and sleeping couch was sufficient for my family of 5. It has 2...
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Johannesburg
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Reviewed 14 May 2013

I arrived after working incredibly hard for about 3 weeks and this is the only reason I can think of for accepting the horrible room I was given - I was simply too tired to complain. The bathroom was old and tatty, the shower didnt manage to produce enough of a trickle to wet my hair enough to wash it and the extractor fan in the bathroom was so noisy it was impossible to relax. The television in the room was old and small, actually pretty much everything in the room was old and in need of refurbishing. One of the cups on the coffee and tea tray was still dirty from a previous guest. What is truly unfortunate is that the staff were very friendly and perhaps if they were charging more reasonable rates to different guests it would be better received but as it is horribly expensive for a very low standard.

Room Tip: Upgrade to the superior rooms which are apparently R1500 a night - I saw a superior room and they lo...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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eastbourne
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

stayed here for 1 night unfortunately. I e =mailed them ahead and asked for a quiet room...I was given room 321...inbetween 2 others and overlooking the street. at night there was a loud buzzing noise from the noisy filter system they had underneath the rooms. the batroom was very mouldy...sheets stained and the outside balcony filthy...your feet stuck to the floor.if you do stay here don't stay in any rooms starting with 32 or 22 .these must be the budget rooms and are rubbish. the other rooms are better.but 4 star it certainly isn't.
the breakfast was good.

Room Tip: don't stay in any room starting with 32 or 22.these rooms need a total refurbishment
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Oude Werf Hotel
Address: 30 Church Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa (Formerly d'Ouwe Werf Hotel)
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#5 Luxury Hotel in Stellenbosch
#9 Business Hotel in Stellenbosch
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Oude Werf Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oude Werf (the Old Churchyard) is South Africa's oldest hotel, in the historic heart the Cape Winelands 'capital' of Stellenbosch, and within easy reach of its many rich experiences. Its award-winning design blends two century-old period inspirations with the latest contemporary luxury. 58 superb en suite accommodations are centred on a famous inn-house that flows to a shady vine-covered courtyard with gourmet restaurant and a charming lounge and bar, overlooking its central gardens and pool deck. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Country Inn Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch Country Inn

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