We flew into Cape Town and spent our first 2 nights in South Africa at Majeka House in the suburbs of Stellenbosch. Loved it! Will definitely return!
I swam in the indoor heated pool to work the kinks out of my jet-lagged body. It was spring, and too cool to swim outside. I had the indoor heated pool to myself! It's a mid-sized pool, and while it's not huge, it's just long enough for swimming laps. I do wish I could have used the sauna or steam room after a swim, but for some reason they were always turned off, and I didn't know how to work the controls. One time, somebody actually came in and turned it off while I was swimming in the pool. On my next visit, I will just ask in advance to have the sauna or steam room turned on for me.
Our meals at Majeka House were impressive and gourmet! We enjoyed 1 amazing dinner at Makaron, the restaurant at Majeka House, and 2 outstanding breakfasts were included in our room price. (Dinner costs extra.) I'm a foodie, and I plan to book a return trip to Majeka House just for the food! (-; We were delighted with the fresh, creative food, with outstanding flavors, textures, and presentation. It was the finest dinner I've had in my life! My favorite wine on our trip was a Sauvignon Blanc from Darling, which I enjoyed with dinner at Makaron at Majeka House.
I booked the Mountain View suite because I wanted the warmest room. There was a heater in the bedroom as well as a gas fireplace in the sitting room of this roomy suite. The Mountain View suite is spacious and has colors which seem masculine to me, but still romantic. We were very pleased with the suite! It has a huge comfty King bed with a good mattress.
The front desk staff were always attentive, cordial, eager to help, and very professional. They helped us with phone calls to locate a lost credit card. One young woman at the front desk recommended an inexpensive store where we could purchase 2 cheap cell phones with a phone card, to make inexpensive phone calls within South Africa. It was cheaper than any of the places we had checked out on our own! This was much appreciated. The only time the staff gave us poor advice was when they sent us to a restaurant in Franschoek which turned out to be disappointing, as the food wasn't good. This was on a night when most of the restaurants in Franschoek were closed, but we do recommend that they keep their list of reliable restaurants updated. I was also disappointed that we couldn't meet the owner of Majeka House...I don't even know who the owner is. But overall the staff took excellent care of us!
Majeka House is a 5-star boutique hotel, and it was a worthy splurge for our first 2 nights in South Africa. Because of the indoor heated swimming pool, the impressive gourmet meals, and the professional, attentive staff, I hope to stay there again on a return trip to the Cape winelands.
My only suggestion for improvement is that when we were shown to our beautiful Mountain View Suite, it was also explained that the drinks & snacks in the room were an “honor bar” and available for purchase. However, we dislike the concept of placing items for purchase in the rooms of paying guests. We prefer having complimentary drinks & snacks in the room, or no drinks at all! It's nice to at least have complimentary tea & coffee in the room. This room didn't have any complimentary drinks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Owner-managed and blissfully private, Majeka House is an ideal base from which to explore the historical town of Stellenbosch with its interesting shops, galleries, museums, and alfresco café culture. Numerous famous vineyards and award-winning restaurants, dotted along the Stellenbosch wine route, are within striking distance. This prime location combines with luxurious accommodation, thoughtful service, a sophisticated bar and restaurant, a professionally run spa and spacious grounds to create what is undoubtedly one of the most stylish boltholes in the Cape Winelands.After extensive renovations and a designer makeover in 2011, Majeka House now boasts 22 rooms and sophisticated yet witty interiors. There are two new luxury mountain suites above the main hotel with large mountain-view balconies, and three new junior garden suites overlooking a shared, exclusive-use pool area. And, while the entire hotel is ‘parent friendly’, there’s also a fully self- contained villa – set apart from the main hotel and with a large private pool and garden – that is designed specifically with families in mind.The new suites were all conceptualised and decorated by interior design wunderkind Etienne Hanekom, who is also responsible for the award-winning interiors of Makaron Restaurant, the lobby and bar. They capture a sense of drama with boldcolours, rich textures and eye-catching custom-designed wallpapers but are also comfortable, inviting spaces for complete rest and relaxation.All contain thoughtful extras, such as comfy Crocs instead of hotel slippers, a Lavazza espresso machine, Wi-Fi internet and a DVD player with a wide choice of movies. The spacious and cleverly designed en suite bathrooms are fragrant with local toiletries made with indigenous plant extracts.In Makaron Restaurant, a stylish, contemporary interior using a clever mix of repurposed and recycled furniture complemented by modern statement pieces has been created. The result is a visually stimulating space that offers extreme comfort and encourages complete immersion in the dining experience. The overall effect is an understated feeling of luxury.Airy and light, the restaurant overlooks lush gardens and leads onto a sheltered terrace for alfresco dining. It is in this stimulating setting that resident chef Tanja Kruger presents her menu of fresh, modern cuisine grounded in the French classics. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Majeka House Hotel Stellenbosch
- Majeka Hotel Cape Town