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Boulders Beach Lodge
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Simon's Town
Cape Town
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome break away”
Reviewed 16 May 2012

This was a refreshing break from the usual. The lodge is located close to the ocean and the penguins literaly roam around your feet if you get close enough. There are no fences or entry fees or any of this commerial suction to view what nature has to offer. The lodge lends itself to a bohemian atmosphere. I found it rather refreshing to have no aircon buzzing in the room. I applaud them for there drive to be green.

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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

Booked to stay 3 nights at boulders beach lodge and wanted to use it as a place to stay while daying day trips into capetown. However, after 1 night in the place, we decided we are unable to stay there for another night

Lodge facilities general: It is located at a place where you have direct access to the penguins. And lots of it! Penguins are all over the hotel and you can even touch them (although not recommended). Food wise, lodge serves decently good food. Limited facilities in the lodge, only one dining room and thats all. WIFI is available at the reception, room wifi is limited due to the distance from the reception

Room Facility: Due to the penguins, the place smells quite badly. Furnitures are pretty worn out in the room, no heater or air condition. Cupboards are without door. A very damp feeling in the air. Toilets need upgrading. No TV in the room. Limited power plugs available.

For the hefty price we paid, it is not worth the money at all. We moved out after 1 night to a service apartment nearer to capetown which is new, modern and much cheaper. Staff are not extremely helpful

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Liverpool
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 26 February 2012

Stayed here for 1 night, the place has a location really close to the penguins but that is where the positive ends.
We were told we had been upgraded to a better room - the room stank of damp and the bath flooded the room every time we used it, right to the door. When I told reception there was no apology, she just said that they always have problems with this and then shouted the help over my head. Do not waste your money staying here, bad staff, awful rooms and far from town. The restaurant closed at 8 and the breakfast charges extra for tea/coffee etc
Don't bother

Room Tip: Do not stay here
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Purley, UK
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

We arrived at around 11.30am straight from the airport to a warm welcome at Reception. Our room was ready (Courtyard 11) and we even had a penguin and her two new born chicks nesting right outside our room in our own secluded courtyard. This is a lovely place to stay for a night or two - of course perfect for viewing the penguins and 20 minutes away from Cape Point. The room was good enough with a comfortable bed - tea and coffee facilities with the most delicious homemade shortbread biscuits. The food for dinner and breakfast was wonderful. Very friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere.

Room Tip: Courtyard 11 has a double and single bed - great for parents and single child. Also seemed to be th...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

Stayed here for a couple of nights as we travelled around the coast. Welcome and staff were friendly. Bedroom clean and comfortable but we felt the room facilities needed updating - particularly the bathroom which could do with a complete refurbishment. There was also no air con/fan or room safe or fridge. Breakfast was delicious - we shared the eggs benedict and fruit/yoghurt/muesli combo; and the dinner we had there was good with large portions. Good position to see the penguins on the rocks and in the car park; even just outside the room. But be warned - they can start calling to each other (v loudly) at 0530!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Toronto
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Reviewed 9 February 2012

We stayed for a total of 4 nights during 2 stays on a birding tour. Great location both because of the penguins but also the boardwalk along the ocean and the views. The staff is excellent in the hotel and the restaurant. The food was as good as we expected if a little on the expensive side. The kingclip was outstanding.
Our rooms left a lot to be desired. The doors and windows were drafty and rattled. The rooms are very basic and small. The bathroom was out of the 50's. The shower leaked and sprayed water into the room. Had to fix the flusher on the toilet. I expected a lot more for the price. The hotel needs to spend some money on renovations.
The packed breakfasts we had for three days left an awful lot to be desired. Salami and cheese sandwich for breakfast and a can of soda pop?
We would stay there again if it was cheaper or they upgrade the rooms.

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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Malmo, Sweden
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Reviewed 21 January 2012

Stayed here one night. Arrived early in the morning from the airport. Our room was not ready (nothing to say when it was 8 am) Insted we was offered an other room to change clothes and shower if we wanted. had a great breakfast outside and say whales jumping in the sea!!
Also, we had a penguin outside our room!
Lunch and dinner was excellent and the rooms were spacius with everything you needed.
Would defenitive recommend this for anyone. The beach is right outside and you share it with the penguins.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Boulders Beach Lodge
Address: 4 Boulders Place Boulders Beach Simons Town 7975, Simon's Town, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Simon's Town
Amenities:
Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Airport Transportation
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Simon's Town
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Hotel Class:3 star — Boulders Beach Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 12
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