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“A Great Location With Wonderful African Themed Furnishings” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hout Bay Manor

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Hout Bay Manor
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Hout Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Somerset Village, Bermuda
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363 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“A Great Location With Wonderful African Themed Furnishings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2014

We have not stayed in the hotel part but use their dining & bar facilities frequently. The staff are excellent & the décor is done with lots of authentic African pieces giving it a quality atmosphere & feel. Great place for sundowners & they usually have some sort of happy hour specials be it tapas or drinks. Pleasant courtyard to sit in the shade & enjoy good company. Lucas & Bruce are excellent staff & enjoy a good joke or wind up.... makes it even better.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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134 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2013

We “bought” a night’s stay at the Houtbay Manor Hotel at a charity auction event. With a hectic travel schedule it took us nearly five months to find a suitable date for our stay and in the end that date also posed a problem as we were invited to attend another event later on. I was under the impression that I changed the original booking to a day earlier (I planned to, but never did it!). So when we arrived at the hotel on Friday night, the friendly receptionist told us that they expected us only the next night. We were definitely not looking forward to driving back home and were delighted when she told us that it was no problem – they could accommodate us!
This welcome was a true reflection of the reception and hospitality you will get at Houtbay Manor. I can also add that it might get lost if you were so overwhelmed by the stunning decor and unique character of the hotel as we were. We could not stop looking around and “oohing” and “ahhing” during the short tour of the hotel.
Our room was upstairs and had a beautiful view over the pool and which we did not get to enjoy due to lasft minute Cape Town winter weather! We did however enjoy our stunning room. A wonderful combination of African elements mixed with modern art and special touches, like the colourful beach goodies on the walls. Of course, the huge jars filled with marshmallows and liquorice placed strategically throughout the hotel were seriously tempting and also added a fun moment of being naughty and risking getting caught with your hand in the jar!
Unfortunately, Pure restaurant was closed due to a wedding, so we opted for the Houtbay Food Market. However, when we got there it was packed to we decided to hang out with the Pirates, because we heard they made the best spare ribs in town. The Pirate Pub and Grill has no great views and is located in one of the busy streets, but it lived up to its reputation. The restaurant was fully booked so we had dinner in the pub with all the locals! The food was outstanding – huge portions at great prices. Loved the spareribs and my husband was defeated by the pirates because he could not finish his rib and steak combo!
We had a nice long run on the beach on Saturday morning – the hotel is just a block away from the beach and finished our stay off with a great breakfast. The continental buffet included decadent home made muesli (of which I tried to get the recipe, but apparently it is the chef’s secret!), huge slices of smoked trout, variety of great pastries and breads and exotic fresh fruit. After eating all of that we could not say no to the Eggs Benedict and it was worth every extra kilojoule!

Thanx to all at Houtbay Manor Hotel for a wonderful stay and thank you for supporting so many good causes and charities!

PS : Only disappointment was not being able to visit the spa. I sent an email to the spa address on the website earlier in the week requesting a couples treatment on our arrival. I did not get any response to my email and when I phoned the Thursday to check on my email, I was told that the spa was fully booked. Will have to come back for that special!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank moniquestrydom
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Cape Town
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We stayed at your wonderful hotel for the weekend 12/13 October 2013 and had a wonderful stay. The receptionist and porter made us feel right at home with their friendliness and helpfulness. My husband and I loved the peaceful atmosphere of your hotel. Thank you.

Bella Bailey

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

Although the weather was not on our side - we had an amazing stay at Hout Bay Manor. The staff were attentive, friendly and accommdating; and the rooms were unique and very well fitted out. The only thing I would change would be to remove the plates on the table at the top of the stairs, you felt you made a lot of noise walking by there as they clanged.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Annike2013
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Houtbaymanor, Manager at Hout Bay Manor, responded to this review, 20 September 2013
Dear Annike,

Thank you very much for your review of our property! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and certainly look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Thank you also for your constructive comments - we will certainly take this into consideration.

Best regards from Hout Bay Manor
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Cape Town
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2013

Wow this hotel is in a league of it's own. The decor is out of this world, the attention to detail is wonderful. I lobbed the pool area sipping on drinks on the sun beds. The lady in reception wasn't very welcoming maybe having a bad day. The breakfast was great, nice hot English brekkie.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Lynne M
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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19 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

We had a very disappointing meal at Pure earlier tonight, The restaurant was deserted, (no wonder) the service was sloppy (we were pouring our own wine and waited an age) as were the staff uniforms, (hoodies??) the waiters too familiar, and the meal was far less than we expected - an entirely unsatisfactory experience.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Rodtheway2pay
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2013

I won a night's stay at the Manor around the time of my birthday. The stay was exquisite and couldn't have come at a better time. The cold drove us to any one of the fireplaces. My partner and I spent all day surrounded by tranquility. We found the staff to be very accomodating, the rooms- and the hotel itself- are decorated to the last detail. The restuarant, Pure, has a small but excellent selection of food and an extensive wine list. Nothing has been overlooked and overall we had a magical stay.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Queen_jean1st
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Houtbaymanor, Manager at Hout Bay Manor, responded to this review, 29 May 2013
Thank you very much for your comments! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back again soon! Have a wonderfully warm day!

Regards

Letishia Charles
Marketing Manager
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Property: Hout Bay Manor
Address: Baviaanskloof, off Main Road, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Hout Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 4 Hotels in Hout Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hout Bay Manor 4*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hout Bay Manor, built in 1871, is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most graceful landmarks. The recently restored Hout Bay Manor offers 20 individually designed en-suite rooms and a sophisticated fine dining restaurant named ‘Pure.’ Hout Bay Manor, protected by century-old oak trees, was built from stone (600mm thick walls) and in traditional Cape Colonial style by Jacob Trautmann on an unspoiled piece of land, which had previously been part of the Kronendal Estate. ... more   less 
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