In our two week tour of the Western Cape we stayed in some lovely guest houses and we enjoyed them all, except for this one. Sea Star Lodge was the most expensive by far, at least 30% more than any of the other places we stayed in, including Cape Town It was also the most disappointing, and the room we were given was the smallest by a long way – and the least well maintained.
The owner(s) were not present during our stay and the house was being looked after by a caretaker ‘manager’, overly conscientious, but neither confident nor competent in the role she had been given.
The house itself seemed like a triumph of style over substance, impressive but impractical. One gets the impression that the person who designed it was not intending to live in it! It had no garden or grounds and, unlike the other places we stayed at in South Africa, this was a house without a heart, unloved and uncared for. The pool area was on the middle floor, in the shade in the afternoon and unusable when we arrived. Our tiny little room, also on the middle floor, had a poor view of the sea – severely restricted by the houses on the opposite (seaward) side of the road. The view from the dining area above was much better, but we were only encouraged to go up there at breakfast time, and even then the ‘manager’ stood over us and watched us the whole time whilst we ate our breakfast - a most disconcerting experience!
Our room was very small indeed, with no seating area and very, very limited circulation space. It had a very small balcony which overlooked the parking area and the road. There was only space in the room for one suitcase. Our second suitcase had to go on the floor and we had to step over it to get to the toilet or use the shower. The shower/wc area was separated from the room by a clear screen. We were not able to use the wash basin to wash in because the plug did not work and it could not be repaired. In the shower there was nowhere to put one’s soap or shampoo, except on the floor. There was a small safe in the wardrobe, but it had been pulled out of the wall. It lay on a shelf and was no longer secure. There was a TV and a coffee machine, neither of which worked, and there were no instructions for either. The only available electrical sockets, when we found them, were hidden behind the bedhead, or behind the wall-mounted TV which made the overnight re-charging of our phones and our camera batteries very difficult.
Despite its high standing on Trip Advisor our stay at Sea Star Lodge gave us absolutely no reason whatever to recommend it. Overall, a poor and extremely disappointing experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated directly at the Walker Bay facing the Atlantic Ocean and the coastline of Hermanus you'll find this small exclusive lodge. At this place luxury ambiance meets genuine warmth and here you'll experience the wonders of nature in their full glory. Whether you are looking for adrenalin and decide to go on a shark cage diving trip to discover the Great White Sharks or if you decide to savour the local wines at the estates in the nearby Stanford Valley - our friendly staff would be glad to assist you with information and make your stay an unforgettable and enjoyable experience. The modern and spacious design of the lodge provides breathtaking sea views. The African arts blend in perfectly with the modern design and create a unique luxury atmosphere ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sea Star Hotel Gansbaai
- Sea Star Lodge South Africa/Gansbaai