First of all, great views.
I stayed at this hotel over Christmas 2011 with my family. When I arrived the hotel was completely empty. Not a lot happening. Later more people arrived but the hotel retained its desolated feel. So excellent of you come to escape from city hectic. Not so suitable for a family with kids.
The low point was however the food. There is a chef with ambition that just doesn’t quite make it. For example, when ordering your meat medium it may arrive anywhere between raw and completely overcooked. Lots of fat used in a simple thing like an omelette and cakes for desert that should have spend 15 more minutes in the oven. Given the pricing of the hotel this was disappointing.
And the thing is… There is not a hole lot of choice to eat elsewhere given that the hotel is pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
The Maropeng visitor centre (very close, entrance included when staying at the hotel), Sterkfontein caves, Rhino and Lion Park where worth it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 'Maropeng', is a Setswana word meaning 'returning to the place of origin' and this was kept in mind when the interiors of the hotel were designed.The four elemental forces of nature, earth, fire, water and ice that kick-started our planet some 3-billion years ago feature prominently in the overall look. The 24-bed boutique hotel is a five minute walk from South Africa's premier tourist attraction and 10 km (6 mi)from the Sterkfontein Caves. ... more less
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