We have just returned from a one night stay at this stunning property. We were on a special for the month of April for +-$78US, for dinner, bed and breakfast and which included vouchers for the Maropeng experience and the Sterkfontein caves, both part of the Cradle of Mankind heritage sites.
The immediate first impression at the reception was poor, but once the receptionist had finished her private call and peered in my direction it improved dramatically after that. Being in the service industry myself, I get highly agitated when the simple basics of making a guest feel welcome is not applied.
The hotel room was simply luxurious and the large full bathroom with large bath and power shower and quality toiletries was perfect.
The TV had a good selection of Local and Satellite programs, but it was simply brilliant to open the large sliding door and just listen to the sounds of the night in the pristine African bush.
The view from the private sitting area in front of the room was magnificent, and experiencing a sunset overlooking the layers of Magaliesberg Mountains was magical.
The small swimming pool was apprecaited, even though it is starting to get chilly in the evenings now, the day time temperature with clear bright blues skies was around 26 deg C.
The dinner was a set menu with a choice of 2 starters, 3 mains and Desserts.
We had 2 different starters, and mine, the Fresh smoked Salmon on a bed of Rocket and cream cheese and caremelised onions, presented in style was delicious. We both had Fillet Steak served on a bed of Tasty Mash potatoes and accompanied by seasonal vegetables. The meat was incredibly tender and was served with a tasty garlic, wine and tomato based gravy the other with a Mild Roquefort sauce. Both were cooked to exact perfection for us, and asking for more gravy was immediately arranged, with a smile. The light dessert of a berry flavoured brulee served in a wine glass was just superb as well.
Our waiter was such a treat, keeping a sense of humour even though he had to attend to 3 other large tables. We ultimately tipped him extremely generously to which he even sought out my partner on our departure to thank her as well.
The room has a bar fridge and a WELL stocked coffee and tea selection with enough milk and sugar etc. We asked for more milk to be kept for morning tea, and 3 minutes later a full small jug was delivered
The breakfast was typical of what to except in a good 4 Star hotel in South Africa. A generous array of cereals, Fresh fruits, cheeses, cold meats and many, many pastries on the Cold buffet and then a selection of Eggs, Sausages, Bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes and baked beans. Once again we had Aaron our friendly waited and similar attentive service as what we had the previous evening.
We were then fortunate to meet the Managing Director at breakfast and it was no wonder the property is so well run. He has been the General Manger of some of the top 5 star properties in Southern Africa for the last 40 years and still retains a passion for his profession, He was called out of semi retirement to run the 3 properties on behalf of the concession that has managing rights to them and running a tight ship is his absolute forte. Thus the visits to the Maropeng Experience and the caves are equally as brilliant and well organised and a must see once in ones life.
In all a great experience we would love to do again one day on a special occassion.
- 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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