The hotel is about 16 kms outside Harrismith heading towards Durban. It's clean, functional and safe with very competent management. The downside is that you need to check in andthen go out again to eat at the motorway services (although they will also 'room service' you from the same services.) Mugg and Bean closes at 18h00 so you are stuck with the usual fish 'n' chips,; KFC options that are available at most services.
The manager is incredibly helpful - he recommended a local pub which had the benefit of being on the Swinburne slip road off the N3 (so no more motorway driving) and offered good food.
The bathroom door in my bedroom was slightly bizarre - it was a full sized door that only slid back far enough to open half the width of the total door space. I had to turn sideways to enter the bathroom. I'm not quite sure whether it was the stop at the end of the track or too large a door being fitted but it was a little strange.
Rooms are are beautifully quiet despite the motorway being outside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Protea Hotel by Marriott Harrismith Montrose - Rest. Explore. Enjoy. Ideally located halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, Protea Hotel Montrose offers GUESTS a brand new accommodation choice in the Free State. For years the adjacent Montrose Complex has served as the perfect midway stop to meet, fill up, eat, shop, explore and to rest as well. Make yourself comfortable, all rooms are elegantly furnished, carpeted and en-suite, with air-conditioning and satellite TV. Facilities include a bar, lounge and WI-FI internet access, with room service meals from a variety of restaurants and fast-food outlets in the village. A 24-hour convenience store and petrol station will ensure your trip continues safely. Various leisure activities are available in the area. Indulge in open air hobbies like birding, biking, 4x4, hiking and rock climbing. ... more less
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