Mont d'Or Hotel is a clean and adequate place to stay when visiting this area. Service was always friendly and without a problem. The more expensive rooms do not deserve a higher price tag as the only difference between these rooms and the cheaper rooms is the view. Considering that there are comfortable outside lounges to soak up the view, rather stay in the cheaper rooms. Town is only 1km away so the hotel has more of a "out in the countryside" feel which we appreciated.
Roughly 300km from Johannesburg it is an easy 3h45 - 4 hour drive. TAKE NOTE: The road from Bethlehem to Clarens is full of potholes and dangerous dips. Take it slow here. There is an option to detour via Kestell - Reitz but avoid this at all costs. It's a LOT worse. The surface of the moon is smoother. If you have time and don't mind adding 80km to the trip, then the other route available is to drive down to Harrismith and then West on the N5 towards Bethlehem. If you are on a motorcycle you will appreciate this road much more. It has some nice sweeping bends that you will love.
The fireplace in the rooms was our only problem. It seems to be a DIY installation and floods the room with smoke. We had 4 rooms booked and all 4 had the same problem. Forget the fireplace and rather heat the room using the air-con. I guess having a fireplace ticks another box for the ratings....
We only ate breakfast but seriously, don't bother. It is the usual of a couple of trays of oily eggs, bacon, sausages, mince, etc and a couple of cereals. Go into town to eat. Your taste buds will be much much happier with you.
I would stay again, sure, but there are many equally attractive places to stay in in the area. The Protea Hotel and the self catering in the Golden gate National Park are on our list for next time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only three hours from Johannesburg and Bloemfontein and four hours from Durban, Mont d 'Or Hotel and Conference Centre invites you to exhale deeply, surrounded by the natural beauty of the Maluti Mountains, the luxurious décor, the outstanding service, and the first-class dining of our fine establishment. To further indulge during your stay, the Mont d’Or Day Spa located on the hotel premises offers the ultimate repose. The magnificence of Mont d 'Or welcomes you.Accommodation is offered in classically furnished en-suite rooms with views of the Clarens golf course, the village of Clarens, the majestic Maluti Mountains, and the picturesque countryside. Accommodation comprises Executive Rooms, Classic Rooms, Family Rooms and a Paraplegic Room, all equipped with plasma televisions with satellite channels, air-conditioning or an open fireplace. All rooms are also fully serviced and a laundry and dry-cleaning facility is available. Your requirements are certain to be met with elegance and old-world French charm.La Cerise, our 80 patron capacity restaurant, caters for every palate, predilection and absolutely any occasion. The fine décor is complemented by the friendly and efficient service, and the simple magic of the exquisite ambience will only add to the pleasure of your dining experience. The enjoyment of sumptuous cuisine, prepared with passion, skill and an abundance of freshly harvested local ingredients, keeps food enthusiasts on our list of regular clientele. From preparation to presentation, you are sure to receive only the finest.Services and timesCheck-In 02:00 PM Check-Out 10:00 AMWellness & Spa: We have an on-site spa that offers a range of treatments.Wedding Venues: Our wedding venue can host up to 60 guests.Conference Venues: The hotel offers a conference venue for up to 100 delegates cinema styleFacilities and ServicesWheelchair EnabledFireplaceSatellite TV*Credit Card FacilitiesRestaurantOn-site ParkingLanguages SpokenEnglishAfrikaansGrading4 Stars - Tourism Grading Council of South Africa ... more less
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