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Gordon's Bay Luxury Apartments
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This apartment building has amazing views over False Bay toward Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsular. However, the apartment, although spacious is not luxury. To start with the access is down an extremely steep staircase which is totally unsuitable for young children or elderly people (no lift). The lounge and the large principal bedroom have spectacular views but the other two bedrooms were small and had no view whatsoever, merely looking out into the side of the building next door complete with builders' rubble. If 2 or 3 couples were sharing the apartment then one couple hits the jackpot with the master suite and the others squash into the other two. The apartment decor is stark and the lighting terrible - no table lamps at all and the lighting in the kitchen area was very poor. It badly needs "accessorising" to put it in the luxury category. It was not well equipped, one large and one small saucepan only, no oven glove (later supplied), only 3 matching wine glasses plus one odd one (but 8 champagne flutes!). There was no air conditioning in the 2nd and 3rd bedrooms and despite requesting a fan, none was supplied. The bedside lights did not have the right plugs on them. There were only 12 clothes hangers between 3 bedrooms. The hairdryer did not have the right plug either although another dryer was later supplied. The small swimming pool (down another steep flight of steps) looked as though it could do with a good clean - lots of brown patches on the turquoise walls and the "lawns" were tiny. There was no laundry facility. The owners should invest their takings from a couple of nights accommodation charges to upgrade this apartment - it is certainly not worth the money at the moment.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

The beauty of God's creation is marred by the lack of adequate management here.

Confusion started with the booking in process_ wrong room.

No emergency lighting or even candles when there was a power outage.

No matches or fire lighter for the braai.

The bed was not made up when the unit was serviced; neither was the bin cleaned in the main bathroom_ the dirty baby diaper was still left there that we found there two days ago.

Certain lights do not work.

No liquid soap in the dispensers.

We definitely will not return.

Stayed: October 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Not only did the apartment take my breath away when we first entered it,we were further amazed at the picturesque view of the ocean and town. Went back the following week for another stay. Can't get enough. Beautiful!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 3 May 2016

Gordons Bay, a small town full of character. Its the best place to stay in if you need short access to stellenbosch and franschoek and the scenary is breath-taking. My wife and I going back there, this time no kids.

  • Stayed: April 2016, travelled with family
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HomefromHomeCT, Guest Relations Manager at Gordon's Bay Luxury Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Dear Nzuza Family

Thank you very much for the review. We are glad that the whole family had a wonderful time in Gordon's Bay. We look forward to your return.

Kind regards
Warren Ndlovu
Guest Services Manager
guestservices@homefromhome.co.za

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Reviewed 4 April 2016

We stayed in this 3 bed apartment again. The view from the balcony is quite wonderful and we saw loads of dolphin, Bryde's whales, Humpback Whales and even a mini sardine run on 2 separate occasions. The accommodation is just fine but it has slipped backwards over the time we have been coming. Perhaps investment is not forthcoming as it has not been upgraded and is beginning to look a little tired. Extractor fan on balcony did not work for a long time meaning that if those living below had a braai, sitting outside became impossible. Wireless facilities outstanding and beds and bedrooms very comfortable. Lounge furniture is however uncomfortable. Having washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher in apartment is a huge bonus but kitchen needs to be reconfigured to accommodate these items properly (including fridge freezer).

  • Stayed: January 2016, travelled as a couple
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HomefromHomeCT, Guest Relations Manager at Gordon's Bay Luxury Apartments, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2016

Dear Valued Guest

Home from Home would like to thank you for making our Gordon's Bay apartments your home for the last 5 years. We appreciate your loyalty. All the issues you have raised have now been escalated to Management for attention so that we make your future stays even better.

See you again when you return.

Kind regards
Warren Ndlovu
Guest Services Manager
guestservices@homefromhome.co.za

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Additional Information about Gordon's Bay Luxury Apartments

Address: 20 Protea Drive, Gordon's Bay 7140, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Gordon's Bay
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 26 Speciality Lodging in Gordon's Bay
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Gordon's Bay Luxury Apartments 4.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated just 30 minutes from Cape Town and close to Stellenbosch, Gordon's Bay is the ideal location to experience well known attractions and all the Cape has to offer. Our luxury self-catering apartments in Gordon's Bay are situated in Atlantic View and Protea Place on the mountainside overlooking the mountains and ocean. There is an outdoor pool, barbecue facilities, spacious bedrooms, open plan kitchen, dining/lounge area with separate bathrooms. ... more   less 
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