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Abalone Guest Lodge
Ranked #11 of 85 Hermanus B&B and Inns
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We found Abalone at the recommendation of another guest house and we were absolutely thrilled with the accommodations. Our room had TWO balconies overlooking the sea...yes, you really can see whales from your room. We were told the guest house is owned by an architect and that is why it is sooooo beautifully designed and decorated. We arrived late in the evening and were greeted by Rose --- she made us feel very welcomed (despite our late arrival) and provided us with a tour of the property. In the morning we had breakfast on the veranda -- great selection of fruit, breads, eggs cooked to order and just about anything else you could want. It was also nice to have a private gated parking area. I don't just want to visit again - I want to MOVE IN permanently! Rose - thank you for making our honeymoon that much more special :-)

Room Tip: Ask for the room with two balconies....just breathtaking
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 November 2011

Stayed 3 nights (1st, 2nd & 3rd Nov) as our last stop en-route to CT. After our experience of Periwinkle Guest Lodge in Plett, we were really rather looking forward to this place, especially as we'd also heard whales were around - took 3 minutes from being in our Room (No 1 - their Honeymoon suite - no it wasn't) to see our first. This place is stunning - perfectly located on a rocky promontory overlooking Walker Bay, with a bush (many of which in flower)strewn headland directly in front of their own walled garden (gated-access). We spent some hours just watching the whales, seals, penguins mucking about in the waves - we also did the Whale Boat trip, but would say - only do that, if you are majorly keen and it is very calm. South Atlantic waves can cut up rough in minutes. Weather was gorgeous, but breezy, so we saw a lot from shore. Breakfast (on deck in the morning sun) and service was exemplary - Dinner is n/a, so we went into Town, where a myriad of options exist - cabs booked by Staff. Drove here from Wilderness through the Little Karoo, down R.62, R.324, Swellendam, then N2 to Hermanus. Stunning scenery and vistas (flowers) etc, but allow loads of time, then it's at its best. Drive to CT down R,44 was excellent too and Penguins at Betty's Bay are better than at Simon's Town. We did encounter a gentleman with a penchant for sitting exposed whilst out on the rocks infront of female Whale Watchers !

Room Tip: Book early and pay the extra and get a sea-view, superior with balcony. IF you can get one, and your...
  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2011

We stayed for a night in September as part of a trip along the Garden route and were not disappointed the staff where friendly and the accomodation and breakfast where first rate. The location is amazing and we were lucky enough to spot plent of whales. I would highly recommend the Abalone and would stay there again if we go back to SA as it was with out doubt one of the best places we stayed during our holiday.

Room Tip: If you can go for a sea view room
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 November 2011

Outstanding Guest House, the best Ive ever stayed in. Whales can literally be seen from the back windows. Wonderful rooms and fantastic service. Its a 45 minute walk into town along the cliff path, we were watching whales the whole way! The staff will arrange a taxi to take you into town at night and the same driver will pick you up. The best thing about the Abalone is the genuinity of the service. Its excelent but it's in the background nothing false about it. We hope to return to Hermanus and when we do it will certainly be here.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 October 2011

We stayed at the Abalone in September for two nights on our way along the wine and garden routes. We were fortunate to pick many nice places to stay, but the Abalone stands out in our memory as one of the best and a great place to stay in Hermanus. A bit away from the centre (you need a car) the lodge is an excellent position overseeing the cliff top walk and the ocean, and yes we did see whales from our bedroom. Beautifully furnished and the staff could not have been nicer. Well worth a visit.

Room Tip: The more expensive 1st floor ocean view are worth it
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 306 Main Road, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Hermanus
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 85 B&Bs / Inns in Hermanus
Price Range: €175 - €381 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Abalone Guest Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Abalone Lodge, situated on the magnificent ocean front of Hermanus. Abalone Guest Lodge offers luxury accommodation for travel, business or leisure. Abalone Guest Lodge has direct access to the well-known Scenic Cliff Path that makes Hermanus the Land Base Whale Watching Capital of the World. Abalone Guest Lodge is situated on Siever’s Point, a landmark seafront position midway between the town centre and the beautiful Blue Flag beaches of Hermanus. We recently added a sauna treatment room and gym for your comfort. We look forward to welcoming you to our tastefully decorated en-suite accommodation that offers you every luxury as well as unrivalled views of the ocean and the mountains. ... more   less 
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