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Reviewed 12 April 2015

Stayed 2 nights with a group of 22 Aussie friends. It was great. the rooms are spacious & bright. Loved all the art on the walls. Restaurants were without fault and food was extra special. Lots of beautiful walks and river with pebbles to explore. The proteas are a treat.
The breakfast area is so bright, loads of space and just very enjoyable. We will be staying there again.

Room Tip: Upstairs room has a beautiful view
  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled with friends
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JoepSchoof, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2015

Thank you for reviewing your stay with us in May of 2014.

We are pleased to read that you all had a wonderful time.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Spier on your next trip to Stellenbosch.

Warm Regards,


Joep Schoof

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Spier Hotel & Leisure

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Reviewed 10 April 2015

We stayed here for Hindu Wedding (April '15). There was a light rain during the outdoor ceremony. We all had umbrellas provided to us in our rooms. In addition the staff added large umbrellas to stand under and handed out blankets. This was a nice touch.
The large complimentary breakfast buffet was a great and easy way to connect with other friends staying at the hotel at the start of the days.
They have maps for 5k/10K runs in the back farm. Two of us found the maps impossible to follow, but enjoyed the grounds. Trail markers would be more helpful than a map. On the grounds it was nice to see the truly free range chickens.
They have unique art everywhere - outdoor sculptures, unique paintings in the rooms, intriguing wall art in the restaurants.
All of the staff spoke English, and some of the staff spoke Xhosa when talking to each other. As a true foreigner, it was interesting to hear a language spoken with clicks.
The Eagle Encounter at the end of the property is just as much of must do as the wine tasting. Both are kid friendly (they do juice tasting).

Room Tip: Ground floor rooms have easier access to the smaller pools, but the 2nd floor rooms have more natural lighting. Some of the ground floor rooms are not handicap accessible.
  • Stayed: April 2015, travelled with friends
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JoepSchoof, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2015

Thank you for your review of your stay here at Spier Hotel.

We are in the process of adding more trail run markers and they should be up and making the trail much easier to use in the next week or 2 - thank you for bringing our attention to this. It was also great to see that you were able to experience so many of the activities on the farm.

We hope you will be able to join us for another "Great Experience" on your next trip to the Cape Winelands.

Warm Regards


Joep Schoof

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Spier Hotel & Leisure

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Reviewed 10 April 2015 via mobile

We visited Spier hotel for the 7th time and I definitely see improvement on previous visits. The staff is well trained and polite. My kids don't want to go anywhere else in December since the weather is great and the food is awesome.
You must try the true organic beef and other produce of Farmer Angus at the Hotel or at Eight Restaurant.
Thank you Spier Management and Staff for another truly relaxing and enjoyable holiday

Stayed: December 2014, travelled with family
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JoepSchoof, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2015

Thank you for reviewing your stay and for returning to the Spier Hotel once again.

We love that the children also enjoy staying with us - with the Kidz Club at their disposal as well as the grounds to run in, we find that the parents are able to relax and enjoy their holidays too.

We look forward to welcoming you all back to Spier on your next holiday.

Warm regards


Joep Schoof

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Reviewed 9 April 2015

It's been a while since I've visited the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This time I wanted to review the hotel's conference & event facilities - to say that I'm impressed would be an under statement.

I met with Tony Romer-Lee, Managing Partner of PMR Hospitality, who have been managing the Leisure experiences, including the hotel and conference facilities on the Spier Wien Farm since December 2013.

Over a light lunch on the hotel restaurant terrace, I commented that the pan African style restaurant Moyo had still been operational on the Spier farm when I had visited last.

"Moyo was still operating when we took over managing the estate and although it was a unique attraction at the time and brought a lot of day visitors to Spier, their service levels had dropped and the group was put into business rescue. They eventually closed in June 2014, giving us the opportunity to restore the 300 year old Werf. Our ample restaurant facilities have filled the breach and we are bringing exciting new concepts and tenants to the Werf (the historical farm yard area in which Moyo was located), which will be able to accommodate outdoor functions," said Romer-Lee.

After lunch I was escorted on a guided tour of Spier's expansive conference and event facilities, which I've described briefly below.

Amphitheatre

Starting the tour at the outdoor Spier Amphitheatre, there are three meeting rooms in an adjacent building, which can accommodate between 40 to 20 delegates depending on the seating arrangement, and are completely private (no public access) with their own facilities. These are ideal as breakaway rooms or for smaller gatherings.

Auditorium

Located within the main Spier Conference Centre, the auditorium has capacity for 430. The beautifully decorated public areas are furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art from the Spier Collection. In winter, delegates can relax around fireplaces, and in summer, chill on the cool, shaded terrace.

Adjacent to the auditorium are three breakaway rooms - the Simonsberg, Helderberg and Stellenberg, which can be used separately or combined to seat 250 people. The conference rooms are adjacent to the Eerste River and have views of the Helderberg mountains.

Old Wine Cellar

This historic Cape Dutch style building dates back to 1767, and is situated next to an oak-shaded courtyard. This venue is spacious at just over 200m2 and is perfect for large gatherings, whether broken up in small groups or in a theatre-style setting.

Manor House

In my opinion, Manor House is the most impressive of Spier's venues with stylish antique furnishing that includes sofas, armchairs, oriental rugs, chandeliers and priceless art. It is comprised of three meeting rooms; the Van Lievens Lounge; the De Clerque Room with seating for 12 delegates around the boardroom table is perfect for a meeting, workshop or small seminar; and the Reynolds Room, which is an ideal venue for a stylish lunch or dinner with its exquisite table that can seat up to 22 people for a meeting or workshop.

Hotel Boardroom

Located within the main hotel building, the elegant boardroom is a convenient meeting space for business guests at the hotel, or groups requiring a smaller meeting facility. The boardroom can seat up to 12 delegates, and includes an outdoor lounge area.

Wine Tasting Venue

Concluding the conference and meeting venues tour at Spier, is the Wine Tasting Venue that overlooks the Spier dam and has views of the Helderberg mountains. The venue features a large reception area, lounge with comfortable seating around the fireplace and an outside area that maximizes the views. The venue is ideally situated for a wine and canapé experience, and can also be used for a seated event. The building combines contemporary décor with the heritage for which Spier is renowned. A chandelier - made by renowned artist Heath Nash from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles - hangs about the state-of-the-art tasting counter.

The Spier Art Collection

One of the unique aspects that sets Spier apart from other conference venues is its art collection, which is one of the most extensive collections of contemporary South African art in the country. Artworks are displayed throughout Spier’s meticulously restored Cape Dutch buildings, meeting rooms and spaces of the Spier Hotel. Each venue, treated as an exhibition space, is dedicated to artists of both emerging and recognised talent.

Art innovations instigated by Spier include art partnerships with The Association For Visual Arts (AVA), The Africa Centre, The Spier Public Arts Festival, The Artist Patronage Programme, The Spier Art Academy, and The Creative Block Project.

Activities

For delegates and their accompanying spouses and children, there is certainly no shortage of things to do at Spier. From picnics to Segway Tours, Eagle Encounters, Craft Markets and Guided Tours or a rejuvenating spa treatment at Camelot Spa there is something for everyone.

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled on business
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JoepSchoof, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 13 April 2015

Thank you for reviewing the Spier Hotel and for placing it on Trip advisor.

We really appreciate you describing the conference facilities for all the Tripadvisor readers.


Warm Regards,


Joep Schoof

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Reviewed 8 April 2015

On 28;March we were booked at spier to attend a wedding at Webersburg. Booked and paid three months in advance. Arrived early to enjoy some chill time before wedding. Waited 45 mins for our room - apparently not ready!! Eventually given another. Phoned room service. Got voicemail with a promise to return call. NOTHING!!! Booked transport to collect us in time for first shuttle to wedding venue. Never pitched. Missed the shuttle, and had to wait for 2nd. Front desk staff very apologetic, but this doesnt make it better.
Next morningnat breakfast, ran out of plates and service was slow to clear tables.
:-(

  • Stayed: March 2015, travelled as a couple
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JoepSchoof, General Manager at Spier Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 21 April 2015

Thank you for your honest feedback on your stay with us.

We take all comments to heart and learn from them to ensure that our guests have a relaxing and stress free time, with this in mind I have sent you a personal message so we can better our service delivery to you and future guests.

We hope will one day welcome you back to Spier.

Warm Regards


Joep Schoof

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