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Spier Hotel
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Reviewed 28 February 2018

We spent 2nts here during our South Africa tour and really wish we could have stayed for longer. I must admit I was dubious before booking as to whether this would be a big monstrosity of a hotel and also whether the location would be suitable without renting a car.
Firstly the hotel grounds are huge with wide open green spaces and several swimming pools so it feels secluded - for example we were the only people to ever sit by our courtyard pool (it was basically like having a private pool!) so it never felt overcrowded or like staying in a big hotel. The rooms are very spacious, huge in fact and we only booked a standard room. The amenities in the bathroom are all organic/natural and really great quality - it might sound like a small thing to mention but its the little things that often mater. You really feel like you are going back to nature, eating the most divine farm to table food at the eight restaurant, walking through the hotels own garden trail by the river and admiring the beautiful views over the vineyards.

There is so much to explore and do in and around the hotel that you really don't need to leave. We briefly got a taxi into Stellenbosch (just to see it) and have to say we are so glad we chose Spier over any of the small boutique hotels in the centre of Stellenbosch as they didn't have the same rural escape feel as Spier did. If I am staying in the winelands I want open spaces, stunning views and Spier more than delivered on that.

This hotel exceeded my expectations by far- so why only 4 stars and not 5? Well, check in was very haphazard and we were left waiting some time.

Overall a great stay and I hope to return some day

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank nice2gotravelling
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Reviewed 26 February 2018

The accommodation in this wine farm is in multiple "houses" - we had the upper floor of one, which was about three minutes' walk from the main reception and restaurant building. The bedroom (and bed) was huge. All very clean and well appointed. There are three restaurants on the campus, as well as wine tasting, eagle encounters (we didn't try this), etc. The only slight drawback is that it's a short distance outside Stellenbosch, so Uber was very useful. But all in all a great place to stay. Food and wine excellent.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
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Thank Grumpy_Tim
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

A great location for the start of our trip Fantastic for couples and families alike. From wine tasting to Segway tours this friendly well run property has plenty to offer everyone. With exceptional food and wines you can’t go wrong with a few days stay here!

Stayed: February 2018, travelled as a couple
Thank paulataylor1534
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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

We spend 5 days at spier during our South Africa tour and it was perfect for our needs. There is an owl center which which is fun for kids. Breakfast was very good and staff very attentive. Pool also nice to spend some time. Rooms and bathrooms spacious and clean.
We would stay here again

Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
Thank Chica249
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Reviewed 25 February 2018

This is a lovely hotel. Check-in was pretty quick, and we received a welcome glass of wine, which is always a bonus!

The room was bright, spacious and clean.

The downside was trying to get a decent dinner reservation. Despite there being a number of options at the hotel, it was surprisingly difficult.
It was a Wednesday - so Eight Restaurant was closed. Apparently this restaurant is closed every Wednesday, which is a bit odd for a hotel but even more inconvenient for us as we only stayed on a Wednesday night - and it was Valentines Day!
The hotel restaurant looked a bit quiet, and the buffet didn't look particularly appetising!
Finally, the Hoghouse was fully booked.

We did actually end up eating at the Hoghouse because we were told by staff that the restaurant was fully booked, but they might have some tables at 8pm, which is dinner time(?!). We went to the restaurant and they had 6 or 7 free tables.
The food was good, but there aren't isn't a lot on offer if you're a vegetarian, like me.

Oh, and service is very slow. we had incidents at every single meal (Hoghouse & main restaurant) where our orders were taken but not served and we had to chase up numerous time to get our food or drinks.

The grounds are beautiful and there is a lot to do around the hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2018, travelled with friends
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