Only stayed here 1 night, on the way to Cape Town from Port Elizabeth. The guesthouse was nice and the location was great for watching the whales. We walked across the street out onto the point and there was a whale, right there!
Great bathroom and comfortable bed. Good breakfast, too. And our hostess was full of great info, and was booking activities for guests who were there longer.
The only drawback was that we had to take a cab home from dinner in town. Not that it was far (we walked there in the daylight), but were told not to walk back after dark. This is not a reflection on the neighborhood, which was beautiful - just about what could happen between downtown and the neighborhood.
The Hermanus Esplanade is a self catering facility. They have quite a number of units sleeping from 2 - 6 people. Some of the units have a sea view, but the one we had looked out onto the communal courtyard & car park. Very reasonable tariffs charged here and you are in the centre of Hermanus close to the old harbour.
Location & price
The best thing we liked about our stay at the Whale Cottage B&B was the location. Next door to the Whale Cottage was the On the Cliffs Guest House. It looked beautiful and we could look into the rooms at night. We were able to see a number of B&Bs on the road and this one looked like the nicest.
After staying at the luxurious Twelve Apostles I was a little disappointed with the accommodations at the Whale Cottage in Hermanus. We had reserved one of the better rooms in the B&B. The bed was 2 twins pushed together and the floor was creaky- not optimal for a couple on their honeymoon. The decor was minimal with built in painted cabinets (painted blue of course) and some modern furniture. We did like the fact that the room had a balcony where one could sit and watch the whales. Another negative was that the shower/tub was European style- with the handle spray. Very hard for a 6 foot man (my husband) to adequately wash himself.
Compared to other B&B's we stayed at in South Africa, I would say this one was adequate but not spectacular.
The best things about Whale Cottage are Barry, the manager, who is overly eager to please and the location. The B&B is about a 10 minute walk from the main town. There are rocks with paths and viewing areas out front- away from the whale watching crowds. We were able to spot a couple of whales the afternoon we arrived and lots more in the morning.
The breakfast, which was served outside on the patio, was quite nice with an assortment of cereals and fruits.
We recently celebrated our 22 wedding anniversary here and would recomend it as a refreshingly different option to staying in one of the local hotels or b&b's.
Situated just outside the small town of Stanford, to the south east of Hermanus (about 20 minutes by car)
Be warned though that you will have to negotiate untarred farm roads to reach your destination but the little bit of shaking is well worth it.
Luxury tented accommodation with an abundance of bird life to wake you in the morning.
They offer horse trails and kayak excursions as psrt of the experience.
The staff are super friendly, meals superb and one leaves with a heavy heart.
Although within sight of Hermanus one gets the feeling of being out in the African bush.
Ladies - the abution facilities are as good if not better that what you will find in many regular establishments.
For those preferring cottage accommodation, they have a few luxury cottages as well.
This was a very pleasant place, beautifully decorated, a lovely french style courtyard, and pleasing rooms.
We were supposed to have a sea view, however since booking, a new hotel is being built in front, and our view was a building site, but you can not stop progress. Although lovely thier was something lacking, i think that unlike other places we stayed at this place had no soul.
I could not, not, recommend, but I am not sure I would choose to go thier again. Dont know why though.
Breakfast was lovely and service impeccable
Also Esplanade but the luxury version. Stunning view as well and just down the road in Marine drive, close to everything.
Self catering flat in Hermanus. If you are on a budget this is the best place to stay. It is a old place but quit big with 2 rooms and bathroom upstairs. The view from the upstairs bedroom is the best. It is not luxury bur very well priced. The 6 sleeper with ocean view is the most expensive about R500. 70dollars 41 pounds.62 euros. There are also 4 and 2 sleepers for less and the mountain views are are R400 for the most expensive 6 sleeper. 33 pounds
The best view, Tv, secure parking, spacious
This could easily be the finest B and B we've ever stayed at! Pam Nelshof is a wonderful host who makes a gourmet breakfast with wonderful choices including an omelette souffle and banana or sweet corn fritters! Her rooms are all furnished with Cape country antique furniture and include modern bathrooms, TV's (with MNET), and heaters in the winter! Pam is also great at making dinner reservations for you and advising on travel plans.
Nelshof is right on the beach and binoculars are provided so that you can watch the whales while you sit on the long porch. There's a jacuzzi outside (which we didn't use during our 2 stays there) and a comfortable living room for guests to use.
Mobys is an ok hostel. It has a big bar which a lot of locals drink in and it has a small pool. There is lots of room to chill out and the rooms although big and cramped are clean.
Mobys organise a shark diving trip, see below for details.
Nice place in a convenient location. The owner, Jim Wepener, played a leading role in setting up the local whale watching as a big tourist attraction. He is an interesting chap to talk to and can tell you a lot about Hermanus.
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