What to expect
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Last 5 reviews
This hotel is very clean, comfortable, well positioned and the friendly staff are always visible and helpful. They even washed my car before we checked out. Management do care here about their customers and your experience with them. Nice touch is the complimentary minibar. We will be definitely be back soon! The only negative, is the shop bought bread served at their breakfast. No hotel or restaurant should ever use bread from the commercial suppliers.
Relaxation by the sea..
Stunning location & well positioned within Hermanus, this traditional hotel provides the ideal place to stay for a few days R&R away from the hustle & bustle of Cape Town. Room with sea view & balcony a must. Great service in the bar - well worth a visit! Will definitely return.
First Class Hotel in Beautiful Location
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent 5 night stay here. The room was very nicely furnished and a good size. The hotel amenities were very well maintained and as well as enjoying time by the pool we also enjoyed some pleasant cliff top walks and a visit out to the Saturday market near the cricket club. We couldn’t really sample much food as the Marine breakfasts were so good! Service all round was friendly and efficient and the hotel was managed superbly by Melissa Burns who took a lot of time to mingle with the guests, assessing how well the hotel was looking after guests. Well done the Marine Hotel.
Still the Grand Dame!
The Marine is often referred to as the Gand Dame of Hermanus - in the nicest sense. We have just stayed for the sixth consecutive time, initially for three nights, then four and last year and this, seven. There are many other repeat guests, which tells you something. Hermanus has expanded considerable in recent years. There are now many good restaurants, art galleries and other attractions. Prime amongst these for us is the Hemel en Aarde Valley in the mountains behind the town, with its ever growing number of world renowned vineyards and wineries, mostly making class leading Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The hotel enjoys a matchless location in Marine Drive, perched on the cliff top overlooking a natural sea pool and Walker Bay. In the season, it is in a prime whale watching spot. There are some 40 rooms and suites, the majority sea facing, which is what you want really. The heated pool is in a courtyard with plenty of sun loungers - and shade! There is an excellent bar and two restaurants - The Pavillion where a sumptous breakfast buffet (including Marmite for the Brits!) is augmented by cooked options; and Origins, for lunch and dinner. We enjoyed eating there, but if I'm being picky I did prefer the old arrangement where The Pavillion was the evening fine dining restaurant and Origins was the Seafood Restaurant and excellent too. Maybe it's no longer economic to run two competing restaurants for dinner, but I think that there may be room for two high end offerings, in the season at least. Our suite was spacious with a large bathroom and very comfortable and well equipped, with glorious sea views. We felt very happy there. Service levels are very high with so many members of the team having been there for many years. Melissa Burns, the Assistant GM was in charge, the GM having moved elsewhere in the group, I think. Her calm presence was visible everywhere, from food and beverage, to maintenance to interactions with guests. It would be nice if, when we return next year, she had the GM position! Monique Oosthuizen handled our reservation with her usual efficiency and Heidi Heiberg runs an excellent front desk. The hotel shop is a cut above the average too, with beautifully curated items and also contains the concierge function, suggesting and making reservations and organising trips. Anne-Marie, exellent for so many years is moving towards retirement, but that isn't a problem, because Vari has stepped into her shoes beautifully. You may think that I have majored too much on the team, but with service levels this high, they deserve a mention. There is excellent on site parking too, managed with friendly efficiency by familiar faces. Problems - nothing to worry about really. Our bathroom was showing inevitable signs of a little wear and tear, but I'm sure that this will be attended to. So, all in all the Marine remains a wonderful place to stay, particularly to escape the northern hemisphere winter. The number of repeat guests is testament to that. BA's flights are not yet open for the same time next year, but as soon as they are, Monique will be hearing from me!
home from home -like being at yout granny's!
have stayed here for some years for a fortnight getting same room and thank goodness seeing lots of the same staff -they seem like pld friends from checkin to breakfast chambermaids bar lunch and dinner .rooms are very comfortable /spotless with good facilities with bathrooms smartened up in recent years .Fantastic views over Walker Bay from rooms /bar /breakfast room /Origins restaurarnt -good food in Origins -excellent boutique /travel desk under Vari [one of the real pleasures of coming back is to see the progression of individuals in the management sense which is itself a tribute to the training /management skills of the General managers [a bit of a rocky period after Jo left[but she came back to sort things out [[-only reservation we ever had was restaurant Pavillion but that is now totally in the past with Origins firmly established ]] Now under Sebastian all seems smooth and well run .Staff are uniformly well trained friendly and efficient -Florence for breakfast /lunch -/Sam at dinner Sophiwu in the bar -plus al the staff wherever they work-Our South African january revolves around availability of our room in Marine -need I say more ?
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