Just outside White River (2 miles max) but feels like a world away. Mountains in the background, beautiful views, very quiet, even on a weekend. The common areas were spotless and the bar had a nice terrace to chill while reading a book or a having a sundowner. Pool was not used but looked very tidy. The hotel is also set on a large site with a well-kept lawn and fruit trees, pleasant for an early morning walk.
Architecturally speaking, the building is not as intrusive as some large countryside hotels I've seen and doesn't feel like a major chain hotel. I don't know about the 'motel' look some people complained about, felt more like a resort to me.
Our bedroom was very spacious and comfortable with a very large bed and a nice balcony. The bathroom looked luxurious with plenty of hot water at any time. Cable TV had lots of channels but we only watched a film anyway.
Breakfast buffet was not part of the room deal but, out of convenience, we decided to try it in the morning of our departure. It was good and incredibly varied but brutally overpriced. Only worth it if you're really hungry.
There was a huge colourful bouncing castle near the pool, which was an eyesore and felt unnecessary since there seemed to be no kids around, but didn't bother me that much after a while since.
Staff were very attentive and helpful at all times, from the reception to the bar. I had made a mistake at the time of booking but they quickly sorted it all out with a smile. Overall a great experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- With its ideal location, Premier Hotel The Winkler is the perfect location from which to explore the beautiful surrounding area. Only 20 minutes drive from the famous Kruger National Park and with easy access to attractions like the Blyde River Canyon, Sabie Waterfalls and Pilgrim's Rest. Premier Hotel The Winkler provides visitors with an incredible base from which to explore the rich African beauty of the Mpumalanga province. Founded around 1890, the town of White River has a rich history and has become both a tourism centre and a point of interest for those wishing to witness one of the most unique farming cultures in South Africa. Premier Hotel The Winkler is situated just 14km for the Kruger Mpumalanga Airport, a short 20 minute drive from the Kruger National Park, 10km outside of White River and a 30 minute drive to Nelspruit. The climate is said to be one of the best in South Africa, neither excessively hot in summer when rainfall is at its highest, nor overly cold during the sunny winters. Known for its scenic beauty, Mpumalanga offers visitors a front row seat to the majesty of Africa. The largest and most famous game reserve in South Africa lies at the heart of the Lowveld, a 20 minute drive from Premier Hotel The Winkler, the Kruger National Park is a wildlife experience like no other and allows visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the unpredictability of this iconic piece of Africa. The waterways of Mpumalanga offer explorers the opportunity to experience a different side of Africa, from the views over the sheer edges of the Blyde River Canyon 800m above the riverbed below to the tropical rain-forests that dominate the eastern side of the Crocodile River Valley. ... more less
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