We were visiting Capetown on cruise ship and decided to get out of the city for one night as we had spent a previous holiday in the cape and had already visited most of the main sites/attractions. We love the scenery in the cape winelands around Stellenboch and Franschoek and having visited another large and well known winery on a day trip on our previous holiday decided that we would spend a night at Spier to see if it lived up to its billing.
We were not disappointed - the setting is magnificent, extensive grounds and gardens surrounded by the mountains and not forgetting, the lake, cheetahs, birds of prey and craft centre as well as its raison d'etre, the winery.. The hotel is not untypical of the standard one expects in South Africa - large comfortable rooms, good cuisine and wine although no Graham Beck or La Motte (only joking!!).
All in all a place worth visiting. The only reason we have rated it 4 out of 5, is that the reception staff seemed somewhat aloof and not particularly welcoming. Our rooms were not ready for occupation when we arrived, but in fairness we were a bit early. We were asked to wait in reception and were provided with a glass of fruit juice but waited for an interminable length of time with no clear update on the position. Had we been informed in the first place that there would be a lengthy wait, we could have left our bags in reception and gone for a stroll around the grounds or a drink.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spier, in the heart the famous Cape Winelands, is more than a hotel. It is a destination in itself. One of the first hotels in South Africa to be Fair Trade in Tourism certified, Spier offers visitors a variety of authentic experiences - from food and wine to outdoor activities - in beautiful surroundings. ... more less
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