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“Relaxed and classy with an old world feel”

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River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #21 of 112 Stellenbosch B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Epsom, United Kingdom
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83 reviews
19 hotel reviews
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“Relaxed and classy with an old world feel”
Reviewed 26 February 2012

Having had a bustling and busy few days in Cape Town at the start of our holiday we were looking for a relaxed interlude before heading off for long days on safari. Stellenbosch looked like it would be perfect for just that and River Manor Boutique appeared to offer just the kind of property and ambience we were after. It is superbly located only a couple of hundred metres from the town centre but on a quiet road running alongside the river and is in wonderful old colonial buildings which have retained their style and elegance - it is clear that much care has been taken in this regard.
Our room was large, very comfortable and very well appointed - we could have got lost in the bathroom with its wonderful old roll top bath! There were also lovely details like the fresh drinking water delivered each evening and flavoured with fresh mint one day and rosemary the next.
From the moment we arrived until we left there were staff available and happy to help with anything and everything - and always with a friendly word and a smile. At check in we were served coffee on the patio whilst the local area was explained, vineyards highlighted and restaurant recommendations provided (as well as top-tips and handy hints like where to go for the best value wi-fi access in town). One of the best things about the way the Justin and his staff went about their business was that they were always around and helpful when we needed them but you never felt like they were on top of you or overbearing.
As only there briefly we only ate breakfast in the hotel but the food and service were excellent, great choice and very well presented and served.
All in all, a great time and highly recommended for a classy and relaxing experience that matches the colonial style of the town.

Room Tip: We stayed in Room 15 - lovely room with excellent touches and a bathroom bigger than the whole space...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Rivermanor, Manager at River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 27 February 2012
Dear Ben,

Thank you for a wonderful review! This is the type of feedback that really lifts the team and reminds us of why we chose the hospitality industry! We certainly look forward to welcoming you, your family and friends to River Manor again!

Kind regards,

Justin Mitchell
General Manager
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Reviewed 24 February 2012

other reviews have used the word "nice" and that about sums it up, others will have liked the colonial feel a bit more. Having said that, and its an entirely subject comment about style - some people will love, the position in a quiet road but within a few minutes walk of the town centre was excellent and the staff could not have been more more helpful or friendly. Special mention for Justin, the manager for really good tips on the farmers market, getting to Tokara in time to see the sun go down before dinner and really well though through recommendations and travel directions to just the sort of wineries and lunch spots we were looking for.

Room Tip: We were initially offered the room between the two swimming polls, which felt like being in a goldfi...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rivermanor, Manager at River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 27 February 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your honest review of River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa. It is encouraging to see that any disappointment upon arrival was quickly resolved! We find that with most of the negative feedback that we receive, we only hear of after our guest departure whereas most problems or disappointments can be resolved, if mentioned to Management straight away!

Although our style of accommodation might not have been your taste, we can still see by your review, that you did have a good experience!

Kind regards,

Justin Mitchell
General Manager
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Reviewed 23 February 2012

This hotel is very charming, quaint, and quite beautiful. I felt like I was in another era; the design and decoration brought us back to the early 20th century. We loved the free-standing bathtub and antique wardrobes. The breakfast was really tasty and served in a lovely room. After arriving to our room we were offered a glass of champagne. The location is ideal, within walking distance of town and in a very safe neighborhood. The manager gave great vineyard and restaurant recommendations. We felt the hotel attracted an older crowd (we are in our early 30s). We didn't opt for the wine tour as we were hesitant about spending the entire day with a more mature group. All in all, this was a delightful hotel.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Rivermanor, Manager at River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 27 February 2012
Thank you for your positive review received! We really do appreciate your feedback!

Kind regards,

Justin Mitchell
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Reviewed 21 February 2012

This is a good hotel in a nice location in Stellenbosch. Hotel is on Dorpf street so it's only 2 minutes walk from town centre. Service was good.the rooms were a old country house style but are plenty spacious and very clean. Bathroom was a bit spare but not really an issue for most people.

  • Stayed February 2012
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Reviewed 11 February 2012

Nice Hotel with an victorian Style... good breakfast and service... Location within walking distance to Center... nevertheless Room prices (R 1200 per Person/night) are far too high for that kind of a places... even no complimentary Wifi and Cappuccino during breakfast will be charged at extra costs...

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rivermanor, Manager at River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa, responded to this review, 14 February 2012
Thank you for your review of our Hotel River Manor and your kind thoughts re our level of service, breakfast offering and location. In reply to your points raised, we do advertise that we offer Wi-Fi access, but do not state that this is a complimentary service. We are pleased to confirm that we are in the process of developing a “business station” where this will be available. Our breakfast menu is extensive allowing for continual top ups of ALL on offer. There are a few items which are optional extras, not included in the B&B rate, and detailed on our breakfast menu, including speciality coffee style drinks.
Thank you again for your review and we wish you happy holidays into the future.
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Additional Information about River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa

Property: River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa
Address: 6 The Avenue, Stellenbosch 7602, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Stellenbosch
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 112 B&Bs / Inns in Stellenbosch
Price range (per night): ₹ 8,784 - ₹ 21,121
Hotel Class:4 star — River Manor Boutique Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
River Manor is nestled in the heart of Stellenboch and the Western Cape Winelands. Set across from the Eerste River, in a peaceful avenue of Oak trees, just a short stroll from the village centre, with its museums, street cafés, and galleries, allowing guests to delight in a truly unique Stellenbosch experience.Elegantly furnished in a Contemporary Colonial Style, with personal service and attention to detail - the, wrap-around verandas, two swimming pools, a Studio Spa and secluded gardens, exude an atmosphere of luxury and privacy allowing for relaxation and comfort. A light and seasonal menu is offered at “Taste” enjoyed in the shade of the garden or in the Conservatory, complimented by a charming “Garden Bar”.Stylish rooms combine the conveniences of home with superior comforts, fruit details, bathrobes, Port and Sherry trays and evening turndowns, an experience of a bygone era. Not forgetting necessary modern conveniences of minibars, in room safes, tea and coffee trays, Wifi, overhead ceiling fans and air-conditioning.After leisurely poolside breakfasts, guests may enjoy guided Wine Tours departing daily from River Manor, or take a self drive through the majestic countryside to nearby golf courses, Franschhoek, Cape Town or Hermanus - to return to the sunny terrace to view a beautiful African sunset. ... more   less 
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