We stayed in Cottage 1D for one night on 14 January 2011. I was a bit apprehensive, based on previous reviews, but I found most of these to be unjustified.
Many people called the furniture, structures etc. 'tired' - the only thing coming close to 'tired' was the receptionist! (Shame, must've been a long week...).
I think they may have acted on some of the complaints in previous reviews and have upgraded some aspects...our bathroom was very new and modern, and had a lovely huge shower cubicle, and even a towel warmer rail!
The kitchen / bedroom / lounge was all in one (carpeted throughout), but nice and spacious, with granite kitchen tops and all the kitchen appliances you could need. The bed was very comfortable, with good quality squeaky clean bedding. And the small balcony provided a lovely view of the sunrise.
I'll agree that the cottages should not be marketed as 'luxury' - I think most of the negative reviews stemmed from expectations not having been met. But they are definately very comfortable, very clean, and well-located (just a short walk to the spectacular main beach and caves).
The cottages are value for money - we stayed in another self-catering place prior to arriving in Arniston, where we paid slightly more and did not even get bedding or towels, or a cleaning service. And compared to the rates of other places in Arniston, rather reasonably priced.
Would I go again? Yes. In winter, I may want to stay in one of the downstairs units (which have fireplaces).
Just as a note: if you have not been to Arniston before, please note that the hotel has the only two eating facilities in town (bistro and bar / restaurant) - very good food and fabulous views. There are also no shops / cafes or petrol stations at all - with the exception of a vendor selling all-sorts from a small garage-like structure at the back of the hotel!
Hope you found this review helpful...
- Also Known As:
- Arniston Seaside Cottages Hotel Bredasdorp
- Arniston Seaside Cottages Bredasdorp, Overberg District