The Drostdy Hotel in Graaff-Reinet has to be one of the most luxurious places we have stayed in locally. A totally fantastic place which can be the perfect stop over if you are heading from Gauteng to the Western Cape or vice-versa.
The Drostdy Hotel
The original hotel has been transformed into a boardroom, reading rooms, a cigar lounge, and ladies bar. And attached to it is a gallery and wine shop. There is an onsite restaurant and spa, as well as a gym and sauna. Our check in was smooth and after parking our car, we were shown to our rooms. My parents wanted to have a look at both before choosing which one they would prefer. All the rooms are converted slave quarters, and ours was situated in a small courtyard with a private pool. There are lounge chairs at the pool, with towels for swimming. These are collected after use and replaced with dry towels. And room service can be ordered pool side if you feel like having a meal or drinks while relaxing.
We had an open plan lounge area, separate bathroom and a small outdoor seating arrangement. I did not make use of the Victorian bath or heated towel rail, other than to dry out swimming costumes. The shower was a decent size, with good pressure and lovely toiletries. These were replenished each day, together with bottled water, tea, coffee and hot chocolate. It would have been a nice touch to have mugs for the hot drinks, as well as small plates in the room, and extra glasses. Everything about our room was very comfortable, especially the bed which had good quality linen.
The first morning, breakfast was a bit chaotic. We were only given one continental platter for the table, which was adequate, but clearly for two. There was one bowl for the granola and no sooner had the platter arrived than our hot food followed. Dave told Phumzile, our waitress, that this was unacceptable. For the next two mornings she took heed and let us take our time, enjoying the platter, before taking our orders. She also brought us extra fruit and bowls. We were given a choice of several fruit juices, as well as tea and coffee. The second course was a generous portion and the only complaint I had was that my scrambled eggs could have been slightly softer. But that is my preference. Other than that, the breakfasts were amazing and we ate both outside, and indoors, over the course of our stay.
There was a constant stream of staff walking around, ready to lend a hand. The front gate is constantly monitored for access to the property and the front desk was manned every time we went to the office. The gardens are extremely well maintained and everyone we came across was polite and friendly.
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