Swartberg Hotel, Prince Albert, South Africa

Named after the mountain range surrounding the area, Mont d’Or Swartberg Hotel, in Prince Albert, was the second stop on our staycation. This National Heritage Site has been home to a hotel for over 150 years. Offering a spa, gym, swimming pool and conference facilities, the hotel is ideal for a getaway.

Mont dOr Swartberg Hotel

Swartberg Hotel Room 16

We chose to stay in one of the luxury rooms, and ours had a small, enclosed courtyard. Our room was most certainly luxurious with a king size bed, and large bath. However, a few things could have been improved upon. The coffee was nothing special and the Wi-Fi was very iffy. It did not work at all on Dave’s laptop. Seeing as we were on holiday, this was really of no importance. But as a business venue it could matter. Also, our room was right next to where the staff gather to work. They were very chatty, and loud, which was disturbing late at night and early morning. Despite the hot water taking some time to make its way to the room, the spacious shower was perfect. We were only provided with 3 towels which I found odd.

Swartberg Hotel Room 16

Our stay

We checked in and while Dave drove around to the secure parking, I walked through the grounds to our room. There is a lovely fireplace in our room, for looking at only as they are never used. Amenities included the regular tea, coffee and milk, as well as bottles of water and sanitiser. Their own branded shampoo, shower gel and body lotion was provided. I loved that the room had a suitcase stand making it easier for us to unpack and pack. After we had dumped our things, we headed over to The Green Prince Bar for a drink. They have an amazing selection of local gins including the Black Mountain Karoo Dry (R39) which I had garnished with lemon zest and rosemary. Sadly we were under a booze ban and I could not buy a bottle to take home.

The Green Prince Bar

Wining and Dining

After our drinks we headed back to our room to read before taking a walk through Prince Albert. We had dinner in the Victorian Dining Room which has a lovely atmosphere, despite the air-conditioning being set too cold. Our wine choice for the night was a bottle of Alvi’s Drift Signature (R135). Dave had peri-peri chicken livers (R55) to start and I chose the vegan option of an antipasto platter (R50), both of which were very good.

 

Starters
There is no way to photograph livers to make them look good!

As the kudu pot pie and lamb shank were not available, we both chose the lamb pie (R120). It was served with mash and vegetables of the day and was very meaty. To end our meal we had the cheese plate for 2 (R110) paired with the local Soetkaroo dessert wine (R40). I thought the meal was reasonably priced and the service was very good.

Main Course And Cheese Platter In The Victorian Dining Room

Breakfast

Our room rate (which was cheaper on booking.com than direct), included breakfast. This was served in the coffee shop and I was quite surprised to see an open buffet for the cold part of the Continental breakfast. Fresh juice and fruit salad as well as various cereals, cold meat and cheeses were on offer. We both chose the slimmer’s breakfast of poached egg with salmon and hollandaise served on an English muffin. I found the cottage cheese an interesting addition.

Continental Breakfast Served In The Mont dOr Swartberg Hotel Coffee Shop

Contact Mont d’Or Swartberg Hotel directly to make a booking, or for possibly better rates, use this link to book your accommodation and get 10% back after your stay.

Footnote:

I let the hotel know about the noise from the staff and this was their feedback:

Good day ,

We have taken the noise up with the staff and discussed improvements with them.

Kind regards,

Mont d’Or Swartberg

Prince Albert

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10 thoughts on “Swartberg Hotel, Prince Albert, South Africa

  1. I have no idea about your prices for hotel room and meals, but your experience sounds less than stellar! Surprising that the main courses on the menu were not available. Also, couldn’t you ask for more towels? We joke about knowing how to ask for more towels in 10 languages because there never seem to be enough.

    be safe… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    1. Our exchange rate is about R15 to $1 so that gives you an indication of the prices. I was not surprised about the kudu not being available as I don’t think much hunting took place this season due to lockdown. I did not check the towels before I climbed into the shower in the morning. But yes, I could have asked. Thankfully Dave only uses one as I always use two. I am glad I am not the only one who needs a lot of towels 🙂

  2. It all looks very nice, especially the food. My friend and I have a holiday booked for April but I don’t think it will go ahead.

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