What our guests say about us


“Along with a bunch a friends, we booked the legendary Saturday night dinner & dance package. I’ve always wanted to stay at this famous old hotel and we were very happy we finally made the decision to go. This had also been sold at a special rate so we were super happy with the amazing value for money that we received at the price. The staff were really nice and helpful when we needed them. Our rooms were clean and you really could not complain at all of the high standard amenities for a 3 star property. As for the dinner dance held in a lovely big venue onsite, the 3 course ala-carte dinner was traditional fare but spot-on. I had the steak choice which was really good. The dessert buffet was yummy and the cheese boards an elegant touch. Dancing was loads of fun with a DJ playing old school and tunes we all knew and loved. Breakfast the next morning was all that could be expected, plus extra’s like champers and orange , vegan options like almond milk and gluten free breads etc. Nice touches. Coffee quality was the only disappointment but then again we have all become more coffee-snobbish over the years. I’m in the travel industry and jaded by now with my many, many global hotel stays across all star ratings, but all in all, we will certainly be back and I recommend you go along for a fun bit of adult weekending.”

– Shaun B, August 2019

“Fast, efficient, friendly warm reception at check in. The rooms were exceptionally clean. The house attendant assisted with getting the fireplace going. Cozy lighting in the rooms. Reception calls answered immediately. Eating area warm and cozy, with friendly staff assisting all the way. The outside play area for the kids, a huge recommendation for parents with little ones, kept them occupied throughout. Best of all, what you see is definitely what you pay for. Lastly, I must say, customer service has shown to be priority for the staff at Houw Hoek Hotel. Thank you. There’s absolutely Nothing I didn’t like!”

– Chimonay Masumbe, August 2019

“South Africa’s oldest hotel. A beautiful place. Gorgeous, open areas to walk around in. Beautiful hiking trails stretching for many kilometers in the mountains. Very well furnished rooms with beautiful wood furniture. An outdoor play area for kids. A very nice, upscale restaurant where they will sometimes do dance party nights. Excellent breakfast buffet in the morning. Cute little ponds with relaxing places to sit. Definitely not an experience you want to miss.”

– Ethan Whitted, August 2019

“It was our son’s wedding and we decided to choose Houw Hoek Hotel as the venue, because of its location, affordability and of coarse, the hotel have memories. 33 Years ago we stayed here on our honeymoon and my parents 60 years ago on their honeymoon. We were blown away by the professional way the staff at this hotel, handled the wedding event. Every single staff member were very well trained an professional in their specialized field. Accommodation were 5 star! There is also a lovely Chapel for the ceremony. The setting is stunning and everyone was so friendly and helpful. We will recommend this venue to everybody that we meet. Thanks to you all at the hotel for making our son’s wedding so perfect!!”

– Sonja Basson, September 2017

“Had a wonderful weekend at Houw Hoek with a group of friends who gather once a year. We were very well looked after, made to feel welcome and that nothing was too much trouble. Perfect spot close to Cape Town but in the countryside. Fabulous walks – not too challenging but great exercise, giving us the excuse to enjoy our meals, which were well prepared and offered a great variety. Will definitely return! Thank you to all the staff who were very friendly and efficient.”

– Nicki Leshnick, October 2017

“Wonderful stay during Wines2Whales. Will definitely stay again next year. Love the service and the smiling faces! A truly great hotel far from the horrible modern day “chain hotels”. Exquisite views!”

– James Popper, November 2017

“Have been here innumerable times over the years, great weekend getaway spot, safe environment for all. Tennis, Swimming, hikes, great restaurant, etc. great conference facilities, as well as wedding ceremonies.”

– Winston Lawrence, October 2017

“Spent an absolutely fabulous weekend at Houw Hoek Hotel, food in the restaurant was great, service excellent and the staff were very engaging, friendly and accommodating to our every request! Highly rated, highly recommended!”

– Andrew Goodrich, April 2018

“We stayed in the Houw Hoek Hotel for our anniversary and it was amazing. Their rooms are clean and tidy. The food and breakfast in the restaurant is amazing and the staff is very much professional and always helpful. The estate is beautiful and so peaceful. Will definitely stay there again.”

– David N, April 2018

“We celebrated my wife’s 50th birthday at Houw Hoek Hotel, attending the dinner/dance with 30 friends. What an epic evening it was, the fantastic Houw Hoek staff bent over backwards to ensure we were happy, they treated us like royalty. The rooms are great, the food, both at the dinner/dance as well as Sunday morning breakfast, was excellent! Every one of our 30 guests has sung the praises about a perfect function in a fantastic location and setting. Thank you Houw Hoek Hotel, we will certainly be back!”

– Anita Myburgh, April 2018

“We stayed for 2 days, it was amazing. Service was excellent. Rooms neat and clean. Food was amazing. Staff friendly and always ready to assist. Will definitely be back for more. It was so relaxing. Wedding venue and food was awesome.”

– Corne F, October 2017

“We had a most enjoyable stay at this hotel, on our way to Hermanus. Great food, service and surroundings! Fireplace in bedroom was very special, as it was cold outside! We shall definitely visit again!”

– Hilda D, October 2017

“We absolutely loved our stay at the Houw Hoek Hotel! The staff was helpful, the rooms well furnished, large and clean, and we loved the location! Far enough away from the city, but still so much to do at the Houw Hoek Nature Reserve. As nature enthusiasts, we loved it! Thank you Houw Hoek Hotel!”

– Naas Vermaak, October 2017

“An awesome experience! Great accommodation excellent service delicious food peaceful relaxing children had a “Ball” There is so much to do for the children. Bonus is its not too far from Cape Town!”

– Tracy K, January 2018

“We stayed over 1 night and were pleasantly surprised by this hotel. The children had a fabulous time swimming and playing. The scenery is beautiful and the staff very friendly and helpful. Our regret is that we didn’t book for longer.”

– Michelle K, January 2018

“I believe a BIG thank you must go to all the staff of the Houw Hoek Hotel, who were involved in the preparation, cooking and presentation of the wonderful food served at the Christmas Day buffet luncheon at the hotel. We do not think the meal we had could have been beaten anywhere else.

The staff on duty in the dining room were all efficient and friendly, which made the eating that much nicer. An added touch was the glass of bubbly with orange juice served as we entered the venue.

Congratulations all round. Well done and you really are the A Team!”

– Donald Cameron , January 2018