The second night of our trip was spent at the Queen’s hotel, situated right in the heart of Oudtshoorn.
This beautiful colonial hotel was finished in 1880 and is the third oldest hotel in South Africa. They are currently renovating the entire hotel and we got to stay in one of their brand new family suites.
Below is a room with the old decor next to one with the new. The family suite we were in had two nice size rooms as well as a small kitchenette and brand new bathroom.
I took a fun ride in the VERY old elevator down to the ground floor to take a look around outside. The pool area is so pretty, unfortunately the water temperature is subzero in winter so a quick finger dip was as close as I was getting to this pool!
We decided to spend a few hours relaxing in the room before dinner. The husband had a nap on the extremely comfortable bed while I dealt with the kids. We couldn’t get a cartoon channel to work on the television so I called reception and they quickly sent someone up to check it out. Fast forward almost 2 hours, and frequent visits from “the repair guy” and it was finally on! I really appreciated the determination this lovely man had to get those cartoons on for the boys.
We went to the hotel restaurant, Die Kolonie aka The Colony, for dinner. Started with some drinks at the bar and relaxed by the warm fire before we moved to our table.
Unfortunately dinner turned out to be quite a disappointment. With no kids menu we struggled to find something that they would eat. Our food was expensive and I’m sad to say, fell short. Apparently the head chef was away on holiday so I’m sure this isn’t normally the case, we were just unlucky.
The next morning we had breakfast downstairs in a room adjacent to this beautiful patio area. It was delicious and the staff were really lovely. The entire hotel maintains it’s old world charm despite all the modern luxuries they’re adding. This old girl (the hotel, not me) is gracefully keeping up with all the new establishments popping up around her.
All in all the hotel is a beautiful piece of South African history, we enjoyed our stay, and slept extremely well!
Previous stop: Fun at Cango Wildlife Ranch!
Next stop: Lunch and a tour at Safari Ostrich Farm!
Thank you to the Queen’s Hotel for having us. Opinions expressed are my own, as always.
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