Koornhoop Manor House, Observatory, Cape Town: Accommodation Review


Koornhoop Manor House
cnr., Wrensch & Nuttall Roads
Observatory, Cape Town
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Accommodation type: Bed & Breakfast, Self Catering
Number of stars: N/A
Rooms starting from (per person sharing): R235
SA Blog recommends? Enthusiastically!

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Koornhoop’s popularity is partially due to the rates – which seem to have got stuck in the late-90s, avoiding inflation altogether – but also because Vic and Trish are rock-solid when it comes to guests’ needs. Their tourism industry network is second to none – Vic is himself a SATOUR-cerfitied guide – and they always steer Cape Town first timers in the right direction. If Koornhoop is full, for instance, they’ll help you find alternate lodging; and don’t be shy to ask for recommendations on day trips.

(See full review below.)

Low season specials? No
Breakfast included? Yes
Dedicated non-smoking rooms? Yes
Staff friendliness (out of 10): 9
Staff competence (out of 10): 9

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Room options: Single, Double, Suite
Room comfort level (out of 10): 8
Noisy? No
Does the TV remote work? Yes
Fan or A/C? Fan
Pool? No

Concierge? N/A
Restaurant? N/A
Conference facilities? N/A
Three ink blot adjectives: Comfortable, Quiet, Dependable
Value for money? Yes

Booking information
Koornhoop Manor House
cnr. Wrensch and Nuttall Rd.
Observatory 7925
Tel/Fax: +27 (0) 21 448 0595
koornhoop@yahoo.com
www.geocities.com/koornhoop/

Review
There is, quite simply, no better bargain in the world of Cape Town B&Bs than Koornhoop Manor House. Set on very pretty (and secure) grounds just steps away from Observatory’s funky Lower Main Road, the establishment has answered the prayers of thousands of visitors travelling to Cape Town on a budget – especially those coming and going in groups.

Mind you, they’ve had to book well in advance to get the space. I know – in a previous life, I worked with proprietors Vic and Trish on a semi-annual basis, and was always quite relieved when the various factors of a groups’ stay – number of beds, number of nights, etc. – were firmly inked into their log book. Koornhoop fills up fast.

The popularity is partially due to the rates – which seem to have got stuck in the late-90s, avoiding inflation altogether – but also because Vic and Trish are rock-solid when it comes to guests’ needs. Their tourism industry network is second to none – Vic is himself a SATOUR-cerfitied guide – and they always steer Cape Town first-timers in the right direction. If Koornhoop is full, for instance, they’ll help you find alternate lodging; and don’t be shy to ask for recommendations on day trips.

Founded in 1989 Koornhoop was one of South Africa’s first Guest Houses. The rooms are elegant, comfy and clean, there’s a self-catering option, and you’re guaranteed assiduous service from the proprietors. Koornhoop easily makes SA Logue’s “Best of Cape Town” list.