Raven Smith

Spier

  • Where:Stellenbosch, South Africa

  • Why:A wedding.

  • When:January 2015

  • Who:Me and international man of mystery Richard Danks.

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Highs & Lows

  • The service was beyond friendly. The staff were amazing.

  • The Eight restaurant and menu were amazing. Service there was brilliant too.

  • The breakfast was epic. A veritable feast.

  • The abundance of wine.

  • We tried to book into the spa but couldn’t get a booking. Booking system was unclear.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Village-style luxury.

  • Vibe

    Luxury meets family life.

  • Location

    Minutes from the heart of wineland.

  • Rooms

    153

  • Music

    Ambient, nothing noticeable.

  • Year Opened

    The hotel opened in 2000 and underwent renovations in 2009.

  • Designed By

    The buildings that make up the Spier Hotel date back to 1683, with many of the original architectural features still intact.

  • Pool/Gym

    Yes pool, yes gym.

  • Restaurant

    Yes, two.

  • Bar

    Yes.

  • Minibar

    Nothing in the fridge.

  • Wifi

    Free and easy.

  • Children

    Yes, yes, yes. This place is primed for families.

  • Price

    Mid-range luxury.

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R310 Baden Powell Rd, Stellenbosch, 7603, South Africa

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