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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We recently stayed at One Marine Drive for two nights and loved it. We were traveling with another couple and they wholeheartedly agreed. Nicole met us upon our arrival and assisted us with parking (very secure)and luggage. She graciously welcomed us with a glass of wine as she familiarized us with the hotel and Hermanus. I had had some questions when I was planning our trip and Nicole had responded immediately. I certainly appreciated all of her suggestions. The staff here were eager to please, making sure we were treated like royalty. We took advantage of sitting by the wood stove in the evening and enjoying Sandisa’s hospitality. In the morning the staff cheerfully prepared eggs cooked to order in addition to the buffet of yogurt, fruit, cereal,breads and lovely pancakes. There was nothing to not like about the service here.

Our rooms (Ashley and Susan) were stylish, immaculate and well appointed. The bed was perfect and we slept like babies. The bathroom was well designed- the large deep drawer under the sink worked well for storage. We loved the honesty bar on our floor - it was nice to be able to make a cup of tea or have a glass of wine while sitting on our balcony looking at the whales. Of course walking the cliff walk into town and seeing tons of whales along the way was a highlight of our stay. And how convenient to be able to walk directly across the street to see such fantastic views!

Hermanus is a wonderful destination and One Marine Drive is the perfect place to stay.

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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Antony T, Owner at One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi – We are delighted to hear “Hermanus is a wonderful destination and One Marine Drive is the perfect place to stay” - such kind words, thank you. Our Team enjoyed taking care of you and I am particularly pleased you enjoyed the pampering and everything we offer, from the warmth of the “wood stove” in the lounge area, the “cooked to order” breakfasts, the wi-fi, your rooms with private balconies and great sea views and our hospitality, being treated like royalty.
When designing the hotel, we wanted to ensure guests have a more relaxed experience, where they can prepare their own beverages, if they prefer in a calmer and sometimes more social environment. I am so pleased you liked the “honesty bar on your floor” as well as your sleep enjoyment. We look forward to welcoming you all back.
Nicole, Sandisa & Team

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Reviewed 10 October 2018

We were somewhat bemused by the robotic gestures and mimicked paraphrases we were met with on arrival by a staff member. This aside, the hotel has great views, the rooms are adequate though a desk and chair would have made it complete and the shower room could have done with some shelves for putting toiletries on. The wifi was so, so slow and for a hotel charging £165 pounds sterling per night, spending some money to upgrade to super-fast broadband would be minimal. They even have ipad's in the room for guests use so the anticipated demand has not been accounted for and why the wifi was not better I do not understand - perhaps the owner is just mean? Breakfast was adequate but not memorable. The staff are very pleasant though perhaps too keen to please and might lay off a little. Tea and coffee on demand and an honesty box are great and if the wifi was ungraded, I'd stay again. The location was fine and you easily walk into town or along the cliff walk where there were plenty of whales to be seen.

Room Tip: The higher you go the better the view and the price!
  • Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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Antony T, Owner at One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello - Thanks for letting us know about your stay and delighted to hear you would like to “stay again”. We are so sorry you did not mention your experience about the wi-fi. As you experienced, the team would have been more than happy to assist you. As the owner of One Marine Drive, I can assure you, we have invested heavily in the designing and development of the hotel. If you are returning to Hermanus, we would love for you to stay with us again.
Our best to you, The 1MD Team

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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

Stayed over the Whale festival, with two friends. A special little hotel, Natasha the Manager, was a star as were all the staff.
Good breakfast, lovely room, nothing was to much trouble. Watched the Whales frolicking in the bay from our veranda.
Yes highly recommended.

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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Antony T, Owner at One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2018

Hi Cliff - you are right, the Whale Festival was brilliant this year! Whales, whales, whales are plentiful and delighted you "watched them frolicking in the bay from your veranda" So pleased you had such a fantastic experience with us.
Our best to you, Natasha & The 1MD Team

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Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

This small boutique hotel is perfect for visiting Hermanus, overlooking the sea very close to the cliff path, and offers large stylish rooms with balconies. We had the Isabella room on the 2nd floor. We stayed 2 nights, one morning I saw whales breaching from bed - a quite extraordinary and amazing memory. Breakfast was great, there is a bar but no restaurant but there are many near by. We saw so many whales, some right under the cliffs to the point you couldn’t get closer in a boat. The cliff path is beautiful whether or not the whales are in town, there are some great bars and restaurants and some interesting antique and craft shops to wander around. We came to see the whales but enjoyed Hermanus as well. I will definitely stay at this hotel again when I next visit

Stayed: September 2018, travelled as a couple
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Antony T, Owner at One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 26 September 2018

Hello - you are quite right, Hermanus has many things to offer and delighted you took full advantage. 2 nights in room Isabella is a treat and so pleased you enjoyed every minute of your stay with us at 1MD. It's certainly whales, whales, whales this season and they are still making the perfect display each day - we are blessed with all the marine life activity.
We look forward to welcoming you back soon - The 1MD Team

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Reviewed 24 September 2018

We stayed at One Marine Drive as part of our honeymoon. It was exactly what we were looking for. Our visit started when Natasha met us as we pulled into our parking spot. She told us to leave all of our bags in the car, to come inside and relax a little bit, and to have a glass of wine. From there, she made dinner reservations for us and gave us great recommendations for what to do while we were in town before bringing our bags inside, showing us around, and helping us settle into our beautiful room. The hotel is just steps from Cliff Walk path and the views from each room are spectacular. Breakfast was delicious and we also enjoyed a delicious piece of homemade cake one night after dinner. I can't think of a better location in Hermanus and can't imagine a better staff. They even gave us a bottle of champagne to celebrate our honeymoon. What a wonderful experience!

  • Stayed: August 2018, travelled as a couple
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Antony T, Owner at One Marine Drive Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 7 October 2018

Hello - We are delighted your honeymoon was made extra special with us at One Marine Drive and that it was "exactly what we were looking for" from the location, your room with gorgeous views, quick access to the coastal cliff path, restaurant recommendations, breakfast and service. We look forward to welcoming you back.
Natasha & The 1MD Team

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