A few weeks ago I was invited to stay at The Stellenbosch Hotel which had recently undergone a bit of a revamp. Located right in the heart of Stellenbosch town, the hotel was built on land that was granted by Governor Simon van der Stel somewhere between 1692 and 1701. It was then restored back in 1987 and also declared as a national monument. Today it remains a beautiful building with lots of old school charm:Accommodation-wise the hotel offers petite (from R1290 per night), classic (from R1490 per night) & superior rooms (from R1790 per night) as well as studio (from R1790 per night), 2 bedroom (from R2690 per night) & 3 bedroom apartments (from R2890 per night).
Bestie Kim and I stayed in one of their 2 bedroom apartments which had the cutest wraparound balcony and a nice big room for each of us with 2 en suite bathrooms as well.We loved our little apartment and immediately felt at home, but the best thing was the awesome central location which meant we could simply park our car (they have underground parking – you just need to book it before hand as it’s limited) and then roam around. That evening we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, The Stellenbosch Kitchen. It’s a cool little space that kinda feels like a wine cellar. But very cozy indeed.
Their menu is all about classic dishes that have been given a modern twist. Price-wise starters range from R65 and R85, mains from R105 to R190 and desserts from R45 to R85. You can have a look at their starters & mains menu over here and their dessert menu over here. For starters Kim went for their West Coast mussels, fennel, white wine, cream, saffron & hand-cut potato chips while I went for the Pan roasted duck breast, braised red cabbage, potato rosti & pickled cucumber:
For mains I went for the Shepherd’s Pie: Braised shoulder of lamb, Parmesan mash, minted pea purée & lamb jus, and then Kim went for the Smoked pork loin, charred apple and cider purée, red cabbage, pineapple chutney, sweet potato & kromeski:
And then for dessert we shared the selection of freshly-made ice creams (R55):
Other things I can note: The wine selection is good (and also well priced), the service is warm & friendly and the overall atmosphere is lovely. We left there with happy tummies and big smiles, that’s for sure.
The next morning we popped in at The Stellenbosch Kitchen again for breakfast which consists of a fresh fruit, cheese, cold meats & pastry buffet along with your choice of eggs.We really loved our stay at The Stellenbosch Hotel. One thing that stood out was how friendly & helpful everyone was. They really do have an awesome team that’s ready to help you with anything you may need.
If you’re looking for a well-priced, central spot in Stellenbosch, I’d say definitely add this hotel to your list of considerations. And then if you’re just in the area for lunch/dinner, you can’t go wrong with a meal at The Stellenbosch Kitchen – you can even sit outside during the day and do some people watching while soaking up the sunshine. #winning
I’m going to give my Stellenbosch Hotel & Stellenbosch Kitchen experience an overall rating of on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale.
For bookings/enquiries, you can contact them on:
Telephone: +27 (0)21 887-3644 (hotel)
Telephone: +27 (0)21 883-2893 (Stellenbosch Kitchen)
(OR you can make hotel bookings online via their website)
And then to find them: They’re located on the corner of Dorp & Andringa Streets (162 Dorp Street) in Stellenbosch.