Royal Hotel Bethulie - Bethulie, Transgariep

Bethulie Accommodation
Bethulie, Transgariep

Royal Hotel Bethulie

Bethulie, Transgariep - Accommodation

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Royal Hotel Bethulie in Bethulie

In recent times, the most exciting development in the Lake Gariep region has been the renaissance of Bethulie's famous Royal Hotel. Founded in the 1880s, the Royal Hotel combines all that's best in traditional South African hospitality, with a keen understanding of modern needs. It's currently benefiting from a far-reaching makeover which has reinforced its reputation as 'the hotel that's better than home.'

Bethulie is located just 90 minutes south of Bloemfontein in South Africa's Free State. It is six hours' drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, fivehours from Port Elizabeth and East London, eight hours from Durban and nine hours from Cape Town. That makes it the ideal accommodation stopover between South Africa's major cities; however it's also a worthwhile destination in its own right.

En-suite convenience and enterprising cuisine, access to a huge private library and record collection, service standards modelled on an ocean liner's, a burgeoning 'Hall of Fame' honouring the town's best and bravest, Bethulie's Royal Hotel is an experience to savour and treasure. It's also the perfect base for exploration of South Africa's little-known hinterland and its neighbour, Lesotho.

Accommodation at Bethulie's Royal Hotel ranges from tourist to first-class, and tariffs are calculated with an eye to value. Shops are located close by and secure parking, even for large vehicles, is available. The Royal Hotel welcomes well-behaved children and also makes special provision for pets, the physically challenged, and tour groups whether big or small.

The longest road and rail bridge in Africa, a clutch of well-stocked game reserves and the scenic splendour of Lake Gariep, site of the most infamous concentration camp of the Anglo-Boer War, the childhood haunts of actor Patrick Mynhardt, who won fame as the 'Boy from Bethulie'; these are just a few of the points of interest that give Bethulie its broad-based appeal.

The town retains a frontier feeling that conjures echoes of days long gone. For generations, its chief role has been to serve the needs of hard-working sheep farmers and their families in the surrounding district, but in addition Bethulie prides itself on being a safe, friendly and peaceful oasis, offering attractions and diversions that excite discerning visitors from all over the world.

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Facilities available at Royal Hotel Bethulie,Bethulie, Transgariep

  • Laundry Facilities
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Enabled

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GPS Co-Ordinates: 25° 58' 29.5" E / 30° 29' 44.2" S

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Driving to Royal Hotel Bethulie in Bethulie, Transgariep

Departing: Bloemfontein Airport
Address: Bloemfontein Airport (BFN), Unnamed Road, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Distance: 0.6 km / Duration: 2 hours 1 min
1.Head south1.1 km
2.At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit1.3 km
3.Merge onto N82.1 km
4.Exit onto M109.6 km
5.Turn left onto Church St/M302.1 km
6.Turn right2.3 km
7.Turn right onto Church St/M30/N60.4 km
8.Turn left to merge onto N1132 km
9.Turn left onto R71532.0 km
10.Continue straight2.6 km
11.Continue onto Joubert St0.6 km

Nearest Airport & Flights

Bloemfontein Airport - Bloemfontein

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President Jacob Zuma renamed Bloemfontein International Airport to Bram Fischer International Airport on 13 December 2012. Bram Fischer was a lawyer notable for anti-apartheid activism.

Bram Fischer International Airport caters for more than 400 000 passengers per year and is only 15 kilometres from Bloemfontein city centre.

Reviews for Royal Hotel Bethulie

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We heard about this hotel and all the books. But to experience it and really see everything was much better than pictures . It takes a while to take in everything, but an absolute joy for any book lover to see. Coffee in die LP room with some music was a treat.The rooms are comfortable and clean with extra towels and we had a very good night there. We got a yummy breakfast from friendly staff the next morning.It might not be as luxurious as one would get in a name brand hotel. But it was for sure a much better experience. As it was during the week the host had extra time to tell us stories and even took us on a mini history tour to the Bethulie consentration camp site. We enjoyed his stories, his friendliness, his book recommendations and hotel so much and would love to take our booklover families there sometime. Thanks so much Anthony and Nellie!

review by Nicole Hamman

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It is all a hotel should be - extraordinary, with its own unique style, history and story, giving it character and making it memorable Well worth a night. Bizarrely, there is a safari place with tigers about an hour away. A strange and wonderful part of South Africa, and a good stopping point half way from the Cape to Jo'burg.

review by Roddy Bray

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Very comfortable, wonderful food and a host who really knows his stuff as far as hosting and his wonderful knowledge of all this pertaining to the wonderful history of this land I particular this a tea.Again another very big thank you for making our staff so very memorableGeorgina Mackie.

review by Georgina Mackie

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Historic, over 80 000 vinyl records and a book collection so vast that corridors, sitting and dining areas are covered floor to ceiling

review by Wendy Stopford

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Countryside hospitality at its best at a really unique venue. Readers and music lovers will wish theyd never have to leave. Next time Ill stay longer.

review by Stephan van Wyk

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Royal Hotel Bethulie rating

Wonderful little hotel. The owner is very friendly and knowledgeable about the town and surrounds. The hotel is known as the Book-Hotel which makes it unique. I've spent a wonderful evening is front of the fireplace on a cold winters night with a book. A visit is highly recommended.

review by Willie Matthee

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What a fantastic hotel. The hotel is unique and a visit is highly recommended.. The history tour is fascinating

review by Bruce Gilson

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Very interesting place to stay. Great breakfast. Clean and comfortable rooms. Not modern.

review by Irma De Bruin

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Awesome unusual place!All books and LPs,can spend a year there easily !! The atmosphere in the hotel is fascinating! The must see!

review by Anastasia SA

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A brilliant, unique hotel with a fascinating host. We stopped on the way between Johannesburg and Cape Town, and we felt so happy and welcome we immediately booked again for our trip back down to Kenton. It makes a perfect stop on many routes, and with a dinner ready when you arrive, along with the largest private book and LP collection to dive into, it really is a home away from home. The rooms are simple but comfortable.

review by Jason Norwood-Young

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I meant to provide a review many months ago, so forgive me. What an absolutely remarkable place! Our visit in January, 2017, was just fascinating and fun! What a unique and historic establishment! Host Mr. Hocking (he should be Professor Hocking) is just amazing. Breakfasts and dinners are to die for. The turntable for the hundreds of thousands of lps needs a new cartridge. Hopefully we will solve that in January, 2018! Cheers!

review by John Geissman

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A perfect country hotel with a royal flair. This really is something special and while it is not a hotel that will be to everyone's expectation, it certainly is unique and well worth visiting. Bethulie is a great place from which to explore the area and with Anthony (the owner) giving advice you cannot go wrong. When you're off the beaten track this is a good place to be.

review by Eugene Ashton

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It`s a very interesting place, especially all the books and LP`s in the passages, Tony is a very fascinating host and the food is also good, thank you for a very interesting stay.

review by Rudolph Oelofse, South Africa

"Anthony Hocking is the best!"

The best of our very pleasant stay at the hotel was the personal attention of the owner, Anthony Hocking that we enjoyed. He told numerous stories about the town, the war, his books and previous connections in such an entertaining way. Wish we could stay much longer.

review by Vic Brink, South Africa

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