The grand old Royal hotel is located in Riebeek Kasteel, the village forming together with Hermon and Riebeek West the picturesque and tranquile Riebeek Valley and part of the Wineland route. The Royal Hotel is the oldest and most colonial hotel of the Western Cape and offers the most beautiful and most luxurious accommodation in Riebeek Kasteel, and the Swartland for that matter.
The hotel offers accommodation in true old world luxury at affordable prices. All areas have air conditioning. The rooms are recently upgraded to the highest (five star) standards. Great views of the valley and the Kasteelberg from our garden, our swimming pool and our pool deck.
Our 150 year old colonial bar you can find next to our restaurant while our pool bar caters for the pool, garden and outside lounge.
Our spa service offers total relax massages in the privacy of your room or in the gazebo in the garden. Our stoep (veranda) was named the longest stoep south of the Limpopo by the Government when they put us on the list of the 50 most fabulous places to visit in South Africa.
The Riebeek Valley hosts 3 festivals each year: The Medfest in March, The Olive Festival in May and the Shiraz and art festival in September. The location of Riebeek Kasteel is very central: within a radius of less than an hour drive we find: Paarl, Stellenbosch, Cape Town, Franschhoek, Tulbagh, Ceres and safari possibilities, many golf courses including the biggest golf course of South Africa at only half an hours drive. Five star Big Five safaris within hal an hour drive.
The hotel is also the perfect venue for weddings. It was chosen one of the most beautiful wedding venues by the Wine Magazine in 2009. With our personal service and possibilities we are very popular for conferences up to 120 people. We cater for any special event. Professional coordinator on site. We also maintain a close relationship with South Africa’s two biggest wedding planners: Aleit and Wedding Concepts.
The Royal Hotel is proud of its recent accreditation as a 100% BEE Status (level 4) establishment.
The Royal Hotel offers an excellent meeting venue for small meetings, seminars and functions. Pleasant and affordable alternatives are offered and no meeting is too small and no request is too difficult. You will be assured of personalised and professional service from start to finish for your conference, meeting, seminar or function. You can expect to receive our undivided attention regardless of whether your need is for an intimate boardroom meeting or a conference for 100 delegates. With the Royal Hotel, you can rest assured that we have the solution.
The Royal Hotel is the perfect place to celebrate your love and commitment to each other. Our venue provides an exquisite backdrop for the quintessential African wedding. Picture your event in a unique space that transcends the traditional concept of indoors and outdoors. Our central courtyard offers the flexibility to plan the wedding of your dreams. An abundance of natural light provides a lively yet gentle environment in which to celebrate. Our professional and experienced staff is committed to your every need before, during and after. We know how to turn your vision into a reality. You dictate, we facilitate. The sky’s the limit.
From 7am till late our kitchen is operational. One can order breakfast, lunch, High Tea, snacks, platters and dinner. With 7 designated areas one can choose from, depending on the mood. Our 150-year-old colonial pub with adjacent smoking restaurant, our non-smoking restaurant, our lounge for High Teas and (weather permitting) our stoep, two outside terraces, our outside bar with terrace and our outside lounge.
All rooms were refurbished to the highest standards between 2006-2008. This includes:
- All rooms en suite with bath and seperate shower
- Heated towel rails
- Underfloor heating
- Charlotte Reys amenities
- Hair dryer
- Highest quality beds and linen
- Extra length beds
- DVD Player (with free of charge in house collection DVD’s)
- Mini bar
- Room service
- Laundry and shoe shine service
The Royal is one of the oldest hotels in South Africa, and always has been operational as such. Although by many referred as it’s little sister, our hotel was already licensed as such even before the architect of the famous (and also very colonial) Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town was born.
The last structural change to the hotel was made in 1927 when the arched stoep was added, as seen on the picture taken after the completion. We like to think that sitting on this famous stoep inspired our Valley’s most known “child” Jan Smuts, when he wrote the preamble of one of the world’s most important institutions, assuring its existance up till today. We are talking of course, about the United Nations. After 8 years having been prime minister of South Africa, Smuts lost the elections in 1948 to Daniel Malan – also from Riebeek. Although grown up together, Malan became the prime minister to install the Apartheid laws while Smuts can be seen as the first anti-apartheid politician.
Although The Royal was the meeting place in those days, its hard to imagine them having a drink together. With the introduction of those apartheid laws, a small part of the stoep of the hotel was used to create non-white bathrooms which were removed again in 2005 bringing the stoep back to its original state. As the hotel falls under South African Heritage no changes will be made and so The Royal will be preserved well into the future.
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