Karoo Art Hotel
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Authentic hospitality is a hallmark of this town, but this quirky 15-room hotel takes the prize, with every member of staff fully engaged in making sure guests are 100 per cent comfortable. It’s a down-to-earth and very homely experience, with a spirit of generosity spilling over into the breadth of facilities. These include the Belanti Theatre & Bioscope (Fridays are movie nights), vintage Dutch bikes lined up on the stoep, a festive dress-up rail at reception, DJ turntable and vinyls set up in the bar, and live music occasionally. For a donation, a rieldans performance can be arranged. Decor is eclectic, with every room completely different in character, and the hotel’s walls are covered in art (most of it for sale). Chef Derek Lowe serves delicious Karoo comfort food – the restaurant is a member of the international gastronomic guild Chaîne des Rôtisseurs and winner of the Klein Karoo Gourmand Award for two consecutive years – and the hotel bar is a local institution.
ROOM TIP The Klein Karoo rooms are great value but most have a shower cubicle within the bedroom. If you prefer an en-suite, shell out for a Groot Karoo room. Of these, Magpie (decorated by the acclaimed Magpie Art Collective, across the road) is gorgeous, but I thoroughly enjoyed staying in Room 2, opening onto a private balcony with marvellous views over the village.
COST Klein Karoo room from R995 pp sharing B&B; Groot Karoo room from
R1 300 pp sharing B&B.
CONTACT 028-572-1226, karooarthotel.co.za