Grande Roche Hotel

Winelands, South Africa

The hotel

This immaculately restored Cape Dutch homestead, set in the heart of Paarl, is truly a special place to stay. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, the hotel dates back to the 18th century and offers guests a variety of sumptuous accommodation, with suites and guest rooms lavishly decorated and designed to ensure the ultimate in comfort. There are also 2 swimming pools, floodlit tennis courts and a fitness centre. For enthusiasts, there are 2 championship golf courses within a 10-minute drive, making this a perfect place to combine adventure and activity with pure relaxation. The award-winning Bosman’s Restaurant promises fine food lovers a real treat! The imaginative combinations of flavours and quality ingredients make breakfast and dinner a very exciting prospect. The manor house also houses a small wine cellar, a private dining room and a large and lavishly appointed lounge, a great place to relax at night with a glass of local wine. For informal and relaxed lunches, enjoy the Bistro Allegro menu beside the pool, inside the manor house or on the terrace.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Tennis
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located in the scenic town of Paarl with much to explore in the local area. Transfer time from Cape Town airport: 45 minutes.

Hotel information

34 suites. All rooms with air-conditioning, under-floor heating, satellite TV, complimentary WiFi, telephone, mini-bar*, tea/coffee-making facilities, safety deposit box, hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and umbrella. Studio Suites are located in one of the original buildings and have a lawn/terrace area, a sitting area, 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.

Duplex Suites are set over 2 floors, located in one of the original buildings and have an outdoor area, lounge on the ground floor and bedroom, with either 1 king-size or 2 single beds, on the top floor, sleeping max 2 adults and 1 child.

Terrace Suites are on 1 level and have a terrace with outdoor furniture, vineyard and mountain views, lounge with TV and CD/DVD player, either 1 king-size or 2 single beds. sleeping max 2 adults.

1 Garden Suite located in one of the original buildings, has a private rooftop sun terrace, enclosed patio, lounge with TV and CD/DVD player, bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and double shower and bedroom with 1 king size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.

Bosman’s Restaurant (fine dining; Bistro menu Weds-Thurs and Bosman's menu Thurs-Sun), Bistro Allegro (informal lunch beside the pool; closed in the winter months). High tea (advanced booking required). Small wine cellar. Kraal heated swimming pool and Bistro pool. Kraal Fitness Centre. 2 floodlit tennis courts, bicycles for hire*, hiking trail, jogging tracks. Water sports* on nearby rivers.

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful Views

Apr 15, 2019 GeorgeS5116 Tampa, Florida

We arrived at the Grande Roche and were impressed with the great views. The vineyard surrounding the hotel is in bad shape with most of the vines dead due to drought. The staff at the hotel were very nice and helpful. We also had the power issue during our visit called "load shedding". In addition to this issue, the hotels own power circuits were… Read more
We arrived at the Grande Roche and were impressed with the great views. The vineyard surrounding the hotel is in bad shape with most of the vines dead due to drought. The staff at the hotel were very nice and helpful. We also had the power issue during our visit called "load shedding". In addition to this issue, the hotels own power circuits were not working properly and had to be fixed. As a result, we were constantly having the power drop. The breakfasts were very good but did not have a good experience at Bosmans for dinner. This hotel is a bit tired in need of renovation and currently not worth the premium prices it commands. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Load shedding debacle

Apr 7, 2019 Sweetie_Pie_1978

I booked to stay one night at Grande Roche Hotel in December 2018 as a good friend was getting married elsewhere down the road. I checked in at 2pm with the plan to get ready for the wedding, only to be told upon check-in that there was currently load shedding and there would be no electricity in my room until 5pm. However, the wedding started at… Read more
I booked to stay one night at Grande Roche Hotel in December 2018 as a good friend was getting married elsewhere down the road. I checked in at 2pm with the plan to get ready for the wedding, only to be told upon check-in that there was currently load shedding and there would be no electricity in my room until 5pm. However, the wedding started at 4:30pm so it didn't help me that the electricity would be back on at 5pm. When I enquired about a generator I was shocked to be told that they only have one (noisy) generator that only supplied the reception area. How can a hotel that I paid the equivalent of USD280 for one night and that is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the world group, not have generators for their guest rooms? Load shedding is not new in South Africa. It has been going on for years. Most luxury hotels compensate by having generators that allow guests to continue their stays without being inconvenienced. That is not the case for Grande Roche. The rooms are dark so I got showered, dressed and put make-up on in the dark. I had to blow dry my hair in a makeshift room next to reception. Needless to say I was unimpressed. Load shedding is usually planned in South Africa so businesses and private residences are informed in advance when they will lose electricity and for how long. Grande Roche could easily have informed me (they had both my email address and phone number), so I could have planned to get ready elsewhere. I complained to management and I was told to write a letter to them, which I did the next week. In response, I was informed by the revenue and reservations manager that I would receive a voucher for a complementary night for my next stay at Grande Roche. I am still waiting to receive that voucher (3 months later). I would never stay there again anyway (free night or not). The rooms weren't great and the staff were not helpful. Totally overpriced and not worth it. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Old school charm doesn’t justify decrepitude

Apr 4, 2019 N-Switz

The setting of this hotel is indeed beautiful and one can imagine past glory. However, all the infrastructure here is tired and needs a serious upgrade. This is not a 5- star hotel— a few images below of our “upgraded” room, which we asked after seeing our first room- we got the upgrade after quite some struggle. This upgraded room was going for… Read more
The setting of this hotel is indeed beautiful and one can imagine past glory. However, all the infrastructure here is tired and needs a serious upgrade. This is not a 5- star hotel— a few images below of our “upgraded” room, which we asked after seeing our first room- we got the upgrade after quite some struggle. This upgraded room was going for over 200USD on booking.com at the time. It doesn’t feel right paying that much for a dirty room with cheap furniture and a moldy bathroom. There are many beautiful places to stay in the area, for far less than 200 USD. Do think twice before booking this hotel. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely location, comfortable room but noisy

Mar 10, 2019 michaelwP7811IY Bath, United Kingdom

This hotel is in a lovely location, set up the hill overlooking Paarl towards the mountains in the distance. Very helpful and polite staff. Complimentary drinks on arrival while checking in. We had a pleasant suite (Saddle) but, be warned, there is no sound-proofing so one could hear everything being said in the next door room, which we didn’t… Read more
This hotel is in a lovely location, set up the hill overlooking Paarl towards the mountains in the distance. Very helpful and polite staff. Complimentary drinks on arrival while checking in. We had a pleasant suite (Saddle) but, be warned, there is no sound-proofing so one could hear everything being said in the next door room, which we didn’t appreciate at 6.00 am in the morning! Very good breakfast on the terrace in the sunshine (we were on a bed and breakfast rate through Booking.com ) but the evening menu was not to our taste so we ate elsewhere (see my other reviews). Not advertised, but available on request, is a free taxi service to run you into Paarl, which we used very happily to get us to and from our evening restaurant. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating lovely spot

Mar 2, 2019 VSPNorthWest Nantwich, United Kingdom

This is a very nice hotel in an excellent location .Drinks on the terrace before dinner with a stunning view overlooking the valley and the mountains .Dinner was very good and service is excellent. The environment is somewhat formal and may chase people away. When we went for dinner there was only one other couple there nonetheless we had a very… Read more
This is a very nice hotel in an excellent location .Drinks on the terrace before dinner with a stunning view overlooking the valley and the mountains .Dinner was very good and service is excellent. The environment is somewhat formal and may chase people away. When we went for dinner there was only one other couple there nonetheless we had a very nice experience and is somewhere for a special dinner. Read less