Royal Hotel Bethulie

Getaway Summary
PRICE (pp sharing):
from R 280
PRICE (unit):
from R 2,400 - 2,400
Pets Permitted?
The Royal Hotel welcomes makes special provision for pets

NB: Always check with the getaway about taking your pets, so make your intentions clear when you send an enquiry.

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.'<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /> <br /><br />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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14 Apr 2021
Karen Fannin
"A delightful place to stay. Anthony was very interesting and Henrole gave us a wonderful tour of the town. Rooms could however do with updating!"
"Tour of the village with Anthony"
06 Sep 2018
Mitch Ramsay
"Informative and fascinating tour of the village, with a charming host."
"A Unique Experience"
25 Jun 2018
Peter Wilcock
"We enjoyed being shown around Bethulie and hearing entertaining stories from the past and the present from an authority like Anthony Hocking . We also felt very welcome at all times. The experience of staying amongst all those books and that vast record collection is also special. We stayed for two nights, and a trip to Gariep Dam wall is to be recommended. If you are interested in the history of this area and exploring an out of the way part of the country, you will not be dissapointed. There is a great possibilty that there will be fellow guests with similar interests who will make entertaining company."
"20th dec. 2017"
22 Dec 2017
Don Mc Arthur
"a wonderful evening spent. Anthony is great host and the staff always had a smile. Most enjoyable dinner and breakfast. Don and Ryan"
"Very good host"
18 Dec 2017
Margie Page
"A pleasant overnight stop"
"A hidden gem"
31 Oct 2017
Keith Simpson
"On our way to Kruger Park my wife and I decided to stay over in Bethulie as we had heard about the amazing collection of books and LP records belonging to owner Anthony Hocking . It turned out to be far more than that, it is like stepping back in time. Anthony took us on a tour of Bethulie after our arrival and gave us an in depth description from the first house built in the Free State in the 1820s by French missionaries to the concentration camp and memorial of those who perished in them during the Anglo Boer war.What an incredible day, thank you Anthony, we will forever remember our special day in your hotel, completed by having breakfast to the LP of our choice from your collection of 80000 plus"
"Nostalgic visit"
30 Aug 2017
Mr Salomon Botha
"What a memorable experience. A hotel so special and unique, an owner so friendly and caring. Thank you for showing us Bethulie and for sharing so many interesting stories, I wish we could have stayed at the Royal Hotel for at least a week. Warm hospitality, fine wine, good music, scrumptious food all in a setting so reminiscent of the past. Thank you Anthony you made our stay so special. Your hotel is one of those places a person starts missing before you even leave, and once you have left, you know without any doubt, you will return."
"Facinating review of the history of Bethulie & Boer war"
16 Jul 2017
Anthony John Moore
"Delightful host and very interesting."
"Best in Bethulie"
09 Jul 2017
Albert Van Jaarsveld
"Best choice for Bethulie."
"Historical tour of the town"
23 Jun 2017
Adrian Craig
"We enjoyed the ambience and the information about the area; the environment of books and music also very much to our taste. This is not a 'conventional' hotel, but a special experience for guests with such interests. We will certainly return for a different guided tour."