Royal Hotel Bethulie Hotel Accommodation, Free State
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About Royal Hotel Bethulie

Looking for an offbeat stopover that’s a fascinating destination in its own right? Then you’re going to love the Royal Hotel in Bethulie, one of South Africa’s premier heritage inns and at the same time fresh and exciting in spirit.

Uniquely, the Royal Hotel aims to offer guests the complete Bethulie experience. Highlights include musical recitals, visits to artists, stargazing and a ghost walk. In addition there are tours of Bethulie’s township and an ever present focus on heritage.

Accommodation

Inside, the Royal offers both large en-suite rooms and their cosier counterparts. Most can be configured as twins, doubles or triples. There’s also an annex containing twin rooms and dormitories with shared bathrooms.

In the public areas, guests are surrounded by tens of thousands of books, artworks and vinyl records shelved floor to ceiling. These are parts of even larger collections housed in surrounding buildings.

Dining

The hotel dining room specialises in Free State cuisine, the epitome of scrumptious home cooked boerekos. The Royal serves a full slate of breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Naturally there’s a pub and there’s also a coffee shop offering lighter meals.

History

Bethulie’s Royal Hotel was established in 1873 and in its earliest years serviced the heavy traffic plying between the Eastern Cape coast and Kimberley’s diamond fields. Sections of the building date back to that period and make it one of the oldest surviving inns in the country.

During the Anglo-Boer War of 1899 - 1902 the Royal was in the front line, at times serving as operational headquarters in important phases of the hostilities. During 1901, it provided sanctuary for those running the war’s most infamous concentration camp.

In the 1930s the hotel was well known to the young Patrick Mynhardt, who late in life recalled those days in his groundbreaking stage show Boy from Bethulie. Patrick has since died, but the Royal preserves the simple stage set that Patrick used around the world.

In the 1960s the hotel played a key role in the creation of what’s now Gariep Dam or rather Lake Gariep, the largest sheet of fresh water in South Africa. Visitors take pleasure in nearby game reserves that were a by-product of the construction scheme.

Today, the Royal continues to play an important role in the Bethulie community. Guests are drawn from all over South Africa and from many other countries, in many cases attending special events organized by the hotel.

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Features you'll appreciate

providedonly in some rooms

In Room / Unit

  • Additional bed / mattress
  • Area information booklet
  • Bathroom (en-suite)
  • Bathroom towels supplied
  • Bed linen supplied
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Fan(s)
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Heater(s)
  • Hi fi
  • Iron / trouser press
  • Safe for valuables
  • Smoking: not allowed
  • Tea and coffee facilities

On Site

  • Child friendly (all ages)
  • Garden(s)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Laundry service
  • Parking (off street)
  • Parking (undercover)
  • Safe deposit box (reception)
  • Smoking: none indoors
  • Wheelchair access

Food & Drink

  • Bar (fully licenced)
  • Braai / barbeque (BBQ)
  • Complimentary tea / coffee
  • Restaurant / dining room
  • Room service

Transfers

  • Tour assistance

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Rooms & Rates

Select your check-in and check-out dates to view availability and the rates applicable.

Compact Double and Twin Room

These compact rooms are situated in the main building and contain either a double bed or twin single beds and an en-suite shower. Features: Twin beds, Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, No Smoking in Rooms

Qty: 9
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Large Double and Twin Rooms

These large rooms are situated in the main building and contain either a king-size bed or twin single beds and an en-suite shower. Features: Twin beds, King beds, En-suite, Shower only, No Smoking in Rooms

Qty: 5
Sleeps: 2 guests (max 2 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Family Room

This family room located in the main building comprises of a double room and twin room with interleading doors. Features: Twin beds, Double beds, En-suite, Shower only, No Smoking in Rooms

Qty: 1
Sleeps: 4 guests (max 4 adults)
Children: are allowed in this room type

Guest Reviews

3 Reviews from SA-Venues.com travellers. All reviews are verified.

Verified reviewvery good

An interesting old hotel with lots of character. Anthony, the owner is an excellent host, and a mine of information. Bethulie has a lot of South African history attached to it.

May 2018

Frank Calboutin (Umhlanga Rocks)

Verified reviewvery good

Royal Hotel Bethulie was baie aangename verrassing. Sal definitief aanbeveel!!

October 2017

Bernard Snyman (Oudtshoorn)

Need to Know

Child policyChildren of all ages are welcome.

Check-in/-out timesCheck-in from 13h00
Check-out by 10h00

Payment methods accepted by the propertyEFT or secure online payment via SA-Venues.com

Listed on SA-Venues.com since July 2014

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