Duinerus Guest House: "Excellent self catering accommodation on a budget!" Top 5 Page for this destination Bloemfontein Hotel Tip by CatherineReichardt
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I had real trouble finding accommodation in Bloemfontein, as our visit coincided with the 100th birthday celebrations of the African National Congress (ANC) - not that we were invited!
After some difficulty, I managed to find the Duinerus Guest House - and what a find it was! Located in a quiet suburb sandwiched between the University of the Free State and the N1 (Johannesburg - Cape Town) highway, it was a 'home from home' and an absolute gem for people travelling on a budget.
The accommodation is self catering, but the owner has been very generous in equipping the kitchens with tea, coffee, milk, bread, fruit juice, butter, jam and rusks: in other words the makings of a perfectly adequate breakfast at no additional cost. The rooms (all en suite) are compact but comfortable, and equipped with both fans and heaters to cope with Bloem's somewhat extreme climate. There is secure off street parking, and the surroundings are pleasant.
I should note that there is no air conditioning and no swimming pool, but for this price, it wouldn't be reasonable to expect this.
Unique Qualities: What makes this place so outstanding is the generosity and thoughtfulness of the host. She struck an excellent balance between being friendly and helpful, yet not intrusive (I can't bear hosts who crowd and fuss over you) and her accommodation is some of the best value for money I've experienced in a long time.
The guest house is well located for those wanting a break on the long haul to/from Cape Town and doesn't require a major detour from the highway. It is also excellently located for the university (from which I suspect it derives a large proportion of its business). Should you wish to self cater, it is also close to a well stocked Spar supermarket on Nelson Mandela Drive.
We stayed in a unit comprising three en suite bedrooms with a shared kitchen/living area, which was ideal for a family travelling together.
An absolute find, and I cannot recommend it highly enough!
Comparison: less expensive than average
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