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Rivierbos Guest House

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This place could be such a wonderful place, if owners would just pay the tiniest bit of attention to furniture. It is managed extremely well by Cathy, Flodean and other staff, we found their welcoming, service and serving of breakfast really very good. Very, very good indeed. Parking is safe. However, the room was very small, with no window, There is NO table or chair in the room, yet it is stuffed with TWO chest-of-drawers and a huge old cupboard. Does not make sense. You sit outside by pool area or lay down on the bed. Take out one of the chest-of-drawers and put in a table and chair, what could be easier? Too pricey for what you get.

We stayed one night on a weekend when Stellenbosch appeared fully booked. The location is almost perfect to explore Stellenbosch, the staff is friendly and helpful, but our room (number 7) was a dark, small, clammy cave. We have traveled South Africa a lot, but had never such a poor room, and this for 94 Euro per night (incl. full breakfast). See my pictures to learn more. What made this a disappointment: no window in the main room, just the entrance door and a small window in the bathroom, very dark, extreme chemical smell, very soft mattresses, no international power plugs, no soap provided, sticky surfaces on the wooden interior, and a key so big that you can't carry it in your pocket. Make sure you don't get room 7!

I wish I could take the staff members home!! They were the friendliest people I have met and made the stay feel like home!! I will never stay anywhere else than at Rivierbos. Thank you to all the staff members. Regards, the Auditors :)

Close to everything, friendly staff and value for money. Excellent breakfast and ample parking. Staff did extras, like arranging for a Sunday newspaper which was delivered to the room. Quiet and close to everything

We were very disappointed as soon as we arrived. The garden was very overgrown and untidy . The welcome was ok and everything explained. Our room was very dark and cluttered with too much heavy old fashioned furniture. The shower room was tiny - only one person at a time. Shower not thermostatically controlled so freezing one minute and scalding next !! Poor quality towels. The whole place was not very clean. We could not recommend!

We were attending the Stellebosch Street Festival and did not want to drive afterwards so spent the night at Rivierbos Guest House. We had a nice room and the stay was very comfortable. We did enjoy the (slightly frigid) pool (South Africans do not heat their pools) before the festival and enjoyed the breakfast the next morning. For what we wanted it was ideal.

Lovely guest house! Staff were very friendly and the rooms were nice and clean. I would definitely stay there again. Also central as you can walk anywhere from there. Food was good and it's so peaceful and quiet there.

very nice stay and will use this guest house again. very friendly staff and the air condicioner in the room was great. hairdryer and safe in room with nice restaurants just up the road. Breakfast was exelance

The reception was quite poor; the room was lovely and spacious, well-cleaned everyday( which seemed to be the highlight). The location was also good, being a walking distance from shops and restaurants

Extremely friendly staff ready to help you in every aspect. Very magical place where you can relax and be in the moment. Great location near restaurants and shops and wine tasting events...higly recommended forcouples and families...

1 Hamman Street Stellenbosch Western Cape

Hotel highlights

  • Free full breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool

Located within a 5-minute walk of Toy & Miniature Museum, Rivierbos Guest House is within a 15-minute stroll of University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery. This 12-room, 3-star guesthouse has free breakfast along with conveniences like an outdoor pool and free in-room WiFi. It's on a river and also a short walk from Braak and VOC Kruithuis.


Free full breakfast is served each morning from 7 AM to 10 AM.


Rivierbos Guest House's 12 air-conditioned rooms provide coffee makers, free bottled water, and safes. Flat-screen TVs come with satellite channels, and guests can stay connected with free WiFi. Hair dryers are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Rivierbos Guest House enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a library. There's free parking and an airport shuttle. Helpful staff can provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include free newspapers and a garden.

Room options

Classic Double Room, Mountain View

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

48.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 212 reviews