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About Royal Hotel Bethulie

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.'

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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

  • Response Rate: 100%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 2 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 48
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 38 Reviews

Facilities

  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Laundry Facilities*
  • Pet Friendly*
  • No Credit Card Facilities
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

Royal Hotel Bethulie Rooms

Reviews for Royal Hotel Bethulie

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Don Mc Arthur
22 December 2017

a wonderful evening spent. Anthony is great host and the staff always had a smile. Most enjoyable dinner and breakfast. Don and Ryan

Margie Page
18 December 2017

A pleasant overnight stop

Keith Simpson
31 October 2017

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 1820’s 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 speci...
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Mr Salomon Botha
30 August 2017

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.

Anthony John Moore
16 July 2017

Delightful host and very interesting.

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Royal Hotel Bethulie Map

Royal Hotel Bethulie is 2.2km from the centre of Bethulie , the nearest airport 160km (Bloemfontein Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

Things to do in and around Bethulie

Waterwiel Bakhuis

(57.4 km from Bethulie)

1 review

A stop-over you wouldn't want to miss. Best homebaked, farmstyle delicacies imaginable, set in the most relaxing little town.

Oviston Nature Reserve

(30.6 km from Bethulie)

Situated on the southern side of the Gariep Dam, the Oviston Nature Reserve is home to an exciting variety of wildlife and birds. The area offers a range of fun outdoor activities and it is a popular fly-fishing venue offering an abundance of Yellow...

Gariep Dam Fishing

(55.5 km from Bethulie)

Gariep Dam is an idyllic place to cast a line for yellowfish, tilapia or mudfish. Locals will advise you on good fishing places or you can wander off and find a secret spot of you own. You needn’t catch anything, just kick back and soak up the...

Walk the Wall Tour

(55.7 km from Bethulie)

Visit one of South Africa’s celebrated civil engineering projects on the country’s biggest dam. Local guides take visitors on interesting tours of the Gariep Dam wall through passages and down to the bedrock. If you’re lucky, they might open the...