Hermanus is located along the coast in the south of the Western Cape, South Africa. The picturesque town has become famous for its whale watching. Travelers come from all over South Africa and the rest of the world between the months of June and December to witness the majestic Southern Right whales.
While the Southern Right Whale is the most prolific of the giant creatures that pass by, it certainly is not the only one. Humpbacks, Bryde’s whales and dolphins are also lucky spots for viewers! The African Penguins and Cape Fur Seals join the group of animals that excite onlookers with their wild and cute appearance.
If you find yourself in Hermanus, staying in a guest house will make your trip one to remember. Hermanus has become a popular tourist destination but has held onto its rustic small-town atmosphere. While the town is laid-back and relaxed, it has plenty of outdoor activities, amazing restaurants, and a rich history to explore and discover.
Guesthouses in Hermanus combine the privacy of a hotel with the social aspect of a hostel while giving you the feeling of home. We’ve selected the best accommodation to choose from and paired it with the activities to watch out for, making this the best guide for your stay in Hermanus!
In a Hurry? Here’s Where to Stay in Hermanus for One Night
6 Stemmet Lodge
6 Stemmet Lodge is central and offers guests a swimming pool, beautiful garden, and delicious breakfast at an affordable price. The private deck with breathtaking views and walk-in closet are the cherry on top of an already delightful stay.
- Cliff path
- Hermanus Golf Club
- Whale Museum
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Staying in a Guesthouse in Hermanus
If you have stayed in guesthouses in South Africa before then you’ll know how their ‘home away from home’ atmosphere creates a comforting, restful stay. They are usually large houses with between 2 and 25 rooms available to vacationers.
The houses are usually privately owned and run by a local. It varies whether the owner stays on the property or not. Either way, they give guests both privacy and knowledge about the area if needed.
This type of Hermanus accommodation is popular because of its affordable price point and great value for money!
The shared spaces of a lounge, outdoor area, and kitchen allow guests to mingle and get to know one another. When you need your space, you are able to retreat to your private bedroom.
What to look for in a Hermanus Guesthouse
Guesthouses can be expected to have private bedrooms which often, although not always, have an en-suite bathroom.
Many of these houses in Hermanus have a sparkling-clean pool on offer. However, accommodation options that are ‘spitting distance’ from the beach tend not to because the ocean is considered to be their swimming pool.
Whale watching is one of the main tourist attractions in Hermanus. Guest houses often have balconies and viewing decks to allow vacationers to spot the sea creatures at any given moment!
Hermanus is a picturesque town with top-class restaurants, boutique shops, wine-tasting, museums, and bars. Guesthouses are predominantly close to the center of town making it easy for holidaymakers to access the town’s attractions.
Airbnb and Booking.com have the widest selection of this accommodation type and we’ve sifted through them all to find the most worthy options to pick from.
6 Stemmet Lodge
- > $$
- > 2 Guests
- > Swimming pool
- > Walk-in closet
- > $
- > 2 Guests
- > Stunning views
- > Close to beaches
56 On Westcliff
- > $$
- > 2 Guests
- > Queen bed
- > Beautiful viewing deck
- > $$$
- > 4 Guests
- > Family Suite
- > Private patio with BBQ
Abelone Guest Lodge
- > $$$$
- > 2 Guests
- > In-house gym and spa
- > Bar on-site
The Lily House
- > $$$
- > 5 Guests
- > Washing machine
- > Amazing farmhouse aesthetic
Hermanus Surf School & Lodge
- > $
- > 1 Guest
- > Surfboard and wetsuit hire
- > 546 yards from the beach
Top 10 Guesthouses in Hermanus
Guesthouses in Hermanus can vary quite a bit and you can find the perfect fit for all of your wants and needs. We have found the best accommodations for a variety of price points and vacation styles. Keep reading to find the best stay for you!
Overall Best Value Guesthouse in Hermanus – 6 Stemmet Lodge
- 2 Guests
- Swimming pool
- Walk-in closet
6 Stemmet Lodge is in the quiet neighborhood of Eastcliff but is only a three-minute walk from amazing restaurants. Soul Cafe is a favorite among locals and travelers alike, offering delicious food and live music. The perfect match for a night of dancing and memory-making.
Waking up from a night full of fun is made even better with your private balcony where you can have your morning coffee and take in the sea air of Hermanus. The breakfast served at the guesthouse receives a gold star and ensures you have the best start to your day!
Best Budget Guesthouse in Hermanus – Erica’s Lodge
- 2 Guests
- Stunning views
- Close to beaches
Erica’s lodge is the perfect guesthouse for backpackers traveling to South Africa on a budget! The property has beautiful views of the dense surrounding bush from just about every window. Guests can start their day with a delicious breakfast while bird watching from the balcony that wraps around most of the house.
The lodge has shared bathrooms as well as a shared family room with a fireplace, perfect for curling up in front of in the cooler months.
Spend the day tasting your way through the surrounding vineyards. Hamilton Russell Vineyard and La Vierge Winery are a short 10-minute drive away. Both wine farms offer delicious wines and an authentic Western Cape vineyard experience.
Budget Tip: Dorms in Hermanus start from $10USD per bed. They’re the cheapest accommodation in the city. Search for hostels in the area!
Best Guesthouse for Couples – 56 On Westcliff
- 2 Guests
- Queen bed
- Beautiful viewing deck
56 On Westcliff is in an amazing location. The guesthouse’s spacious open plan kitchen, lounge, and outdoor area will have you feeling like you never want to leave!
The sparkling pool and sun lounges are set up perfectly to enjoy the warm South African summer days. If the sun gets too harsh, then you can relax on the marshmallow-soft outdoor couches.
The upstairs viewing deck is the perfect spot for sundowners and whale watching. The swing chair and couches with partial shade from the umbrella makes an incredible outdoor entertainment spot to play board games and relax.
Best Guesthouse for a Group of Friends – Anchor’s Rest
- 4 Guests
- Family Suite
- Private patio with BBQ
Imagine a group of you and your best friends getting back after a day full of adventuring around the Village Square and Old Harbour. You pick up some provisions from the supermarket down the road and set up a barbeque, a ‘braai’ as locals call it, and enjoy the evening on your private patio.
You can use the fridge to keep your beers cold and the small kitchenette to prepare all the salads and sides for a night of ‘doing as the Saffas do’.
Over-the-Top Luxury Guesthouse – Abelone Guest Lodge
- 2 Guests
- In-house gym and spa
- Bar on-site
As previously mentioned, guesthouses differ from hotels, and so does the ‘over-the-top’ luxury we have come to expect. However, Abelone Guest Lodge has amenities above and beyond your average guesthouse found in Hermanus.
Abelone has an awe-inspiring mountainous backdrop with gorgeous sea views. Each of the 12 rooms has an en-suite bathroom and private patio or balcony for optimal private relaxation.
Take advantage of the in-house gym and get the endorphins going with a vacation work-out. Or treat yourself by being pampered at the nail bar or with a massage in the treatment room. After all of that, you can relax in the sauna and follow it with a dip in the pool. Relax, recoup, repeat!
Best Guesthouse for Families Visiting Hermanus – The Lily House
- 5 Guests
- Washing machine
- Amazing farmhouse aesthetic
The Lily House is the ideal family getaway spot. With the knowledgeable owners on-site, you know you’re in safe and capable hands! The deluxe cottage gives families everything they need for a comfortable stay.
You can cook together in the well-sized kitchen and enjoy your meals at the farm-style dining table. The children are easy to watch as they watch tv or play board games in the open plan living area.
The Whale Museum is a great nearby activity to teach the children, and even yourself, about these mysterious creatures. Having some knowledge about the gentle giants makes whale spotting along the nearby world-famous cliff pass even more exciting.
Best Guesthouse for Backpackers – Hermanus Surf School & Lodge
- 1 Guest
- Surfboard and wetsuit hire
- 546 yards from the beach
Run by surfer Ryan, this surf focused guesthouse is the perfect spot for surf enthusiasts and solo travelers. The Lodge offers surf retreats and tailor-made packages for any surfing level.
Guests can rent boards and wetsuits if they have surfing experience or just want to try riding the waves themselves. Lessons are also on offer for those who feel they need a bit more guidance.
Hermanus Surf School & Lodge offers a wide range of activities for solo travelers to enjoy! They host stand-up comedy, movie nights, as well as live music as evening entertainment. Or you can organize hikes, diving, snorkeling, and horseback riding for fun outdoor activities during the day.
Amazing Luxury Guesthouse in Hermanus – Auberge Burgundy Guesthouse
- 2 Guests
- Seating areas and workspace in rooms
- French Provençal Style
Auberge Burgundy transports all those who walk through its doors straight into the south of France. Its gorgeous chateau aesthetic is romantic and luxurious. The washed stone walls are dripping in vines and complemented with soft blue shutters and twirling wrought-iron balconies.
Follow the short 54-yard pathway straight down to the beach or wander to the Hermanus craft market and art galleries that are just a stone’s throw away!
If you don’t feel like venturing off the property, you can enjoy a quiet day on a sun lounger around the crystal clear pool. Or indulge in a delicious meal at the on-site Burgundy Restaurant.
Best Guesthouse for a Weekend in Hermanus – Sixteen Guest House on Main
- 2 Guests
- Heated pool
- All bedrooms have entrances onto the pool
If it’s a quiet getaway you’re after, spend the day relaxing in the TV lounge area provided in each room or lazing around the pool and soaking up the sun.
Sixteen Guest House goes above and beyond to assist in organizing all the activities you might want to do in a town as beautiful as Hermanus in one weekend. For adrenaline junkies, there is paragliding, free-diving, shark-cage diving, and zip-lining!
For families or those who prefer to relax during their activities kayaking, boat cruises, and The Art Walk are amazing ways to experience the town and enjoy a day out.
Most Traditional Guesthouse in Hermanus – Bamboo Beach Seaside House
- 2 Guests
- Barbeque area
- Across the road from the beach
Bamboo Beach offers all of the classic qualities we’ve come to expect from guesthouses in South Africa. A warm and friendly host with a wealth of knowledge about the area. Private, clean rooms with en-suite bathrooms. And, a shared kitchen, lounge, and great outdoor area with a ‘braai’ (that’s the BBQ in case you forgot) perfect for mingling and socializing.
Bamboo Beach Seaside House doesn’t have a pool but with the beach across the road, the ocean is your swimming pool!
The guesthouse has the on-site restaurant Casa Beira Mar, perfect to enjoy when you don’t feel like cooking and want that completely relaxed holiday feel.
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Final Thoughts on Hermanus Guesthouses
Nestled in the Overberg and along the beautiful Western Cape coastline of South Africa, Hermanus has so much to offer. There are incredible restaurants and vineyards for foodies, daring activities like paragliding for adventurers, and whale spotting for nature lovers.
A Hermanus guest house will only add to your trip with warm hospitality and by meeting fellow travelers. The perfect balance of privacy and sharing in your adventures, these homes really do make your stay feel warm and welcoming!
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