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“Beware of there being no room at the inn”
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Hornbill House
Ranked #27 of 31 St Lucia B&B and Inns
Reviewed 17 September 2017

Unfortunately I can't write you a detailed review of Hornbill House. Despite booking two months in advance, and confirming with the property a week before my stay, when I arrived at the front desk to check in, I was told that they were overbooked. Not, 'we're terribly sorry, let me make it up to you', just matter of fact, no apology. The last thing you want to hear after a day's journey from the States.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with friends
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Thank Matt H
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

If you don't have a lot of time to spend in St. Lucia, this definitely is the perfect place to stay. First of all, the host will share all his knowledge as a guide to make your stay worthwhile. He gave us a lot of information about the Isimangaliso wetland park, and when we decided to drive through the park by ourselves up to Cape Vidal, he was so generous as to give us some beach towels and snorkeling gear for the day, free of charge. Secondly, he doesn't only run the b&b and provide useful information, he also has his own tour guide company. We decided to go on a boat trip the next morning with one of his guides, and had a really good time. The trip was well organized and we had breakfast on the boat.
The rooms looked very nice and the location was good. Don't expect to be staying in a hotel though, this is a nice b&b with a homey vibe.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 August 2016

We spend 2 nights here in the hornbill house in St. Lucia.
The room was nice. Just what you need for a short visit. Everything was clean.

Lots of choises for breakfast in a very nice looking room.

There are 2 very cute/friendly dogs there as well. Butter and Donkey.

We got lots of information from the owner about st. lucia and booked a boot tour in the hotel. It was worth it. The guide was very friendly and told us much about the hippo's and birds there.

  • Stayed: August 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

Higly recommended! We stayed at the Hornbill House for 2 nights in an amazing room. It had a double bed and a bunk bed for our daughter, a little balcony and a perfect bathroom. The owner of the guesthouse is also the owner of Shakabarker Tours. We booked the Eastern Shore Safari with them and we could hop inn our safari vehicle just outside the guest house. We had a wonderful sundown with the rhinos and an amazing spotlight night safari! We got to hold a chameleon, saw bushbabies, elephants and hippos! The second day, after a very big breakfast buffet, we visited the Crocodile Center and spent the afternoon on Main Beach. There are many restaurants in walking distance. The last morning we had breakfast with the hippos at the Shakabarge Coffee and Croissant Tour. One of the best experiences in South Africa!

Room Tip: Ask for the room upstairs, we enjoyed it a lot!
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  • Stayed: June 2016, travelled with family
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1  Thank Tina T
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Reviewed 24 November 2015

I stayed for 4 nights in the Hornbill house and it was a great experience. Many choices at breakfast, tidy and clean rooms with a nice ambiance. I loved the dogs who cruise around the house, they are very friendly and well educated :). The tours the staff organized and executed were really awesome. They are very knowledgeble and you can sense they have passion for what they are doing.

Stayed: October 2015
2  Thank Jannek23
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Additional Information about Hornbill House

Address: 43 Hornbill Street, St Lucia 3936, South Africa
Region: South Africa > KwaZulu-Natal > St Lucia
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 31 B&Bs / Inns in St Lucia
Price Range: RM359 - RM489 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hornbill House 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hornbill House is ideal for exploring the southern area of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park. We offer comfortable rooms, all en-suite and even a family room. We offer continental or full English breakfasts. A variety of safaris are available departing from Hornbill House. All water based tours can be reserved from Hornbill House. All rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned and have private verandas overlooking the garden. ... more   less 
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