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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: 99%
  • Enquiry Response Time: an hour
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Hotel
  • Sleeps: 42
  • Check-in: 13:00
    Check-out: 10:00
  • Reviews: 83 Reviews


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

Languages Spoken

  • English
* Please enquire for further details.

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Reviews for Royal Hotel Bethulie

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Raymond Knuppel
10 November 2021

I am reluctant to advise any changes. It was the most interesting stay at an establishment that I have stayed at for many years. From the creaking floors, to the genuine "Free State" thick mattresses, and especially the most remarkable historic knowledge of Mr. Hocking. Certainly a revisit. Food fantastic. I have and will recommend this establishment to all my friends who will undoubtedly will revel in the vibe.

Johan Moolman
02 November 2021

Interaction with the owner, Anthony Hocking was fascinating. His knowledge of the town, the history, the concentration camps and key historical characters of the town is just phenomenal. The books and the Vinyl LP collection is also incredible.

Steve Siebert
02 November 2021

A quirky, historic platteland hotel with clean rooms, comfy beds and a friendly welcome. If you want to discover what a 120 000 books and 80 000 vinyl LP’s looks like this is the place! Host Anthony Hocking went out of his way to give us a tour and share his wealth of knowledge on Bethulie concentration camp and the surrounding area during the Boer war. Well worth a visit.

Niel Van der Merwe
21 October 2021

I do think if one changes anything the character and magig will be lost

Michael Tymbios
14 September 2021

We really appreciated Anthony's warm welcome, his enthusiasm with which he took us on a tour despite the late-ish hour and of course, his amazing encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of just about everything. But when we saw the interior, the shelves of endless book and record collections, amazement doesn't describe it. The bill of fare was superb. One evening was definitely not enough.

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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