A unique Karroo experience at Graaff-Reinet’s Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse

Aa'Qtansisi Guesthouse, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape (6)

Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse, Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape

Situated in the heart of the picturesque town of Graaff-Reinet you will find Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse. This 4-star accommodation offering is a small boutique-type guesthouse that offers comfort and luxury for all travellers.

Established in 1856, the guesthouse is centrally located and is a popular first-choice accommodation for those passing through Graaff-Reinet.

Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse derived its name from the authentic original Khoisan language meaning ‘We welcome you’, showcasing the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the house and its owners.

You will feel totally spoilt and delighted by the personal attention you receive from the owners.

The unique décor that can be admired from every room of the accommodation will leave you feeling refreshed and comfortable during your stay.

Accommodation at Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse

There are eight rooms to choose from at Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse, each one is spacious and stylishly decorated, allowing you to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. All beds are fitted with fine percale linen and fresh, fluffy towels are also provided.

The Luxury Family Room can sleep up to five people and comes with a double bed and three single beds, and a bathroom with a bathtub.

For those wanting to experience the exotic beauty of Zanzibar, you can stay in Room 2. The room comes with an extra-large King-sized four-poster bed with a mosquito net and an en-suite bathroom with a Victorian bath.

Decorated in a Marrakesh theme, Room 3 comes with a Queen-sized canopy bed and a Moroccan-styled bathroom with a corner bath.

Room 4 is a classic single room and comes with two single beds, an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a private entrance.

Set in a French theme, Room 5 is wheelchair-friendly and comes with two extra-length single beds, an en-suite bathroom with a shower and a private entrance.

You will find that Room 6 has beautiful medieval French period décor and comes with a Queen-sized four-poster cast iron bed, bathroom with a bath and shower and a private entrance.

Room 7 will enchant you the moment you walk through the door and see the beautiful Gypsy-themed décor. The room comes with a Queen-size bed with Victorian Bath and shower.

Finally, Room 8 has a charming old-world Karoo décor and comes with a double bed and a bathroom with a shower.

Facilities at Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse

You can enjoy a full breakfast every morning during your stay at Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse to give you the energy to start your day. You can also enjoy a packed picnic basket or packed lunch upon request for outings in Graaff-Reinet.

The Guesthouse offers access to free Wi-Fi throughout the whole facility so you can always stay connected. You can safely park your vehicle behind a locked-up gate on the premises for your peace of mind.

The back patio area offers a place for you to enjoy peace and tranquillity. The guesthouse is also pet-friendly so you won’t have to worry about your furry friend if you are travelling with them. You can cool down during the hot days in the swimming pool and enjoy a traditional South African braai with their braai facilities.

You can sip on a sundowner from their honesty bar to relax at the end of the day. The Guesthouse is centrally located so you can easily visit the local restaurants and shopping areas.

What do people say about Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse

“The accommodation is spacious and comfortable with everything needed. The staff are very helpful and friendly. It is situated a short walk from the beautiful, historical, landmark church of Graaff-Reinet. The garden is well looked after and neat. The front entrance looks professional and very neat. We had a really great overnight stay and would recommend it.” – Guilletta TripAdvisor.

“We have been staying in this guest house on an annual basis for the past ten years. Great place with excellent service and friendly hosts and with secure parking. Walking distance from very nice restaurants.” – Francois TripAdvisor.

“What a perfect choice for a one night stay in the centre of town. Very quirky interiors and a delightful garden with barbecue area. The best was it being pet friendly! Good heating throughout and a delicious breakfast. Thank you for setting a table for us to enjoy our barbecue supper.” – Adrienne TripAdvisor.

Top reasons for staying at Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse:

  1. The owners and staff and helpful, welcoming and friendly.
  2. The rooms are uniquely and beautifully decorated.
  3. The guesthouse is centrally located in Graaff-Reinet.
  4. The guesthouse is pet-friendly.
  5. They serve a filling and hearty breakfast as well as a picnic basket and packed lunch.

To find out more about Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse, give them a call on 049 891 0243, or email info@aaqtansisi.co.za. Visit their website at www.aaqtansisi.co.za. Find them on Google Maps.

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