Klawer Hotel & Margo’s Restaurant – a great stop-over on the West Coast

Klawer Hotel & Margo's Restaurant

The Klawer Hotel & Margo’s Restaurant is not your typical 5-Star accommodation, but this country hotel has been a welcome stop-over for those plying the N7 between Namibia and Cape Town since 1910 – making it a landmark on the West Coast.

Situated on the banks of the Olifant’s River, the town is named after the wild clover that grows in the area. It has a distinct, laid-back rural atmosphere and character, which makes it a popular destination for those wanting to escape the chaos of the big cities.

Just outside the town is a spot where, in 1902, General Smuts famously fought British troops.

The Klawer Hotel was bought by Moorrees & Landé Smit in 2003. They set about upgrading it into the popular stop-over that it has become. They also added that the restaurant that draws many patrons from afar.

Many of their previous guests also note the excellent hospitality, great food and warm reception they received from the owners and their staff.

Accommodation at Klawer Hotel & Margo’s Restaurant

At the Klawer Hotel, you have a choice of 22 in-house rooms. Your hosts have endeavored to make your stay with them as comfortable as can be.

Ideal for travelling companions, the Twin rooms come fitted with comfy single beds, a heater, air-conditioning, a coffee and tea station, TV and a bathroom with a shower.

Suited for those travelling as a group, the Triple Rooms are boast three comfy single beds, air-conditioning, a heater, a coffee/ tea station, TV and a bathroom with a shower.

Their Double Rooms are suited for travelling couples and feature a double bed, air-conditioning, room heater, a coffee & tea station, TV, a bath and shower.

For individual travellers, there are also Single Rooms that are fitted with single beds, air-conditioning, a heater, a coffee & tea station, TV and shower.

There are also two Family Rooms – one comes with four single beds and the other one comes with a Double bed and two single beds.

Book your stay online HERE.

Facilities at Klawer Hotel & Margo’s Restaurant

The Klawer Hotel’s Margo’s Restaurant offers an à la carte menu with a variety of dishes – from succulently grilled steaks to pizzas prepared in an authentic wood-fired pizza oven. The owner is also the executive Chef – he has been in the food industry since the 1970’s.

Margo’s Restaurant is open Monday to Saturday, 18h30 to 22h00 and closed on Sundays.

After a day on the road or exploring the surrounding area, you can also meet other guests over drinks at the bar/lounge.

Besides Wi-Fi access, the hotel also has braai and picnic facilities, an outdoor pool and a secure parking area for your vehicles.

Things to do in Klawer

You will find that the Klawer Hotel and Margo’s Restaurant is surrounded by amazing activities and attractions to keep your days occupied.

Try wine tasting at local wine cellars, walks, hiking, sight-seeing, picnics at local parks and gardens.

Reviews from previous Klawer Hotel & Margo’s Restaurant guests

“Overall good, clean, very adequate accommodation. The staff were friendly and helpful. Our supper at the restaurant was top notch and worthy of 4 1/2 to 5 star rating. Will definitely recommend this establishment,” wrote Beryl d on their TripAdvisor page.

Paul983 added; “it is the second time I have stayed here, once on the way to the Richtersveld and the last time on the way to Namibia, it is a great place to stay over, very friendly and helpful service, good food at good value, accommodation clean and comfortable, secure parking for your vehicle.”

“I stay at the Klawer hotel regularly on business. It’s a very well organised and comfortable hotel. The restaurant is excellent, Johan cooks the best beef rump on the west coast, along with the rest of his extensive menu. I would definitely stay over if I was travelling on holiday. If you’re a blue bulls supporter the pub is a must and a ‘bulls’ museum with hundreds of blue bulls memorabilia where you can sample local brew. I recommend a visit,” said amanda_woodburn.

Klawer Hotel & Margo’s Restaurant is located at 120 Main Road, Klawer, Western Cape. For bookings, call +27 27 2161 934 / +27 64 684 7980 or email klawerhotel@telkomsa.net. Here is their location on Google Maps. Also follow them on Facebook HERE.


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