Hotel Resort vs Guesthouse

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Why choose a hotel resort above a guesthouse? As the very curious RiverBlogger, I have done some research on the matter and came across the following findings:

  • Most hotels in South Africa, including the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club, have a lot more to offer, especially when it comes to family activities.
  • With hotels accommodating so many guests at a time, they are compelled to provide a wider variety of menu items on their breakfast menu. Therefore, chances are that you might just find exactly what you want for breakfast.
  • Hotels’ prices have decreased over the years in order to compete with guesthouses and bed and breakfasts which have become more popular to South African locals. You might just pay less for a family of five when staying in a hotel than at a guesthouse.
  • Guests on business might also prefer hotels to guesthouses, as they are there on business and may not want to chit chat with the guesthouse’s owner during breakfast. Yes, on holiday it is interesting and fun to meet and mingle with people from other places and get to know their culture, but when you are on a business trip, chances are that you prefer the eat, work and sleep routine.
  • At a hotel you are also sure to have your own separate table for breakfast, where at many bed and breakfasts you are required to share the table for eight with fellow visitors. Again, on holiday this might be fun, but on a business trip you might want to have your cup of coffee in peace.
  • Hotels operate 24/7 so should you wish to indulge in midnight snack from the room service menu, while finishing off that all important business proposal, all you have to do is pick up the phone and place your order.

Many people have the misperception that hotels are cold and impersonal. Time and again the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club and many other South African hotels tend to prove this statement wrong. With water sport, a wedding venue, seven conference venues, an onsite spa, three restaurants, a floating restaurant and a golf course, no guesthouse will ever be able to measure up with the Riviera on Vaal Hotel and Country Club.


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