At first, it was sunny and windy. Soon the sky clouded over and the temperature dropped. It remained chilly and cloudy throughout my visit. The following day it rained, forcing me to cancel my plans and making it too chilly to sit outdoors or spend much time on the beach or poolside. In between rain showers I took a couple of strolls along the shore. Although only brave sportsmen in wet suits ventured into the cold water the beach was a pleasant place to walk and dip my toes in the cool sand. From the sofa in my room and from the dining room at meal times I soaked in the views of the beach shared by dog walkers, surfers and kite surfers. It was splendid. I also loved the sounds of the crashing surf. Despite the overcast and rainy weather I enjoyed my stay, in particular the stellar beach setting and water views.
The boutique property’s beachfront location combined with the staff’s friendly and helpful attitude, and my comfortable room with an outstanding beach view and private terrace would draw me back easily. It was a favorite property on that voyage. I would seriously consider a return visit and dedicated trip to Long Beach for a stay at The Last Word.
Class of Accommodation Five Star Intimate Luxury Hotel
Connectivity There was complimentary high speed (10 megabits per second) WiFi in my room and in the common areas.
General Managers Jennifer Minny and Fanie Witbooi
Handicapped Access No
Length of Stay Two nights
Location The property was in the village of Kommetjie 45 kilometers from the Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa
Managed The Last Word
Owned Peter Fleck
Pets Allowed No
Size The half acre property had six rooms in a two story building and nine staff.
Year Opened-Renovated The property opened in 2005. In 2015, the lounge and rooms were refurbished.
To the right of the shower there was a large bathtub. Above it to the left there was a rectangular mirror. There was not enough hot water to fill the bathtub the night I bathed. Next there were twin sinks beneath a large rectangular framed mirror. There was a vanity mirror attached to the wall. The bath toiletries were on metal shelves in the corner. Next to the sinks there was the water closet with a toilet.
Features included high ceilings, recessed lights, framed and glass covered beach themed reproductions, elegant flower pattern curtains, oversize windows facing the garden and beach, and a small outdoor terrace. There was a vase with fresh roses atop the minibar cabinet. I could adjust the temperature in the room with a remote controlled air conditioner and heater wall unit and underfloor heating.
The sitting area had cloth furniture, including a love seat and two armchairs facing a rectangular wood coffee table. In the corner, there was a wall mounted LG flatscreen television. From the love seat in my living area I could hear muted conversation in the adjacent main area of the property. To the right of the entrance there was a vanity area with an armless cloth chair. Against the far wall there was a cabinet, which housed a mini bar with a small refrigerator, hot beverage service and snacks. Wood shutters provided privacy at night, covering the glass windows and doors leading to the terrace. On the small terrace there was metal patio furniture consisting of two lounge chairs, a table and two armchairs.
A firm and comfortable king bed with a duvet and four feather pillows, a white wood headboard and two identical night tables and lamps took up the central space. The property name and logo were embroidered on the center of the duvet in the same color of the fabric. There was a blue bench at the foot of the bed. The bed rested against a half wall that divided the bedroom and bathroom. There was no door between the sleeping area and the bathroom (except for one in the water closet). The back wall of the room (beneath the air conditioning and heating unit) was a wood built-in white wardrobe with hanging and shelf space and an electronic safe.
There was a telephone on the vanity table and a Philips radio with iPod docking capability on the right side night table. The volume control on the docking station was not working. On the wall, there was a flatscreen television with satellite programming, a Sony DVD player and a few DVDs available on loan from reception.
There was complimentary hot beverage service and snacks such as cookies, and dried fruit and nut mix from The Treat Company. There were pretty fresh flower arrangements in the common areas. At turn down, there was a bottle of water and a moist red velvet cake with vanilla frosting and chocolate sprinkles.
Facilities Swimming pool
Pool The 20 square meter size pool in the garden level was too chilly to swim in during my winter visit. It ranged in depth between 1 meter and 1.7 meters.
At times, I could hear the exterior sounds of workers and large trucks on the street in front of the property, nearby dogs barking, and the surf, my favorite. I turned in my laundry Monday morning and received it back Tuesday morning. Check out time was 11 a.m. sharp. The World Travel Awards recognized the property as South Africa’s leading Beach Hotel in 2013 and 2014.
Date of Review September 2015
Photos and Article by Elena del Valle
Service There was twice daily service. Jennifer Minny, the manager during my stay, was cheerful, friendly and extra attentive. The rest of the staff I met, including Zolani, the evening server and sometime cook, Lucy and Joan, were attentive and warm in their demeanor. I was a tad frazzled when I arrived because of rental car issues en route there and a slight difficulty finding the property in the village of Kommetjie near Cape Town, South Africa. Between the smiling faces of the staff and the relaxed ambiance I began to settle down. Thanks to manager Jennifer Minny’s refreshing can-do management style I was able to temporarily sort out the rental car issues, which allowed me to begin enjoying my stay.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes
- The Last Word Long Beach
- 1 Kirsten Avenue
- South Africa
- +27 (0)21 783 4183