If you are looking for the best accommodation in Paternoster, you are in the right place. This quaint town is a favourite of holidaymakers, both local and international, thanks to its pearly white beaches and peaceful seaside atmosphere.
Why Visit Paternoster?
Paternoster is one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of South Africa. It is situated 15 km north-west of Vredenburg and 145 km north of Cape Town, at Cape Columbine between Saldanha Bay and St Helena Bay. It is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life for a duo or family getaway.
While the west coast activities are seasonal, you can enjoy walks on the beaches, horse riding, kayaking in the bay, kite or wind surfing, beach-buggy tours, sea views, or simply relax in the number of well-known restaurants or even the Panty Bar while enjoying a local beer or superb wine with your sea food.
How To Choose Where To Stay In Paternoster
There are two main things you will be looking at when choosing a place in Paternoster.
Paternoster is a quite a small town so everything is within 2km of everything else. There are two main areas of the town. The eastern area is what you can consider the town centre and is where you will find more traffic and the main beach strip. The western side is more placid side and for those who prefer to get away from it all.
Another factor you might want to consider is access to the beach and views from the guest house. We have included pictures of views for those guest houses that have exceptional views and direct access to the beach.
Despite its size, Paternoster has enough variety in the standard of the accommodation found and there is something for everyone. For those looking for luxury accommodation, there are good options to be found. If you are travelling in a larger group then you can get more value for money in some of the self-catering lodgings that offer much more space.
We have separated this list into the ones we consider best overall, and also set aside more affordable lodgings and self-catering apartments. Most of the accommodation does not accommodate for children younger than 12 years of age.
List Of Best Accommodation in Paternoster
Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel
If you are in Paternoster and only the absolute best accommodation will do, Strandloper Ocean Boutique Hotel is the standout choice. It is a 5 Star boutique that has it all, a prime beachfront location, beautifully decorated luxury accommodation, and professional service to meet the standards of the elite traveller.
Rooms at the hotel come in 3 categories. The courtyard rooms are the entry level rooms are spacious, measuring approximately 30m2. Premium suites are the larger Nature King Suites and Ocean Suites. Ocean suites are 40m2 in size and have arresting views over the Atlantic Ocean. The Nature King Suites are a whopping 80m2 and have views over the West Coast Natural landscape. All rooms are en-suite and have either a private courtyard or a terrace with views.
Strandloper Ocean Boutque Hotel has one of the best locations in Paternoster. It is located in a cul-de-sac and has no neighbours to the North East and South. This allows it to have a sense of privacy while also enjoying a variety of views. To the East and South, the hotel is surrounded by West Coast nature, and units on this side enjoy views over the vegetation. To the north, the hotel is bordered by the Paternoster beach and has its own private access pathway to the Atlantic.
For your meal requirements, there is an on-site restaurant, Leeto, which serves a variety of dishes using seasonal ingredients on an ever-changing menu. Be sure to book in advance as seating is limited.
On-site facilities include a 20m lap pool and sun deck with sun beds where you can kick back, and a spa where you can indulge in wellness treatments.
Among the myriad of services and facilities you can expect, there is a 24-hour reception with concierge, daily make up and turn-down service, free WiFi access in all rooms, to name a few.
Strandloper Boutique Hotel easily takes the top spot among the best hotels in Paternoster. It offers guests high end accommodation and excellent service in a prime location. It’s an easy choice for the elite traveller looking for the 5 Star experience.
Abalone House and Pool Villas
Abalone House is a boutique guesthouse providing a mix between hotel style accommodation and self-catering accommodation. It consists of guest house and 2 beachfront villas that are self-catering. The guesthouse is the archetypal Atlantic lodge, a white fisherman house featuring restored antiques and art pieces that share an engrossing apace with crystal chandeliers, wooden ceilings, modern furnishings and old silverware.
The main house has 3 different rooms to choose from. Superior and double rooms are the standard variants, while the suite comes with a balcony and a sea view. Each of the rooms can accommodate two adults.
The villas (of which there are two) are self-catering and present the most value, with private balconies and sea views with lots of space. Each unit has two bedrooms equipped with an extra large double bed, and can accommodate up to 4 people.
Abalone House and Spa, and Abalone Pool villas are situated in different locations in Paternoster, about 400m apart. The House and Spa is located slightly more inland near the main road and serves as the reception for the villas as well. The better of the locations in enjoyed by the Abalone Pool Villas, which are located in front of the beach and have an elevated view over the Atlantic.
A stay at Abalone House includes breakfast and for other meals there is an on-site restaurant with a menu that makes the most of the West Coast setting, serving a selection of seafood inspired cuisine.
The self-catering villas have a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and barbeque facilities. For entertainment, there is a private swimming pool, and the units also come with free WiFi and Netflix services.
The Abalone House and Pool Villas provide luxurious accommodation that is rivaled only by one or two other places in town. It allows you to enjoy the high standard that you are accustomed to in this small seaside town. If you are travelling in a group, then the villas, tremendous space and the beachfront location, provide an excellent value proposition.
Deja-Vu is the destination with arguably the best location in Paternoster. It is situated on the sought-after Schoonerklip Street right in front of the beach with uninterrupted views of the ocean. The guest house is owner-run, and provides accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.
There are four rooms in 3 categories at Deja-Vu. You can stay in one of the 3 beachfront rooms which each have their own balcony and views of the ocean. There is also a family room with a separate sleeping area that can sleep up to 4 people. Each room is en-suite and is equipped with a kitchenette and fridge.
The location for Deja-Vu is definitely the highlight of this lodge. You can enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the sun setting over the ocean, from our front porch, or from your room’s balcony if you stay in one of the rooms with a view. It is even more of a treat in the Spring when the dunes outside are covered with Cape Wildflower and make for a colourful display.
Breakfast is served daily and is included in the room rate for guests. For other meals, you can use prepare your own or visit nearby restaurants like Noisy Oyster, Gaaitjie Restaurant, and Wolfgat which are a short distance away. Barbeque facilities are also available if you want to have a braai while you’re at it. There is free parking available on the property and complimentary WiFi is available.
Deja-Vu is a good option if you are looking for a bed and breakfast with the benefits of an unparalleled location. The setting is beautiful and tranquil, making for a great getaway. The breakfast is quite a hit feast for both the mouth and the eyes (or camera), and having it in your room or on the porch, is an enticing prospect that makes this guest house well worth your consideration.
Linhof Boutique Guest House
Linhof is a charming little guesthouse in Paternoster in the first row to the beach, just a stone’s throw from the waves. The guest house offers six luxury rooms of which five have their own private patio and breath-taking sea views. Characterised by its prime location, it combines casual elegance with warm hospitality.
The rooms are all double deluxe rooms that measure approximately 20m2 in size. Each room is individually decorated and has a unique theme. The chambers are decorated in an eclectic style that mixes the whites and blues of the typical Atlantic houses with striking earthy colours and natural materials that give the spaces a warmer feeling. Rooms have a private bathroom can each accommodate up to two adults.
The location of Linhof is its greatest asset. The guest house is right on the front row of the beach, in an elevated position with private access and uninterrupted views over the rocky beach. Views from here are amazing and can be enjoyed from most rooms at the guest house.
A continental breakfast is served daily and is included in the room rate.
Rooms come equipped with a flat Screen TV with DSTV, and there is air conditioning in all of the rooms.
There is parking on the property for guests who are driving, and complimentary WiFi is available throughout the property.
Linhof Boutique Guest house is one of the better places to stay in Paternoster. It enjoys a perfect location and modern design that is pleasing to the eye and comfortable to stay in. The terraces in each of the rooms are thoughtfully designed in a way that hides the neighbours and gives a sense of privacy and coziness.
The Oystercatchers Haven at Paternoster
The Oystercatchers’ Haven is a 4-star establishment guest house on the quieter side of Paternoster on the western end. The property is expertly designed for luxury, with décor that makes for a good blend between old world charm and modern sensibilities in a unique style.
The guest house has 4 room: 2 luxurious Queen rooms, 1 Twin room and 1 Luxury/Honeymoon suite with its own private lounge area. All rooms are private and have their own patios, each boasting unobstructed views of the Atlantic. Along with the captivating ocean view, all four rooms are furnished in a continuation of the Afro-Asian inspired décor.
Nestled above the boulders of Bekbaai, on the western end of the village. It is nicely tucked away in a quiet part of the village, while the town centre is a short 2-minute drive away. The property enjoys easy access to the beach and the location is excellent for taking a stroll and to take in the ocean air.
All rooms are stylishly fitted and come equipped with all the basic modern necessities including free WIFI, satellite televisions, mini bar, electronic safe and walk-in showers.
When you want to recline, there is a communal lounge area outside with a swimming pool, overlooking the beach.
Breakfast is available each morning, and for other meals, there are a selection of restaurants within walking distance and in the town centre where you can drive to.
Oystercatcher’s’s Haven has a lot to like. The Afro-Asian inspired interior design gives it a completely different feeling that sets it apart from other guest houses in the town. The idyllic setting and it’s position on the edge of the town makes it perfect if you are looking for an escape away from all the activity.
Budget Accommodation in Paternoster
Smugglers’ Cottage is a charming bed and breakfast in the Bekbaai side of Paternoster. The guest house provides cosy accommodation at affordable prices. It is the sister cottage of the Oystercatcher’s Haven (mentioned earlier in our list) and is located right next door it.
The accommodation comprises 3 rooms: a king and queen room which can accommodate two adults, and a family room which can accommodate 2 adults and two children. The décor interior decoration is an eclectic mix of rustic and modern. The rooms are unique and personal, creating a story out of the decor and design with each room having its own name and distinct theme.
The location of the Smuggler’s Cottage is on the quieter side of Paternoster next door to it’s “bigger sister” guest house that is Oystercatcher’s Haven. The guest house does not have views over the ocean, but it is a few metres away from the beach. It is surrounded by the quintessential whitewashed fisherman houses that characterise the village. You would almost think you are in Greece.
All rooms have direct access to the charming terrace with the swimming pool. This Outdoor area is well protected against the west coast prevailing wind.
A nice touch is the fireplace in the communal lounge which is in theme and great for the cold winter evening. There is free parking available on-site, and complimentary WiFi is available on the property.
Smuggler’s cottage offers a good amount of value at the price range of approximately R1000 a night. It is missing some of the bells and whistles of its sister lodge next door, and the presence of braai facilities that can’t be used is a slight, but that is to be expected given that it’s a bed and breakfast. For the price, the value is good and the guest house is a charming place worth staying at.
Hoekie is a 4-star rated bed and breakfast, in the style of a quaint fisherman’s cottage on the main beach front of Paternoster. It is unique in that of the affordable guest houses on our list, it has arguable the best location, the kind that is usually reserved for the pricier establishments.
Hoekie B&B consists of 4 double bedrooms and 1 single room, each with a queen bed or larger. The rooms are rather compact, with the double rooms measuring approximately 9m2 while the single room is 6m2. Each room has a private bathroom, and two of the double bedrooms having both a shower and a bath tub.
The location of Hoekie cannot be beat, especially if you are looking at the affordable price range. The guest house is located on Strandloper street, the front row street of Paternoster. It has direct beach access, with no buildings between you and the ocean. If you are lucky enough to have one of the upper rooms, you will have a private deck with a commanding view over the beach. It is located near the heart of the town, with restaurants being within walking distance.
The amenities are what you would expect of a bed and breakfast in the budget range. The rooms are air-conditioned and have an LCD TV screen, satellite TV, coffee & tea facilities and a bar fridge. There is off-street parking available on the property, as well as free WiFi to all guests.
Hoekie B&B offers great value for money. For around R1000 a night, you can enjoy warm and hospitable guest house accommodation with the luxury of an idyllic beachfront location. The guest house is also conveniently located within walking distance of restaurants, making it ideal for travellers on business or a stop-over.
Gilcrest Place is a 4 star rated guest house in on the Bekbaai side of Paternoster. This owner-run establishment, is a favourite and one of the highly rated guest houses in Paternoster, in large part to the emphasis on home-grown hospitality. The guest house comprises 3 uniquely themed suites with generous space and bright interiors.
Guest can stay in one of three individually decorated rooms. Two of the suites, the Bayview Suite and Lookout Suite have private decks with uninterrupted views over the Atlantic Ocean. The rooms are spacious, with the smallest room being 51m2 and the Bayview Suite being a massive 68m2. All the rooms are en-suite with both a shower and a bathtub.
It is located further back in the town but in front of a greenbelt which means it still enjoys uninterrupted views of the ocean. This setting allows the property to have nice blend of bother the coastline view, and an elevated view of the building in town which really comes alive at night.
The rooms have standard far amenities that such as flat screen TVs with DSTV, mini-bar fridge, tea and coffee station, hairdryer, bathroom with shower and complimentary Charlotte Rhys toiletries.
Breakfast is available each morning and there is also a restaurant right next to the guest house.
There is free WiFi available on the property and guests who are driving have access to on-site parking.
Gilcrest Place is a well-designed guest house with a lot of value for money. The rooms area particularly large and with its beautiful interior decoration is one of the highlights. It enjoys the best of both worlds, with views of the ocean and the town buildings while being in a peaceful location.
Self Catering Accommodation In Paternoster
Potter’s Rest is a fully self-catering accommodation in the Mosselbank part of Paternoster. It is an owner-managed establishment and, as the name hints, is also home to a ceramic studio ran by the owners.
Potters’ Rest has two separate units. Studio 1 is an upstairs apartment sleeping 2 and Studio 2, is a downstairs 2 bedroom family apartment, sleeping 4. The 2 units can also be combined as one unit, sleeping 6. The apartments are tastefully furnished with artisanal furniture, making use of neutral tones to create bright and spaces.
Mosselbank is on the western limb of Paternoster and is more quiet, while still being near the town centre which is 1km away. The property is 100m away from the beach, and has partial sea views from the upstairs apartment.
Each studio has a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. Studio 1 has it own large balcony with braai (BBQ) facility, while Studio 2 has an indoor braai/fireplace and a braai (BBQ) on patio.
The owner has a ceramic studio on the premises called pb Ceramics. Visits to the studio can be arranged or even some ceramic platter workshops for small groups.
Potter’s Rest is a winner when it comes to value. It is also the most affordable guest house in our list for the small group/family of four. The room rate is calculated for the apartment and not per person, so depending on the season, it can come up to about R300 per person, which is excellent value for money.
Paters Haven Self-catering and B&B
Paters Haven is located in Bekbaai and offers a mix between self-catering and Bed and Breakfast. There are two B&B bedrooms along with a self-catering apartment. The guest house is managed by the owners who are on hand to make your stay a seamless one.
The self-catering accommodation at Pater Haven is fully equipped with a kitchen, living and dining area. The rooms 2 two bedrooms are located on the upper level and have a double bed and 2 singles to accommodate a total of 4 adults. The rooms are beautifully furnished, with white tiles and linens using a mix between white and aquas that complement the seaside theme of the location.
Paters Haven is located on the South West end of Paternoster, right on the back row of the village. The location is bordered by the main road and West Coast vegetation to the South. It has an elevated position and views over the whole town and the coastline. The guest house is 200m from the beach and all of the units have panoramic sea views.
The self-catering unit is fully equipped and there are about 15 restaurants in the town that you can visit. It also has a TV in the lounge area and free WiFi. Free parking is available at the property.
Paters Haven offers guests choice between B&B and self-catering. The self-catering apartment is well-equipped, and provides good value for money if you are staying 4, which depending on the season, can work out to just under R500 per person.