If you are looking for the best hotels in Mossel Bay, you are in the right place. Mossel Bay is a harbor town along the garden route, the town lies 400km east of Cape Town and 400km East of Port Elizabeth. Known popularly as the place where the first Europeans landed in 1488, the town is one of the popular coastal towns for vacationers from South Africa and abroad.
Why Mossel Bay?
Mossel Bay is one of the major stops for travelers along the garden route. It’s a sea-side town with a laid back atmosphere and a great place for a stop over. There are also plenty of things to do in Mossel bay, which is a global hotspot for shark cage diving, among other activities.
Beyond being a vacationer’s haven, there is a lot of history South African history and cultural heritage in this town. It offers a peaceful coastal retreat along one of the most picturesque routes in the world.
How To Choose A Hotel In Mossel Bay
There are 2 main things you will want to consider where to stay in Mossel Bay.
Mossel bay is quite a small town so from a driving perspective, everything is close to everything. Your main consideration with regard to location will be the place with the best sights, or convenience that includes the option of being able to walk to certain attractions. The places you will want to say are usually near the beachfront, or in a central location near museums and shopping centres.
One of the best things about Mossel Bay is that accommodation n the area is very affordable. When compared to cities like Port Elizabeth, or even other garden route towns like Knysna, you can expect to pay less for your lodgings. For luxury guest houses, you can expect to pay from R1500 to approximately R2000. For something affordable, you can go even as low as just over R200. To a variety, we have included hotels in all the different ranges.
List Of Best Hotels In Mossel Bay
Bay Lodge On The Beach
Bay Lodge is a 4 Star guest house in the Bay View area of Mossel Bay next to Hartenbos. The Guest house enjoys arguably the best location of all of the lodgings on our list. It is a luxury bed and breakfast on the Hartenbos beachfront,
Bay Lodge has 9 rooms and suites that can accommodate up to two people each. Each of the rooms has a private bathroom with a bath and a shower. Rooms vary in size, between approximately 25m2 for a queen room, and 40m2 for the presidential suite.
The interior décor is light and airy, with the use of neutral colours that bring in the blues of the ocean and sky outside. We recommend booking a room with an ocean view to maximize the experience.
Bay On The Lodge boasts a prime location right on Hartenbos Beach, with direct access to the beach from the guest house. The property is also expertly designed, with an inner courtyard area that is protected from the wind. Thanks to this well-thought-out design, even on windy days you don’t have to be confined to the room and can relax in the sheltered area with a pool and deck.
Each room is equipped with a bar fridge, microwave, toaster and tea-and-coffee making facilities.
For unwinding, there is a pool area with a Jacuzzi and deck, as well as sun chairs and tables outside where you can sit and have breakfast which can be booked at an additional fee. Dinner is not served at Bay Lodge but there is braai area for guests o use and basic utensils in the rooms.
There is off-street parking on the property and free WiFi is available to guests. The availability of USB wall plugs in rooms is a nice touch.
Bay On The Lodge is a well-managed guest house that exemplifies the seaside holiday. You will be hard-pressed to find a better location. If you prefer full catering and services, you might be left wanting since this is more on a bed and breakfast basis. But the prime location more than makes up for that and all at an affordable price point.
Protea Hotel Mossel Bay
Protea Hotel Mossel Bay is part of the well-known group of hotels from the Marriott group. It’s a 3 Star hotel located near the Mossel Bay harbour and provides reliably high quality accommodation at affordable prices. The 38-room hotel was built in 1846 and is one of the oldest buildings in town, forming part of the Dias Museum Complex.
Protea Hotel Mossel Bay has 38 rooms, in the option of a double room or a twin single that can accommodate up to two adults. There is also a 2 bedroom presidential suite that comes with one king-sized bed and two singles with a living area and can accommodate 4.
Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style, comprising light colours and a deft use of natural materials and rich textured fabrics.
The hotel is centrally located in Mossel Bay and overlooks the harbour. It is a 5-minute walk from the popular Santos beach and most major points of interest are within 5 minutes drive. The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex’s attractions are right next door, and Bayside Shopping centre is right across the road.
For your dining requirements, there is an on site restaurant, Cafe Gannet, which serves an a la carte menu specializing in fresh seafood, including Mossel Bay mussels, sole and wild coastal oysters.
If you want to keep fit, there is a gym with cardio equipment and free weights, as well an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers. The hotel courtyard overlooks the ocean and is the perfect place to kick back and take in the rays.
There is parking and free WiFi available to guests.
Protea Hotel is a well-known brand and is trusted for quality hotels at an affordable price throughout the cities of South Africa. Protea Hotel Mossel Bay does not stray from what is expected and is a great hotel in a great location. The packaged is topped off with excellent service from the well-trained staff who go out of their way to make you feel at home.
Marine Manor is one of our favourite hotels in Mossel Bay. It is the quintessential beachfront lodge with views over the sea and direct access to the beach. It has offers guest rooms suitable for guests and small families.
There are 8 rooms at the guest house, that vary in size from 15m2 for a standard room for two people, up to 30m2 for the largest room which can accommodate up to four guests. The double rooms come with an extra large double bed, while the family rooms have a double bed and two singles Rooms are spacious, clean and built for comfort. Each room is en-suite and comes with a balcony.
Marine Manor has the perfect location, right in front of the beach. This means that all the rooms enjoy views over the Indian Ocean. This is even more spectacular in this stretch of coast line because the guest house faces toward the east, so you have the sun rising over the ocean in the morning.
Marine Manor is also located in a peaceful suburban street, while being 1km away from Langeberg Mall and all its nearby restaurants and cafes.
Breakfast is available daily, and there is a communal kitchen in the house. All units also come with a fridge. Other facilities for guest include braai facilities, a bar and a shared lounge.
On the recreational end, and fun amenities like an outdoor swimming pool, snooker and table tennis. Free WiFi is available to guests, and there is secure parking available on the property.
Marine Manor is one of the most well-placed guest houses in Mossel Bay. The prime location comes with is complemented by the well decorated interiors that reinforce the marine theme. Everything is well organized and the staff work tirelessly to make your stay a good one. With its spacious rooms and air rooms, it is great for couples and small families.
Betty’s Boutique Hotel
Betty’s Boutique Hotel is a luxury lodge and in Mossel Bay Central. The hotel sports a classical design, reminiscent of old-fashioned elegance. Built in 1903, Betty’s is a historical landmark filled with antique pieces and carries a great appeal for the discerning guest with an appreciation of classical elegance.
Betty’s has six rooms and suites, each individually decorated with a unique theme and colour scheme. The rooms all have a private bathroom and vary in size between 20m2 for the smallest room, and approximately 30m2 for the royal suite. Each room comes with a double bed and can accommodate up to two adults, with some rooms having the option of two single beds instead.
The hotel is perched on a hilltop in Mosselbay Central, giving it a partial view over the Indian Ocean. It is conveniently located in a central position in Mossel Bay’s town centre. Shopping centres and restaurants are within a 1km radius, and the popular Santos beach is a mere 700m from the hotel.
A full English breakfast is included each morning of your stay, with a 3 course dinner being available at a surcharge.
One of the standout feature’s at Betty’s is the manicured garden full of indigenous plants and is a perfect place to clear the mind while soaking views across Mossel Bay. Additional facilities guests can use include a heated swimming pool, a play area for children, and a mini putting green. There is free parking available on-site and complimentary WiFi is available.
Betty’s Boutique Hotel is offers a refreshing change of pace to our list. The old world aesthetic hearkens the elegance and glamour of a bygone era. Being owner-run, there is a huge emphasis on hospitality and a great sense of homeliness at the lodge. It is the perfect destination for the traveller with an appreciation for history and antiques.
Le Port Guesthouse
Le Port Guesthouse is a charming B&B located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Mossel Bay Central. The lodge has a quaint design that mixes luxurious fittings with natural materials for a cosy feel. As an owner-run bed and breakfast, it offers guests warm and comfy accommodation with a helping of friendly service.
The guest house has 3 rooms that come with an en-suite bathroom and a double bed to accommodate up to two adults. The entry level room is the deluxe queen room which is approximately 20m2, while the King room is a whopping 38m2 and has a sea view.
All the rooms are tastefully furnished in an eclectic style that mixes contemporary furnishings with a rustic aesthetic.
Le Port is located in a quiet street which is close enough from the hustle and bustle to grant a goo deal of peace but still close enough to walk to shopping centres and other attractions. The place also enjoys partial views over the Indian Ocean.
Breakfast is served daily when you are staying at the guesthouse, and other meals can be had at nearby restaurants. There is also a communal kitchen that guests can use.
Other facilities available to guest include an outdoor pool area with lounging furniture, and braai facilities.
Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site
Le Port Guesthouse is a nice bed and breakfast and suitable accommodation if you want the homely feeling away from home. The location is tucked away in a quiet street while still offering you the luxury of walking to various points of interest. It is ideal for solo travelers or couples making their way through the garden route and looking for a cozy place to stay in Mossel bay.
Santos Express is a unique and quirky lodge that has become a landmark accommodation in Mossel Bay. The Train, as it is affectionately known, is a train that has been transformed in to a lodge and has been providing accommodation to guests for more than 20 years. It also doubles as a restaurant that is very popular in the area and frequented by tourists and locals alike.
Santos Express has a variety of room types that vary from dormitory type setting to double rooms and king rooms with views of the ocean. The rooms are compact and vary from 10m2 for a single room, to 25m2 for the king suites. Most of the rooms have shared ablutions, with the exception of the King Suites which are en-suite.
If you are looking for privacy, you might be left wanting with the smaller rooms, but they are some of the most affordable you will find and ideal for backpackers.
Santos Express enjoys prime location right in front of Santos Beach. The lodge is placed at an elevated location providing unobstructed views from the restaurant deck and from those rooms that have views.
For your other dining requirements, The Fork and Train Restaurant and Pub serves a variety of continental and local dishes. There are also BBQ facilities available. Other facilities offered at the Santos include a tour desk, a conference room and free parking. There is complimentary WiFi is available in the public areas.
Santos Express is a charming lodge with an excellent location and certainly makes for a memorable stay. The rooms are compact but that also comes with an unparalleled affordability. You will be hard-pressed to find decent lodgings for lower prices, with the single room starting from as low as R210. The lodge is perfect for student travelers or anyone looking for good cost savings.
Aqua Marina Guest House
Aqua Marina is one of the best rated among guest houses and hotels in Mossel Bay by guests. It is nestled in a cul-de-sac half a kilometre way from the ocean. The guest house has been converted from a family home to into a lodge proving guests accommodation with arresting views over Mossel Bay.
There are 4 rooms at Aqua Marine, starting with the queen room with a garden view, and 3 king rooms, each two of which have sea views. The King rooms come with the choice of either a large double bed or two queen beds, and can each accommodate up to two adults. All of the rooms are en-suite with a bath and shower in the private bathroom.
Aqua marine is tucked away on a quiet street with an elevated position. The property enjoys area views over the town and the harbour, and is a sight at night in particular when the buildings light up the landscape. It is within reach of areas of interest, with Bayside Shopping Centre being half a kilometre away, and the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and Cape St Blaize Lighthouse being within a 1km radius.
All of the rooms at the guest house are equipped with air-conditioning, Flat Screen TV with DSTV, and a fridge.
A hearty breakfast, which is a favourite of guests, is served each morning. Packed lunches are available on request and there is a selection of restaurants nearby.
Free parking is available on the property and there is complimentary WiFi for guests.
Aqua Marine Guest house is offers a good package with a great location, quality lodgings and great food. It is a firm favourite and has received rave reviews from guests for the exceptional hospitality. It is well-run by the attentive hosts who place an emphasis on Exceptional hospitality and professionalism.
4 On Montagu Accommodation
4 On Montague is a 4 Star guest house located in the hills near the St Blaize Trail. It is a north-facing house with an elevated position boasting engrossing views of the whole bay, ocean and Outeniqua Mountains.
The guest house has a selection of double or twin rooms that are spacious and can accommodated up to two adults. The rooms are decorated in a contemporary style making use of white linens with blue trimming that complement the coastal theme of the surrounding environment. Rooms come with a private bathroom and/or shower, and each room as a balcony with a view over the sea.
When it comes to beach side hotels in Mossel Bay, there are two types of prime location for great views. One is being right in front of the beach, and the other is being on a mountain cliff overlooking the town with uninterrupted views. 4 On Montagu is the latter. This type of accommodation really shines at night when the lights of the buildings create a cityscape view. The mountainside location also means that the area is removed from a lot of the traffic and guest enjoy a quiet environment.
All of the rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, television with DSTV, and a kettle and fridge. Breakfast is available at the venue and other meals can be enjoyed at a number of restaurants which are in walking distance.
There is a communal lounging area and terrace with a splash pool with views over the bay. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and there is free parking available.
4 On Montague has a unique position among hotels in Mossel Bay, with its placement against the mountains and commanding views over the town. With its elevated position and high balconies, it is not suitable for children but makes an ideal resting place for couples looking to stay in a house on the hill.
Aquamarine Guest House
Aqua Marine is a neat little guest house located in Mossel Bay Central. The owner-run holiday home is located near the harbour and sports an ocean theme with sea views from its upper levels. The lodge provides homely accommodation in 12 luxurious suites that can accommodate couples or a small family.
Rooms at the guest house come in different sizes. The smallest is the standard room which is approximately 16m2 and comes with a private bath and shower. Larger rooms, like the superior suite area approximately 35m2 in size and have the luxury of a balcony with sea views.
The rooms are light and airy, decorated with an ocean theme consisting of white and blue fabrics, mixed with materials like wood that add warmth .
Aquamarine enjoys a central location in the town centre that is within walking distance to shopping centres and other popular attractions like the beach and museums. Even thought the guest house is situated along a main road, the rooms are tucked away on the other side, leaving them sheltered from the noise outside.
All of the rooms are equipped with a flat-screen HD satellite TV, tea-and-coffee-making facilities, as well as a patio or balcony. Communal areas include a terrace and splash pool where you can kick back.
Breakfast is served at the guest house, and there is a free shuttle to the nearby restaurant where other meals can be enjoyed.
There is free secure parking on the property and complimentary WiFi is available to guests.
Aquamarine is a nice and cosy guest house where you can enjoy homely accommodation. It is in s great location in town, and has great views over the ocean. The establishment is owner-run, which shows with an emphasis on homegrown hospitality with a dedicated staff.