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The Halfway House Hotel was established in 1872. Situated on the Belgravia historic route it offers guests and tourists visiting the “Diamond City” a combination of style and comfort in a relaxed atmosphere. Whether it’s for business or pleasure, this historic hotel is the perfect place to stay.
The Halfway House Hotel offers comfort, luxury and elegance in every bedroom. The contemporary rooms are spacious with opening windows. Catch up on work at the desk, freshen up in the shower or relax in the bath. Each en-suite bathroom has fresh towels and courtesy toiletries are supplied for your convenience. Some rooms have adjoining lounges available. Each bedroom is individually decorated to the highest standards and each room is equipped with air-conditioning / heating and ceiling fans, colour satellite television with remote control and DSTV and coffee or tea making facilities. Wireless e-mail and internet access are available. We also offer secure and safe covered parking on the property.
“The Half” as it is popularly known, has and always will be, a Kimberley institution and is now the only ‘drive-in bar’ in the world. Frequented by tens of thousands over the many years, the Half can boast some illustrious patrons from the early diamond rush days through to the modern post-democratic Kimberley of the early 21st Century.
Foremost among those patrons are Cecil John Rhodes, who normally remained on his horse outside the bar; Barney Barnato, Alfred Beit, William Pickering, John Currey, Daniel Greatbatch and an early landlord, William Shalders who was a Springbok cricketer.
‘The Half’ dates back to January 1872 when it was known as the Young America and advertised as “…an excellent framed house with bar stools and full stock…” It was sensibly positioned halfway on the main road between Dutoitspan and the New Rush mines, the latter of which became known as the Kimberley mine. This is where the De Beers family started out their empire. This is where, within twelve months of the discovery of diamonds at Colesberg Kopje in 1871, 50000 fortune hunters crowded into the first little shantytown of New Rush that later became known as Kimberley. You will no longer find the Kopje here, instead you will find the biggest man made hole ever dug with pick and shovel.
A fire destroyed half of the original bar in February 1990, the damage still visible on some of the bar shelving. The sad part of the fire is that many old treasures on display were destroyed, and in particular, the Cape to Cairo artwork that circled the entire bar that included the magnificent painting of the pyramids, Table Mountain, Victoria Falls and more.
These 8 rooms are elegantly decorated and offer a choice between two three-quarter beds or a double bed. The en-suite bathrooms are fitted with a shower, a clawfoot slipper bathtub, basin and lavatory.
Our 2 deluxe rooms are larger in size than the standard rooms. They have a double bed and a spacious lounge area with couches to relax on and have en-suite bathrooms fitted with a shower, a clawfoot slipper bathtub, basin and lavatory.
his room is larger in size than the other rooms, when compared to the deluxe or standard rooms. It has a more spacious lounge area and en-suite bathroom with a jet bathtub. This grand styled suite has a luxuriously decorated lounge with plush sofas and armchairs. There are two bedrooms with closing doors. The main bedroom has a double bed while the second bedroom has two three-quarter beds in it. They each have a private entrance.
You can enjoy a scrumptious South African breakfast in our dining room at an additional cost and Annabell’s Fine Dining Restaurant is available for your convenience.
Phone: +27 53 831 6324Fax: +27 53 832 7847Admin Mail:Tourism Grading: 4 StarAA Grading: Highly RecommendedPet Friendly: -Secure Parking: YesBraai Facilities: -Laundry Facilities: YesSelf Catering: -WIFI Internet: YesCredit Cards Accepted: -Smoking: -Wheelchair Friendly: -Babysitting Services : -Swimming Pool: -Aircon in Rooms: -Satellite TV in Rooms: -Shower: -En Suite Bathroom: -Bath: -Fridge: -Breakfast: -Restaurant : -Nearby Dining: -Nearby Shopping: -Room Rate Low: R 580Room Rate High: R 1250100% Local: -Premium Company: -Service Excellence Promise: -Local Grading: -
Room Rate High: R 1250