Welkom is known by anyone that is familiar with the Afrikaans language to mean welcome. And as a mining metropolis, it invites its visitors into exploring its landscape. Welkom is also known as the Goldfields because in 1947, settlers that had discovered gold in the earth beneath it, claimed it.
This sandy place is the second-largest city in the Free State Province and has nicknames such as “Circle City”, “City within a Garden”, “Mvela” and “Matjhabeng”. The city’s Sotho name, Matjhabeng, means ‘where nations meet.’ It is derived from its history with migrant labour; people from Lesotho, Malawi, and Mozambique gathered in the mines of the gold fields for work.
Welkom’s economy is built on gold and uranium mining and the city is the hub of the Free State Goldfields. It has been a major contributor to the free world’s gold trade. But there are various other maintenance industries and services in the area, including engineering and mechanical repairs.
The city produces steel, lumber, dairy products, and beef; and is home to several major industries such as Coca-Cola and South African Breweries.
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Our list of best Guest Houses in Welkom
Because we all relish the prestige of gold and the wealth it represents, the idea of visiting Welkom is exciting. And in making such a decision, we are here to help. In this article, we will be elaborating on the most sought-after accommodation in Welkom.
In the list below, the guest houses are in order of most memorable travel experiences, with the first being ranked as wonderful and the last ranked to the fifteenth power of awesome.
Criteria that make these properties the best are their Aesthetics, Cleanliness, Comfort, and Service. We would like to ensure you have a royal reception to South Africa and the Free State and these establishments will fulfil that aspiration. The fifteen properties we will cover are:
- Modern Goldfields Apartments & Guest House
- Uitsig Boutique Hotel
- Mantovani Guest House
- 51 on Church Guest House
- Gluckman Drive Guest House
- Katlego Guest House
- Villa Grande Luxury Accommodation
- The Lighthouse Guest House
- Thatchers Guest Rooms
- Butrin Guest House
- Jolani 2 Guest House
- Mosaic Guest House
- Heimat Accommodation & Conferencing
- Goedehoop Guest House
- Little Acorn Guest House
Let us begin…
Modern Goldfields Apartments & Guest House
Modern Goldfields is an intimate and contemporary accommodation in the heart of the Free State, in a town called Virginia. It is 15 minutes from Welkom, an 80-minute distance from Bloemfontein, and an ideal stopover between Cape Town and the Northern Provinces. bedrooms are clean and affordable but luxurious.
Guests can take in the views from the lovely garden while relaxing to some good music or grilling a meal from the barbeque. A communal kitchen is available for use and there is free parking onsite.
Patrons can make themselves feel at home in one of the are 4 air-conditioned rooms on the premises. The units also come with a desk, Wi-Fi, microwaves, refrigerators, LCD televisions, and a terrace with extravagant views. Housekeeping is provided daily for the convenience of guests.
A full breakfast is served daily from 7 am to 10 am at a cost.
The property is in Matjhabeng, a short 22.5-kilometre drive from Welkom Park and 23 km away from Goldfields Mall.
Uitsig Boutique Hotel
Uitsig is a Boutique Hotel and Conferencing Venue with an exterior that captures the abundant past of the Goldfields and an interior that is contemporary. The decor combines modern designs with Cape Dutch architecture to create something unique.
All the bedrooms at the hotel have air conditioning, a desk, a lounging area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box, and a private bathroom with either a bath and a shower or just a shower, and a hairdryer. While all guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi and room service, some of the units at the Hotel come with refreshing pool views. Its external amenities include a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge, a garden, and an outdoor swimming pool.
A continental breakfast is available each morning.
Couples gave the hotel a collective 9 out of 10 rating.
The Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre is 3.9 kilometres away from the property.
Mantovani Guest House
Mantovani Guest House is based in the heart of Welkom, conveniently close to Goldfields Mall, a few banks, entertainment attractions, and restaurants. This exquisite four-star guest house offers comfortable accommodation that demonstrates Welkom’s hospitality.
The property is found in Mantovani’s 20 en-suite bedrooms, 3 of which can be used as honeymoon suites because they have a spa bath and a shower in each. The rooms face a secluded garden with a swimming pool. Each unit is equipped with air-conditioning, selected DStv channels, and tea- and coffee-making facilities and has a private entrance. Some of the rooms have a microwave and others a fridge and one of the rooms is fitted with wheelchair access.
The guest house has a cash bar, undercover parking behind a remote gate, and barbeque facilities that are available upon request. Other facilities include a conference venue that can accommodate up to 30 people.
Mantovani is surrounded by the following exhilarating attractions:
- Goldfields Mall – The biggest in Northern Free State.
- Phakisa Raceway.
- The Equestrian Club.
- The Excaliber Shooting Range.
- Paintball Range.
- Hiking Trails.
- Game Drives.
- Fishing Facilities.
- Bird watching.
- The Rocket Club.
51 on Church Guest House
Established in 2018, 51 on Church summarises its guest house as “Affordable Luxury Accommodation,” with rates starting at R899 a night.
The Architectural style of the building is a French Chateau, surrounded by a vivid, well-maintained lawn. Its interior decor is styled with Modern Classic Antiques to fuse the 21st century with the old.
51 on Church provides guests with comfortable self-catering lodging that is authentic, clean, and safe.
The Purple Plum Room
The Purple Plum bedroom comprises a double bed and an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower and bath. The room also has a Smart TV, DStv Premium, free unlimited WiFi, air-conditioning, a fridge, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
The Silver Glass Room
The Silver Glass Room has a double bed as well as an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower. Its unit amenities match that of the Purple Plum bedroom.
The Duck Egg Blue Flat
The Self-Catering Duck Egg Blue Flat has 2 bedrooms with 2 en-suite bathrooms that can accommodate up to 4 guests. One of the bedrooms has a double bed and an en-suite bathroom fitted with a bath. The other bedroom has 2 single beds and an en-suite bathroom with a shower. Their open-plan kitchen is equipped with a microwave, fridge, coffee- and tea-making facilities, unlimited Wi-Fi, a 55″ Smart TV, and DStv Premium. They also have a shared lounge and private braai area.
The Nordic Blue bedroom comprises a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom fitted with a shower. The room presents a bar fridge and coffee- and tea-making facilities, free Wi-Fi, Smart TV, DStv Premium, and air conditioning. There is a sliding door that leads to a smoking patio, with a view of the garden.
51 on Church Guesthouse was built in the serene neighbourhood of Doorn. It is at a central location, at the convenient reach of numerous shops, Medi-Clini, restaurants, the central business district of Welkom, and the Goldfields Mall & Casino.
Gluckman Drive Guest House
Gluckman Drive Guest House provides its guests with comfortable and peaceful overnight accommodation. The guest house makes provisions so that its patrons do very little outside of relaxing during their retreats. Past guests made this comment about the property: “Beautiful place, the most friendliest host. Perfect location. We were really happy.”
The guest house has two units; each equipped with air conditioning, a queen size bed, tea- and- coffee facilities, a refrigerator, a desk, a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle, and outdoor furniture.
Guests are free to make use of the Wi-Fi, outdoor swimming pool, garden, and secure parking on the premises. There is also a vending machine with beverages in the communal areas for late-night snacking. Additional services at the hotel include ironing and babysitting services should they be required. Guests must note that only cash payments are accepted for the accommodation and amenities. The units at the accommodation are non-smoking rooms.
Breakfast will be made available at R60.
The property is close to a few shopping centres and schools. And cultured and active guests can visit the Welkom Museum, and make use of the Oppenheimer Park Golf Club, horse riding, fishing, and mountain biking services in the surrounds.
Katlego Guest House
Katlego Guest House offers its clients an amazing opportunity to escape in its lovely accommodation. Not only is the property well equipped to provide guests with an incredible stay, but there is also a lot to do around it.
The rooms at the guest house have a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, and a fridge. Guests also have access to safe parking.
A Full English/Irish breakfast is available each morning at Katlego guest house.
The lakes around Welkom are filled with colourful birdlife and captivate nature lovers with their beauty.
Motorsport enthusiasts can take in the events at the famous Phakisa Raceway, one of the biggest raceways in South Africa. And shoppers can spend their time at the Goldfields Shopping Mall and the other shops nearby.
The guest house is 6.5 kilometres from Unicorn Bowls, 3.6 km from Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre, 3.1 kilometres from Welkom Train Station, and 3.3 kilometres from the Welkom Mashie Golf Club. The Oppenheimer Golf Course is 11 kilometres away, the Unicorn Golf Course is 6.9 kilometres away, and Goldfields Caledonian Club is 7.4 kilometres from the property.
Villa Grande Luxury Accommodation
The guests at the Villa Grande rate its location highly, but like its name, the property’s opulence is hard to miss. This gorgeous, dark-hued guest house provides cleanliness and luxury like very few others in Welkom.
The guest house features family rooms with air conditioning, a private bathroom with a shower, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, and a wardrobe.
Villa Grande Luxury Accommodation comes with a buffet or Full English/Irish breakfast.
Villa Grande is within 1.5 km of Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre.
The Lighthouse Guest House
The Lighthouse Guest House is a quaint Welkom property that is perfect for guests that are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of their cities.
The guest house has four fully furnished bedrooms that have double, three-quarter, or single beds. Each room has an adjacent en-suite bathroom with a shower. The units also have a TV with DStv, a fan and air-conditioning, a microwave, a toaster, a small fridge, and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Breakfast can be arranged upon request, and continental and English/Italian breakfasts can be ordered on the weekends. The meals are made and served by the owner in the dining area. The property’s outside amenities include barbeque facilities, a large manicured garden, secure parking available behind remote-controlled gates, CCTV, an armed response service and watchdogs for guest vehicles.
The Lighthouse Guesthouse is within driving distance of a technical college and a technological institute, as well as a Nu Metro movie theatre. The Oppenheimer Golf course, the Phakisa Racecourse, the Goldfields Casino, a few restaurants & fast-food establishments, and sports bars.
Thatcher’s Guest Rooms
The interior of Thatcher’s Guest Rooms has a clear designer’s touch. Its smooth and pleasant finishes create an inviting and calming atmosphere. The property is an adults-only accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and barbecue facilities. The venue has no reception; all its rooms are self-check-in. There is also a Jojo tank on the premises to maintain the supply of water during periods of shortage, which is common in Welkom.
All the units at the guest house are equipped with air conditioning, a desk, a flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi, and a private bathroom. Certain units overlook the pool and garden,
Thatcher’s is in Doorn, just 1.7 kilometres away from Welkom. It is about 1.6 kilometres from Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre and 2.4 km away from Welkom Square Shopping Centre.
Butrin Guest House
Enclosed by a magnificent garden, Butrin Guest House is an attractive Welkom property. This guest house has five spacious bedrooms fitted with a wardrobe, a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries. All units have a fridge. Other room amenities include:
- Coffee/Tea Maker
- Colour television
- Secure Parking
- Barbeque and Picnic area
- Children’s play area
- Laundry service
- Communal lounge
- Free parking
Continental and Full English/Irish breakfast options are catered daily at Butrin Guest House.
The property is a short stroll away from Welkom Square Shopping Centre, the Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre and Metro Village Shopping Centre. The other nearby attractions include:
- The Welkom Museum
- The Oppenheimer Park Golf Club
- The Phakisa Raceway
- The Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre
- The Kameelkop Hiking Trail
Jolani 2 Guest House
Jolani 2 Guest House was founded in the suburb of Naudeville. This homely property is close to many amenities and access roads.
This guest house offers accommodation in 10 en-suite rooms, that can be occupied by a maximum of 22 people. Each unit is equipped with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, a microwave, and a TV with selected DStv channels. Particular rooms have a terrace for added relaxation alternatives.
Scrumptious continental and a la carte breakfasts are included in the room price, and lunch and dinner are available upon request at an additional cost. The guest house also offers secure on-site parking behind a remote-controlled gate, two swimming pools, barbeque facilities, a common lounging area, a garden, a Lapa, and free private parking.
Guests can appreciate a round of golf at the Welkom Oppenheimer Park Golf Course, a play at the Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre or partake in some nearby cycling.
Mosaic Guest House
Mosaic Guest House was created with its guest’s leisure as the underlining focus. The structure and units are large and convivial, mimicking the friendly reception of the staff.
The guest house’s rooms are family oriented and include an open-plan kitchen, a TV, and Wi-Fi. The grounds have a garden and free secure parking for guests with cars.
Mosaic is within a short distance from the main town (Stateway) as well as a few restaurants, a shopping mall, a gym, a cinema, a day relaxation Spa, and much more.
Heimat Accommodation & Conferencing
The neat and striking Heimat Guest House intends for its atmosphere to replicate the luxuries of home. The hosts pride themselves on a level of service that takes the needs and wants of their clients into account.
Heimat Guesthouse offers its guests the warmth of the Free State; allowing them to unwind in its lavish rooms, take a walk in the peaceful garden or go for a swim.
All the rooms have a garden view and guests have access to DStv and Wi-Fi. The rooms also have a hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a microwave, a kettle, a shower, and a desk. Certain units have a patio and pool view, but all rooms come with a private bathroom.
The property serves a delicious breakfast served in the dining area. The lounge area has cozy couches that provide the perfect reading space. Guests looking to venture outdoors can entertain themselves in the luscious garden or the swimming pool. Barbeque equipment is available for a true Welkom experience. There is also access to laundry facilities and secure parking.
The premises has a conference room that can accommodate 40 people. Refreshments, stationery, and a projector can be made available upon request.
Guests at Heimat Guesthouse can visit the Erfenis Dam Nature Reserve, and Willem Pretorius Game Reserve or make their way to attractions like Oppenheimer Park Golf Club.
Goedehoop Guest House
Goedehoop Guest House is populated with colourful decor and antique furnishing. Its internal beauty is radiated outwardly as well in the form of a well-groomed garden. The accommodation includes a communal lounge, free private parking, barbecue facilities and a sun terrace for guests to recline on.
The rooms at the property have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, a wardrobe, and a kettle.
Goedehoop offers an à la carte or Full English/Irish breakfast.
Both the venue and the location are highly rated by its guests. The Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre is just a few short kilometres away from the property.
Little Acorn Guest House
Little Acorn Guest House earned its name from the Oak Trees in and around the establishment. Its garden is full of indigenous trees and shrubs, which is a breeding place for the various birds in the area. This lovely property is situated in a quiet street in an upmarket suburb. And due to its intimacy, guests can receive personal attention, which leads to guests becoming friends of the property.
The accommodation is ideal for guests looking for a stopover, both for leisure and business.
Little Acorn Guest House comprises 5 bedrooms that are tastefully decorated. The rooms are equipped with either a queen-size bed or twin beds, and an en-suite bathroom that has a shower and or bath. Facilities included are free Wi-Fi, a TV with selected DStv channels, and a tea and coffee station.
A delicious breakfast is served in the dining room, and dinner vouchers can be arranged at an extra cost. The guest house has a communal lounge, a swimming pool, and secure parking behind remote-controlled gates.
The guest house is within proximity of:
- The Welkom CBD
- Most of the town’s main restaurants
- A 3D movie house
- The Goldfields Mall and Casino
- The Virgin Active Gym
- Medi-Clinic Hospital
- The Mashie Golf Courses
- The Phakisa Racecourse (where there are races with bikes and cars on most weekends)
- Interesting boutiques
- Good hairdressers
- Day beauty and health spas
The community and experience of Welkom are as enticing as its mineral deposits. As you discover all there is to know about this small city, you are astonished by how much it has to offer. It has a replete history and a diversity that makes it as South African as you can get.
Many of its prominent places to stay are located around the iconic Goldfields Casino & Mall, the Welkom Museum, Oppenheimer Park Golf Club, and the Phakisa Racetrack; characteristics one can associate with a wealth-printing town. The centrality of these hotels around the city centre makes for a hospitable stay in Welkom because guests will not lack anything they need for a pleasant stay. Anyone looking for a special slice of a cultural African economy must visit Welkom. Its citizens have made every effort to ensure that its patrons feel welcome indeed!
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