• Swartberg hotel history

A brief history of how the Swartberg Hotel got its name

The Swartberg Hotel has been in use as a hotel for over 150 years, and today is a national heritage site – but it wasn’t always known as the Swartberg Hotel, so we’ve put together this brief and definitely incomplete chronology of how it got its name.


Founded by local resident John Dyason, who records show bought a large building between Church St and Market St, which became the first hotel in town.


Dyason dies, but according to his will allows his widow to continue living in the hotel.


After 3 years, the hotel is finally sold to Mrs M. E. Eksteen, who renames it the ‘Eksteen


The hotel is acquired by Jan Haak, who changes its name to the ‘Prince Albert Hotel’, although locally it was known as ‘Haak’s Hotel’.


The hotel is sold to a Mr L. Levenson, who renamed it ‘The National Hotel’.


The hotel is sold to Mr. M. D. J. Odendal and Mr. I. D. du Plessis.


Odendal and du Plessis build the rondavels (our Garden Cottages) behind the hotel and gave them each the name of a pass or kloof in the Swartberg mountain range. The hotel’s name is also changed to what it is today, ‘The Swartberg Hotel’.