Protea Fire & Ice

New Church and Victoria Sts., Cape Town, Western Cape, 8002, South Africa

Initially built as a highly themed hotel—interior elements like elevators kitted out as a shark cage underwater or a Table Mountain cable car mid-journey, and a "climbing wall" still exist—this place will appeal to those who value a vibey social atmosphere and proximity to Cape Town's nightlife. Rooms are very small, but otherwise you are getting four- and even five-star facilities for three-star rates (check out the executive suites for more space). A brilliant 2014 renovation to the public spaces has opened and brightened the space, which transforms from lounge to bar (complete with DJs) as day turns to evening. Thoughtful extras like free local newspapers in the public areas and free popcorn at the bar continue to please.


  • proximity to restaurants and other activities on foot
  • brilliant views of Table Mountain from rooms above the fifth floor
  • daily "experience" boards to keep guests abreast of what's hot in the city


  • some will be irritated by the zany decoration that remains
  • rooms are small


Phones: 021-430–5300


189 rooms, 12 executive suites
Rate Includes: Breakfast