HELP Cape Town - Guest House

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Sep 8th, 2005, 06:53 AM
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HELP Cape Town - Guest House

I would like suggestions about Cape Town Best Guest Houses (and information about location & views & prices)...
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Sep 8th, 2005, 07:06 AM
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I really like this forum.

I think I have beaten Sellwyn on a reply to Cape Town.

Table Mountain Lodge which is on the slopes of Table Mountain is a good option 12 en suite rooms, with an excellent breakfast. 350 Ė 500 Rand per person.

A travel bargain is Ambelside Guest Lodge House with 7 rooms in Oranjezicht in the City Bowl pleasant and well situated for 200 Rand per person.

Breakwater Lodge is also a good option, a former prison now owned by Protea Hotels is on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and has en suite rooms for 360 rand per person, roms which share a shower for less.

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Sep 8th, 2005, 07:24 AM
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Hello,

Take a look on the website of the Portfolio Collection www.portfoliocollection.com -- there are a huge number of guest houses, boutique hotels, and B&Bs in the Cape Town area. I spent a month in SA staying at Portfolio properties and was never disappointed.

Note that if you choose a place on the coast you really do need a car to get around -- if you pick somewhere in the City Bowl (Tamboerskloof, Gardens, Green Point) you can walk to some places.

I stayed at An African Villa in Tamboerskloof -- easy walking distance of lots of nice restaurants and little shops on Kloof Street. Not as convenient to many of the sights as Gardens, however.

The Cape Heritage Hotel is very atmospheric and has a very central location. However, the area around the hotel can be a bit dodgy at night.

If you'd like a taste of the winelands and won't be getting out to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, or Paarl, you can stay in Constantia in the southern suburbs. You'll need a car here.

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Sep 8th, 2005, 08:14 AM
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Hi Fil,

Yes Colin you did beat me to it purely because there is too much else to do in CT relative to PE hence your have the extra time to surf the net.

Jokes aside Colin it is my opinion that the guesthouses that you have recommended are far from being great; as a matter of fact they are all little bit old in the tooth. The Breakwater Lodge was and STILL IS a prison size-wise. It is an upgraded type backpack where you can just about find that extra little bit of place to pack a case in the room once you have bunked down. Overall there are much better places to stay in Cape Town when it comes to guesthouses.

My latest guesthouse list is as follows:

Craigrownie Guesthouse
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http://www.craigrowniehse.co.za/

Wonderful venue. Well appointed. Friendly staff. Near the sea. A short taxi or bus ride away from all. Away from all the action yet close to it. A new facility at the guesthouse is a free broadband internet connection.


Avanti.
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www.avanti.co.za

Tried and tested ranking amongst the best value for money in Cape Town.
HIGHLY recommended.


Albatross Guesthouse
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http://www.albatrossct.co.za/

Sister to Avanti. Well located. Excellently priced. Perfectly safe. Excellent host with very clean well appointed rooms


The Bay Atlantic
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http://www.thebayatlantic.com/Default.htm

Smallish rooms but wonderfully located in a safe area in Camps Bay. Magnificent sea views and fabulous swimming pool. Hosts are also very friendly


Redbourne Hilldrop
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http://www.redbourne.co.za/

Great venue. Very well appointed. Friendly staff and hosts. In upper part of Cape Town meaning that you will need a car to get around or otherwise you could quite comfortably use taxis. In actual fact the venue is a short taxi or bus ride away from all. Away from all the action yet close to it. Excellent prices and great value for money.


Cape Cadogan
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http://www.capecadogan.com/

Relatively new in Cape Town and close to the city. Rooms are fabulously appointed. Very comfortable living close to the city however far from the sea. One warning is that some rooms have open plan bathroms and toilets i.e. no doors which effects privacy. If this bothers you then you should request a room with a closed door bathroom setup. Must say I loved the venue when I did a recognisance there a couple of months ago other than for the open plan bathroom rooms.


Davids
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http://www.davids.co.za/

Wonderful venue with fantastic hosts. Close to city as well as the Green Point strip where there are many restaurants. Well appointed and has to be amongst the best value in Cape Town. Highly recommended.



Cape Standard
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http://www.capestandard.co.za/home.htm

Well located. Lovely guesthouse with super friendly host. Great value for money and certainly not expensive. Rooms are done up in a rustic manner with all conveniences available. Great breakfast area.


Romney Park.
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http://www.romneypark.co.za/index_02.htm

Excellent venue at excellent prices. Well located. This is a mini boutique hotel which is exquisitely laid out. You you would need a car or the facility of taxis at this venue so as to get around

For more info I think that Jasher is spot on when he recommends Portfolio as a guide in that this is a fantastic handbook with all the guesthouses carefully chosen by the Portfilio staff. Bear in mind that Portfolio comes out in 3 different categories viz.

1.Bed and Breakfasts

2.Retreats

3.Country places and safari.

One thing is for sure Fil and that is that the above places are much better bet than you having to stay at Canal Walk as I think your originally wanted to do.

Hope this all helps to make your stay in Cape Town a great one.

Very proudly part of the wonderful nation of South Africa
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Sep 8th, 2005, 06:14 PM
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I beat both Selwyn and Julian to answer, actually in Cape Town at the moment and canít find much to do !!! hence the quick response.

The reason for suggesting Table Mountain Lodge is the location and friendly service from the owner. Ambelside Lodge is wonderful value and Breakwater Lodge for position.

Is there any where else that the forum can recommend with good walking access to the V+A Waterfront, which is an ideal location if you do not have a car or want to walk to the restaurants.

Also Fil asked about the prices.
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Sep 8th, 2005, 09:56 PM
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Colin,

In response to your question Davids, Cape Standard and Romney Park are about 1.5 Km from the Waterfront and are very close (400 metres)to many restaurants that are much better than the ones in the V&A.

Unless ones budget is very tight it is a much better deal to want to stay at a hotel like the Portswood which is right on the doorstep of the V&A than the Breakwater Lodge.

http://www.legacyhotels.co.za/asp/ho....asp?hotelid=3

Anothe option is the City Lodge which is about 600 metres from the heart of the Waterfront.

http://www.citylodge.co.za/cl.htm

All I can tell you is that staying at the Breakwater Lodge is no fun and truly is like living in what it originally was viz. a prison.

Fil, hope this all helps you in your decision making process.

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