Fodor's Expert Review Dutch Manor Antique Hotel
158 Buitengracht St., Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa See on Map
Steeped in old-world charm, this antique hotel in the charming and centrally located Bo-Kaap district is chockablock with one of the Cape's finest collections of antiques. Dating back to 1812 (although now sadly located on a busy road), it's within walking distance of a plethora of Cape Town's best restaurants and attractions. Staff are great, and offer a full concierge service to help you maximize your stay. Prices are very affordable.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The WiFi can be a little temperamental. But then, you are in 1812 (or at least you feel like you are), so what did you expect?
The six rooms combine the romance of rare and handpicked antiques—think four-poster beds, stunning hand-carved wardrobes, and polished silver—with modern needs, such as a/c and free Wi-Fi.
Want to sleep in a four-poster bed from the 1800s? Choose Room 5.
Despite the heritage vibe, bathrooms are modern, spacious and well-equipped.
The reception area is small but charming, and staff are very welcoming and professional. Special mention for the Cape mahogany reception desk, dated 6 May 1852.
The hotel breakfast, included in the rate, is decent.
The hotel is right by trendy Bree Street in the city center, but for trips further afield at night a taxi or car is probably best. Otherwise, it's a quick drive to the Waterfront, Table Mountain and the beaches.
La Parada (7-minute walk) is a cool nearby tapas joint. Or try Chef's Warehouse & Canteen (7-minute walk) is an endlessly inventive, consistently great local restaurant.
Craft beers galore are on offer at the Beerhouse (7-minute walk). Bob's Bar (6-minute walk) is a solid party venue, or try Orphanage Cocktail Emporium (6-minute walk) for a more refined tipple.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A properly historic hotel with amazing antiques is combined with a trendy location close to loads of great bars and restaurants to deliver a winning combination - particularly at these prices.