My husband and I spent eight days in September, 2012 visiting our daughter who was doing her semester study abroad at the University of Cape Town. We chose the Carmichael Guesthouse because of its proximity to her housing. We would choose the Carmichael again, and recommend it highly, for a long list of exceptional reasons. The house is a lovely, beautifully restored home, surrounded by wonderful gardens and filled with incredible aromas before the dinner hour. Our large, lovely room was complete with working fireplace, comfortable beds and a pullout sofabed for our unexpected guest. Its location is ideal for visiting the university, walking to restaurants and interesting sights and accessible to all manner of public transportation.
However, the house is not really what makes it such a special place, it is the owners Yves and Valerie. They made us feel like special friends and provided all manner of suggestions and assistance. We had wonderful conversations over breakfast and taxis called to our door.
But as we were leaving they offered to be our daughter's home away from home should the need arise. Kind of unnecessary? No, within a month they became the receivers of a package from the states that was too complicated to mail to the university and then helped track our daughter and her lost phone down after an unsettling 2:00 a.m. phone call caused to us worry (unnecessarily) about her welfare. Yves made calls, met a stranger at the police station to retrieve the lost phone and called every number he could find to track her down and reassure me that all was well. SHE was fine. HE was a life-saver to a concerned mother. That kind of above and beyond kindness and thoughtfulness really epitomizes our wonderful stay at the lovely Carmichael Guesthouse. You really can't ask for more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Guest House is a stylish Victorian mansion, offering comfortable accommodation with 6 en-suite tastefully decorated rooms. Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, our guesthouse is within walking distance to the University of Cape Town (UCT). Carmichael Guesthouse is 15 min away from Cape Town city bowl and Cape Town international airport via easily accessible highways. The original stained glass windows, wooden floors and original Victorian fireplaces add warmth and ambiance. You will enjoy the peaceful garden, resting on a long chair by the sparkling swimming pool. The Guest House is very central. Nearby lie Cape Town's most famous touristic attractions such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Robben Island, V&A Waterfront, Constantia Winelands, Rhodes Memorial and many more...Golf courses, Cricket and Rugby Stadiums are also just around the corner. Yves, Valerie and their daughters Chloe and Charlotte will ensure that "home from home" feeling. ... more less
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