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Al Villa Romantica La Spiaggia
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Reviewed 5 February 2012

On a suggestion from a Camps Bay friend we booked for a 2 night stay whilst attending a wedding. On arrival we were lead to a spacious room overlooking The Fairways with a view of the Bay,we were presented with a bottle of wine on arrival which was nice but that is where the service or courtesy ended. The first thing that we noticed was that there were no toiletries that you would normally expect in an upmarket B&B, luckily we had brought shampoo but had to ask for a bar of soap. There were no drinking glasses in the room save a filthy `toothpaste holder` glass in the bathroom which we insisted be replaced. There were also no tea/coffee facilities and the advertised `24/7 cappachino machine` was nowhere to be found.The satellite TV in our room was not working and upon enquiring if it would be fixed we were told that `nothing could be done until Monday` (after we had left).Although pleasant the room was looking a little worse for wear with wires hanging down from the TV and a very dirty iced up fridge. Upon rising the next day i went down to the kitchen at 6.45am (breakfast was advertised at 7am) to make tea for my wife and I to be met by what can only be described as the filthiest kitchen i have ever seen in years of travelling ! Dirty dishes and pots piled up in the sinks, dirty plates cups,glasses and wine bottles on all the tables, overflowing and stinking rubbish bins and not a staff member in sight. My wife called the manager who said that `the cleaning staff went off at 4pm, that it wasnt his fault and blamed the mess on a group of models who were staying there`.We refused to eat breakfast there.On the day of departure we went to the kitchen to make tea and although the place was clean the staff member there couldnt find the tea or sugar and the milk in the fridge was sour and curdled. We then packed and left without breakfast.I understand that this establishment used to have a good name, however it is clear that standards have dropped considerably and we would advise travellers to avoid it until they get their service right.

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Francism54
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

I have stayed at Al Villa Romantica Spiaggia twice in the past- in both 2005 and 2008 but upon our return this year, it was with sadness that we noticed how the service, quality of the rooms and maintenance of the propery had gone down. From booking to arrival- we had a difficult time. We booked in April for our trip in December for a group of 5 couples. Unfortunately the person who made our bookings- a friendly and helpful lady named Walda- had resigned by the time of our arrival. The owner Paul had mixed up our bookings and (although it ended up getting sorted) he had cancelled 1 couples bookings. From there- drains were blocked and smelling, rooms had no air on despite this being promised and we even found dirty(ex guests) underpants in a drawer.we noticed the freshly washed towels hanging over a dirty wall to dry instead of a washing line as well.
Loveness- the lady who cleaned the rooms and made breakfast was lovely and helpful but this was ruined by the attitude shown by Paul the owner when we asked for help with our complaints.he was rude and told us that it's only the "locals" that complain.
We heard that he was selling the bnb and we just hope that the next owners are able to restore it to what it once was, as location wise, it's hard to beat.

  • Stayed: December 2011
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1  Thank Globetrotter087
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Reviewed 16 January 2012

we had booked to stay in Al villa Romantica's other property La Montagna but on arrival were redirected to La Spiaggia without explanation.The room we were allocated was spacious with a large bathroom and balcony overlooking one of the streets from the beach road.The decor was tired and in need to a refit.Curtains were torn ,bed was squeaky,Jacuzzi bath plug didnt fit properly etc.There was a kettle but no tea.coffee making facilities in the room.
Breakfast was mediocre (certainly not full english) and the dining room was tired,well worn furniture,table clothes with stains,cheap cereals and orange juice,instant coffee
There was a small swimming pool but even after they removed the floating leaves the water look dirty and uninviting.Not the luxury we had been expecting

Room Tip: my only suggestion is try elsewhere
  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank john c
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Reviewed 23 November 2011

A very clean and nice B&B. Rooms with a view to a kill :) Table Mountain, Lion's Head and not to forget the ocean.

Room Tip: A very nice place to stay. And 5 minute drive from Cape Town City
  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Yirra
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

Al Villa Romantica is in one word "Fantastic". This was my second trip in same year. My wife and I were there in February and loved it so much that we brought 5 additional family members and we stayed for most of December 2010. Paul and his staff go out of their way to insure that we are 100% pleased. Paul insured that in addition to all of our hotel needs being me he booked daily tours throughout the valley to insure that our trip was enjoyable (shark fishing, cape tour and numerous wine locations). The staff....is by far the best I have seen..."Only" goes out of her way to may your room and meals are pleaseant and fit your schedule. The View....there is none better...waking up and having breakfast on the balcony can not be beat...and I live in Spain. All I can say is we will be back again...and we will only stay with Paul. Thanks for yet another wonderful stay.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with family
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