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Dysart Boutique Hotel
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Reviewed 31 August 2010

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at dysART. We found all of the staff and owners to be overly helpful and friendly. We loved the personal attention we received from everyone there, especially Martin. At night we’d come back to the hotel from a night out on the town and chat with Martin and other hotel guests over a glass of wine which was very enjoyable. In response to the one bad review on this hotel, my husband and I were able to walk around just fine at night and found some very good restaurants in the process. But, I would agree that the pool is smaller than it seems from the hotel’s website. Our room had its own private patio and modern bathroom with a double head shower and large tub, which we found more than made up for the small pool. We would recommend to anyone.

  • Stayed: August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2010

We stayed at the dysART hotel in May during a one week vacation in Cape Town. Run by several German expatriates who seem to really understand the boutique hotel scene, this hotel was a fantastic blend of a minimalist-style theme that really captures the 'Conde-Naste' postcard essence of Cape Town's beach community. The staff were very friendly, professional, and customer-service orientated. The complimentary breakfast was fantastic, as there is a mix of pastries and cooked-to order items. What we also liked was its rather intimate location, tucked between some very quiet residential streets right above one of the larger motorways in Cape Town with a terrific variety of sea-side restaurants and shops. The views from our room were nothing less than breathtaking and an oasis of calm relaxation (despite some dissappointing weather).

My only suggestion for improvement was that we didn't realize there was a charge for gym pass access to a nearby commercial facility, so we're a little 'surprised' during checkout. Also, the laundry service is a bit expensive compared to the rates charged at the laundry down the street.

But the cost of certain guest services aside, the DysArt is a fantastic boutique hotel experience and a refreshing escape from larger chain hotels and impersonal atmospheres.

  • Stayed: May 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank ajbasse97
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

It was cold in Cape Town but warm and neat at DysART:
underfloor heating in all rooms
friendly stuff
super breakfast
kind owners
Only 5 minutes walking distance to the soccer stadium!!

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank fotomaker
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Reviewed 10 July 2010

We travelled to Cape Town for the World Cup and chose the Dysart guest house because of its great location near to the Waterfront (10 min walk) and the Green Point Stadium (5 min walk).

The Dysart did not disappoint at all. The location was fantastic - a quiet residential street which felt very safe with a few local restaurants within a very short walk. The owners and staff were extremely helpful and had good recomendations around places to visit and restaurants (Baia at the Waterfront and Paranga in Camps Bay are very good). Nothing was too much trouble and the staff were only too happy to also arrange day excursions or taxis as required which made life very easy.

The rooms were immaculate and spacious with all you would expect of a 5 star guesthouse and the breakfast provided each day was very good with hot meals cooked to order and a wide selection of breads, meats and fruit.

Excellent guesthouse and I would strongly recommend it if you want to stay in a great location in Cape Town.

  • Stayed: June 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank cornishlynne
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Reviewed 5 July 2010

My husband and myself had booked to stay at the Dysart for 5 nights starting 10th April. We have been visiting South Africa for many years und usually stay in the Constantia area but wanted to make it a two centre holiday this time and spend a few days in town. We selected the Dysart on the basis of the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

Some days before we were due to arrive we decided to check it out so we would know how to drive to it. Firstly, the Dysart is located behind the Green Point Stadium. From the Main Road you can access the Dysart through some very narrow streets up the hill. As there was nowhere to park we had to leave our car on Main Road and walk. We arrived at the property and were granted access (heavy security). Our first impression was that the picture of the pool which is on the website must have been taken with a very wide angle lens because is was a very narrow strip in reality. The entire reception and public areas stank of cigarette smoke. I noticed that all people present (including the owners) were smoking heavily. Upon enquiring were to park we were told “in the garage” but, as there is only space for two cars and the property had more bedrooms than this it would mean you have to park on the street.

Upon returning to Main Road were our car was parked the car had parked behind ours had already had been broken into – we must have been 20 minutes away, no longer.

Our hosts in Constantia – themselves owners of bed & breakfast told us that the area where the Dysart is a) dangerous and b) very close to the red light area. The “myriad restaurants and bars within minutes on Main Road” as quoted on their website consists mainly of cheap burgers bars - anywhere else you need to take the car. Besides, you would not walk around the after dark. When they mention the “nearby Waterkant” they do not mention that you cannot walk there, you need to drive.

Given all the above we decided to change our plans and not to stay at the Dysart. I cannot comment on the quality of the rooms as we felt no need to find out since, for the reasons above, we had decided not to stay there.

Serveral weeks before we were due to arrive the hotel already debited our credit card with half the amount due for our stay. As we were within the 7 day cancellation we appealed to their good will but they insisted that they wanted to charge us in full which they did. Our landlord in Constantia tried to reason with them but to no avail. He did mention that there is only space in the garage for two cars and was told that “they were working on it”.

We feel that we are to blame ourselves because the did not pay more attention when we booked it but I really want to warn fellow travellers of this hotel, you will get a nasty shock when you arrive and the owners are unhelpful and only interested in taking your money of you.

Stayed: April 2010, travelled as a couple
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dysart17, General Manager at Dysart Boutique Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2010

this review " A word of Warning " was written by guest who never stayed at dysART. They had a confirmed booking for 4 nights. They stayed at Constantia stables guesthouse before and we received a phone call from the owner Constantia stables guesthouse and he informed me, that the guest will not stay at dysart because Green Point is a bad district in regards unsafe " red light district " and dirty.
I told him, this was the situation of some years ago, now it is the opposite with 5 Star Hotels and nice restaurants. He told me that the guest will not stay at dysART. I told him that we have cancelation rules, so we must handle this as a no show ( 4 days ) before arrival not refundable ( 7 days before ) 50% back. So of cause the guest where not happy.
This is the reason that we get a review " terrible" and this dropped us from position No 7 now to No 12. We sent a protest to triatvisor and told them what happens and they should take it off. First they did and now its on again. Please take it off.
Best regards
LO Weber

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