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“Everything a great guesthouse should be and so much more!”
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Tom's Guest House
Ranked #19 of 155 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
34 hotel reviews
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“Everything a great guesthouse should be and so much more!”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

We chose Tom's on the back of the location and the reviews on Trip Advisor and were so glad we did. One of the best and friendliest places we stayed in South Africa.

The room we stayed in was out the back, off the garden so we felt like we had plenty of our own space. Our room had a massive bed, bathroom with a stunning shower and a dressing area which was nice as it didn't get cluttered with lots of our stuff.

Sometimes in guest houses, the communal areas are minimal but at Toms they were really spacious and very homely (although quite a posh home!). You felt like you were staying in someone's home and they were very welcoming. Breakfasts were huge and tasty - lots of places inside and out to eat. It wasn't great weather when we were there and so the log fire was on a couple of days which made the rooms cosy and nice to come back to. But when it was warm and sunny, the outside areas were lovely and cool with views of Table Mountain (or in our case views of the clouds around Table Mountain...).

The location was perfect as well - walkable into town and to a lot of the museums etc, and close to the bus both for the Myciti bus and the opentop sight seeing bus (well worth it if you don't have your own transport - Cape Town has possibiy the worst public transport system I've experienced in a major city!). It was only a short taxi ride away from Kloof, Kloof Nek and Long Street for eating out in the evenings.

But the best thing about this guesthouse were the owners and staff. Everyone was really friendly and relaxed. From the minute Gunther picked us up at the airport he was friendly and full of information and tips. To put it in context, we are usually really independant travellers and adopt a DIY approach, so us following advice from guesthouse owners is not really the norm. But it was always done in such a friendly, helpful and non intimidating way it really worked. They booked things like Robben Island and Table Mountain for us online so that we didn't have to queue and it saved us money. And yes, well we could have done it ourselves (and normally we would) but they were so helpful and nice about it it made us feel like we were properly on holiday rather than travelling.

They recommended us places to go to eat and booked ahead for us, giving us vouchers so that we got money off some of our meals. And the places they recommended us were great! When they booked us taxis, it was often Gunther who drove us to the restaurant because he was going anyway, or because the taxi was late or was going to take too long. I agree with what others have put - this is better than you would expect in a 5* hotel! One night we ended up going to the same place as them, so they took us there and dropped us back afterwards. by the time we left we felt like we were leaving new friends behind.

Toms is a lot better and more upmarket than the photos and the website might have you think - definitely worth every penny we spent and more! The mix of people staying there was great too - from young to older, and lots of different nationalities. Lots of the reviews here are in German and the owners are German but speak lots of other languages fluently including English. I would recommend this place to friends, to other travellers, to backpackers or to my parents or anyone who asked me for a recommendation in Cape Town.

We look forward to staying there again next time we're in Cape Town - but this time we'll hope for better weather and for a view of Table Mountain from the pool (and we'll definitely go back to Ricks)

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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English first
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

This is a real gem and we really lucked out to stay here because originally we wanted to stay in a B&B down the road (Cactusberry). Cactusberry emailed me, saying they have no availability but they would recommend Tom's Guest House.

This place is absolutely brilliant. Beautiful lounge, clean rooms, comfortable and amazing breakfast. Honesty bar is brilliant and really good value - especially when compared to drink prices in Dubai where we live!

The staff here really make you feel welcome, especially Guenter who came to pick us up from the airport and made some brilliant recommendations for sightseeing and restaurants. Guenter even drove us to the winelands and took us to a vineyard on the way! You wouldn't even get this service at a 5* star hotel!

I would 100% recommend this hotel to anyone visiting to Cape Town.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 May 2012

Really nice place, and with the advantage of being central (15-20 minute walk to Green Market Square). But the most striking thing for me about Tom's is the wonderful service provided, by particularly Guenter, who speaks fluent English. Guenter always made sure that you knew how to get to wherever you wanted to get, would give you down-to-earth advice on everything from parking to where to have dinner (including booking it) - it made a major difference to my stay.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 10 February 2012

Tom has been very welcoming and helpful. He gave us some good advice for dinner. Breakfast was great and coffee excellent! Nice and spacious rooms. Parking facilities in front of the guesthouse. Small but nice swimming pool.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 September 2011

We stayed at Tom's guesthouse in September 2011 and was treated very well by Gunther and his staff. Gunther provided us with excellent breakfast and organized tours to the town. He was always there to assist with any questions we had and made excellent recommendations on restaurants which were situated nearby. Had a week 's stay and enjoyed every moment of it. Their wifi was an additional bonus as we could Skype with our family back home as well. Well done!

  • Stayed September 2011
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munich
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Reviewed 23 August 2009

The Guest House is very nice and cosy. The owners and the staff are very friendly and helpful. It is in a very nice and save nabourhood, just ten minutes walking distance from the center of Cape Town. The rooms are very good organized and clean. The prices are suitable and affordable. They have a familiar atmosphere and welcome everyone with open arms. You can get recommendings from the owners who are always around.

Synoptic: a nice place to stay for a vacation in Cape Town!!!

Stayed August 2009, travelled solo
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Property: Tom's Guest House
Address: 44 Breda Street | Oranjezicht, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Oranjezicht
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Ranked #19 of 155 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Tom's Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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