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Rockwell All Suite Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great Cape Town base”
Reviewed 13 June 2011

The Rockwell is very new with everything you need for a self-contained stay including a balcony with a distant view of Table Bay. The location is great with the waterfront and most city attractions in walking distance. Lots of nearby restaurants and an excellent supermarket/deli/wine store across the street. Staff are very friendly and helpful.

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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 May 2011

The room was spacious and hotel offers unobstructed table mountain views from a location within easy walk of the waterfront, across from great shopping and next door to fun and funky nightlife. Unfortunately the party starts on Tuesday which means sleepless nights weekdays AND weekends.

The hotel offers 30 min of free internet per day which was a plus. As others have posted it's tricky to connect to and a bit slow, plus you have to remember to request access each day.

Contrary to other internet rumors, we did not have a washing machine in our room and the hotel charges for laundry by piece. We saw other rooms that were similarly washing machine free, but also completely differently outfitted, and concluded that your stay depends heavily on the room you're assigned, which is a cr@pshoot.

Note that the hotel is currently undergoing some sort of construction which also impacted our stay.

Otherwise it's a beautiful, light and airy facility that with additional investment - in things like glass soundproofing, a consistent water heater to moderate showers that fluctuated between scalding and ice cold, and staff training on consistent housekeeping and what to see/do/buy in Cape Town - can go from ok to good and possibly to great.

That said, if you have a family or can get a heavily (!) discounted rate, take it! The neighborhood is really great.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Washington
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

The Rockwell Hotel is located in the city center. Terrific location. Across the street there’s the Cape Quarter where there are shops, cafes & a supermarket. A couple of blocks away, there’s a nice patisserie that serves yummy sandwiches and a colorful establishment called Beefcakes. You can walk to the VA Waterfront in about 15 minutes. The hotel lobby has a large open space w/high ceilings & a bar. The hotel décor has a clean modern, almost ship-like interior. There’s a glass ceiling and plenty of sunlight to create a sense of open space and light – no dark, narrow hallways here.

All the rooms are called suites – basically a living room, balcony, kitchenette, bathroom & bedroom. Much of our room didn’t have carpeting, which was a plus. The room was fairly clean. Just don’t slide your hands between the sofa cushions – I found a lot of crumbs & other stuff. I’m nitpicking here but I like to be thorough.

The living room was spacious. The décor was okay. Nothing great. Kitchenette had a microwave, stovetop oven, and mini fridge, sink. All new. The bedroom was a bit tiny & the shelving in the closets kept collapsing due to missing pieces. Not cool. Overall, okay.

The worst part of the suite was the bathroom. The shower/bathtub had a glass partition that extends halfway & swings in both directions. When you took a shower, the water would spray against the glass and run off the side, creating a significant puddle by the toilet. After a couple of showers, you had a small pond & several soaked towels. The maid service did a fine job cleaning up & picking up stuff. However, at times they didn’t replenish the soap or towels. After a few days, we asked the front desk for more soap, shampoo & towels. Eventually the maids delivered on the goods but only minor haranguing.

Breakfast was a self-serve buffet of fruit, bread, yogurt, juice, coffee, eggs, bacon, etc. The dining staff was wonderful and eager to help. There’s a tiny gym & an indoor lap pool.

If you rely on the Internet while on holiday or want to watch television, great patience is required. Both are complicated and time-consuming processes at the Rockwell.

One other odd aspect of the Rockwell: they only give you one key per room, even if you are a couple. Sounds benign until you realize that it’s impossible to use the elevator or stairs without that key. So one must either institute prodigious coordination to always be in the same place at the same time, or plead with the front desk for a second key. It usually takes a couple of days to get one.

Overall, we had a pleasant ten-day stay at the hotel. The Rockwell has potential.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 February 2011

Loved staying at the Rockwell. Great location and within easy walking distance to many shops and restaurants. Being a native Capetonian i found this place very convenient.

Parking is safe and secure as well as access to the hotel floors. Reception was good, not overly friendly but nice enough.

Room was equipped fully for self catering, although i didnt need it much. Can get noisy on Thursday evenings when clubs start operating, but not bad enough for a sleepless nite.

Room in 1 bedroom suite was tight, but you get worse internationally and at least there's the open plan lounge area to catch a breather.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled on business
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Bursa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2010

We stayed in Rockwell in Cape Town. very central close to V&A. Especially if you are staying for long terms you can prefer. Nice studio apartments.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town
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Reviewed 5 August 2010

Yes I enjoyed Cape Town very much. The apartment was superb, it suited my needs perfectly and is very well situated. I was in Cape Town to see some of my family who live in Fresnaye and told them about Rockwell. They were also impressed and will recommend it to friends visiting them. I would positively recommend the Rockwell to anyone. The maid service is good in mid-week and as they were there when I was leaving, I saw how they washed every dish, glass, utensil etc. so that every little thing was perfect for the next arrivals.

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Merida, Mexico
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2010

Stayed here for 4 nights this week while waiting for a flight to Europe (ash cloud situation)... really nice place, the 'rooms' are actually full apartments; mine had 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, full kitchen and living room, and balcony with view of Table Mountain. Fully equipped with everything including laundry machines. Great location in De Waterkant, about 15 minutes walk from city center, and surrounded by shops, restaurants and pubs.

Wireless internet worked great.

Staff at reception, housekeeping, and the restaurant were all friendly and helpful. Overall, it was a great stay, and I highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled on business
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Property: Rockwell All Suite Hotel
Address: 32 Prestwich Street | Cnr Alfred Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #16 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Rockwell All Suite Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 58
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally & conveniently located in trendy De Waterkant Village in Greenpoint, just 20 min from Cape Town International Airport & moments away from the hussle & bussle of Cape Town CBD, The V&A Waterfront & some of the trendiest shopping & dining venues.Offering an enticing blend of contemporary urban style & inner-city excitement, surrounded by the natural beauty for which Cape Town is famous. Comprising 39 two-bedroom apartments, 17 one-bedroom apartments & 3 lavish penthouses – all boasting separate bedrooms & bathrooms, fully-equipped kitchens & a generous lounge area, allowing for self-catering entertainment within a chic urban setting. Outdoor entertaining is equally attractive, with private balconies affording magnificent views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill, Fan Park & the Cape Town harbour.The new state-of-the-art conference facilities are ideal for large events to intimate board meetings. Equipped with modern data projectors & Wi-Fi.Additional features include: Bar Lounge, Restaurant,Gym & wellness area, heated indoor pool, health & beauty treatment suite, 24hr security & undercover parking.The Rockwell All Suite Hotel & Apartments truly is your home away from home… ... more   less 
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