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“Quite nice boutique hotel”
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MannaBay
Ranked #2 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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“Quite nice boutique hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2012

Stayed for 4 nights. The hotel is nice with friendly staff. No restaurant so have to go out for dinner- they will order take away food to eat at the hotel, if required, but still a negative. Need to take a cab to get anywhere. A positive is the afternoon tea and standard drinks - beer, wine, spirits in late afternoon are 'on the house'. A final negative was the expectation that gratuities should be left for the staff - not experienced this anywhere before - except on cruises! In general, a nice hotel but with some drawbacks.

  • Stayed January 2012
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MannabayManagement, Manager at MannaBay, responded to this review, 24 February 2012
Thank you for your constructive comments. We cannot compete with the quality and diversity of the restaurants around us in Cape Town and therefore, as with the majority of boutique hotels in Cape Town, we do not offer dinner but rather encourage our guests to experience the incredible culinary options available in Cape Town. All our rates are on a bed and breakfast basis but we do however prepare light snacks for late evening arrivals if guests have missed our daily high tea which is included in our rates along with complimentary airport transfers. MannaBay is in the centre of Cape Town and just a short taxi journey from most tourist attractions, bars and restaurants. Long Street is 5 minutes away and the V&A Waterfront is 10 minutes away. Being a little higher up, on the slopes of Table Mountain, affords us the gorgeous city and mountain views that we enjoy. As you have mentioned, should guests wish to order in take-away our 24/7 butlers can prepare a table in our dining area and plate the food.

Gratuities are customary in South Africa and we are really proud of our exceptional team and the service that they deliver. In order to keep things fair, when settling the account, we offer guests the opportunity to leave a gratuity which we will split between all staff members equally. This is entirely discretionary and of course should be a reflection of the service you received – we’ll make sure that this is clearer for our guests from now on. We hope that these issues will not stop you returning to MannaBay and look forward to welcoming you back one day. Thanks again for coming to stay with us at MannaBay. Warm regards, Madre and the MannaBay team
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

We spent a fabulous weekend at Mannabay. Everything was absolutely wonderful, the rooms, the service, the food, the cleanliness but mostly just the total peace you feel in those surroundings! Every small detail has been checked and double checked, which makes the excellent service seem effortless. If we could take the staff, and the lovely linen, and the cappuccinos, and the sundowners, and the chocolates on the pillows, and the lovely decor, and interesting murals, and the well prepared meals, all home with us, then staying at Mannabay would be just like home!

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

This is truly a fantastic guest house! We unfortunately were only able to stay for 1 night, but were lucky enough to get the explorer room. Beautifully decorated with double doors opening onto the spectacular Cape Town city and harbor views. We enjoyed a amazing breakfast and spent ages chatting to the friendly staff. Wish I could be back there tomorrow! Manna Bay is true a gem!

Room Tip: Upstairs rooms have the best views.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2011

We were told you must stay by the waterfront but I can't tell you how pleased we were to ignore the 'advice'. Manna Bay is simply stunning and I promise you, you will never receive service like this in a big hotel chain. Every day Madre and Vuyo would check in to make sure all your plans were in order, and the day to day service from Shadrack and Pierce was superb. There are only 7 rooms so it is intimate but there's still plenty of space if you want some 'me' time. Oh and if you want some exercise, visit Deer Park which is a 10 minute walk away and will provide you with a much needed workout after the expansive breakfast or afternoon tea!

Room Tip: The black & white room has views of the city from your bed!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

I loved MannaBay and would definitely come back. The Black and White room is great - the decor is amazing. The service was perfect - the butler was always there to help and the manager even came to say hi. The views are unbeatable and there's the feeling of being in a private haven away from all the hustle and bustle but close enough to the city centre to go exploring. It's top!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2011

Just spent a beautiful weekend at MannaBay, in the Orchid Room. It was a royal treat and no measures were spared. The level of luxury and service was beyond our expectations. Sharing Champagne with other friendly guests in the beautiful lounge area, the decadent high tea delights indulged in on the balcony, the big bouncy beds and bold and original decor in the room, the magical service with a smile, the views and sunsets from the balcony. MannaBay is the best hotel stay I've ever had, never mind just in Cape Town. Hope to visit again soon!

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

This boutique hotel was delightful; it felt like staying in a rich friend's house. My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon for 4 nights/3 days. Madre and Justine were very helpful as we figured out our days, and the staff were doting yet respected our privacy. Our room was one of the smaller rooms, was clean and whimsically elegant. (If I could do it over, though, I would have picked one of the larger rooms.) Breakfast was delicious and filling, and their cappuccinos are wonderful. Sundowner cocktails were a nice touch, as were the nightcaps. I usually like to stay within walking distance of shopping and restaurants, so having to take a cab everywhere was not my style, but it wasn't a big inconvenience, especially since they always arranged pick-ups for us. We also used their cell phone, and that helped us out. Overall, it was a lovely, relaxing experience and I would recommend the hotel for both the physical amenities and the lovely service.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: MannaBay
Address: 8 Bridle Road | Oranjezicht, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — MannaBay 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You can't get much closer to Table Mountain than this... In the heart of Cape Town, MannaBay has just eight uniquely designed suites that set the bar for contemporary luxury. From this prime setting on the border of the Table Mountain National Park with suites becoming of Persian Princes, Orchid Hunters and Heroic Explorers alike, you can experience the Mother City in sheer comfort and privacy, with a team of friendly staff dedicated to making every guest's experience as special as possible. ... more   less 
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