We arrived from the UK at about 9am, following an overnight flight, and were disorientated to say the least. The hotel had told us that they would try and let us have our room early if possible, and luckily our room was immediately available.
We were on the ground floor, and the room had a small patio, with seating in the sun, which was very nice. Unfortunately, I found that the right patio door did not quite secure at the top, and being on the ground floor, I was rather nervous. This was our first trip to SA, and you never know which stories in the media to believe ! We spoke to the reception staff, and although there was nothing else immediately available, they said they would see what they could do.
Without fuss, after lunch we were transferred to a first floor room, which was equally as nice. We stayed for 3 nights, which flew by very quickly.
When we had been researching where to stay, we knew we wanted to stayed at the waterfront, but obviously there are several hotels to chose from. The huge advantage of Queen Victoria, which we didnt fully grasp until we arrived, is that its set on a ridge just above the waterfront area. That means that you are just 2 minutes away from the waterfront, but dont get the tourists wandering around your hotel, and the noise that brings. The location was absolutely ideal for us. Its also worth noting that you cant really walk into the city from the waterfront area. Although its not far, the busy roads (motorway size) make it prohibitive.
The hotel reception staff are excellent, and the service was outstanding. We were able to purchase tickets for the bus and for table mountain in the hotel. This was really helpful, as when we got to table mountain, there was a long queue to buy tickets and then another long queue for the cable car.
We had also arranged in advance with the hotel for our hire car to be delivered on the third day of our stay. After a long flight, the last thing we wanted to be doing was navigating the roads, so having the car later worked perfectly.
Our room had everything we needed, and although we only looked out to the front of the hotel, it was bright and quiet. From the bar at the rear of the hotel, you can sit and look towards table mountain. Thank you to Rodney for looking after us so well !
We didnt use the pool or spa facilities, as we just ran out of time.
This was a fantastic start to a wonderful holiday, and we are already planning our return trip next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Queen Victoria Hotel is the newest addition to Newmark Hotel’s portfolio, which offers a myriad of ideally located upmarket hotels, other accommodation options and restaurants. What sets this unique five-star boutique hotel apart is the attention to detail given by the creative team responsible for its development, who achieved this through their unwavering passion for awe-inspiring design.From the creative brief of ‘where classic elegance meets contemporary design’, every effort has been made to ensure that the 35-room Queen Victoria Hotel is a haven of calm, luxury and understated opulence amongst the hustle and bustle of Cape Town’s popular V&A Waterfront.The interiors create an ambience of peaceful elegance, through the use of greys and taupes, marble-clad walls, crystal chandeliers, white marble and wooden parquet flooring, not to mention the triple-volume foyer with its dramatic white spiral staircase, glass lift and crystal chandeliers. The signature shade of deep purple has been employed to add a touch of regal eccentricity as an ode to the historic figure after whom the hotel is named.From the food and beverage offering at the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Dash, to the interior aesthetic, the Queen Victoria Hotel embodies a sense of international flair fused with local flavour. The menu at Dash is structured around classic French cuisine, with all ingredients sourced locally and seasonally, while ninety per cent of the interior pieces were sourced from local design geniuses.With a management team and staff dedicated to making every guest feel like royalty, a stay at the Queen Victoria Hotel will certainly exceed your expectation of what five-star luxury should be like. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Queen Victoria Hotel Cape Town, South Africa