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SunSquare Cape Town Gardens
Ranked #40 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
163 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“Relaxed hotel, good facilities and large rooms.”
Reviewed 7 December 2009

We stayed in this hotel for 5 nights in a Twin room, whilst in Cape Town to see the England v South Africa cricket match.

As you drive towards the centre of town from the airport, this hotel is before you hit the central part of town. Being slightly removed from the centre means that this hotel is quite peaceful and has a relaxed feel about it as there is no need for the high security required downtown.

Ample car parking is available, which is secure and situated off of the main road. Check-in was fast and the room was fairly recently decorated so looked clean and bright. The bathroom was also very clean and had been recently decorated, although it wasn't particularly new.

We ate breakfast at the hotel, a buffet style affair with the usual choices, which was very good. The large pool area outside is also fairly spacious and didn't get busy on the occasions we used it.

The Waterfront area of Cape Town is only a 5 minute drive from the hotel, so no problems going out at night to eat or to drink. Table Mountain is behind the hotel, the drive to the Cable car is again only about 5 minutes.

Another benefit of being located slightly out of the centre is that the staff are very friendly and have time to take an interest in you, after 5 days we were on first name terms with most of them!

Recommended as a base whilst you're in Cape Town, and you don't want to be stuck in the centre on the Waterfront area.

  • Stayed November 2009, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 March 2009

My sister and I stayed at this hotel for 7 nights. The staff were very friendly and always on hand to help.

The rooms were clean and roomy and there was a good selection of food at the breakfast buffet. The hotel is a 10 minute walk to Long Street , a 10-15 minute taxi drive to the V&A Waterfront and approximately 15 minute taxi ride to Camps Bay. The taxi's were cheap (compared to London prices) so we found it quite affordable to travel this way.

We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Armagh
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Reviewed 16 February 2009

This Hotel was clean, the staff were excellent would recommend this Hotel you are not in centre but only a short taxi drive away.

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  • Stayed February 2009, travelled with friends
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Belfast
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Reviewed 28 April 2008

My sister and I went to Cape Town S.A. for fourteen days. We stayed at De Waal Hotel. While this was a hotel mostly used by business people who only stayed one or two nights we were made very welcome. The staff were very pleasant and the rooms were spotless and linen and towels changed daily. We did not have any bother with noise. The food in the restaurant was excellent We could find no fault with it. The hotel seemed to be very central to where we wanted to go. We went to simons town, kalk bay, cape point, cape of good hope, boulders beach and of course the v & a water front. where the entertainment outside was very enjoyable always something going on. The shops were great and the people very friendly. The gardens was not too far away from hotel and we were able to walk there. They had their rememberance day service that day and it was lovely to see. Taxis pretty reasonable but just watch out for them taking their time so the meter runs up. A very pleasant stay. Would recommend the hotel for comfort and friendliness and good food. Our house in Simons Town was still there and we got a photo taken of Nusance the dog. We went on the cable car to the top of table mountain. What a view. Marvellous. Would love to go back at a later date and would stay at this hotel. Meals were very reasonably priced and food excellent. No one could complain.

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Reviewed 25 March 2008

My husband and I stayed at this hotel on our first trip to South Africa 11 years ago and have used it on several trips since. We recently stayed for one night and once again we could not fault it. It has recently been refurbished and the rooms are very comfortable, clean and well equipped and offer views to Table Mountain or over the City towards the Waterfront. The staff were extremely helpful and pleasant and the breakfast is very good. It also has a nice outdoor pool, not huge but great to relax by if you have a spare minute!! The hotel itself is not by the Water front but they do offer a shuttle bus which can take you to the Waterfront day or evening. It is also in walking distance of the Company Gardens which are very pleasant and the Mount Nelson Hotel, where the afternoon tea (a buffet and eat as much as you want ) is a real experience! There is also an excellent Italian restaurant Nonna Linna just down the road - can highly recommend it. From our own experience we find this hotel perfectly adequate for our needs. It is ideal if you want a reasonable hotel in Cape Town and don't mind not being right in the hub of the Waterfront the De Waal offers excellent value for money. We would definitely recommend it.

  • Liked — friendly service
  • Stayed March 2008, travelled with family
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South Florida, Florida
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Reviewed 1 December 2007

I stayed at this hotel for 6 nights in late November 2007. It was my first time to South Africa, so I cannot compare it to any other Hotel in that country.

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The Hotel itself is a decent and clean place. For the nightly price of about 849 Rand (129 USD), it was a good quality hotel. The room was quiet, clean, well serviced. The lobby is small but efficient and staff is helpful and available.
Even before I arrived, I was communicating with them via email and they were very responsive, friendly and informative.

There is a small pool is the back and some room for Sun bathing...though not many guests (myself included) used this.

There is NO GYM here and NO 'Complimentary' Transportation to/from the Airport or anywhere else. Shuttle to the Airport can be booked about 4-6 hours in advance and costs 200 Rand one way.

The front desk can accept Credit Cards, but all cabs and other shops prefer CASH.

The rooms do NOT have an alarm clock, so you either have to use your own clock/watch/cellphone or ask for a wake up call.

The rooms have limited wireless access and it has to be paid w/ credit card. The business center downstairs is quite lame. It is nothing more than a booth with 1 computer and a SLOW connection. You purchase internet time from the front desk and use credit at this computer.

Breakfast: This was one of the better things about this hotel. At the lobby level, there is a large dining area that serves breakfast from 6 to 11 am. They have a Full (HOT) Breakfast and a smaller (Cold) breakfast option. Both are buffet/all u can eat.

Full breakfast consists of Eggs cooked to order...cooked in front of you on a grill-stove plus porridge/oatmeal, bacon, sausage, ham etc...plus the Cold Breakfast below.

Cold breakfast consists of FRESH SQUEEZED OJ or GUAVA juice, fresh cut fruit (melon, papaya, pineapple. orange), cereals, yogurt, breads, croissants, jams, honey etc.

The FULL breakfast runs about 84 Rand per person...came out to about $12.50.

I am a big breakfast guy, so this was well worth it. Plus the food options were very good. I'd rather pay than eat the 'free -day old danish' that is served at other hotels.

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The Hotel is reasonably close to Long Street which is the main shopping/bar/eating/restaurant scene. About a 10 -12 minute walk. Walking is only recommended in the day time...at night you can take a cab. Cabs to Long St from the hotel run about 30-50 Rand.

Also nearby...about 5-7 min walk....is a small Shopping Center/Mall that has some basic stores, a Pick N Pay (local equivalent of Vons/Ralphs Grocery Store) and a bank ATM to get more cash.

Cabs are easy to get in Cape Town...both at the Hotel and most major hangouts. The Hotel is also a 40 Rand cab ride to the International Convention Center and about 50 Rand ride to the Wharf area. We were fortunate to know a local who had a car so we were able to explore the outlying areas of town as well.


The hotel was picked by a company that I was consulting for..and it was pretty last minute. I think that, if done with adequate time, it is quite possible to get a really good hotel/deal in an even better location.

  • Liked — Clean, efficient, Responsive. Good Breakfast as well.
  • Disliked — No Gym, Limited Internet/Biz Center, No Alarm Clock in Rooms
  • Stayed November 2007, travelled on business
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Property: SunSquare Cape Town Gardens
Address: 10 Mill Street Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Garden Court de Waal)
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#40 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#42 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#52 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — SunSquare Cape Town Gardens 3*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
There's a square on the block in the Mother City. SunSquare Cape Town Gardens is located in the vibrant and cosmopolitan suburb of The Gardens, on the edge of the Cape Town City Bowl. This trendy hotel offers guests more of what they want, making their hotel experience a memorable one. SunSquare Cape Town Gardens is close to the CBD as well as the Cape Town International Convention Centre, whilst the Cape Town International Airport is only a short 20-minute drive from the hotel. For leisure travellers, the hotel is beautifully positioned at the base of Table Mountain - one of the new 'Seven Wonders of Nature' - and is close to Long Street, which has an array of day and night time activities with its vast selection of chic restaurants and boutique shops. The hotel is also located within close proximity to main attractions in the area, such as the V&A Waterfront and the gorgeous beaches of Camps Bay and Bloubergstrand. About the hotel SunSquare Cape Town Gardens combines affordability and comfort with modern accommodation for individuals who know exactly what they want. The spacious lobby extends into a bar area, providing a relaxing place for guests to socialise and enjoy themselves - chatting, working or listening to music. The lounge area leads off from the lobby and is yet another comfortable space where guests can read the newspaper, conduct business meetings, or just sit back and relax. Guests can also unwind and have a drink by the terrace, which looks over a lovely pool deck and has magnificent views of the city. For those guests who want to stay fit and healthy while staying at the hotel, the well-equipped gym comes in handy. ... more   less 
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