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The PortsWood
Ranked #45 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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Asheville
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“Location & Service great, average rooms”
Reviewed 14 October 2011

I stayed here as part of a group reservation for 3 nights. The strengths of this hotel lie in its location and proximity to the V&A Waterfront along with its excellent service. Literally next to the V&A, if you want to be close to the action, look no further. The hotel also has a decent gym located in the adjacent Commodore Hotel.

However, the rooms are old-fashioned which is nice if that's your thing, but I didn't think very much of it. The bathrooms need some updates and the bed comfort is just average. Wireless internet is intermittent or non-functional at times which can be frustruating. The breakfast is okay, could have some more variety but service at the hotel is friendly and good. It does seem to be quite pricey; if I had a choice I would book somewhere else for better value and more updated rooms.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 12 October 2011

The Portswood Hotel is very short walking distance to the V&A waterfront in Cape Town. We were welcomed by staff after a long international flight and were allowed to check in early. The room was quiet and comfortable. The lobby staff and travel desk were friendly and attentive, helping us to arrange a tour and also warning us to be vigilant if we walked around after dark. The breakfast buffet was generous with both hot and cold choices, and you could always opt for a more formal breakfast or sit outside near the pool. The V&A area is features many restaurants and a large shopping mall. There are banks and AmEx to exchange travelers' checks for cash very close by. We were so impressed by the consideration of the housekeeping staff, who rapidly brought anything we requested. The internet was wireless and slowed down at times, but when in such a stimulating and scenic environment, time to exit cyberspace.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled on business
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London
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Reviewed 25 September 2011

Over priced. Our experience was that the rooms were small and dated though the staff were friendly and the breakfast was nice. I’m not sure why people keep saying the V&A is the place to be – especially as the food seems to be a lower quality and higher price for tourists. The best places were a car drive away so better stay in a nice boutique for less as this hotel is not cheap.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

A Great little hotel within 2 minutes walk of the Cape Town Waterfront. Been there many times and have always found it clean and efficient. Restaurant gives great food for dinner - one of the best Cape Malay restaurant in town.
Breakfast used to be one of the best anywhere but have had a couple of issues on recent trips, hopefully this will go back to its best.
Would recommend to anyone .
Beware the speed of the internet in the hotel! - a tad slow

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 16 September 2011

We had 4 nights at the PortsWood @ V&A Waterfront in Capetown. A beautiful very well run hotel in a great position in town. Excellent value for money. The staff were professional and friendly. Breakfast was lovely. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Great location, fantastic staff, wonderful breakfast and great rooms, although slightly tired. Would we stay here again, no doubt - its well worth it.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

Stayed here for a week, nice hotel, resturant basic but food is okay.

Good value for money, good location to the V&A and good value.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The PortsWood
Address: PortsWood Road, PortsWood Square | V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#37 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#42 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#47 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#47 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The PortsWood 4*
Number of rooms: 102
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