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Parker Cottage
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We were a group of 18 people and I chose Parker Cottage because it had enough rooms to accommodate my entire group under one roof! Best decision I ever made! What a Fabulous find! The manager, Thomas and the staff all went our of their way to make our stay memorable and they succeeded. We will all remember Parker Cottage with fond memories and Many of us will definitely return. The rooms, big or small were all very beautifully decorated and extremely comfortable. Breakfast, as agreed by everyone in the group...the best we've ever had! Well done Parker Cottage and a special "Thank you" to Thomas. I can't wait for my next visit!

Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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ParkerCottage, Owner at Parker Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2014

Thank you so very very much for this delightful review! What makes this review particularly special is that firstly, this was the largest group we've ever accommodated at Parker Cottage, and also, Phil, who is writing this response and is one of the owners, was laid up in bed with a horrible flu from the first day of the arrival of the group.

It is brilliant to hear first hand from the leader of that group that our staff, particularly Tomas who you kindly mention by name, were able to not only cope with the pressures of a large group but also met and exceeded your expectations. This not only shows that the last five years of training our staff up have been worth it but it also shows just how great a group of people we have working for us. I’m really touched by your kind words and have passed this on to the team.

Perhaps on your return visit, you can bring 50 guests? We'll have to build a basement and another storey to accommodate them all, but hey, this is Parker Cottage we're talking about. :-)

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

We booked Parker Cottage for a group. This became home for the group for five days. The service was excellent, accommodation superb and the breakfasts spectacular.
Thanks to Phil and his team for all the hard work

Jenny Rose

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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Although my husband and I are closer to 80 than 70, we like to think of ourselves as fit and able to do world travel. However, we had an unfortunate experience on the way into Cape Town from the airport which left us badly shaken. Phil greeted us at Parker Cottage exactly the way a family member would have--he gave me a hug, gave both of us a glass (plus) of wine, and listened to our tale of woe until we'd settled down.

Our room was fabulous, the bathroom had both a large soaking tub for me and a shower for Bob (RM #6 if you book early enough to grab it, although we never heard a single complaint about any of the rooms). Parker Cottage is a lovely old building, conveniently located in a walkable neighborhood with good restaurant within walking distance.

Phil was more like an informed, organized family member than a host. Reservations were made before we thought to ask for them, tours were arranged for us, taking into account our personal tastes (although we are wine drinkers and wanted to see the magnificent wine country, we didn't want to spend an entire day drinking wine)--in short, nothing that could make us more comfortable and happy was overlooked. No grand hotel in the world could have given us better service, better breakfast, more conviviality with the other guests, a more walkable location.

The last night of our stay we were told at our restaurant that Phil had picked up our bill! He left a note on our room, saying that he wanted our last night in Cape Town to be better than our first one. What a lovely, thoughtful gesture!

We cannot imagine ANYONE coming to Cape Town who would not enjoy this beautiful, special place!

Room Tip: As I mentioned, Room 6 has both a tub and a shower, is on the first floor and very quiet.
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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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ParkerCottage, Owner at Parker Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2014

What a lovely review,P&B! And so soon after leaving us too, as you were only here less than 48 hours ago.

We can't control everything that happens in Cape Town and yes, there is still such a yawning gap between the haves and have nots here that occasionally, that gap gets crossed in unpleasant ways. We're just delighted that you were able to see beyond that and still enjoy and let us host you in Cape Town.

The Fitzroy Room, or Room 6, has actually had quite a considerable amount of work done to it recently so we're delighted that you enjoyed it so much. There's a new and very comfortable rug, brand new top of the range beds and we are also rather proud of the chandelier too!

And you're too kind about Phil (this is him writing now). Thank you for saying that our service was better than a five star hotel: really, that's a helluva compliment and we can't thank you enough.

It's about time you came back and did Cape Town all over again, properly, for at least seven days.

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Reviewed 19 June 2014

We stayed at Parker Cottage for 5 nights in April 2014. This was one of the best places that we stayed at during our 9 week world tour. From the first greeting to our farewell, we were well looked after. They held two wine tasting evenings while we were there (normally one per week) and that was an excellent way to get to know the other guests. Not that this was necessary as Phil and the team always introduced us to other guests as they arrived. The room was large, well presented, comfortable bed and clean. When we arrived Phil sat us down and asked us what we had planned for our 5 days in Cape Town and assisted us with some tickets. The breakfasts are fantastic and no pressure on when you eat. Fabulous service and we would not hesitate to highly recommend Parker Cottage for your stay in Cape Town.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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ParkerCottage, Owner at Parker Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2014

Thanks Lew and Leanne! You really have been most kind in your review: yes, Parker Cottage is a pretty social place, but only as much as you want to be social. So you have a choice to come to our wine evenings (which we try to offer enough times to be able to invite every guest who stays with us), to share a table for breakfast with other guests or just to eat on your own.

And thanks for noticing about the 'breakfast times'! We don't tell you when you can and can't have breakfast at Parker Cottage: you can eat breakfast when you like and where you like, which is, as far as we're concerned, the way it should be. The record is still held by our Mexican guest Pedro who during the World Cup in 2010 arrived for breakfast at 12h43. You'll just have to come back to try to beat him...

One of the best places on a nine week worldwide tour? Wow! Compliments indeed!

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Parker Cottage ranked top of all the lodgings we stayed at during our trip in South Africa in March 2014. It features in our memories as one of the most memorable places we ever stayed. Two things stick out: 1) the helpfulness of the hosts in suggesting places to see, things to do, and making arrangements for us, and 2) the breakfast!! You just have to experience it ... and you will not need a lunch! Then there is the friendliness and engaging personalities of all the people working at Parker Cottage, the house and garden that are totally enjoyable, and your location in Capetown, which is ideal. Downtown is a pleasant 20 minutes walk away.

We hope to have in the future another opportunity to stay at this special place again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Parker is amazing. Nothing is too much trouble for the owners and the staff, the breakfasts are a scrumptious 4 course affair, the room was comfortable, the location is great. We would recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Phil, Lexi and team are the best! I travel a lot and have stayed at some amazing places but, the services that Phil, Lexi and team provided were the best I have ever experienced. I would highly recommend a stay at Parker Cottage, for as long as you can.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with family
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Address: 3 Carstens Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range: £84 - £158 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Parker Cottage 4*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Parker Cottage! We’re a little different than the usual hotel or guesthouse experience. Rather than being just a conventional ‘place to sleep’, we offer a very much unplugged, urban retreat right in the creative heart of Cape Town. So although we offer free and fast internet, we don't do minibars, piped music or even reception desks. Think of us like a country house in the middle of the city. We’re the kind of place where you can rediscover the art of conversation, endless breakfasts and total serenity. Parker is a social place too: our legendary free wine evenings occur at least twice a week and there’s no ‘cut off’ time for our gourmet breakfasts either. ... more   less 
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