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Parliament Hotel
Ranked #38 of 111 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 29 July 2011

Parliament hotel is a good quality hotel, room was good and clean enough even for us who are accustomed to the scandinavian hotel standards. The breakfast had little bit of italian style (for certain reason), but it was quite good, especially when you order some eggs and sausages/french toast from the kitchen (they are included in the breakfast).

Service was excellent, and the staff really knows alot about the city so ask them if you want to arrange some activities or rent a car to drive around the Cape area.

Area itself is quite safe (there's police station nearby), we had no problems walking around the center and returning to the hotel as it is located near the Parliament as the name says, also the company gardens and st Georges cathedral are in the neighbourhood.

  • Stayed: May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 July 2011

What a fantastic place, last minute booking. I was out with friends and we had not planned to stay in Cape Town for the evening. I had heard of the hotel from Sales Reps who stay their, on their advice I called and booked a room for one night. It was a twin room and a lot bigger than some of the five star hotels I have been in around the world. It was very late and all I wanted to do was sleep - mission accomplished.
The room rate included breakfast which consisted of a continental and a cook to order selection. The staffs were so friendly and helpful I actually thought that they had been trained by a five star hotel; it was after that I discovered the GM is a former Duty Manager from the TAJ Hotel Cape Town.
In summary this is a great affordable hotel, central and close to the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. I would recommend it as a place to stay for leisure, pleasure or business.
Ramon Maniapoto
Cape Town

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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acarpanese, General Manager at Parliament Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2012

Dear Ramon Maniapoto Tim Barnett,
thank you for choosing the Parliament Hotel for your "last minute" stay and thank you for your kind comments.
I am delighted to know that your mission was accomplished and you had a very comfortable and peaceful night rest.
I look forward to welcoming you back again to our "home away from home".
Kind regards,
Antonio Carpanese
General Manager

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Reviewed 14 June 2011

We stayed at the Parliament Hotel for 9 nights at the end of March and April, 2011 and loved it. First, the location is terrific. You're downtown only a few minutes walk away from the Company Gardens area, for instance, with all of its museums (planetarium; Jewish Holocaust museum; National Library; gardens)(see www.iziko.org.za/planetarium) and 5 minutes walk from City Hall and the Castle. You're also only about 7 minutes walk from the railway station and also nearby are some lovely outdoor arts and crafts areas in the St. George Market. And lively Long St. is about the same distance away. No need for a car if you stay here although parking is available. I would recommend a car for the first day in Cape Town (so you can drive on the coastal road to Table Mountain National Park (not to be confused with Table Mountain which is accessed by cable car)(see www.tmnp.co.za) then to Chapman's Pass (lovely) and suburbs like Muizenberg. Thereafter, it's better to ditch a rented car and walk supplemented by a private driver as need be (to reach places like the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens see www.sanbi.org). Highly recommended is a nice, older man called Johnny who runs "Vans Taxi Service) Cell # is 082 845 5998. Johnny is old and his car is almost the same age but he knows everything, he's a great story teller, he's completely reliable and the price is right.

Second, the morning breakfast at the hotel is great. It is a large buffet (but you get to order your eggs the way you like them). Nice selection of fresh fruits (especially good cantaloupe) which included apples, bananas watermelon and more plus cereals. And terrific muffins. The service here is also very friendly and pleasant (especially the young black male waiter) and it is not uncommon in this small hotel to see the manager there giving a helping hand. There is also an Italian restaurant next to the hotel but we never ate our evening meals there because it was mostly empty and looked pretty gloomy.

Third, very friendly staff and management. They will help you with maps and your travel plans. Fourth, excellent and comfortable room (especially for the price in Cape Town). If you pay a bit more and get a deluxe room, you get more space and a refrig but we had the regular room and it was fine. It also includes free WiFi (which was slow on occasion). The room was quiet and clean and the hotel is safe (there was also a safe in the room).

Fourth, two nice restaurants are close by. If you like seafood or a sports bar, try the Diaz Tavern (Portuguese owned). It is at 15 Caledon Street (Tel. 021 465 7547 on the second floor of a building and has many video screens tuned to sports events (mostly football). Great food (try Joe's Special or the Tranchino or the fish and chips), reasonable prices. This is only 7 minutes walk from the hotel and near the central police station (it's safe). Even closer is a complex of Indian- Pakistani restaurants in an arcade called the Eastern Food Bazaar, 96 Long Market St. Tel. 021-461 2458) on nearby Darling St. It was very crowded and you have to line up first to buy tickets/receipts and then line up again for the food. Huge servings for about R 35 a plate. Another restaurant in Cape Town not to be missed is the Brass Bell (for seafood). It's out in one of the suburbs in Kalk Bay (about a 35 minute drive from the Hotel). The Brass Bell, Tel. 021 788 5455 www.brassbell.co.za So, visit it for lunch your first day (when you have the rental car) OR take the metro train there. The train stain is minutes away from the hotel and the train stops exactly at the restaurant (Kalk Bay station). That too is an adventure (although you might want to get back early if you take the train. The Brass Bell has excellent sea food, is right on the ocean, and the prices are very reasonable. Great bar area too. All in all, the Parliament Hotel is a great base for a trip to Cape Town which is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Room Tip: Ask for a deluxe room; it doesn't cost much.
  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 June 2011

simply is the best hotel, the people are very friendly, the breakfast servise is the best, the rooms are outstanding, just try it yourself and see yourself

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

What a gr8 exp. The open and friendly and helpfull staff was just a bonus.
Not only are you in the middle of everything bud its so easy to get to it all
A home away from home!!!!!!!
Well done guys, you will see us soon again.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 March 2011

From the time entering the Parliament Hotel, you could feel a great vibe. The check was smooth with no issues with the room booking and the staffs are very friendly.

Entering the room the place was clean, neat, with all the facilities and more than I needed for my stay. Including having secured parking being made available.

I slept very solid like being at home after a very late night.

Check out went smooth with no issues at all.

I had friends that also stayed at another Guest House and did not have enough towels, slept on a sofa bed, and they all did not sleep well, with the no breakfast being made available to them.

For an extra R50.00 they could have had a great night sleep, great breakfast and all the facilities available. We all will be staying at the Parliament Hotel next time.

Well done to the hotel and the staff. You WILL be seeing me again.


  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 7 January 2011

The Parliament is located perfectly for the City Center shops and restaurants. To the Waterfront is quite a walk but 5 minutes by car or taxi. The hotel personnel is very friendly and helpfull in all aspects: restaurants, parking, internet use, how to use the safe and so on. All-in-all a great place to stay for a visit to Capetown !

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Parliament Hotel

Address: 9 Barrack Street | Cbd, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Cape Town Central
#37 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#44 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range: £50 - £84 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Parliament Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Parliament Hotel is exclusively located in the heart of Cape Town. The central location adjacent to the Company Gardens and the Slave Museum makes this city hotel the ideal starting point for business trips or holidays in Cape Town. The Hotel offers easy access to the best local attractions, Cape Town's International Airport and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CCITC). Cape Town not only serves as an important business location, but it is also a magnet for history, art, culture and architecture. The Parliament Hotel offers a vibrant and friendly environment that provides both business and leisure travelers with the affordable hotel experience they desire. Nestled in the city center, this three stars hotel features 27 modern, spacious and en suite rooms with comfortable beds and all fitted with safety boxes, HD television sets, heat/air conditioning system & free WIFI. CANCELLATION POLICY:•Failure to confirm the reservation will result in the cancellation of the booking without notice 48 hours prior to arrival.•Guaranteed bookings must be cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival in order to avoid one full night charge. •In the event of premature departure the full extent of stay, as originally booked and confirmed will be charged. • For No Shows the full contract will be charged. •All bookings must be made in writing via email or via fax; as well any amendment to the booking must be notified in writing. •Please note that in the below periods of 2014 & early 2015 we require a full non refundable deposit for the entire length of the stay booked: * Christmas and New Year 2014/2015 from 15th December 2014 to the 06th January 2015 * Cape Argus Cycling Tour from the 07th March to 10th March, 2014 * Jazz Festival from the 27th to the 1st April 2014 * Two Oceans Marathon from the 17th April to 20th April, 2014 * World Travel Market from 24th April to 10th May, 2014 ... more   less 
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