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“Bad hotel with good breakfast”
Review of The Ritz Cape Town

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The Ritz Cape Town
Ranked #95 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Kampala, Uganda
1 review
“Bad hotel with good breakfast”
Reviewed 29 December 2013

I stayed at the Ritz between 24 and 27 Dec 2013 and below are the listing of the turn offs despite the decent breakfast:
1- My booking clearly indicated that I needed a deluxe room but I was given a room with 2 beds so my wife and I had to sleep in separate beds in the same room
2- The children's room had cockroaches and despite raising this issue, it was never addressed.
3- One of the ladies at the reception was refusing to deal with guests issues by creating technicalities. For example if you reported an issue with your room, you needed to report it twice, once for every shift of workers.
4- The same lady told lies to guests. For example, I requested to have room changes and I struggled to get this done for 2 days. I was originally told that the hotel was fully occupied and when I asked to see the manager, I had 3 rooms to choose from in a space of 10 mins.
5- The towels were old and the air conditioning in the children's room was not working.
6- The bathrooms do not have air extractors so they smell.
7- ....and the biggest joke of all, someone booked a bill to my room and when I asked for proof that I incurred the debt, I was promised a resolution by email. No mail has been received from Ritz.

If Ritz was my business, I would replace the management before I renovate the hotel. There is an urgent need for sound leadership at Ritz.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 26 December 2013

I am presently staying at the ritz, been here for the last 10 days i only read the reviews after i had booked & was worried about what i had let my self in for.
I have stayed in London St giles , las Vegas tuscany suite & Beijing at the swissotel so i am not being naive in saying for the price you cannot beat the ritz.
Yes the decor is slightly dated but it is clean, the staff go out of there way to accomadate you, the breakfast is superb full English & contental
What more do you want are you here on holiday or are you like the people wrighting these complaints sitting in the rooms
There is a new bus service "myciti" frequent bus to all parts of the city but you will need a card which you can get at the airport cost 25 rand this is a must as it is the most efficient way to get around
Hope you enjoy your stay & join me in voiceing your views on this hotel

Room Tip: Take the rooms on the top floors, yes it can hot in the summer so draw your curtains when you leave...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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1 Thank MichaelCurry
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2013

We booked through Expedia and made the mistake of relying on the name Ritz and the star rating of the hotel - both misleading. Here is why we will not recommend this hotel :

1. We were stuck in a west facing room with unbearable heat for about an hour due to a broken AC. We did get a new room eventually but not without calling the reception at least three times. Also, the AC is central and makes a ton of noise when switched on.

2. The bed spreads and towels in the new room were torn and shabby. Each day we would receive two towels in a room with three guests and we would waste time calling the reception to ask for more.

3. The bathroom fittings were very old and making the flush and shower work was a task in itself.

4. We had new guests at our door late one night trying to check into the same room and the reception calling at 1 am to ask when we were moved to that room.

5. Parking is a nightmare. We had to park in non designated spaces on quite a few occasions.

6. There is no free wifi. The best you can get is 30 mins in the lobby at very slow speed.

The complimentary breakfast is good and most of the staff is courteous and friendly. However, on the back of the experience we had, I would advise people to stay away.

Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2013

Recently stayed 3 nights during the festive season.
Granted the hotel is a little on the old side with old fashioned decor, a few loose fittings and tight bedroom windows, however the view from the room is spectacular. For a 3 star hotel, all needs and basic requirements are met. The staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfasts are divine an certainly fuel you for the day ahead. The pool deck is marvelous and spacious.
An overall enjoyable stay.

Room Tip: Ask for a sea-facing room when booking. It will certainly "wow" you!
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2013 via mobile

The Hotel itself appears on first glance to be ok but I find the devil is in the detail. And the detail here was very poor. This hotel is in desperate need of a renovation. The reception appears ok, but it is the rooms that really let this place down. Below were just a few issues.
Torn net curtains
Lightbulb out in main room
Toilet holder broken
Shelf in bathroom hanging off
Bathroom tiles mouldy
Safe not working every time
Soaps replaced by shampoo?
Hole in one of the pillow cases
Stains on towels and bed sheets
Double room had two single beds put together
Sewer smell from the bathroom
Peeling ceiling tiles
Chipped paint coming off walls
Main reception helpful but not particularly welcoming
One or two of these things on their own aren't the end of the world, but all together, just ruined the stay
Breakfast which was included was ok
Having stayed in a few places travelling around SA, this was definitely the worst, and a massive let down at the end of an otherwise great holiday
FYI the Hotel is near Seapoint but these beaches are not sandy. Everything however is within 5 to 10 mins cab drive, including Camps Bay (sandy beach) and V and A Wharf
I accept that this Hotel is a 3 star but I have seen better at a Travelodge, I would not stay here again

Stayed December 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 December 2013

This is not what you would expect from a three star establishment. It took almost an hour to check in with a confirmed booking the specific evening. There were a number of other frustrated guests also waiting for their rooms. I planned and booked a three night stay but checked out after the first night. I have stayed in a number of establishments in Sea Point, Cape Town during the past month in the same price range and would definitely not recommend this establishment.

The room was a total disappointment. The bed mattresses were worn through and stained. The bed linen was dirty. The towels in the bathroom were old and worn. Coffee and tea is provided in the room but there is no kettle. In my opinion, the hotel interior and the especially the rooms are in urgent need of a make-over.

In general the exterior of the hotel is not well maintained. Hotel guests are expected to pay additional for parking and Wi-Fi.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Jak307
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Dunedin, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2013

Well it might be the Ritz by name but it ends shortly after that.
Sure the main entrance is pretty grand for certain and the staff are polite; the bar way up in the sky is awesome and a way cool place to go for sun downers.....
Sadly it ends bout there....
- the room was tiny
- the pillows uncomfortable
- bathroom left a lot to be desired and was very 70's; to the point that the 70's hair dryer tube which blew out warm air was cut off.
- bathroom smelt of smoke due to neighbours smoking in their room (shared air vent system)
- the room AC was not very good
- the TV antenna wasnt even plugged in and after we solved that one we figured out that there wasnt any decent reception.....

Room Tip: Pick another hotel !
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Ritz Cape Town
Address: Corner Main & Camberwell Roads | Sea Point, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Cape Town Ritz Hotel)
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#69 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ritz Cape Town 4*
Number of rooms: 212
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just off Sea Point's vibrant promenade and a short distance from the beach and the V&A Waterfront lies the landmark Ritz. Iconic and rich in history with magnificent views of the ocean and city, The Ritz has held it's prideful place for 45 years. Inspired by exclusive and design driven accessible luxury, The Ritz is being reconstructed to unveil unparalleled luxury. Opening Early 2017. ... more   less 
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