I have rather mixed feelings about this hotel...
This was our first stop after our safari, so we were already tired and in need of a rest.
First things first, I could (and will) stereotype the hotel, and say we didn't fit in - we weren't in Gucci shorts or Armani flip-flops - we were looking rather dishevelled in combats and dusty jumpers.
At check-in the reception chap commented that we were staying for a "Whopping" 4 nights.... his words not mine.
I really don't know what to make of this... My wife suggested that it was more of a 'weekend' hotel and 4 nights is perhaps unusual and he genuinely meant it.... on the flip-side I thought he meant "is that all?".
Anyway, we went up to our room - 213, second floor directly above the hotel yacht with unrivalled views of Table mountain - I won't go on about how good the views are, as all the reviews here will say it, but it really is quite spectacular!
The rooms are large and airy, beds comfortable, and all exceptionally clean.
The bathrooms were spotless and all in good order.
can't say much more than that, but the rooms certainly measure up to the acclaimed 5* rating.
Breakfast, once more we were reminded of 'our place'... I came down for breakfast in my red 'o-neil' t-shirt and shorts, with my wife also dressed suitably casual - after all we were only going to go for a wander around the town later.
We were asked for our room number, fine, nothing wrong with that... but then when my wife went up for breakfast she was asked for our room number again, by the very same lady who asked us 5 minutes before... what didn't she believe us?
I'm sure I read more into that and it was a genuine oversight, but it really made us feel like we didn't belong.
We only got asked on one of the 3 days we had breakfast (we missed one) if we wanted anything from the menu, which I was a bit disappointed with, and we also had to 'find' someone to ask for our coffee too.
Service aside, the breakfast spread was incredible... seriously I have never seen a spread like it.
Every fruit you could think of, lots of cereal, meats, cheeses, breads, all juices, champagne - it really was unbelievable!
So all credit to having this spread, and it actually meant that we didn't need to order a cooked breakfast as there was so much fresh food on offer!.
We didn't eat any dinner in the restaurant because we didn't want to dress up!, so we headed over to Victoria Wharf to eat every night.
I would like to balance my earlier comments about the service up, and say that the attendants/staff outside the hotel were great, always friendly and happy to flag us a Taxi and 'talk' to the drivers to make sure we didn't get ripped off (which happens a lot).
I've dropped this a "star" purely because of our feelings towards the service/comments, but the hotel is first class with first class views (and should be for the price!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxury hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.Framed by the ocean and Table Mountain, the elegance and luxury of the Victoria & Alfred Hotel is rivaled only by its relaxed atmosphere and warm personal service.With 94 spacious bedrooms - It’s the detail that gives the Victoria & Alfred Hotel its elegance, intimacy, romance and reputation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Victoria Alfred Cape Town
- Victoria & Alfred Hotel Cape Town, South Africa