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Cape Heritage Hotel
Ranked #11 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Paris, France
2 reviews
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“The Loveliest Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014

We stayed 2 nights in the Cape Heritage Hotel, at the beginning of our trip to South Africa and one night at the end.

We have a toddler so it is best for us to have accomodation with cooking facilities, but this is the ideal hotel.

It has so much STYLE... Someone put so much love into it, as evidenced by the photographs of its renovation. Each room is decorated differently, mixing antique pieces such faded oriental rugs and African art in wire, wood and plastic. It celebrates Cape Town history with old photographs. It was built in an historic part of Cape Town in the 18th century and its restoration is really an act of love, and the staff are proud of it.

The first night I asked for a luxury room and we had a wonderful balcony and a fabulous bathroom with an enormous shower - all in sea green glass - and an enormous tub with feet.

The final night in our stay in South Africa we returned to Cape Heritage's "standard" room, and I was impressed by what "standard" means - LOVELY decor and an immense bathroom, in black and red tiling with a kitsch painting on the wall, a huge shower, and another footed bathtub.

Breakfast is in a pretty little kitchen. On our first night we had an early flight to Durban and the receptionist made us breakfast 1 hour or so before breakfast was supposed to begin. He really did not have to do that.

The staff is lovely and welcoming without being too family or intrusive (no bear hugs here - see my review of the ever infamous, La Petite Ferme). They are ready to help with organizing taxis, paying in cash for you and allowing you to charge. They were notably extremely kind to our little 16 month old daughter, playing with her and giving her toys. The receptionist desk has someone there 24 hours so you really do feel secure.

There's a really good bistro downstairs. We attempted to go there, but our kid acted up so the receptionist helped us to carry our food upstairs to our room. He was very understanding.

The area around it has some hip restaurants and bars - if you have someone to walk with, it seems fairly secure. It's about 15 minutes walking to Kloof Street and Company's Gardens and all the museums.

I recommend the Cape Heritage hands down, especially for people who get sick of the standardized characterless chain hotels. That said, Cape Heritage is clean and well-run enough to please even the pickiest.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

We are a family of four that just came back from a week here, and it was fabulous! The staff were extremely friendly and the hotel was clean and comfortable for all of us. The only thing I can complain about was the walking route to the V&A Waterfront (a waterfront plaza full of shopping and restaurants) had us going through some darker neighbourhoods. Overall a charming boutique hotel with great service! Great for families!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Breda, The Netherlands
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

Great how the different buildings were reconstructed into a larger hotel with a great ambiance, mixing historic atmosphere, Cape Town heritage and modern / young vibe. The rooms are all individually styled and different. The various (styled) restaurants underneath the complex give this an excellent style! Also the open area inside the complex for breakfast and diners is very nice.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2014

As relative locals we decided to treat ourselves (and my husband for his birthday) to a night in the city. It was definitely an excellent choice, centrally located in the heart of the city. A brisk walk and you'd be in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the nightlife, but distant enough that it doesn't deprive you of sleep. The suite was spacious and beautifully decorated. It was great having a choice of eateries on your doorstep - we opted for Savoy Cabbage which we thoroughly enjoyed. My husband was particularly fascinated by the old vine growing in the courtyard. After dinner we took a trip up to the balcony and into the jacuzzi (slightly too hot!) from where we could hear the nightlife from below. Breakfast the next morning was great with a nice variety. Overall a very enjoyable evening spent in the city!

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2014

This hotel is great. It is charming (classic beautiful and clean property), and most of all - the staff is extremely nice and generous. They helped us in any way they could (they even compared taxi prices for us). The location is great - around 5 or more good restaurants are in the same block and bukaap is right across the corner. Rooms are great, especially the bathrooms. The breakfast is ok. It has the quality of the Hilton, but the style of a chic boutique hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2014

We loved this hotel! Rooms are spacious and very much furnished in a boutique style (we had 2 rooms for our family and had a peek in every room that was unused, so it was clear that every room is different). Showers were powerful!

Breakfasts are really delicious, a combination of buffet and ordered hot plate with a great range of offerings. On two mornings we went out really early and they prepared us bagged-up breakfasts and coffees, which we really appreciated.
We had one luxury and one standard room and to be honest there wasn't that much difference - both were lovely. The two-bed apartment wasn't available when we booked, but having looked at, it I would also recommend that!.

Best of all about this hotel is the staff. They were really helpful and friendly, and really seemed to care about the place and the satisfaction of guests. It is a small hotel, so perhaps it's easier to see personal service, but even so we were all really impressed. We had a small misunderstanding about a maintenance issue involving our safe, and the hotel's response was truly excellent.

My son used the rooftop heated Jacuzzi as the sun set on Table Mountain, and pronounced it "v dot cool". So it must be.

The hotel location is good and (as it is in the CBD) it seemed very safe as there are street wardens everywhere. Plenty of uber-cool coffee shops, bakeries, lunchtime eateries, tapas bars, and restaurants around, too. It was a 10-min taxi to the Waterfront (50Rand).

I would recommend the Cape Heritage for value for money, for its location, and most of all its staff. You won't regret staying here.

Contact me for any specific questions.

Room Tip: 102 is lovely and looks out over Bree St, so no noise from the vibrant courtyard. 101 is also lovel...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

My Wife and I recently had our child at Christian Barnard Hospital. During the experience my wife was required to be at the hospital for a week every two hours before our child was released from High Care and if it wasn't for this great Hotel the experience wouldn't have been as awesome as it was.

The staff are friendly and always eager to help, definitely made us feel at home and made the whole experience easy and comfortable.

The Christian Barnard Hospital is just a block away and if you are looking for a home-away from home near the hospital then I recommend The Cape Heritage Hotel...

Again thanks to Anja and her team there for accommodating all our requests.

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Brinn Tomes

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Cape Heritage Hotel
Address: 90 Bree Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#11 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#13 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#14 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Cape Heritage Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in Heritage Square in the heart of Cape Town, the Cape Heritage is a boutique four star hotel that is historic and contemporary; intimate and lively; and stylish and cozy. Originally built in 1771, the hotel has 17 individually decorated bedrooms, which not only retain the charm of the past but are also equipped with an array of modern comforts. The hotel opens out onto a courtyard that houses the oldest living grapevine in South Africa ... more   less 
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