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“Hidden Gem!”
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Kensington Place
Ranked #20 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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Alexandria, Virginia
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“Hidden Gem!”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

My husband and I just spent 4 wonderful nights at Kensington Place. A sophisticated inn located off of the beaten path exceeded our expectations when we arrived. I had been trying for a few weeks to get dinner reservations at one of the top restaurants in Cape Town and was not successful. You can imagine my delight when I found out that not only did they book reservations at this Cape Town hotspot - they also booked several other fantastic restaurants for us. The service was amazing and the breakfast should not be missed! We walked down the popular Kloof street and ended up at the Green Market. Located up the street from the Mount Nelson Hotel - we were able to walk to the hop on / hop off bus and enjoy the sights of Cape Town. Heated floors, very comfortable beds and stylish bathrooms make this a great retreat! Thank you Austin, Michael, Mark and the entire staff - we can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Madison, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

Kensington Place is located on the slopes of Table Mountain overlooking the bay. It offers comfortable rooms as well as excellent, heartfelt service. Adam, the manager, is very helpful and knowledgeable and knows all the great "eats." The hotel breakfasts were wonderful as well. THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWN- Company's Gardens, District Six Museum, Table Mountain, Simons Town, The Cape of Good Hope, Old Biscuit Mill, VOLUNTEER AT ILISO SOUP KITCHEN in Khayelitsha *****. Restaurants Musts- Test Kitchen, Bizerca, Golds( drumming and music)

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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LA
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

After over 20 hours of travel, unpacking for a four night stay at KP was just what the doctor ordered! Austin, Michael, Blessing and the entire staff were very attentive and helpful. Breakfast of yogurt and homemade muesli, fresh juices and eggs to order was wonderful to wake up to. We were welcomed with a delightful bottle of wine in our room and hot water bottles at night to warm the bed. The room and bathroom were chic and beautifully appointed. And our room at the top floor had a fabulous view.

I highly recommend a stay at KP. The service, accommodations and staff were a terrific start to our African vacation!

Stayed June 2013
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Reviewed 4 June 2013

This has been a wonderful experience staying here for a week during winter. The attention and service we received from everyone has been unparalleled, it really is a home from home. All of Austen's recommendations from restaurants to shopping and wine tasting were perfect so we didn't need to do our own research and could just relax and enjoy ourselves! We would definitely recommend staying here, you will have an amazing time.

Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

We very much enjoyed our stay at Kensington place while in Capetown. This boutique hotel is very well located and accessible to the city's main attractions. The service we received was outstanding and we very much appreciate the time Austin, the manager, took into ensure we had a great time in Capetown. We appreciate the restaurant and activity recommendations. The breakfast was delicious. I wish we could have stayed an extra day to have been able to sit and enjoy the beautiful pool and lounge area! The room set up was great and had a beautiful view of the mountain. We will definitely stay there again!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 June 2013

I can only echo the sentiments expressed by others here. Why KP is not number one in Cape Town is beyond me - how could there be better service or location? I disagree that the location is a negative, I think it's a huge positive. Mere minutes to Table Mountain and Signal Hill or Camps Bay without having to deal with the central city traffic (and Capetonians are the craziest drivers I've ever seen) plus being in a quiet safe suburb that ensures peace a night. So while the location is great (and a nice slightly challenging walk to/from town if you want to work off the breakfast calories), and design and decor utterly stunning, it's the service that stuns and delights each day. Austen is the perfect host and Michael carried the flame equally well on night shift. They treat you like old friends, meet whatever request you may have and are endlessly friendly about it. We had rental car issues - they took over and sorted it. They provided maps, booked tickets online to save us money and time, helped me back up my photos, and offered great advice at every turn. Add to that touches like fresh flowers in the room, free wifi and loaner laptop, turn down service with tea lights and chocolates, iced water and fresh apples daily, heated floor, yoga mat, beach towels and basket, robes, bath salts and loofah.... it's hard to imagine anything lacking! As the breakfast is not only served in a stunning room but by delightful staff from a menu (not a wasteful buffet) that rivals a good cafe. It's all scrumptious and perfectly prepared. The dinner bookings they make for you pre-arrival are an amazing touch and let you sample some of Cape Town's best restaurants - something a tourist with last minute planning rarely does. To help them, it might pay to advise if you have alternate plans or are not interested in fine dining before you arrive. We felt a little guilty at canceling two of our bookings but it was only because we came to KP after a week of three course dinners on safari and wanted to eat light for a few days. We did Test Kitchen though and it's one of the worlds best restaurants. Don't miss it! Cons are few, but one of them is big. We had room 7. It's a lower ground room and we had to listen to female guests upstairs preparing to go out at night (and more briefly, coming home) clomping around on high heeled shoes which crash loudly through the roof to the rooms below. I've had this in other accommodation and wish for two things - that more women were aware of this issue and put their shoes on only as they are leaving and that hotels would insulate upper level floors better! But the management can't be blamed for a building issue so choose an upstairs room if possible and this won't be a problem. We also heard toilets being used and flushed from above so insulation isn't great but we didn't hear voices and that wold be worse. The only other thing is that if you have a car there is only parking for three or four at a pinch so it's tight and the car park is under Lilly Pillies which drop purple berries all over your car! But these are tiny things and could do nothing to detract from a stunning stay. We would love to be back and express our huge thanks to the team at KP for one of the most memorable stays we have had anywhere in the world.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2013

Excellent boutique hotel with wonderful staff. Thank you Austen for all your tips, suggestions. Thank you Michael for the nice talks. We really felt like we were at home. Wonderful breakfast. Thanks virginia & other ladies.

Beautiful design ! Best atmosphere We 'd love to come back once. Johan & Sherine Willemse

  • Stayed May 2013
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Property: Kensington Place
Address: 38 Kensington Crescent | Higgovale, Cape Town Central 7405, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#8 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#18 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#20 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Kensington Place 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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