An African Villa -- made up of three Victorian townhouses that have been renovated and melded into one establishmnet -- offers the best city lodging that we have found during seven trips to South Africa. From Louis Nel, Jimmy van Tonder and Keith and Cynthia Whitfield, the welcoming, helpful and enthusiastic owners/managers, to the spacious, comfortable bedrooms, we could not have asked for more.
As soon as we entered An Africa Villa, I knew we had arrived at a special place. The decor in the public rooms blends contemporary furnishings with African artifacts, such as colorful, highly polished ostrich eggs, myriad baskets, Masai spears and much more. The ambience is simple but elegant. This theme continues in the 12 bedrooms.
My husband and I stayed in a standard room (superior and classic are also available), which was on the ground floor, overlooking the street and adjacent to a large sitting/reading room. We never heard noise from these areas. Our air conditioner (a necessity in the Cape Town summer) worked well. The high-quality linen and pillows on the firm king bed contributed to excellent sleep each night. Two easy chairs, a long table (perfect for using our laptop), a flat-screen TV, and an amoire, which contained a safe and plenty of storage space, added to the room's comfort. The long, narrow bathroom included two counter-top sink bowls, a large shower and plenty of complementary toiletries.
Two computers await guests at no charge in one of the sitting rooms. An adjacent cabinet displays a variety of reasonably priced items, such as tribal masks and Ethiopian crosses. The two sitting rooms have complementary brandy and port available.
In the morning, a cold buffet covers two kitchen counters and orders are taken for hot breakfasts. The weather allowed us to sit outside and eat at tables set up near the plunge pool.
The owners stood ready to assist guests in any way possible. For example, Louis checked on a rental car for us; ensured that the box of summer clothes that we sent ahead made it through
bureaucratic red tape; and recommended restaurants and made reservations for us. Jimmy got us the best view seat in the house at Baia Seafood Restaurant on the waterfront. We sat there mesmorized by Table Mountain and the clouds draping this landmark like a blanket thrown over the back of a chair.
An African Villa stands in a safe, quiet section of town, where we walked to nearby restaurants after dark. During the day, we walked Downtown, cutting through the back of the nearby posh Mount Nelson Hotel, in about 10 minutes. Cab fares to places further away are reasonable. It cost about $5 (U.S.) to go from the hotel to the waterfront. There is also free street parking by the hotel.
The whole experience at An African Villa proved to be outstanding for us and a good value at less than $100 (U.S.) a night for a standard room. We wish that our schedule had allowed us to stay longer than three nights
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This Villa is much more than that! It is in fact three houses which are part of a Victorian terrace dating from 1892. The double story houses have been joined together and so the inside spaces are much larger than the facade suggests. It's like walking into a TARDIS someone has written on Tripadvisor! There are 12 rooms and the hotel is owner managed.Location is vital when choosing a spot for you vacation and this more than a Villa is within an easy walk of all tourist attractions in the city area. The others (like the fabulous beaches) are a short taxi ride away.There is a small plunge pool in a peaceful courtyard where a very full breakfast is served in summer. (In winter there's a sociable dining room and an eco-friendly fire blazing). Your hosts are very careful to offer you as much information as you want and they will arrange car rental, restaurant reservations, tours etc. As required.Free internet on 2 computers in a library area and wireless access is available in all rooms. At night the night porter will set out complimentary sherry and port and at other times there is an honesty bar and guest fridge in the kitchen. Parking is on street and there is no charge (street guards patrol) but you should not need a car from this well placed hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- An African Villa Hotel Cape Town Central
- An African Hotel
- An African Cape Town
- An African Villa Cape Town, South Africa