We arrived at An African Villa at around 8 in the morning following our overnight flight from the UK - and were immediately given the keys to our room. This was probably just because it was coming into winter and the hotel wasn't full, but it was most welcome nonetheless, giving us the chance to get freshened up and ready to explore Cape Town. Our hosts then gave us plenty of advice on what to see and where to eat and suggested we should try to do Table Mountain and Robben Island in our first couple of days as the weather forecast wasn't good for the third day. Invaluable advice and a great example of how much attention the owners pay to their guests.
Our room was massive, with a mock four poster king sized bed taking up less than a quarter of the room and the bathroom was also huge, with two sinks, a bath and a walk in shower. Breakfast was plentiful and very tasty and the honesty bar was a fantastic addition for that little drink or snack when we returned after a long day of walking round the city. The two computers for free internet access were also great, allowing us to look up restaurants and weather forecasts (although the five day forecast was also posted in the kitchen each morning)
The only (small) downside of An African Villa is it's location as we had to use taxis after dark to get to the Waterfront for meals, but in fairness the owners did suggest plenty of local restaurants - we only chose to go elsewhere because at that time of year it seemed that the local places were pretty quiet. But the guest house is handy for a couple of the hop on hop off tour bus stops, which is great, and it's also a great starting point for exploring Table Mountain.
- 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