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“Tired rooms, shabby fittings, but clean.”
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Once in Cape Town
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“Tired rooms, shabby fittings, but clean.”
Reviewed 5 September 2011

We stayed here for five nights with two teenage children, We arrived at night and first impressions were poor, with stained carpets in corridors and rooms, poor room lighting with no ambiance, functional fittings in bathroom, no atmosphere. Thought we would have to move hotels next day. However, in the morning all had slept well, plenty of hot water in the bathrooms, and good filling cooked breakfasts - we decided to stay. Rooms cleaned and beds made, towels changed daily. Children accomodated in next door room, didnt notice any noise at night. Good location with cheap and more expensive places to eat in 5 mins walking distance. Tap water is fine to drink. Dont go here expecting luxury, but as a place to crash after a day exploring, it is OK. Friendly staff who got our laundry done and back same day for 30 rand.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

We must have stayed at a different hotel to many of the reviewers. We travelled as a family as part of a tour group and stayed in two connecting rooms (2nd floor) which brought me back to my college days. The rooms were extremely basic and and had the bare essentials (even had little study desks!) and were extremely weathered needing renovation - particularly the bathrooms (see attached photos). There's no lift so beware if you have a number of heavy bags to take up as there's nobody to help you.

In their PR leaflet they have photos of a very modern looking room and after quizzing the receptionist we were told that there were only 1or 2 such rooms in the building but they would eventually all be like that...

I certainly wouldn't recommend the hotel for a family stay (we also stayed in a much better place - admittedly not in the city centre for a cheaper price) but it would make a decent place to stay if you are travelling on your own as its extremely central for restaurants a short walk to Long street with its bars (would recommend) . Got to admit that breakfast was decent and room in which it was served was renovated.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 22 August 2011

what a great experience ,i have had in cape town mostly made possible by saasveld lodge.
what a superb staff n' management!!!!!!!!!!!!
i see u David
luv u all!!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled solo
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Beira, Mozambique
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Reviewed 11 July 2011

Knowing the area and looking for a weekend special (after one hard first night at a Backpacker on Long Street) I was disappointed to pay 550 ZAR per night for something that I would grade to go for 350 ZAR (person/night). NO single rates, only room rates ... so not a good place for single travellers. Staff is OK, but comparing 550 ZAR (person/night) the place is overdue for refurbishment: outside (broken furniture) and inside (water marks on ceilings, mini-TV with poor reception of local programs, etc.). Positive is indeed the convenient location ... the place is just overpriced (for budget individual travellers).

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 April 2011

I was placed with an agency in Cape Town for 3 months and they housed me in Saasveld Lodge. I have to say the location is amazing, its a short walk to a number of restaurants, supermarkets and other amenities. The Staff were welcoming and friendly and helpful. The rooms were tidied and cleaned every morning. The beds are very comfortable as well
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From my room have an amazing view of Table Mountain.

I would definately be coming back here to stay if I come back to Cape Town.

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  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
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Reston, Virginia
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Reviewed 3 April 2011

The Saasveld is just fine for a basic, clean place to stay. There's really no ambiance but it's in a good location in the center of town. I don't recommend it if you are looking for more personal attention or a little luxury. We had no problems with the staff and the breakfast is quite good and filling. It was nice that they had free parking.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 19 January 2011

I spent 4 days in Cape Town at a beautiful guest house. I arrived at Saasveld to meet my tour group. The vibe was completely different than where I initially stayed. If you want to be in the center of town with loads of bars and restaurants than this is likely your place. My room was tiny and very stuffy, but clean. The walls are thin so I heard everyone until they found their way into their rooms. For 1 night it was just fine. Internet cost around $10 USD/hour. You pay by usage (this was new to me). The staff was very nice and breakfast was filling. If you are like me and want personal attention (and don't care for nightlife so much), there are many beautiful guest houses outside the city center that will help arrange all your day to day activities at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed January 2011
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Property: Once in Cape Town
Address: 73 Kloof Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Saasveld Lodge)
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 125 Speciality Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Once in Cape Town 4*
Number of rooms: 47
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated at the foot of the world-renowned Table Mountain, in the centre of Cape Town City and located in the upmarket suburb of Gardens. Comfort at a most affordable price! Step out our front door and find yourself on vibrant Kloof Street, showcasing an array of world class restaurants including Kitchen Kink Boutique, Asoka, Yindees and our sister restaurant Hudsons Burger Joint. Once in Cape Town welcomes you with attentive staff that take pride in providing personalized service. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Saasveld Hotel Cape Town Central
Saasveld Lodge
Once In Cape Town South Africa

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