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The Three Boutique Hotel
Ranked #21 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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“We liked three boutique a lot, but important to understand”
Reviewed 31 July 2012

The location of the hotel. Pros include a small owner operated hotel with a lot of charm. There is a lot of interaction between owners and guests, much like a bed and breakfast. That is good for us as the owners were quite nice and very helpful with trip planning and the like. Because it is a small hotel that is privately run with several other nice employees, sometimes there isn't anyone at the desk but you can dail the owners in their cottage next door and they are great about helping you. The hotel itself is quite comfortable with nicely appointed spacious rooms for our family of five (rooms one and two). There is a pool but we could of course not swim as we were here in the winter (70 degree gorgeous days). Breakfast is varied and quite good, they provide hot breakfast upon request and vary the daily offerings. An open honesty bar, inexpensive laundering, and awesome roof tops are major pluses. The only contrarian thing we can say is the location is not optimal. It is not close to anything in cape town. While it is in a very safe part of the city bowl, the entire surrounding neighborhood is practically in lockdown (electric and barb wire). So, you must have a car or be reliant on taxis and tours. The good news is that taxis are cheap, six dollars or so for five to get to the waterfront, Camps Bay, and other spots. Bottom line is that we really liked the hotel, but would likely stay closer to the water when we return to cape town. Four nights minimum in this wonderful place, get out to the peninsula, wine country, and hermanus for whale watching. Cape Town is a world class city. If you want to go to Robben Island, make sure you book your ticket before you come. It is booked about 5 days out.

Room Tip: Rooms 1&2 connect and have 12 foot ceilings and a kitchen in room 1! Great rooms and the beds a...
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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justincredible1, Owner at The Three Boutique Hotel, responded to this review, 6 August 2012
Hi,

Thanks so much for taking the time to write the review and thanks for the compliments, it was a pleasure meeting you and glad you enjoyed stay!

Just with regard to the location, as with pretty much the whole of South Africa many homes and businesses have bars on windows and electric fences, there is not a place you can stay in SA where you will not see this all around you. It’s not the entire neighbourhood that is in lockdown, it is the whole of South Africa (unfortunately – as most of it is completely unnecessary). Like you say it is a safe neighbourhood.

The Waterfront is really for those who want to be in the middle of it all, it’s busy and full of the big name hotel chains and toursity places but there are no small hotels, B&Bs or guesthouses down there, you will only find that in the City Bowl (where we are).
We pride our establishment as being a place to relax and unwind after a busy day whilst being within walking distance to a large number of top restaurants (10 mins. walk to Kloof Street and Long Street). To be able to sit in absolute peace and quiet in the afternoon sun after a days sightseeing is something you can’t do at the Waterfront.
The Waterfront is also separated from all the restaurants, shops and bars by the CBD, so you end up catching a cab anyway, whereas if you stay in the City Bowl you can walk.

We hope you will give the City Bowl another chance next time ;o)

Thanks and best regards,

Justin
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

We had a wonderful sunny winter stay in cape town in the Three Boutique. Beautiful rooms, roof terrace and swimming pool to relax. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Thanks to Natalia and Justin, the hosts!!

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 April 2012

If you're planning on getting down to Camps Bay while you're in Cape Town (and I'm guessing you are) then Three might be the perfect place. It's in the City Bowl suburbs so you can scoot over the hill, taking in the amazing view of the Atlantic, then cruise down to the bars and of course the beach at Camps Bay.

Plus you're close enough to walk into the centre. It really is a great place to be based for exploring, and then rooms, breakfast and ambience are all so relaxing. There's even a roof terrace with spectacular views of Table Mountain. Take a glass of wine from the bar and enjoy the stars.

And don't forget to ask Natalia or Justin about the building's interesting history!

Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

We stayed here as part of our honeymoon in Dec 2011. Natalia and Justin really set the standard of what a B&B should be like. Their professionalism and hospitality really makes their guests feel welcomed. The rooms were spotlessly clean! Plus we loved the fact that they have complimentary wi-fi and an 'honesty bar' - you take snacks/drinks from the bar and put your name and room number on the sheet of paper and they charge you at the end of your stay. The laundry service was also very reasonable in price. Natalia was very helpful with planning trips and restaurants recommendations which we enjoyed very much. The location is in a residential area but as we had a car it didn't matter so much. Definitely recommend!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Three Boutique hotel is a real find--it's a wonderfully refurbished 18th century building, just minutes walking or driving from great restaurants and night life, and a very friendly and attentive staff. Our two nights there capped off a wonderful South African tour.

We stayed in one of the largest rooms--Room One--which has a full up modern kitchen with all the utensils to cook gourmet meals. Despite the age of the building, the room interior is modern and chic--but it works very well together. The bathroom was spacious and spotlessly clean with a nice rain forest shower. Large screen TV and luxurious king size bed. Heaven!

We'd also like to confirm that the breakfast menu has been greatly upgraded and is superb. Natalie and Justin now offer a full range of cold meats, cheeses, fruits, yogurts, gourmet teas and coffees FOLLOWED by a full hot breakfast with choices like a "full English breakfast (e.g. eggs, bacon, tomato, mushrooms)" or Eggs benedict, or a very nice wrapped bacon and egg sandwich. Wow!

The pool is a bit small, but you can always retreat to a wonderful roof deck with spectacular views of Tabletop mountain. Great place to watch a sunset with a nice cold beverage.

Speaking of that, Three Boutique has a wonderful innovation called their "honesty" bar--full range of alcohol, mixers, wines (even by the glass!), and soft drinks...plus all the bar utensils you need; it's self-serve and open 24/7. You take what you want and sign a chit on the counter. Prices are very reasonable and don't cover much more than the costs.

Natalie was also kind to suggest some very chic local restaurants that were absolutely delightful. She knows Cape Town and can offer many wonderful suggestions.

Bottom line: a wonderful place to take refuge after touring Cape Town and the wonderful countryside around it. We can't wait for a return visit.

Room Tip: Room 1has a full kitchen and it connects internally to Room 2, so it would be perfect for families.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 30 March 2012

My husband and I chose The Three for our reunion following a 4-month Antarctic expedition. Natalia & Justin treated us like royalty, right down to a personal haircut for a rather "rough around the edges" adventure dude. The hotel was simply perfect - discreet elegance, quiet location, and space to reconnect. Thank you to Justin, Natalia and their outstanding staff for providing us with an unforgettable stay in Cape Town.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

Great place to stay. Thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality provided by Justin and Natalie. Can we please stay again on our next trip to Cape Town?

  • Stayed February 2012
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Property: The Three Boutique Hotel
Address: 3 Flower Street | Oranjezicht, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Oranjezicht
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#21 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#21 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#38 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Three Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Old and new meet in perfect harmony at The Three Boutique Hotel, with the conversion of this beautiful National Monument building into a stylish and affordable 18 bedroom boutique hotel in the heart of Cape Town. Owned and run by Justin & Natalia Pearson and their close friends Alun & Julie Jones, the service stands out as being exceptional, from the first email, to collection at the airport and looking after you during your Cape Town holiday or business trip. Steeped in hospitality from years of working on cruise ships, Justin and Natalia embody the perfect hosts. The Three Boutique Hotel fills the gap between a too-homely guest house and an impersonal hotel. It's exactly the right balance of chic surroundings, 4-star facilities and friendly service. The Three is modern and sophisticated Cape Town hotel accommodation with an historic heart in a trendy part of Cape Town. It offers free WiFi throughout, air conditioning, spacious bedrooms with flat screen TVs and en-suite bathrooms. A columned terrace tiled in traditional black and white wraps around the house leading to the designer swimming pool and outdoor lounge. The rooftop deck adds another dimension for sunbathing and sunset drinks, with unparalleled views of Cape Town's three iconic mountains: Table Mountain, Lions Head and Devil's Peak, after which The Three is named. Cape Town International Airport is just 17km away and our airport shuttle can be booked to collect you or drop you off. The hotel shuttle is also available throughout the day for personalized tours as well as in the evenings to take you to and from restaurants. Many of Cape Town's top tourist sights are within walking distance and The Gardens shopping center is just a 3 minute walk. ... more   less 
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