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Mountain Magic Garden Suites
Reviewed 14 August 2012

We are a family of four (with 2 young kids aged 5 and 8) that visited Cape Town in the middle of winter (July). The weather was clear and crisp and we had a great time visiting the V&A Waterfront, the 2 Oceans aquarium, Bo-Kaap, Table Mountain and doing the sightseeing bus tour during our 4 days there. We stayed at the Mountain Magic suites in Tamboerskloof and we are highly recommending it to everyone.

First of all the location at the foot of the impressive Table Mountain is ideal for the stunning view, access to the cable car and the short drive straight down to the V&A Waterfront. Secondly Kon and Nui have a first-rate knowledge of the area and were always on hand to guide us and give us recommendations for restaurants and itineraries. Furthermore when we were leaving, to drive around the Cape and continue on our journey, Kon gave us some great advice on places to stop and things to see. We just got the impression that they love the area and that they wanted us to have a great time in Cape Town.

The accommodation was spacious, well-equipped and very comfortable with under-floor heating, a good shower and breakfast goodies, for guests visiting in the summer there is also a lovely looking pool and garden area. The apartment was cleaned everyday by the friendly staff and everything was clean and comfortable. We highly recommend Mountain Magic Suites, it was the perfect way to start our holiday in South Africa, because of the location and the accommodation but also thanks to the generosity and kindness of the hosts.

Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

WOnderful place. good price, lots of space, great location. All around, it is great, We stayed here while house hunting with our small family- we made a good choice on staying here instead of some hotel. Had everything we needed. THe only thing i would have changed is that i wish it were closer to restaurants but everyone delivers in Cape TOwn, so it wasn't a hastle. lovely place. I regularly recommend it to my friends

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Thank Mbvanwees
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Reviewed 27 May 2012

We stayed few days in the Mountain Magic Garden Suites, and we enjoyed it a lot. The view from the balcony was amazing and the location is very good. Owners are very friendly young couple and they were very helpful and always available.

Room Tip: Try to get the room on the top to have the best view. All rooms are very quite looking a garden
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank W M
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Reviewed 16 May 2012

I spent three nights here with my wife last December and it was hands down our favorite place we stayed during our month long trip around the south of Africa. The property is very nice, the neighborhood is just as advertised. The views of Table Mountain are just as good or better than the best pictures, and Kon and Nui really go out of their way to help you enjoy your stay and feel at home.

I'm always befuddled when I read people on sites like this quibbling about things like the size of a TV or the color of the paint at such an exceptionally nice, value-priced establishment like this. The Mountain Magic Suites are clearly advertised as "self catering". Since our suite was advertised as self catering I did not expect the same type of services one might receive in a 5 star hotel at ten times the price, such as maid service, a jumbo-tron flat screen TV, complimentary toiletries etc. To my surprise though, the management DID provide towels and fresh linens, daily maid service, toiletries and they even STOCKED THE FRIDGE with some basic breakfast and snack items plus tea and coffee! My expectations were exceeded at every turn. For the record, I travel for a living, log at least 150 nights a year in hotels, I have visited 40 plus countries on every continent and I am a picky and critical traveler/person.

This place is great, book it if you are lucky enough to get the chance.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 May 2012

We stayed for a week, very pleasant owners who went out of their way to make us feel welcome - including providing breakfast for our first morning. The location is great and in good weather I am sure the views are breathtaking. The place was spotlessly clean but in need of a paint.
However the suite was limited - particularly trying to cook for 2 small kids on a basic 2 ring hob - no grill or oven. The layout of the suites (pretty much all one big room with wardrobe partition) also did not really work for us - once the kids were asleep we kind of had to go to sleep too!
And yes, the smallest TV in the planet.
I think this accommodation is great for those who can get out and about every evening, but not ideal for those with a very young family like us.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Lee_Harrington
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Bangkokhombre, Owner at Mountain Magic Garden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2012

It is always a disappointment when guests are disappointed. That's why we describe the suite and the facilities in every detail on the booking sites. We do not plan to install grills or ovens in the kitchenettes, because most guests do not cook huge meals in the suites regularly, it is not how they were designed. We find the electric frying pan, 2 ring hob, microwave and toaster works well for the majority.

Regarding the layout of the suite, bear in mind that you booked the suite described on the marketing site as "semi open-plan," which is exactly what it is. Our Mountain Magic Suite, occupied at the time of your stay, has 2 bedrooms, and is a much better lay-out for families with small children who scream a lot. I disagree that we are not an establishment suited to families, as a matter of fact, about half of our visitors travel with children. That is why we do not charge for children under 9, and also have 2 cots available, one of which you utilised (free of charge).

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Reviewed 23 March 2012

We arrived in Cape Town with no accomodation and on the off chance enquired at the Mountain Magic. Kon and his staff went out of their way to have a suite prepared and make us feel welcome. Thrilled by the location, the views, the comfort and the convenience of our suite, we extended our stay to 5 nights.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 March 2012

I found our suite needed to be updated, as the TV we had was the smallest colour TV I have seen in a long time. The sleeper couch was not comfortable and we also found the shower to be very small with only shampoo available in the bathroom. I had to go and buy toiletries as we always get these when staying in a guest house. The hairdryer had no adaptor and this I also had to go and buy. The owners I found to be very pleasant and the studio was neat and clean.
It just needs an upgrade. On the Sat morning it was very noisy from 06h45 as it sounded like people working in a house there and large machinery being used like steam cleaning carpets.
The studio also needs an aircon as it was extremely hot during the day and night and the fan did not help much. Receiving a breakfast for the next morning was a nice touch and very enjoyable.

Room Tip: Corner unit very hot and noisy
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank 143Lesley
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Bangkokhombre, Manager at Mountain Magic Garden Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2012

Hi Lesley, thanks for your review.
We always like to know where we can do better.
We will definitely look into getting bigger televisions and air-con units.
I would, however, like to correct a few facts:
There is indeed an adapter plug in the suite. Either me, Nolitha or Nolunthu are also there to help if an extra one is needed, and my cell phone is always on.
We provide a bar of handmade olive and mafura soap in the shower room and a dispenser of body soap in the shower.
The suites are serviced on weekdays, so I can guarantee that it wasn't us working the heavy machinery at 6.45 am. On weekdays, Nolitha and Nolunthu come in at 9am and they are very mindful not to disturb guests who like to sleep in.
We hope to see you again and that you will find our facilities more comfortable next time.

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Additional Information about Mountain Magic Garden Suites

Address: 7 Rael Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl , Tamboerskloof
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #55 of 131 Speciality Lodging in Cape Town Central
Price Range: £79 - £101 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Mountain Magic Garden Suites 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Mountain Magic Garden Suites are situated in a quiet residential area on a no-through road. Each suite is a large self-catering apartment and all have their own balcony or patio. We're very family friendly, as two suites have their own garden and all guests can use our large pool and the green field next door. We try to offer a private and relaxing base to explore Cape Town that gives families freedom but private guests privacy and space too. ... more   less 
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