Having read reviews in the guidebooks we thought that this 'boutique hotel' sounded like a good option to stay at for our last three nights in Cape Town. All looked ok to start with. Its definately not a boutique hotel though - a backpackers but that was not a problem for us.
After arriving and checking in we waited for over an hour whilst they converted the twin room to a double for us. We took advantage of our welcome drink but that was soon gone and we sat in reception and no-one acknowledged us at all. We eventually asked what was happening and the guy who had checked us in had left - and no-one knew what was going on. No-one had been changing the room over - so we were left for another wait whilst the receptionist went up to do it.
We got to the room (fairly basic but absolutely fine at first glance) The bed was two singles pushed together with a double sheet over them (which we could happily have done ourselves so why the long wait).
Whislt my boyfirend struggled with the broken blind to get some light into the room I turned on the air-con. As soon as the vent opened out flew a cockroach - landed on the bed and scampered off under the pillow.
I've lived in Australia and stayed on the Khao San Road and so am aware that cockroaches do get everywhere. However seeing it flying out of the air-con just left me thinking how many more are in there and will I be able to sleep with the air-con on? The room wasn't cheap enough to get me over this so we returned to reception.
The hotel was fully booked so they arranged us to have a room at their sister hotel down the road for the night and we would return to a different room the next day.
Our experience at the Grand Daddy wasn't incredible for various reasons (i.e. another long wait whilst they located a spare key - the previous guest had taken the main key - leaving us stranded at our room for a few hours unable to lock it and leave, and with no update) left us deciding not to return to either for our final two nights stay.
Overall - if you can get a really cheap rate and want something basic then you might get lucky. Otherwise - not impressed with the company as a whole.
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- Staying in the Daddy Long Legs Independent Travellers Hotel is like being part of an interactive art exhibition. Each room is uniquely decorated by an artist, poet, photographer, designer or musician, creating different themes! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Daddy Long Legs Boutique
- Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel Cape Town, South Africa