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“Great for Cape Town central”
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Dunkley House
Ranked #91 of 156 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Toledo
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“Great for Cape Town central”
Reviewed 24 April 2012

Great accommodation, very accommodating people (allowed us to use phone even after we had checked out to find a hire car). Great breakfasts, pleasant accommodation. Would use again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

We've stayed at this hotel twice now; both times for 5 days! The staff are absolutely amazing, although do not expect similar service to a 5* hotel. This is boutique... this is like being at a friends' house! For us the breakfast was perfect though; some slices of bread with toppings, yoghurt, fruit and they'll make eggs to order. What more do you really need to start your day?! And just outside our room was a coffee machine that made great espressos... which we enjoyed in our room, in the bathtub while looking through the skylight or on our little terrace. Really a great place to start and end your day from!!!! We loved it and would recommend it without hesitating once!!!

Room Tip: We stayed in "Bay 5" room both times... suited us perfectly!!!
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Caldas da Rainha, Portugal
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

We have used this Boutique Hotel in Gardens Cape town SA on numerous occassions and always find it first class, particularly the contemporary section. The Staff particularly Joyce, Gibson, Joy and Eunice ( the chef) The breakfasts are excellent. It is covenient to the Waterfront, Green Market, and some absolutely wonderful restaurants

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 15 March 2012

First I'm sorry for what happened to the reviewer before this (mbix42), but you really can't hold the management of Dunkley House responsible for such an unfortunate event so as to give them such a bad review.
We had a car parked outside and we noticed a guard/security at night at the end of the road, I don't know who he was employed by, but one could ask where he was the night of the car break in.
Anyway our experience was totally different. We arrived early one morning from the airport, hours before we were due to check in. Not only were were we given an alternative room which happened to be available to the one originally allocated, but a full and delicious breakfast was offered which we willingly took.
Dunkley House is not a central location (what's central in Cape Town?), but it's a pleasant 15/20 minute stroll downtown. Most usefully (for us) was the fact that DH is only 10 minutes away from the hop on/hop off Red Bus service.
Our room was extremely comfortable and well wquiped, we slept like babies.
All the reception staff were extremely helpful, there was nothing they couldn't help us over.
Only minor criticism is that our bathroom was rather 'tired', but this is to be expected from time to time and I'd like to think renovation is planned in the foreseeable future.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 February 2012

We stayed at the Dunkley house for three days last December. Yes, it's a nice hotel: clean, well situated, great amenities, friendly staff, etc. But I would strongly advise anyone with a vehicle to look elsewhere. The hotel does not have off-street parking and the owners are too cheap to hire a night guard to watch the streets. Our car had the window smashed and items stolen the first night we stayed there. The police officer who came to investigate said this was the third (3rd) time that he himself had been to this street investigating car break-ins. Yes, stuff like this happens and Cape Town has a very high crime rate so not too surprising, but because of that the owners should be more proactive. Most businesses pay for a night watchman to guard the street out front or pool with neighboring businesses to hire a security company. Apparently the Dunkley house is too cheap to bother. If you don't have a car, it's a great place - if you have a car - look somewhere else.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Lincolnshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2012

This lovely old house in a quiet and pretty street is near to Company Gardens and is a short walk from the main shopping areas of the city. There is on-street parking outside the house and it is a short drive to The Waterfront or Table Mountain and Signal Hill. The house is tastefully furnished and very quiet and private. Beds are huge and comfortable and there is plenty of wardrobe space, lots of mirrors, a powerful hair dyer and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also honesty bars, (refrigerators stacked with wine and beers) and bowls of fresh fruit available. Breakfast is cooked to order and the staff very friendly and efficient.
Our room had its own entrance, fridge etc as well as its own plunge pool. The bathroom was wonderful, very state-of-the-art with matt black suite and great shower. This room (I think it was no 4) would suit any one who wanted a romantic stay. Quite pricey though at R1350 for two for one night.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

This is my hotel of choice when staying in Cape Town (stayed at three others places). Design buff will love this place. It has everything I would want: friendly staff, ultra modern and comfortable rooms, great breakfast, good security. The common area is a great place to chill out by the pool. They even provide a self-serve wine selection at a good price. Good value!

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
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Property: Dunkley House
Address: 3B Gordon Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #91 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Dunkley House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A jewel in Cape Town's crown, Dunkley House is a shining example of how modern design and styling can enhance a period property's original features. From a family residence built in the early 1900's, we have created an elegant, contemporary boutique guest establishment in a quaint Victorian street in Cape Town's historic old quarter offering luxury accommodation in the City Bowl. ... more   less 
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