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“Convenient location, spacious rooms, great staff, parking a problem”
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Dunkley House
Ranked #95 of 156 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Reviewed 8 April 2013

We have stayed here a couple of times and received excellent service from all of the staff. The modern, large air-conditioned bedroom with open plan bathroom and giant bath was very comfortable and quiet. The location is very close to Gardens Shopping Centre, an Engen convenience store and various restaurants (Dunkley Square within walking distance has Maria's Greek restaurant and Vandiar's Indian restaurant). Also nearby: the Company Gardens, Parliament, Tuynhuys, the South African Museum and Art Gallery, the Old Synagogue, the SA Jewish Museum and the Cape Town Holocaust Centre. There is a very attractive outdoor area with a small, sheltered swimming pool with seating under and around a large bougainvillea. Breakfast is taken in the diningroom which opens out onto the pool area. On offer are a large selection of cereals and fresh fruits followed by a cooked breakfast and coffee. There is an honesty bar with complimentary coffee and home-made biscuits, which is very convenient. Security at this small guesthouse/B&B is good. However, parking is on the small side street and unreserved. There is a car guard present at night. However, the last time we stayed there not one of the street lights was working. The receptionist told me that the security company would sort that out. I believe it is Dunkley House's responsibility to report such outages to the municipality and ensure the fault is repaired so that their guests can feel secure on returning 'home' late at night.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

First, this is a guest house or bed & breakfast, not a hotel. When we arrived it was late and the airline had lost our luggage. The street was very dark & our driver had difficulty finding it. Needless to say our first impression was not very good. The room was nice but we were expecting a hotel. The word house in the the name should have been our first clue. Our emotions were running high when we arrived & we were concerned about the location so we had planned to check out the next day even though we had paid for 5 nights. We were very surprised and delighted when we got up the next morning. We were assigned to Bay 1, which is a large room with a comfortable king size bed. If you require a lot of bathroom privacy please understand this is a residential house converted to accommodate guests. The ensuite in bay 1 is separated by a partition wall so you can hear & smell everything going on in the bathroom. This didn't bother me & my husband but when we told some friends about this they said that would be a deal breaker for them. So I thought it would be good to include it in the review. I am unsure if this is the same in all the rooms.

This is an excellent Cape Town location within walking distance to downtown. Even though the street tends to be dark at night, the area is safe. The service we received from the staff was wonderful. Eunice, Gibson & Cynthia made us feel very comfortable. The breakfast was wonderful. I really enjoyed the eggs benedict. The courtyard area was very nice & relaxing. There is a pool but it was too cold during our stay for us to use it. If you decide to stay here, ask your driver if they've been there before because it is difficult to find and there are a lot of one way streets. If they are unfamiliar with it or a taxi driver is driving around looking for it tell them to go to the corner of Hatfield & Orange. There's an Engen station (gas station) on the corner of Gordon Street. BTW, a taxi ride to or from V & A Waterfront shouldn't be more than 60 or 70 Rand. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we'll definitely go back. It was quaint and cozy and they offered us all the comforts of home.

Room Tip: Bay 1 is nice.
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  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Kenya S
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

Our 5th stay at Dunkley and it was as good as ever. Its in a good location for walking to restaurants and the city and an easy drive from the airport. We are given a wonderful welcome by all the staff who look after us so well and we feel it is home from home. The breakfast are still the best, Eunice so thank you.
We shall be returning next year again for a wonderful start to our 6 week holiday in South Africa.

  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank MairinaandTonyWilson
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Reviewed 15 March 2013

Dunlkey House is well-located for the Cape Town night scene. Check out the restaurants a block away on Dunkley Square - all great. The service in the B&B is superb, breakfast is great (try the Eggs Benny!) and the accommodations very comfortable.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank CdB100
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

very nice hotel in the middle of city bowl. very safe place, you can walk to all places in the city. nice and clean rooms, excellent breakfast and service.
a small swimming pool is available and the welcome was very warm and friendly. definitely a place to stay when you love city life.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 December 2012

I didn't really know what to expect when I booked since this was my first time in South Africa and had no experience of guest house accommodation.
The accommodation, staff and facilities we unbelievable and comparable to the best I have experienced in 5Star Hotels!
The rooms are incredibly luxurious, breakfasts were good and I appreciated the honesty bar.
Located within 15 minutes of central Cape Town with Table Top Mountain above, couldn't of wished for more.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

We stayed for two night at the start of our trip and two nights at the end. We had differant rooms, first one classic contempory and the second time Bay three. The rooms were fine but the toilet was not enclosed in either room, not good I feel, had I have known this before booking I would not have stayed.
Breakfast good, plenty of choice.
Dunkley is about half an hours walk from the Waterfront and nothing to see on the walk there.
I felt it was expensive for the area it was in.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank PamY_11
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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 #95 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range: £53 - £98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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