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“Much better since refurbishment, with price tag to show for it” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town

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Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Ranked #30 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Durban
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173 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Much better since refurbishment, with price tag to show for it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013 via mobile

Tried this hotel for a business trip. Refurbishment looks great, room was big, comfortable, service good and no hassles. Paid R2900 for thé night, including a coffee and fruit salad for breakfast. Paid less at a 5 star hotel recently, so I'm still not convinced I'd ever stay for personal time. .. but good Central location for work. Also agree R40 parking is a bit excessive, especially since you have no other option. Overall, well done on the changes since last time.

Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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CapeTownJeff, General Manager at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Valued Guest

Many thanks for your feedback following your rent stay with us

We really appreciate you taking the time to advise us of your experiences and we have taken note of your comments.

Please be advised that we also have a variety of rates and special packages that are widely advertised on our website , amongst others , so please feel free to contact us directly should you wish to discuss this further

Warm regards



JEFF ROSENBERG
GENERAL MANAGER
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Great hotel. The staff were very very friendly and helpful. Hotel was very clean and in a great location. The free shuttle to and from the waterfront was a unexpected bonus....this was a safe and cost free way of getting to and from the amazing waterfront restaurants. We had dinner in the hotel restaurant on our last night and it was the best food we had in cape town and fairly priced. We would defiantly stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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CapeTownJeff, General Manager at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Valued Guest

Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post details of your experience at our hotel , during your recent stay with us

All of your comments are truly appreciated and will no doubt prove extremely motivating to our team members

Once again , many thanks and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Southern Sun Waterfront in the not too distant future


Warm regards



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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

We stayed here for 4 nights after arrival in South Africa. The hotel was typical of a large hotel in any country (eg Hilton). The room was adequate, but we could smell cigar smoke. As a reformed smoker, I wasn't unduly upset, but my partner was. We were told that the smell came from the air-conditioning from the floor above. The food was excellent as was the service. I did however object to paying for parking in the hotel underground car park. Although the hotel is call the Southern Sun Waterfront, I found it quite a hike to get there. However, there is a free courtesy bus.

Room Tip: The seventh floor is apparently a smoking floor and the smell is transmitted to the sixth floor
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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CapeTownJeff, General Manager at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
Dear Valued Guest

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments following your recent stay with us

We truly value feedback from our guests as we attempt to continuously improve on our service levels - and information suchbas yours greatly assists us

Warm regards


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Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

Stayed with my family. Well located near the Waterfront entrance. Check-in was seamless and we received an upgrade. Doorman ready with drinks and sweets for the kids. Many staff on hand to assist with any and everything. They refuse to allow you to carry your own bags. Really impressed with the service. Rooms are good and quiet, beds comfortable.

We had a great stay, would come back anytime.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CapeTownJeff, General Manager at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, responded to this review, 20 October 2013
Dear Valued Guest

Thank you so much for your feedback following your recent stay with us

We truly appreciate your comments and will ensure that these are shared with all of our team during our next meeting

Once again many thanks

Warm regards


JEFF ROSENBERG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2013

We had little time to enjoy the amenities this hotel had to offer but I must say the staff made a big impression! Staff were polite to a fault, helpful, cheerful, entertaining and never missed a beat.
Rooms were clean, quiet (yes, even though there was a small amount of noise from the construction) and stocked with tea, coffee and a small biscuit. Housekeeping would refill the kettle with a small amount of water daily. The hotel is in a central location. Breakfast buffet included a great selection of fruit, cereals, breads, eggs, sausage, bacon, and an omelette station. We enjoyed a buffet meal in the restaurant which offered a great selection of meats, vegetables (including the ever present butternut squash), salads, and desserts. Overall a very nice introduction to South Africa. A/C is not very efficient; this was our experience throughout South Africa - despite setting the A/C unit to the lowest setting the temperature though fine was never cool.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CapeTownJeff, General Manager at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Dear Valued Guest

Thank you for taking the time to advise us of your positive experience folioing your recent stay with us

As we place tremendous emphasis ,time and money on staff training , it is very rewarding to note that this is paying off and translating into great service

We certainly appreciate your comments and will ensure that these are shared with our staff accordingly

Warm regards


JEFF ROSENBERG
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Aberdeen Scotland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

As other reviewers have said the Southern Sun is still undergoing some renovation. Not much while we were there , just some external building, and whilst is was outside our room there was little noise. The room we had was large and clean, the bathroom was a little tired but still fine.
The location is good, we walked to the V & A waterfront and Greenmarket square, each is about 20 minutes away, and there is a shuttle to the Waterfront if the weather isn't great.
There are a few restaurants close by, we sampled two and both were fine. Equally the food in the hotel is good, the buffet in the evening is plentiful, good choices and good quality. Breakfast also has a good selection and even though it was busy while we were there, rugby international, everything was always available.
The best thing about the hotel is the staff. Everyone is very helpful, from suggesting a place to visit to giving directions or picking a wine to go with the meal, it all comes with a smile. We couldn't have been happier, from the welcome drink to the 'no charge for parking' at checkout, the experience was very good and once the upgrade is complete I am sure it will be a top selection in Capetown.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CapeTownJeff, General Manager at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Your comments that you posted on TripAdvisor are greatly appreciated and we would like to thank you for your understanding with regards to our current refurbishment

Regrettably it is impossible to rule out all noise and/or imteruptions, we are convinced that the result will be worthwhile , as we have received very positive feedback from our guests that have stayed in the newly refurbished rooms

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Southern Sun Waterfront in the not too distant future

Warm regards


JEFF ROSENBERG
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Dubai
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2013 via mobile

Beautiful hotel, nice staff clean rooms all very good but at the moment they are under renovation and the noise starting early around 9am is terrible!! I called them to do something but no one managed to help until 11 am ...

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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CapeTownJeff, General Manager at Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town, responded to this review, 13 October 2013
Dear Valued Guest

Many thanks for your your comments following your recent stay with us

Regrettably it is very difficult to upgrade the hotel , without any noise at all , however, we do try and keep this to the absolute minimum.

We certainly trust that the inconvenience will be worth it ,once the result of the the many improvements and innovative additions are experienced by our guests.

Once again, thank you for your feedback and we apologis efor any inconvenience that this caused


Warm regards


JEFF ROSENBERG
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Property: Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
Address: 1 Lower Buitengracht Street | Private Bag X3, Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#14 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#25 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#29 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#30 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#32 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town 4*
Number of rooms: 537
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wonderful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean assist in making the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town a preferred business and holiday destination. A mere 15 minutes' drive from Cape Town International Airport, a 5 minute walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, this hotel is superbly located to offer every guest easy access to the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Breathtaking views of Table Mountain can be enjoyed from rooms that offer all the quality and comfort you would expect from a full service hotel. Offering guests a fitness centre, a pool and convenient meeting rooms and a business centre, the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town caters for all possible business or leisure traveller needs.Modern, chic and spaciously comfortable, these Waterfront hotel rooms offer guests a rejuvenating, fully serviced escape from the bustling energy of Cape Town. The decor is tasteful and classy with an edge. Amenities cater for all possible requirements and include 24 hour in room dining and a host of channels available on satellite. Business travellers can make use of the in room wireless internet access and the workstation with work lamp. Smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.Unique cuisine and relaxed dining are just two of the many aspects that make this a simply superb dining experience to all restaurant guests. The Yizani Restaurant is inspired by everything local and is authentically South African ... more   less 
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