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“Another holiday in Cape Town another excellent stay at Derwent”

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Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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“Another holiday in Cape Town another excellent stay at Derwent”
Reviewed 13 April 2014

This was our third stay at Derwent House, really everything has been said before by previous reviewers. It is a great boutique hotel in a fabulous position, run by a great team !
Always welcoming, always offering solutions when you need anything, and great ideas for exploring the city.
The owners Carol and Jo constantly get it right

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

We stayed here for three nights in Jan 2014. Although our room was apparently one of the larger rooms it would have been too small for a longer stay. The hotel is beautiful and very tastefully decorated. The staff were outstanding !! They gave us a couple of very good recommendations for restaurants. Nothing was too much trouble including doing some laundry at short notice. The hotel provide guests with a local mobile phone which is helpful. Just check that there is actually credit on it before you leave the hotel. The hotel also recommended a cab company which we found from experience was the cheapest available.

Room Tip: Rooms 1 - 3 are the largest and these are still relatively small.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Lightwater Uk
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

After reading the favourable reviews on trip advisor I decided to book this hotel, sadly they were full, but they did have an apartment just behind the hotel. Checking in at the hotel reception, we were taken round the side of the building through electric gates into the apartment complex next door. First impressions were not too favourable, as you go down a dark corridor with all the apartments having floor to ceiling iron gates, similar to a prison cell in front of their door. Sticking with it paid off, our apartment was amazing! A great size, beautifully furnished and quiet with nice views of the port. The attention to detail is very evident, we had a mobile phone supplied with SAR120 of credit. The fridge had a bottle of wine, fruit juice and fresh milk, they supplied breads and cereals, so we were totally self sufficient. The bathroom had a seperate shower and large bath, and the toilet was in it's own room. With our own allocated parking space, coming and going was simple. We found this so relaxing, and although told to come over to the main hotel for the pool, we felt so quickly at home, we never did. The staff are great and suggested excellent restaurants for dinner. A brilliant experience!

Room Tip: Chose the apartment to have a different more private experience.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 6 April 2014

The artwork, music playing in the background, and friendly staff were all signs that we had found a special boutique hotel to finish our vacation in Cape Town. The complimentary port and brandy were welcome on the rainy night we arrived late due to a delayed flight. Timothy gave us the full tour of the property and we were soon falling asleep too the soothing rain falling on the roof. The breakfasts were hearty and fueled our morning walks down Kloof Road into downtown. (Be sure to look for the breakfast special on the blackboard.) The pool was a bit too cold to swim in (due to the rain), but we did enjoy the Jacuzzi. While the living room/kitchen/patio portion of our room was spacious, the bathroom and bedroom were a bit small. The staff was very accommodating and helpful when called upon. We would definitely recommend the Derwent House for a Cape Town stay.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

Located in a quiet side street just outside the city centre. A nice hotel, with comfortable clean rooms and friendly staff. There is limited private off-road parking available, if you pre-book. It's a fairly long but pleasant walk into the city centre and the Waterfront. And it is possible to walk from the hotel to Table Mountain, if you are feeling fit. Overall, a good location for a visit to Cape Town.

Room Tip: Choose a room by the swimming pool. Reserve a private parking space.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

I was looking for a change of pace that was not in the middle of the City Center and not on the beach in Camps Bay either. Derwent House, located in a non-touristy area, which also happens to be very close to Table Mountain, is a wonderful place to stay to eat at local places like Roundhouse Rumbullion or Manna Epicure (call ahead for reservations) off of Kloof Neck Road. Everyone there was super friendly and helpful. In my room, they even offered me a cellphone with a S. African number that I could have taken around town with me if I needed it to call a taxi. They also had a small art, book, and wine collection available to peruse. I particularly made use of the pool and the hot tub after a long day of walking around town.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled solo
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Trowbridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We booked this hotel on the basis of Trip Advisor reviews and were not disappointed. The hotel is small but perfectly formed. Situated between Cape Town City Centre and Table Mountain it has around 10 rooms, a swimming pool and excellent lounge/lobby areas. It is a taxi ride from the City Centre or a long walk.

The staff were very friendly, helpful and always there to advise on how to make the most of our time in Cape Town. Although there is no restaurant, the breakfasts were excellent and there are tea/coffee facilities available all day. The hotel also provide complimentary cakes/biscuits for guests during afternoon tea.

There are many great restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

The hotel will arrange tours if required and also book taxis etc where needed.

Room Tip: All the rooms overlook the pool so there is no particular need to choose a particular room.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Address: 14 Derwent Road | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#6 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#10 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Derwent House Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a city renowned for hospitality, Derwent House stands out as one of Cape Town's leading boutique guesthouses. Located in the heart of the vibrant Tamboerskloof/Gardens neighbourhood, this small hotel combines historic charm, contemporary Afro-chic style and all mod-cons for a uniquely Capetonian blend of ambience, warmth, and comfort. Our wonderful team completes the picture -- we go the extra mile for you and our guests leave as friends. We love colour and celebrate African design - you'll find it everywhere. But when it comes to the basics - like breakfast, bedding, showers, climate control, Wi-fi or news from home - we don't compromise so you don't have to. At Derwent House, you're steps away from the hustle and buzz of Kloof Street, with its collection of superb restaurants, bars and trendy boutiques--and just a few further to the nightlife hub of Bree and Long Streets. Yet just a short car journey from the Table Mountain cable car, the beaches of Clifton or Camp's Bay, and the V&A Waterfront. There's nowhere more central -- but come and see for yourself. We're waiting for you! ... more   less 
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