I made this booking from the website of Village and Life. An organisation that as far as I could see was a large player in luxury accommodation in Cape Town. I reserved a Superior Suite..gulp.. the Loader Suite to be precise. Well, if that is a suite then I am a banana. The whole building was very knackered on the exteriors, there was a half way decent lounge and the much heralded infinity pool actually looked straight out on to the street. The whole place was scuffed and resembled student accommodation. The "suite" or Room that I will call it from now on, was similar to a down market 1950's boarding house on the wrong side of the Isle of White. There was no Suite space at all. The furniture was an awkward cross of MFI and post war junk. The windows were rotten, the shutters didnt shut so the whole street could see in and even though there was a door, it was firmly boarded up so you were basically in a cell. Piece de resistance was the bathroom which enjoyed an entire cloud of rank mould as a ceiling. The plumbing was erratic and it took 40 mins to run a bath. Doubtless to say, I asked to move out. They then gave me an upgrade to an apartment at a different property..4b Loader street. This was better in terms of space and general ambience even though again the interiors and fittings were very archaic. Still same plumbing issues, with shower taps coming off in my hand. Above all, the whole management seemed incredibly mean. No international adaptors, "go and buy one", but quite happy to charge international prices. The breakfast cafe for which you get a voucher for strictly 60 rand and the parking bay ( at an additional 80 rand per day) were the highlights of this product. By the way, no Wifi was available in the rooms of either establishment. There was only a rather grumpy connection in the lounge area of the first establishment. I think what irked me above all, was that this organisation insists on 100% UPFRONT payment. So you are tied to their rubbish accommodation whether you like it or not as you will not get your money back. There were very many other better companies in the Waterkaant to rent from and many better hotels. De Waterkant cottages, SugarBabe house, Soho House. So don't part with your money too soon with Village and Life. You might well regret it. Ps .. they had the cheek to ask me if I was interested in investing in one of their properties..me thinks not. Sorry, if you look at my other reviews they are always positive but I was so incensed about this product, I felt I had to be honest.
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- In the heart of the historical De Waterkant Village, is De Waterkant House, elegant and discreet, with a relaxed European feel. De Waterkant House is the pride of the village. This beautifully restored 9 - roomed, Cape Georgian Manor House, with terrace and pool, overlooks the village and accessible Table Bay harbour. De Waterkant House is centrally located, minutes from the Cape Quarter Shopping Centre, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, restaurants, bars and fashionable nightspots. ... more less
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