After our staying at Sea Point, our family moved to Rodwell House looking for a great sea view, quiet and top-of-the-line service (we paid solid 5-star rates). We were not disappointed with the beautiful views we had from the communal balcony and sea-side suite, but Rodwell is not exactly located in a calm area. The constant noise from the railway station, the public tidal-pool, and busy street right in front of Rodwell is a presence from early morning. However, service was the greatest disappointment. The reception at Rodwell was dry: no friendliness, no refreshments, no tour/explanation of the venue. Dinner was mundane, served in a plain table (not even table-clothed) in an equally unadorned backroom (not in the nice dinner area we saw on the brochure, which seems to be used for private parties and not hotel guests). Breakfast was meagre (fruit, bread, jams, and egg, sausage and bacon upon request). All meals were served by a very inexperienced staff. The rooms were efficient but lacking in charm. The pool area is beautiful, but we had to be persistent in getting serviced there (pillow for the chairs, towels, drinks). Unfortunately for us, our staying at Rodwell House this past January 2008 was a disappointment.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This is the kind of boutique hotel that would make Gatsby weak at the knees. Everything at Rodwell is exclusive, stylish and luxurious. Trimmed lawns, sea views, mountain fed swimming pool, and entertainment terraces throughout. Each of the 8 suites have sea views and balcony access and modern open plan bathrooms! The best is the professional tasting room linked to the 15 000 bottle private wine cellar and the Masters Art collection throughout the house. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rodwell House St. James, Cape Town, South Africa