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Dutch Manor Antique Hotel
4.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   158 Buitengracht St | Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Schotsche Kloof)   |  
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Ranked #34 of 152 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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52 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Review by Character Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I found the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel spacious, light, fresh and friendly, with the most helpful and enthusiastic staff. The highest windows I have ever seen let the sun stream in, while original wooden shutters and thick, lined curtains muted the city sounds. Solid antique Yellowwood and Mahogany furniture and enormous thick old doors grace every part of the hotel. A 200 year old leather couch sits in prime position in the lounge, with views of the Cape streets below. Spacious modern bathrooms, only just renovated, with matching Charlotte Rhys bathroom products, are offset with traditional touches like toiletries which are presented in a white lace-trimmed purse.

What I love about the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel:
• There is a genuine commitment to the historical theme throughout the hotel
• Antiques really are everywhere and create a feast for the senses and imagination
• Thick local timber doors, windows and furniture lend gravitas to every room
• The friendliest, most helpful staff are available at any time of day or night
• The hotel is in a convenient setting, in one of the oldest streets in Cape Town, with easy access to all the major tourist attractions
• Fine linen, freshly renovated bathrooms and beautiful bath products make this a luxurious stay

Accommodation Experience
My bed is so high it takes me a moment to strategise how to climb onto it. Once there, I admire the spectacular 4 metre high window with its original wooden shutters and heavy extra-length curtains. The bed is a four-poster, with thick, chocolate brown posts, and it feels solid and comforting. The curtained back and sides of the bed, with a ruffled frill around the top create a cosy canopy, in which it is easy to escape to the past.

I imagine travelling in 1812, under harsh and uncomfortable conditions, to arrive at this inviting, beautiful space, and the sense of relief and gladness people must have felt to settle into this lovely room. I sink back into the curtains behind the bed and enjoy a strong cup of coffee in a classically Dutch-shaped coffee cup. I run my hands along the fine thread-count white linen and sigh my own sigh of relief.

This feels like a place where people of this place revel in your delight of the antiques, and they seem to do everything to make your stay comfortable, convenient and interesting. There is no sense of withholding or tourist trickery here – only a sensational place for a weary traveller to rest and be inspired by the past and present of Africa and the Mother City of Cape Town.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DutchCapeTown, General Manager at Dutch Manor Antique Hotel, responded to this review, July 31, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for your time to give us feedback. I appreciate your review which I found to be more informative to other potential guests.

Above all, thank you for the passion you have on our Antique furniture and for being our guest.

We look forward to your next visit.

Warmest regards,
Nobu
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Brilliant hotel - central location, beautiful rooms, and friendly staff. Will definitely be staying again.The service and value was excellent, and even though they were performing some renovation work when I arrived this didn't disrupt my stay at all. The room was huge (especially for one person) with stunning antique decor.The breakfasts were also very good with plenty of choice! This definitely makes a refreshing change from all the uber modern hotels in Cape Town but still has a lot of character and is very comfortable and conveniently located, just a 2 minutes walk from Long Street. Highly reccomend

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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DutchCapeTown, General Manager at Dutch Manor Antique Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Guest

It was a great pleasure having you at our hotel....above all to get a feedback about your wonderful stay with us, despite the renovations during your stay.

We hope to have you back again to our newly refurbished hotel soon.

Thank you
Warmest regards,
Nobu Tshabalala
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I booked a group of 9 Swedes into the Dutch Manor for a night. I had them complete a feedback questionnaire on the 14 day stay in South Africa and to rate thier places of accommodation on a 1 - 5 ranking where 1 was totally unsatisfacory and 5 excellent. The average from the group was 3.3 with one 2, two 3's and two 4's. Their comments were as follows:
"Small room, small bed, overcrowded, breakfast not to satisfaction, wrong eggs, slow service."
"Nice hotel, slow breakfast'
"Slow sevice"
'Beds too short for me. Loose tiles in the shower."

I know that they had requested breakfast at 08:00 as I was to pick them up at 09:00 and brekfast was served an hour later. They weren't altogether ';happy campers' when I collected them, I'm sorry to say.

It might be worth your while to warn people that anyone over 1.75 m may find the antique beds short for comfort. The fact that some beds have both head and foot boards makes the problem worse for anyone over about 1.75m.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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DutchCapeTown, General Manager at Dutch Manor Antique Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it, positive or negative. It is a disappointment to learn that the Swedish Group did not have a pleasant stay with us. I would like to iron out a few things that were mentioned:
concerning breakfast, we at Dutch Manor Hotel have a buffet continental breakfast then the cooked breakfast to order. The reason why it felt like it took long is because the group expected to find the cooked breakfast on baine maries as it is done in bigger hotels of which unfortunately we are a small hotel. The other reason is, some guest came out of the rooms a bit later and thought they will just dish up.
With regards to the beds as you always come to our hotel it was needless to mention to you the size of our beds because you have seen them many times. Please see some of the reviews about our antiques beds how guests enjoy their comfort and they also spice up the history of Cape Town.
The tiles in our bathrooms we are currently doing some renovations and that is the other reason we gave a you a discount.

We appreciate your feedback once again.

Thank you
Warmest regards,
Nobu Tshabalala
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Kiama, Australia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We stayed here the week after easter and had a lovely experience. Despite having to make last minute changes to the booking we were well looked after and enjoyed our stay. Comfy beds, delicious breakfasts and fantastic location. All staff were friendly and helpful printing off our tickets for us and following up on lost items from our previous hotel. The tour of Bo-Kaap was also really great and I highly recommend it, even though the hills were really steep to walk up!

Room Tip: The double beds seem a bit small but we stayed in the twin bed room and it was great
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DutchCapeTown, General Manager at Dutch Manor Antique Hotel, responded to this review, May 22, 2013
Dear Guest

Thank you for the positive feedback we appreciate it. We take pride in giving excellent service to our guests.

We look forward to have another opportunity to have you as our guest again.

Thank you
Nobu
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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This hotel was superb. We really liked its small size, welcome relief from huge hotels. The bed was comfortable, the bathroom spacious and well-designed, the staff friendly and very helpful. We stayed here for two nights, to enable us to have easy access to the city. The Waterfront area is a 20 minute walk; the centre of the city was very close. We could walk out and do what we wanted in the city. Breakfast was delicious, served in a large, comfortable dining room. The ceilings must be 5 or 6 metres high. It felt luxurious and safe.

Room Tip: A room on the second floor would be best; first floor rooms are possibly a little more exposed to co...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

The history and furnishing of the hotel make this a very unique place. My room was furnished with great furniture and the spacious bathroom had a huge shower that had great water pressure. It is located close to many of the city's attractions and the staff was amazing in their service. Even though the hotel, as well as my room, faced a main road, the windows, along with their shutters, blocked out most of the noise that could have made it difficult to sleep.

The staff was also wonderful! When I first arrived, I received a tour of the building and was explained the history as well. Breakfast each morning consisted of both hot and cold options, with the hot being freshly prepared when ordered.

I would highly recommend this hotel if you're staying in Cape Town! I certainly will stay there the next time I visit!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gaborone, Botswana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

This was our first visit to Cape Town. We had two very pleasant nights at the Dutch Manor. A beautiful and central historic hotel. The rooms were lovely and comfortable. I loved the modern bathroom, large shower and especially the touch of fresh flowers. The staff were very friendly and helpful, and took us on an interesting tour of the hotel. Lovely and definitely to be recommended! Sincerely Thank You to all, we would love to come back again one day.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DutchCapeTown, General Manager at Dutch Manor Antique Hotel, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Dear Guest

We appreciate your review about our hotel. It feels great to hear that my staff and I made your stay a memorable one.

We look forward to another opportunity to have you again.

Thank you
warmest regards,

Nobu Tshabalala
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Address: 158 Buitengracht St | Bo-Kaap, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > Schotsche Kloof
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 152 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Dutch Manor Antique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dutch Manor represents the ultimate in heritage-rich style and comfort. Every room is uniquely decorated with the greatest attention to detail and the finest antique furnishings and fittings, each with its own unique tale. The four-star boutique hotel is deliberately small and comprises of six rooms, all with en-suite modernized bathrooms, spacious showers and air-conditioning. All the rooms have 26-inch flat screen TVs and luxurious Egyptian percale cotton bedding. Various popular tourist attractions are within a 3km radius of the hotel: The V&A Waterfront, the trendy De Waterkant and Kloof Street for shopping and dining, the Company’s Gardens and Cape Town International Convention Center. ... more   less 
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