As I typically do, I’ll sum up the top and bottom three aspects of the hotel (as I experienced them). For other implications of my stay, feel free to continue reading on.
1. Location. Located in City Bowl, you can walk almost anywhere that is almost anything near downtown Cape Town. Near the South African Missionary Meeting House Museum, fun Long Street, right around the corner to Greenmarket Square, etc., etc. Plus, I love walking and went to the Waterfront, the train station (to get to Kalk Bay), signal hill and more. Near the Civic Center if you take the bus from the airport (no problem). Ideal location to springboard to the South African experience;
2. Staff. Excellent and caring staff. From the servers for the breakfast, to the housekeeping staff, I was treated very courteously. I also tipped the staff (~R5-10 per day) and that meant extra special treatment. Please note that much of the staff does not make an exorbitant wage, and the little bit extra really does help. Security staff was good too (it’s really needed);
3. Breakfast. Mostly an English breakfast, but it was a great way to start the day. Plus (if you’re a tea sipper like me), Rooibos if requested.
1. Noise. Simply put, a noisy part of town (I was in room 203 facing the road). Whether its vendors pushing their carts to Greenmarket Square every day at 5:00 am, or the Backpacker hotel across the street, expect noise. Oh, and the Irish Bar on the corner, sometimes verbal altercations at closing time. If noise bothers you, don’t face the street. I was at this location for 15 days, and you will hear some boisterous verbal arguments in the streets;
2. Wi-Fi. Was there for business/pleasure, and the Wi-Fi cut out occasionally. But was up most of the time;
3. Family Set up. Probably not the greatest setting for a family if you are wanting select facilities for kids (i.e. no pool, no Cartoon channel etc.). Minor complaint.
Overall, good value for what I paid.
Ok, for those who want to know more…...
Downtown Cape Town is a wonderful place. You can live sheltered and spend a lot of money, or inexpensively (like I did) and really experience the place and the people. In my opinion, the Red/Blue tourist buses are the best deals you can find. Great price and you will learn much of the area. You can even visit a Township on the Blue Route (I would highly recommend that experience!). I have been to every continent (except Antarctica) and many countries, and South Africa is one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had. Visit Table Mountain, experience the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, visit Robben island (a must!) and do NOT forget the V&A Waterfront. Lastly (then I will stop), among the nicest people I have ever met in the world (white, coloured and Black). However, there are some bad people that will let you have it if you are not careful (especially after dark). After all, this is a developing nation with significant social issues (but it is far advanced vs. much of other Africa).
Have fun and I hope this helps!
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