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Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Portswood Road | Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #67 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Sydney
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67 reviews
37 hotel reviews
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“Excellent value for money”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We got a great rate last minute on this property ( about $AU100 per night) and stayed 2 nights. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful. The breakfast buffet is good - lots of fruits, yogurts, etc, all sorts of hot food. The restaurant is also good value, the food very tasty, although it lacks a bit in atmosphere.

We had a disable access room ( must have been the only one left) and the toilet is in a strange location which means you can sit on the toilet and wash your hands at the same time. The bathroom door didnt quite close properly either. The room itself however, was huge. Nice view of the courtyard.

The hotel is in a great location - across the road from the Two Oceans Aquarium and walking distance to the whole V & A Waterfront area.

We would stay here again - our only gripe was that the wi-fi link in our room was weak. We found we got a faster link in the lobby and breakfast area.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Spent 4 nights at the Breakwater August 24-27, 2013. Originally an old prison the rooms are VERY quiet! We'd originally reserved a premium room with a view but upon check-in the clerk, for some reason, stuck us in a room with a view of....a room across an air shaft! They quickly sorted this out the next day (we'd arrived after 10 pm) and we got a room with a great view of Table Mountain and sections of the harbour. The rooms are secure and there are common rooms at the corners on each floor (think "hollow square"). The hotel is actually three buildings all within a stone/cement wall; the self-serve and bar/dining rooms are at the building farthest from the reception lobby. The hotel was very quick to arrange airport transport for us and put it on the room tab. Breakfasts are "all you could want, all you could eat" for $13.50 pp. We didn't eat any other meals since the location is within 3 minute walk of the V & A Waterfront with its wide selection of restaurants, bars, & shopping possibilities.

Clean, modern and yet funky, the ground floor is taken by the South African "Graduate School of Business" which lends itself to an interesting blend of people in the hallways and restaurants.

Room Tip: Ask (and be willing to pay a bit extra) for a "view room". Plan on dining at the V&A...
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  • Stayed August 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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Conegliano, Italy
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Very nice hotel perfectly located just in front of the waterfront (2 minutes walking distance). Rooms are new and spacious, clean and with comfortable beds. Good quality breakfast. It is located in a old prison which has been very well refurbished. Nice staff. Fully recomended for tour stay in cape town

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Launceston, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

Situated a pleasant 5 min walk from the V&A Waterfront this hotel is superb, rooms are modern and clean, staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly. Highly recommended. Great value for money if you wish to avoid the pricey waterfront properties and enjoy the same experience.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is truly a wonderful hotel, right in the waterfront, rooms are great, clean, new, big spaces, the staff are so helpful, I cannot rate this hotel highly enough.
We travel from Australia to Cape Town every year and always stay here, value for money you cannot beat this hotel. Get a Procard and start getting discounts from rooms to restaurants, with the card you get a free upgrade.
Rooms that have a view of the mountain are great, they also have family rooms with 2 bedrooms, great for business or for holiday.

Room Tip: Rooms with a view of the mountain
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

This hotel is about 500m (800 yards) from the vibrant Waterfront in Cape Town.
It has had a compete makeover and renovation.
It is located in a centuries old prison and shares the premises with the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town ( one of the top Universities in the world)
Rooms are smallish but really well set up.
Good breakfast as well.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Holt, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for two nights with a school sports tour.

Ideal for big groups as hotel has friendly staff, great breakfasts (if a little expensive!!!!!). The hotel also has complimentary wifi and computers.

The hotel is in a great location as it is only 3 minutes walk to the waterfront. The hotel has a Gym and you can pay 5 rand for laundry. My only criticism is that the rooms are a bit small but they are comfortable.

Overall, would recommend this hotel for a big group or a family.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge

Address: Portswood Road | Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#46 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#57 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 191
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a rich piece of history balancing modern-day comfort when you stay at this hotel right next to Cape Town's fabulous V&A Waterfront. Just a minute away from restaurants, theatres and shops, the hotel is perfectly positioned in the heart of the V&A Waterfront and 25km from Cape Town International Airport. The hotel is also near all the main routes to the beaches, mountain walks and city hotspots as well as the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and Cape Town Stadium. The Hotel is closely linked with the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and features 18 conference venues, four public lounges, gym, SPA, business centre, 24-hour secure parking - 250 parking bays, airport transfers, laundry service. The hotel boasts with 191 modern environmentally conscious rooms with standard rooms, business suites and family units. All rooms are equipped with minibar fridge, free uncapped WIFI, tea/coffee facilities, air-conditioning, LCD flat screen TV, telephone and laptop-friendly electronic safes. Stonebreakers Restaurant offers a la carte & buffet menus daily in a relaxed atmosphere with magnificent views of both the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available from our full service bar. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Protea Hotel Breakwater Cape Town Central
Breakwater Hotel Cape Town
The Breakwater Hotel
Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge Cape Town, South Africa

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