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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 #57 of 102 hotels in Cape Town Central
Sydney
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53 reviews 53 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Grand history at unique hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Enjoyed numerous stays at this iconic hotel based at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. A reconverted jail offers an outstanding hotel for the budget traveller. It is located close to all amenities and offers great views of Table mountain. The restaurant is above average in fare.

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  • Stayed January 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
    • 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
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We stayed here for a few nights, staff really friendly. Went to breakfast that was really good had a chef there to do eggs your way, nothing too much trouble. Tried the restaurant, same good value definitely worth a visit. To say its where students go and there are classes held its very quite. Interesting to see that it had been a prison, the rooms are good. Near the waterfront

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The Protea Breakwater lodge was once an old prison and it shows in certain areas. The staff were very helpful and welcoming. The rooms were basic and perhaps a little small. Ours looked over a roof. The housekeeping of the room was below standard many items such as towels and shower gel not replaced. Breakfast was good with a wide range on offer. Location of the hotel was ideal for the V and A Waterfront without costing a fortune.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Durban, South Africa
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5 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised when I stayed at this hotel recently. It met all my business needs in terms of location, room quality, gym and breakfast. Located right next to the V&A makes this a perfect location for dinner options. I stayed in a single room which was small, but comfortable. Service was very good with staff always friendly and on hand to offer assistance. The gym is small, but has adequate equipment to have a nice workout. I was very impressed with the breakfast options (full English or continental) in terms of quality and variety. There is a small charge for on site parking if you are in a hire car. Overall a very good experience and I would definitely stay here again. I thought prices were very reasonable.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Petaling Jaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

The hotel is a converted prison and is located very near to the water front. The staffs are mainly university students and are very well-trained. You don't have to take foods at the hotel as there plenty of choices outside the hotel. It is very near to Cape Town Hop-On-Hop-Off bus you practically do not need to spend much time driving around.

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  • Stayed September 2013, 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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Aylesbury, Bucks
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The Protea Breakwater Lodge is a converted prison and is also linked to a university. The staff are friendly, the rooms are clean and functional, the food in the restaurant is perfectly fine.
The location is fantastic! It is about a 5-10 minute walk to the V&A waterfront and a stones throw from the aquarium.
We stayed there for about 6 nights and it was fine for that length of time. Would stay there again if I go back to Cape Town.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

2 blocks from the waterfront, very interesting because it was a prison in the past. today a university and this great hotel. Excellent rooms, free 3 hours per day wi-fi 3, gym overlooking table mountais, incredible breakfast. Recommend

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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:
#21 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#49 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just a minute away from restaurants, theatres and shops, the Breakwater Lodge, one of the finest hotels operated by Protea Hotels, is perfectly positioned in the heart of the famous V&A Waterfront. Neighbouring the city, this hotel lies within easy reach of the best beaches, tourist hotspots and Cape Town International Airport. Once a 19th-century prison, the hotel today provides comfortable and affordable accommodation in Cape Town, a spectacular setting that looks out over the harbour and Table Mountain. Considered to be one of the premier Cape Town hotels, Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge boasts bedrooms ranging from business to family suites. Each is equipped with a 22 inch LCD TV with satellite channels/radio and direct dial telephone and supplied with a welcome refreshment tray. ... 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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