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“great conference venue, poor food” 2 of 5 stars
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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 #63 of 105 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“great conference venue, poor food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Stayed at the Breakwater lodge for a 4 day course with fellow african people. You would think we are being treated to some of the wonderful herbs and spices.... only to find out the chef couldn't even find the pepper and salt. Shame as the venue is great and the gathering of people that come from all over to gain and exchange knowledge and experience is phenomenal.
Another question: why is it necessary in this town - with great quality water - to have bottled water? Please!

Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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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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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 hotel reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The high point in this hotel is the localization, close to everything. Is easy to go walking to waterfront, aquarium and to station bus to get the red buses.
The rooms are very small but atended my needs. The hotel is retired and everithing is new.
Our room was supposed to be for a couple but when we arrived were two beds putted together, but they promptly improved the matresses ina way tha was equal to a double bed.
The bad point was the fact that hasn´t refrigerator in the bedrooms and the bathrooms doesn´t have glass or shower curtain. The floor gets very wetted and the water flows into the room.
The breaskfast is very good but a little expensive.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 hotel reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

My first trip to Cape Town. My wonderful Travel Agent recommended this hotel and she was right in every regard. The location is fantastic, walking distance to all the V & A Waterfront has to offer. The Red Bus city tour departs from down the steps, across the road! Great to orientate yourself, the staff pointed me in the right direction to all I wanted to see & do.
The rooms are very comfortable, good restful sleep, hot, hot shower, excellent restaurants, well appointed and very reasonably priced. Nothing was too much trouble.
I availed myself of several of the spa treatments. Again well done and the price is very reasonable.
As I am travelling alone I am very grateful to the staff - thank you for your assistance. A great team.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
    • 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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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
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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11 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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126 reviews 126 reviews
15 hotel reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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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
#52 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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