The Commodore Hotel is located on Portswood Road just a five minute walk from the V&A Waterfront. It was very easy to find, although we had chosen the satnav option to go with our Avis hire car which made a big difference. Upon arrival we received a warm greeting, help with our bags and the car was whisked off to an underground car park. We had come in from an overnight flight so it was only 10.30 am, a bit early for checking in but the receptionist put our room on priority and we were in by 11.30 am. We were given a complimentary cup of coffee to keep us going, sitting in the sun in the courtyard, whilst waiting for the room to be ready.
Our room was fairly spacious with a view of Signal Hill and Table Mountain, good for checking first thing in the morning to see whether it was worth heading for the cable car station or not. No flat screen TV here, still the old style, but worked fine with a wide range of TV stations showing South African channels, some American movies, some sports, France Today, Russia Today and Sky News too. There was free wifi available in the room and throughout the hotel and the access was very easy.
There was plenty of sockets for those chargers that we all need now. Don’t forget to have South African plug adaptors though, they are round 3-pin style. There is a reasonable amount of storage space and an in-room safe too. The water pressure is amazing so watch you don’t flood the bathroom.
There is complimentary tea and coffee making facilities in the room and complimentary still and sparkling mineral water too. There is a refrigerator but no mini-bar.
There is a heater/air conditioner in the room which works fine but there is no thermostat. There are blackout curtains which I always find useful for those light mornings. The bed was nice and firm with comfortable pillows too.
There is a travel desk opposite reception to help you get around all the tourist sights. Breakfast offered plenty of choice, catering for most tastes, be it cereal, fruit, breads, cooked offerings and omelettes. For those who can’t do without a taste of the UK there was also HP sauce, Marmite and Twinings tea. Dinner was always an option but we didn’t bother as there are so many restaurants to choose from at the V&A Waterfront.
There is a nice sitting out area with a bar between the reception and dining room where you can enjoy a drink at the end of a long day doing all the tourist things. There was a swimming pool, not a particularly large one, with sunbeds available. Alongside the pool was a gymnasium which seemed pretty well fitted out with a range of equipment.
If you have a hire car you just need to ask the concierge when you need it and one of the very helpful chaps will bring it up for you in a few minutes. Then just let them have your keys when you get back.
Should you be going on the boat trip to Robben Island you can walk to the pier in about 10-15 minutes which is really handy. Its probably worth booking online but you still have to queue to board the boat. We went on the fast cat which only takes half an hour.
For all of your shopping and eating needs you don’t need to go further than the V&A Waterfront, it really has everything, including the Cape Town Wheel if you want a better view. I would definitely recommend Krugmans Grill, especially if you like your steaks, where you get a meat presentation to help with your choice.
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