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“Good Quality -well located hotel” 4 of 5 stars
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The Commodore
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   Portwood Rd | Portswood Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #46 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
East London, South Africa
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44 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good Quality -well located hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

We stayed at The Commodore for 2 nights in May 2013. Overall it is a lovely, well maintained hotel, in close walking distance from the V&A and all it's awesome attractions. The lobby and dining area's of the hotel are elegant and inviting, with excellent breakfasts served daily. The bedrooms have gorgeous views over Table Mountain and the surrounding marina. The only negative is that the room decor is very out-dated and certainly in time of a refurbish. However, having said this, all furniture, linens etc are still in good condition.

Room Tip: Choose a room on a higher level. Friends stayed a floor below us and had no view.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Beijing, China
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144 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Really nice old type hotel, big lobby area that ends with a bar. Club-like feeling and plenty of nautical references. Very nice welcoming.

The rooms are good, not great. Good size and real bathroom. Another one of these hotels that claim to want to save water but takes away all dirty towels twice a day.....

The beds are on the hard side and the views of the Table Mountain are wonderful.

The staff is excellent, very friendly and attentive. The breakfast had all you can want.

Room Tip: 4041 has a view to dream about. Most likely the other xx41 as well.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Germany
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17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Friendly staff in the reception and especially the bar. Nice big spacious rooms, very clean and comfy, mine had a nice, small balcony. Great arrangements for tours and transport. Very good choices in the breakfast buffet, but coffee is really bad ;) (this is so in almost all of South Africa). Could improve the service of waiters during breakfast and cleaning staff (more look into details).

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Stayed at the Commodore for Business in late May 2013 for 5 nights - find it hard to complain. Great location - close to V&A and all attractions (e.g. restaurants, bars, waterfront, etc.) Staff couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Agree with previous reviews that the room amenities could be updated - but the breakfast buffet was very enjoyable and will certainly stay there again when I next visit Cape Town. Easily arranged a late checkout for my afternoon flight back to London and certainly had no problems or complaints. Once again, three cheers for the staff!!

Room Tip: Last visit stayed on the "street side" ( no noise problems) - but for views would recommen...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

The hotel staff are extremely friendly and helpful, the room was lovely although I think outdated and old fashioned. Stayed one night and was not very impressed as check out time is 10am however at 8 am a staff member entered our room as he wanted to check the bar fridge this could have waited till we had checked out as i was still sleeping. At 9am the cleaning staff also knocked on our door but then said they would come back later, i felt very rushed and was made to feel like i had to leave my room. Went down for breakfast and was looking forward to the buffet, loved that the coffee is poured for u at the table however it was ice cold, the buffet looked well presented and a large variety of food was available, however the hot food i have never not enjoyed my breakfast and i found the hot breakfast uneatable. It was cold, tastless and even the eggs that are made to order were awful my omelette was over cooked and served to me in pieces and my partner asked for soft poached eggs she got hard poached eggs and when served to her there was water on the plate. This breakfast is R165, I would rather eat at spur for R20

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Chicago, Illinois
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14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The hotel has a prime location in central Cape Town near the V&A waterfront and close to good restaurants and shopping. The accommodations were comfortable, our room had an excellant view of Table Mountain. The breakfast offered in the lobby is typical European style, and is worth the money. The staff were helpful, and were willing to assist in any mannor possible.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of Table Mountain.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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29 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This hotel has clearly seen better days. Our room was small, the king-sized bed hard with lumpy pillows. The bathroom was old-fashioned and tiny. You had to set both the hot and cold taps in the shower to make it function. In order to operate WIFI you have to obtain a code from reception and type it in each time you use your laptop. The staff make up for the lack of comfort; they were all universally charming and helpful. We arrived at the hotel at 10.30 a.m. having endured an 11 hour flight from London. Although check in was not until 2, Muneeb, the guest relations' manager got us into our room at 11 a.m. The bar staff remembered our names and the drinks we liked. Even though our meal at dinner in the restaurant was almost inedible the waitress was efficient and helpful. The hotel is positioned near the V and A waterfront which many people love but we found the waterfront underwhelming - noisy with poor and expensive restaurants.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Portwood Rd | Portswood Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Shuttle Bus service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#37 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#38 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#44 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Commodore 4*
Number of rooms: 236
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located at the Victoria & Alfred waterfront; panoramic views of Table Mountain & the Atlantic Ocean. ... more   less 
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