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“So friendly and welcoming and a great location” 5 of 5 stars
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Liberty Lodge
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   33 de Lorentz Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (City Bowl)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 152 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“So friendly and welcoming and a great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2009

We stayed here for eight nights at the beginning of February. From the outset, even before we arrived, Ruth was so helpful and friendly. On arrival at Liberty Lodge we found it (as well as Ruth and her staff) to be charming and very welcoming. Our room (Rhodes) was large, airy, spotlessly clean and had a good sized en-suite bathroom. It also had a great view of Table Mountain. A lovely breakfast was served each morning in the outside patio area, which was a great opportunity to meet other guests and plan the day ahead - with Ruth ever happy to help and offer advice. She is very knowledgeable and passionate about the city and is keen to recommend good restaurants and places of interest.

The location of Liberty Lodge was perfect for us. More suburban than downtown, but still within the city bowl and only a 10-15 minute walk from Long Street. There were
numerous good restaurants and bars close by, on & around Kloof Street and the area was busy and safe at night, without being loud or rowdy. The V&A Waterfront is probably a bit too far to comfortably walk, but is only a short drive / taxi ride away. Camps Bay is also very close by car.

All in all we couldn't have asked for more in terms of comfort, welcome and location. If we ever find ourselves returning to Cape Town, Liberty Lodge will be top of our list of places to stay.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2009

We have just returned from an all too brief week in Capetown. Lovely weather and great venue but we must be 2 of the few people who never made it up Table Mountain as the lift was closed all but 1 day due wind. Bear this in mind!
We stayed at Liberty Lodge on Trip Advisor reccomendation and did not regret it one bit. All our booking arrangemnts and Airport pick up were delivered as promised.
The establishment is run by Ruth and her 2 very nice lady helpers. Ruth is very helpful with her local knowledge and advice.
Start the day with an excellent breakfast cooked freshly to order and usually eaten out side in the garden. Headout to enjoy your day and return to find your room carefully cleaned and prepared with various toiletries supplied. Relax on the roof terrace with a FREE sherry or a drink from the little honesty bar in the lounge. The pleasant lounge is available if you are unable to sit outside but our room RHODES- no numbers just names - was quite comfortable and spacious with TV. Come the evening you can walk to an excellent selection of local bars and restaurants in 10 minutes. There is plenty of variety and choice of an excellent standard. An inexpensive Taxi ride will take you further down town if you wish.
Downsides. It is not a hotel for the physically challenged or whatever politically correct euphemism I should use. The hotel is set on a fairly steep street which is not a problem if you have a car. There is plenty of on street parking.
If you have a ground floor room access should be OK but the Lodge does not have a lift and the stairs to the upper rooms are rather steep.
To sum up. A great place in a good location run by really nice people to a very good standard. It is almost 20 years since I had been in Cape town but hope to return in the not too distant future.
P.S. Visitors coming directly from the UK. Please take copies of the Daily Mail for Ruth if you can.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2009

A tough act to follow after An African Villa? We needn't have worried. Liberty Lodge was equal in every respect. Stunning room, comfort and location. Staff fantastic. Ruth is everything you would ever want as a host.
Will most certainly stay again.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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 December 22, 2008

The Liberty Lodge is in a great section of town and within walking distance or a short cab ride to some fantastic restaurants. Also, the views of table mountain from her deck are great. AND the breakfasts are too yummy. Ruth, the owner, is a excellent host and will set you up with anything you would like to do in the city. She is better than any concierge I have ever had. If you get in touch with her over email well enough in advance she get you into all the exclusive restaurants in the city. I recommend the Rhodes room if you can get it. It's spacious and has a big bathroom. Would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Liked — Ruth, the owner.
  • Disliked — Probably the tiny stairs to get up to the room because I am a tall guy.
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2008

In the very moment you get in touch with the nicest British English speaking owner you feel you'll learn a lot from her and the city she lives in.
With a stunning view of Table Mountain from our balcony and a beautiful and elegant room, we felt very welcome every day of our stay and Mrs Ruth was kind and available to suggest the best places to see, where to eat and which optional tour to get. Lucy was a delight, always smiling and cooking the best eggs of the whole honeymoon! I wish I had more time to chat with her as well! Next time we'll stay longer! And for your info, Cherry is for free in the living room! Great location on the hill, safe place, very convenient for great restaurants nearby and easy access to Table mountain as 1st place to visit when in Cape Town.

  • Liked — Mrs Ruth
  • Disliked — Stairs... not ideal with big luggage!!
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2008

Liberty lodge is a great base in an amazing city. It is run by Ruth who is there daily to make sure all guests are happy and to help with any questions. She is very friendly and knowledgable of the local area and gave some great recomendations for places to eat and drink (including arnolds bar and ocean basket both of which we loved).

The lodge serves breakfast daily which is substantial, and there is a wide choice to suit everyone (including cereal, fruit and full cooked breakfast with eggs any way you want).

The lodge is located at the top of Cape Town city centre, which was an ideal location for us. There are several friendly bars and restaurants less that 5 mins walk and the V & A waterfront is about 20-30 mins walk away. Camps Bay is about a 5-10 min drive from the lodge meaning everything is in easy reach. If you do have a car it is very easy to park outside.

The lodge itself is a nice tidy and comfortable place with a stunning balcony with great views of table mountain. All rooms were well equiped and comfortable.

Cape town itself is a beautiful town with plenty to keep anyone entertained.

All in all we had a great stay and would highly recomend Libert Lodge to anyone.

  • Liked — Security, location, price
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2008

We knew we found a wonderful place to stay, based partly on other reviews found on trip adviser, but mostly because of our earliest email contact with Ruth. Ruth suggested great restaurants and made reservations weeks in advance, she arranged guided tours of the Cape and wine country with the most phenominal person, Tania, and much much more. The clincher was watching Ruth in action with the most difficult of guests who made quite a fuss at the breakfast table one morning. Her diplomacy deserves recognition in Obama's cabinet... and demonstrated what a capable woman she is in addition to being the most wonderful of hosts. We enjoy traveling, and have done our fair share... this B&B ranks up there with one of our more pleasant and best value finds... We enjoyed the location and it's convenience.... and Ruth and her staff are wonderful representatives of this fine International city. We just loved our stay there. E&L

  • Liked — comfortable, very quiet, owner was teriffic
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 33 de Lorentz Street | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 152 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Liberty Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Over the years, this classic Cape Town bed & breakfast has earned an enviable reputation for relaxed and genuine hospitality. Originally a Victorian gentleman's house, Liberty Lodge became a fabric emporium and even a bordello in the 1940s! Today, it combines a skillful mix of Victorian, Art Deco and contemporary decor, with some stunning feature pieces. Perfectly situated to make the most of your Cape Town holiday or business trip, Liberty Lodge sits on the lower slopes between Table Mountain cable car station and Cape Town CBD. Restaurants and cafes abound in trendy Tamboerskloof and tourist sights are in close proximity. The four uniquely decorated rooms are equipped with air-conditioning and heaters, an electronic wall safe, hairdryer, a range of toiletries and most importantly comfortable beds! Complimentary wi-fi and safe on street parking is available. A hearty hot and cold breakfast is served every morning to set you up for the day either inside or outside in the charming ground-floor greenery courtyard. This homely Tamboerskloof Bed and Breakfast provides your respite from a busy day and is run by owner, Ruth Parsons, who extends a warm, personal welcome. Liberty Lodge appeals to young and old, singles and couples, on holiday or working, all of whom know that convivial surroundings and a comfortable bed waits.No Children under 12 allowed!! ... more   less 
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Liberty Hotel Cape Town Central
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