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“Home from Home and delightful!” 5 of 5 stars
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17 on Loader Guest House
4.5 of 5 Guest house   |   17 Loader Street | De Waterkant, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #89 of 149 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Swansea, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
“Home from Home and delightful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

Ben and his staff were very helpful; they made every effort to answer my questions, make bookings and organize taxis when requested.
Breakfast was delicious, with a selection of continental options, and could be taken in your room, in the dining area or on the rooftop terrace. The decor of the house was tasteful.
Security was good, which I felt was important as a single traveller. The position was good, roughly between City Bowl and the Waterfront and within walking distance of both.
I would definitely visit again, and want to thank all those who had previously written all the good reviews I read!

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Victoria, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

We enjoyed a great stay at 17 on Loader: it was the last two nights of our amazing trip to SA. Dirk, Anthony, and Barbara went out of their way to ensure we had a great stay at the guest house and in Cape Town. They made solid recommendations regarding our itinerary as well as restaurants.

Our room was lovely and in a nice quiet location. There are many options for lounging around or enjoying a drink in the guest house, whether it be in one of the indoor lounges or outdoor patios.

The breakfast baskets in the morning are fantastic, and you can choose to dine in your room, on your private patio, on the roof top patio overlooking Table Mountain, or in the kitchen: what a choice!! The continental breakfast has a great variety of items, with additional items available in the kitchen.

We truly appreciated Dirk allowing us to stay later in our room. We had a late flight, and this enabled us to have a quick shower and clean up before our long journey home.

This is a great guest house in a central location. It is within walking distance of many attractions, and has good dining options that you can safely walk to in the evening. We would highly recommend this guest house! Thanks Dirk, Anthony, and Barbara!

  • Stayed November 2011, 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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Libourne
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

It's been two years since I was at 17. Was Very cool to be back. And so many changes equally.New room interiors- very good new art collection with lots of plants and refurbished roof deck.

Thank you Ben and Hadrien for giving me all the new tip of the new places in de Waterkant. Your suggestions of the new Rocka greek restaurant and especially the Toro Wine bar was so cool.

Thanks again guys! See you soon.

  • Stayed September 2011, 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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Milan, Italy
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

I have been staying here for five years in a row alone and with company. The guesthouse itself is very pretty with a nice terrace and very nice rooms and the location is perfect but I have to say that this year I found it has considerably changed since one of the owners left . There is less care and less attention. Everything is a little left to its own devices and it's starting to get run down whereas before it was great and I loved it. The problem is prices haven't changed.. I have travelled around in SA enough to see that for that price I can get much better even not going that far.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Hamburg, Germany
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2011

After having stayed in quite some hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town I found a perfect place to retreat and enjoy the beauty of Cape Town. The position is beautiful, rooms are lovely and the breakfast is wonderful. Will come back again soon

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 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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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2011

I think the guesthouse as a whole is beautiful. The position is perfect, loved that secure parking is provided, the bedrooms are beautifully decorated, the bed is better than mine at home and the kitchen facilities are perfect. I did not use the roof terrace this time, but will certainly do so in warmer weather.

I have two suggestions: the first is that you offer another international TV news channel be it BBC,CNN or Skye and make sure that the M-Net movie channel works, and secondly, that staff are contactable should the need arrive. I fully understand that it is a guesthouse and that staff are not there on a 24hr basis, but just feel that guests should be able to speak with a staff member if so required. Adrian and Benjamin are just divine, but were not easy to find. I suggest that whoever is on duty should be available around breakfast time and then offer a number for later in the day.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bordeaux
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2011

I really enjoyed my stay in this Guest house, the view from the roof is totally stunning and it's a pleasure to have the breakfast on the roof. All the staff are really friendly and they are really happy to speak with the guest, to give somes advices or just to speak about Cape Town, I truly enjoyed it and i will definitely be back !

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 17 Loader Street | De Waterkant, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Hotel Style:
Ranked #89 of 149 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4.5 star — 17 on Loader Guest House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guest house is conveniently situated within a 10 minute walk to the city centre, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the V&A Waterfront, several health spas and some of Cape Town's most popular restaurants and nightclubs. De Waterkant is considered to be a safe area, and is patrolled by security guards 24 hours a day. ... more   less 
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