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“Great Hotel, People and Staff” 5 of 5 stars
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Hippo Boutique Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5-9 Park Road, Gardens, | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8018, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #42 of 103 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Cape Town
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great Hotel, People and Staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

We thoroughly enjoy visiting this hotel and would highly recommend that you visit to experience it for yourself. The rooms are trendy and well maintained, the staff is friendly and it is conveniently situated close to the City Center, V&A waterfront and Table Mountain. This hotel is the ultimate place for long stays as their rooms are equipped with a kitchenette and even a computer which you won't find in many hotels. Awesome place and cant wait to stay again!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 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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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

We had a pretty long stay in Cape Town (almost 2 weeks) at this hotel, long enough to observe any possible shortfall. There were none. Excellent location in Gardens, walking distance to downtown, Long St., and a number of attractions. The hotel room itself was comfortable and immaculate, with kitchenette, WIFI and a computer in our room. Despite the lively restaurant/bar scene surrounding the hotel, we were never bothered.

But the real plus for this hotel (and why I give it a 5 rating) is its staff. What a remarkable group of people staffing this hotel. The desk is open and ready to support guests 24 hours. They help arrange tours, transport, and have a lot of good advice about the area and Cape Town in general. They never, ever failed to work with us on anything we needed and were really attentive on communicating between us and our host during our stay. They arranged our transport to and from the airport and even provided us with extra space and comfort as we waited for our evening flight.

I am sure there are other places to stay in Cape Town, but I don't need to know about them because I will always return to the Hippo Boutique Hotel and would advise anyone to do so for comfort, security, price, help, and all that makes a visit to Cape Town memorable.

  • Stayed April 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Petersburg, Florida, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2012

We thought this place offered great value. The staff was very helpful. My wife and I were in one of their suite rooms and my parents were in another. Both were very nice. The suite locations were quiet though I could see that some of the rooms might be noisier if facing towards the restaurants on the block. The location is great. I would describe the hotel as modern and hip so maybe not the best place for a quiet get away, but its great if you want to be centrally located around the different activities in Cape Town.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2012

We stayed at the Hippo on our Honeymoon and we couldn't recommend it enough.
It's central location gives you ease of access to all of the sites including Table Mountain and the V&A as well as all the local bars and restaurants on Long Street.
The staff are what truly makes the hotel special Wanda, Fiona etc couldn't be more helpful from booking taxi's, shark dives or giving restaurant recommendations.
The room was spacious and clean and while there was no view - who cares, this is Cape Town, get out an explore!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2012

we stayed at the Hippo for a few days a couple of weeks ago and had a great time.

The room was large and clean. Nice bathroom.

It was quiet and the staff was helpful.

the only bad thing would be the pool area.. it could do with some improvement.

we tried one of the restaurants downstairs, GREEN and it was great, some amazing pizzas.

  • Stayed February 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kentucky
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2012

There isn't much else I can add to what the others reviewers had to say - the location is very central, the rooms are large and well appointed, the staff very friendly and helpful. Loved having a coffee maker,small refrigerator and computer in the room! We also loved having the choice of restaurants on our doorstep but please note that they are very popular and noisy so if this is an issue I would suggest booking a room on the back side of the hotel. Our room was right above Green's and every evening near midnight they brought in all the outside furniture and every morning around 7:00 they put it back out...this served as our wake-up call each morning.

Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
33 hotel reviews
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

What a lovely olace to have a stay. It has 4/5 restaurants literally on it's doorstep, Mexican, Japanese, Pizzeria, mainstream and Ricks American cafe with Moroccan food as well.
The rooms are light, large are beautifully appointed.You have access to your own in room PC as well as a satellite TV and music centre.
You are 30 mins from the airport, 10 mins by car from Table Mountain, and a 35 minute walk to the V and A Waterfront with all it's shpos and attractions.Long Street with it's bars and eatiers is only a 10 minute stroll away.
We found the staff to be friendly, Irish charm, and full of information on Cape Towns attractions.
Oh there is very secure under cover car parking.
We enjoyed our visit to the hotel and would certainly rebook when next in Cape Town

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  • Stayed January 2012, 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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Address: 5-9 Park Road, Gardens, | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8018, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#40 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#45 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Hippo Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Find yourself in the hub of Cape Town’s trendy café culture when staying at Hippo Boutique Hotel. This popular hotel boasts 20 standard rooms and 5 exclusive lofts - all spacious air-conditioned rooms are equipped with King sized beds, designer furniture, stainless steel kitchenettes, complimentary parking on the premises as well as 24hour wireless internet access keeping you connected 24 hours a day!On the ground floor you’ll find a choice of 3 excellent restaurants catering to every palette, from a simple fresh menu at Mano a Mano to authentic Thai cuisine at Simply Asia finishing with a Mexican fiesta at Fat Cactus. Hippo is conveniently situated close to the centre of town - an ideal base from where you can explore all Cape Town has to offer you! Our team is well known for their exceptional customer service and are always ready with a smile. ... more   less 
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Hippo Boutique Cape Town
Hippo Boutique Hotel Cape Town, South Africa

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