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“Astonishing Herbert Baker Home” 5 of 5 stars
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Rutland Lodge
4.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   5 Montrose Ave | Oranjezight, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #11 of 154 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
New York
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“Astonishing Herbert Baker Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2008

I had a fabulous time at Rutland Lodge. So great, that no place else I stayed in South Africa compared.

Pros
1. Jean Jo is a great host. He makes you feel like a guest in his home and is perfect with suggestings things to do and see as especially where to eat!
2. Gorgeous scenery and perfect location to many neighborhoods and attractions.
3. Clean rooms with every amenity you could need and pleasant competent house staff.
4. Breakfast is EXCELLENT. I typically ate South African style pancakes but was pleased with everything I ate in the home (and drank) as well as the presentation.
5. Warm fireplace to cozy up to after a long day touring especially since I hit Cape Town at the start of winter.

Cons
1. I had to leave Cape Town without going up Table Mountain or visiting Robben Island. No fault of the Rutland Lodge however.

I highly recommend this guest lodge. Herbert Baker was also the architect for Cecil John Rhodes, world famous colonialist and imperialist. Need I say more....

  • Liked — The location and the house itself. I was able to live as if I were home and for most of my stay I had the place to myself.
  • Disliked — It was too cold when I arrived to swim in the lovely pool in the backyard.
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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London
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2008

Our host, Benoit, was incredibly hospitable, very helpful and informative with local knowledge and suggestions of where to go and what to see.

Our stay at Rutland Lodge was simply wonderful with a cool pool surrounded by palm trees, modern interiors and excellent views of Cape Town itself. These modern comforts compliment the charm and character of this "must experience" guest house.

We had a magical time whilst staying at Rutland Lodge and we thoroughly recommend a stay there.

Dan & Karen Willis
(UK)

  • Liked — The welcome, the personal service, the views, the peace...
  • Disliked — The complimentary sherry, which provided a hangover :)
  • Stayed April 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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Johannesburg
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2008

We have just returned from a week end in Cape Town and our stay at Rutland Lodge was fabulous. We received a very warm welcome from Jean Jo and Benoit. The lodge is in a charming suburb, and view from the rooms is fantastic. The entire lodge is tastefully decorated. Breakfasts are excellent. Everything was perfect and we are highly recommending the lodge to everybody.
Claudette & Christian GOURJUX
Johannesburg
South Africa

  • Liked — Spacious room, nice view
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled on business
    • 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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London
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2008

If you stay in one place whilst visiting South Africa - make sure it's Rutland Lodge.

The house is a beautiful old colonial mansion built by Herbert Baker (who built Cecil Rhodes' house - so straight away you're lucky enough to be living history) which has been stylisly decorated throughout. Breakfast was the best we had throughout our trip in South Africa by a country mile and with the house perfectly situated in the shadow of table mountain, there's no excuse to walk it off with a hike up the mountain from the back door of the hotel

Jean Jo the manager and Benoit the owner were both around when we stayed and they couldn't do enough to help us. Our own personal Cape Town consultants who knew the best places to eat, walking routes up table mountain, beaches, museums, in fact anything and everything to do with Cape Town.

From the moment we arrived until we left, they were the perfect hosts - knowing when to leave us alone and when to invite us for champagne with them on the stoep.

We spent 6 days pretending it was our home - and reluctantly left knowing that we'll be back as soon as possible.

Treat yourself and stay here!

Stayed December 2007
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la
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2007

Amazing experience. Wonderful stay, gorgeous home and impeccable service. A dream.

Stayed November 2007
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Belfast, Northern Ireland
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2007

We have just returned from our honeymoon in South Africa, 8 nights of which were spent in Rutland Lodge. What a wonderful place it was to start our honeymoon. Nestled just below Table Mountain, in a quiet residential area, the views of the mountain and Cape Town are breath taking. Jean Jo arranged transport from the airport for us and it was great to see someone waiting there for us after having been travelling for 20 hours. We were greeted at the Lodge by Stella and Jean Jo and shown a beautiful room decorated in a contemporary feel but with touches of Africa it also had one the most comfortable beds I think I have ever slept in. Later that day Stella brought me a lovely vase of flowers and we found a complementary bottle of bubbly in our fridge in the room :)

Jean Jo's hospitality was second to none. The breakfasts were splendid and nothing was too much bother for him - he recommended several excellent restaurants for us and arranged taxis, car hire and trips while were there there.

The main lounge was a great place to gather before we headed out for the night (with several glases of wine supplied by Jean Jo) and provided everyone an opportunity share their experiences of the day.

We were really sorry to leave to go on to the next stage of our honeymoon. Jean Jo was a great host and we hope some day to return.

  • Liked — Friendly Staff, beautiful rooms, convenience to great restaurants
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2007, 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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Dublin
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2007

Stayed here in September and it was fantastic. Beautiful property, very central to Cape Town, just below Table Mountain. The property is exceptionally clean and well maintained. Breakfast is lovely and is prepared with great affection and with lovely personal touches by Stella and Jean Jo!! Jean Jo was fantastic, genuine and friendly and could not do enough to help plan our time in Cape Town. I cannot forget to mention the babies (pets) of the lodge Sam and Jugo I miss them ;o(. If you are planning a trip to Cape Town and want somewhere central, friendly and to a high standard, Rutland Lodge is the place to stay. We'll return soon, promise.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — No internel access readiy available
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled with friends
    • 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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Address: 5 Montrose Ave | Oranjezight, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 154 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Rutland Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tucked away on a quiet tree-lined street in the stylish Cape Town suburb of Oranjezicht, is the 5 star boutique guest house Rutland Lodge. This magnificent Cape Dutch house designed by Sir Herbert Baker is framed against Table Mountain and offers the most magnificent views of the City Bowl of Cape Town, Table Mountain, Lion's Head, Signal Hill, the Atlantic Seaboard and the far beyond Mountain range. ... more   less 
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