I liked the look of The Charles. Small collection of rooms in an old house and the rooms were large and comfortable. They were pretty well serviced. I had a rook at the top so had a large terrace which I could access form my room which had a spectacular view of the CDB area of Cape Town and the port in the distance. I went on a stay 4 and pay for 3 special so this was exceptionally good value for a Cape Town hotel. However, 3 factors let this place down: The breakfasts are pretty dire (cold every morning - with warmish toast but stone cold eggs and sausage). it is also not a great place to stay over a weekend as the bars and clubs (Cafe Manhattan in particular) pump till the early hours. And there is nothing worse at 2 am to have women screeching drunkenly at outside tables). And on the top floor, it is next to a "library" which has adjacent to it a linen room. So the staff gabble at market place decibels morning and evening loudly so lie ins and siestas are out! The rooms however do have tea making facilities (though the coffee was never replenished and I do not mind tea) and a small fridge - and there is a huge super market 5 minutes away so great to have a bottle of wine and some nibbles available for post work chill outs. Pity about the lack of wi fi in the rooms - only available downstairs in a corner of a draughty courtyard.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfectly positioned in the very heart of De Waterkant Village, The Charles is a private, intimate and original guesthouse. From the roof decks of The Charles, guests can enjoy beautiful city views, especially late afternoons when the city lights up and the evenings come alive. Positioned opposite the gorgeous al fresco styled Cape Quarter piazza and the flamboyant crowd at Manhattan's Restaurant and Bar, The Charles can be described as being 'The Spirit of the Village' in a town that surely is 'The fun Capital of Cape Town.' ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Charles Cape Town, South Africa