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Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1 Lower Buitengracht Street | Private Bag X3, Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa   |  
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Ranked #43 of 103 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Newcastle
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Good value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2009

We found this hotel ideal for getting around. The free shuttle to the V & A waterfront ran every 30min and the conceirge helped us with places to see. The pool area although small was clean though the sun left it by mid afternoon. The room was large and modern and the breakfast bar had plenty of choice. For a large city hotel it was excellent.

  • Liked — location
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2009

We stayed in a family room for Christmas/New year 08/09 and I was impressed for the quality we had in return to our money. The hotel was extremely clean, very comfortable and the staff was very friendly. A very important service they offer is the free shuttle to the Waterfront every 30min, that was very helpful to us. The location of the hotel is very convenient being at the center of lots of attractions. If you need a good and affordable hotel, I would definitely recommend this one.

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Cumbria, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2009

We stayed over New Year and found the staff very helpful. The prebooked airport transfer was great and the book-in process was quick and easy, which after a long flight was good. The room was clean and large enough. The bar was pleasant and it was nice to be able to sit outside late on of an evening. The pool was nice though not large. My children enjoyed it and my husband thought the gym was good. The shuttle bus to the Waterfront was good though you do have to pay. Best of all were the huge breakfasts with a great selection of food and attentive staff.

  • Liked — The breakfasts and the helpful staff
  • Disliked — The fact it's a shuttle journey to the Waterfront though the shuttle is very regular so it's not a problem and the open top bus tour has a stop very near which is great!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

We booked on a SunBreak offer which included breakfast. The breakfast was more than we could want with an omelet bar, fresh fruit and hot and cold selections. Although the room was a little small it was well appointed, clean and comfortable. The staff was wonderful. The concierge was informative and offered us great suggestions as what to do and where to go. We had a hire car and drove to the Waterfront which is just a few minuets away with plenty of safe parking. Although this was high session we did not find traffic too difficult and did not feel the need to use the hotel shuttle.

We would certainly consider staying here again.

  • Liked — Comfortable Clean
  • Disliked — A little cramped
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

This hotel is located about 5-10 min walk from the popular tourist spot Waterfront. It is perfectly safe to walk there during daylight. Otherwise take a taxi or use the hotel shuttle.

The bar area is lively and has a good seating area.

Pool area is kind of small and the pool was mostly used by kids during my stay. The Southern Sun Waterfront is adjacent to the more "posh" Southern Sun Cullinan.

Rooms are identical, it is just that the Cullinan is better looking and attracts more business travelers. It is also a bit more expensive.

The room was clean and holds up well for a four star ranking. No minibar is annoying but room service works very well. Bed was comfy.

  • Liked — Laid back and relaxed four star hotel
  • Disliked — Small plastic bathtub
  • Stayed January 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2008

If I ever go back to Cape Town, and I really hope I will, there is NO doubt in my mind where I'll be staying- the southern sun waterfront.

The rooms are beautiful, the staff is amazing and the shuttle to and from the waterfront was very useful!!!

Highly recommended!!!

Dikla, Israel

  • Liked — the rooms and shuttle
  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Cambridge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2008

We stayed here for four nights after spending some time in Durban and only booked here because the City Lodge was full (although we subsequently heard bad reviews of the City Lodge anyway). To our delight we were upgraded to a suite which was very swanky. Room was clean, staff were friendly and couldn't fault anything. Can't comment on food as we didn't eat breakfast at the hotel (bit pricey at R100 each when you can get much better down the Waterfront) Car park under the hotel was charged at R30 per day but it was safe and they even helped us push start our hire car when it failed to start! Hotel very close to the waterfront, we felt very safe walking to and from hotel even at night although the road outside is five lanes and had to be taken at a run!. There were a few beggers around on the way to the waterfront but they soon lost interest if you politely but firmly said NO. Lots of security about and one even escorted us home one evening (for a small tip of about 20p).

  • Liked — Friendly
  • Disliked — Car Park Charge
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1 Lower Buitengracht Street | Private Bag X3, Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#30 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#34 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#40 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#41 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town 4*
Number of rooms: 546
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wonderful sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean assist in making the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town a preferred business and holiday destination. A mere 15 minutes' drive from Cape Town International Airport, a 5 minute walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and within walking distance to the V&A Waterfront, this hotel is superbly located to offer every guest easy access to the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Breathtaking views of Table Mountain can be enjoyed from rooms that offer all the quality and comfort you would expect from a full service hotel. Offering guests a fitness centre, a pool and convenient meeting rooms and a business centre, the Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town caters for all possible business or leisure traveller needs.Modern, chic and spaciously comfortable, these Waterfront hotel rooms offer guests a rejuvenating, fully serviced escape from the bustling energy of Cape Town. The decor is tasteful and classy with an edge. Amenities cater for all possible requirements and include 24 hour in room dining and a host of channels available on satellite. Business travellers can make use of the in room wireless internet access and the workstation with work lamp. Smoking and wheelchair accessible rooms are available on request.Unique cuisine and relaxed dining are just two of the many aspects that make this a simply superb dining experience to all restaurant guests. The Yizani Restaurant is inspired by everything local and isauthentically South African. Yizani translates as "Come in...Welcome" in Xhosa, and is perfectly appropriate in that this restaurant offers a world-class welcome that sets the scene for the experience to follow. Our Pool Bar offers daily cocktail happy hours - 2 for 1 specials from 17:00 to 19:00. Our Pool Bar is associated with official Brandy Urban Cocktail Route. ... more   less 
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