Review from an experienced international traveler. Note: I lived in SA for two years so can't say if this was good value/money as I've never paid to stay here before this.
-the location: on a quiet road between two fun streets in a great neighbourhood which offers everything you need in terms of restos, coffee spots, bars, even a good club. If you're walking, it's a fairly safe area, close enough so you can reach Long St. by foot, and there are cheap cabs everywhere. Camps Bay is a ten-minute 8$ cab ride, for example.
-outstanding breakfast, lots of delicious choices
-the staff/ownership are very friendly and helpful. Went out of their way to accommodate.
-the grounds are lovely. You don't expect this much space in a downtown B+B, but there are quiet nooks everywhere, including the secluded deck w/pool. The pool is quite a bit smaller than it seems in the picture (think large jacuzzi), and the view from the deck pictured in the ad doesn't quite reflect the current reality as you can't see town through the roof of the adjacent buildings, but it's lovely all the same.
-room size varies, but my first room (#2) was massive, which is unusual in most B&Bs.
The Not So Good:
-the rooms feel as though you're staying at a friend's place. A tidy friend, but one who should replace his shabby carpets. It's not a 4* well appointed B&B; anyone expecting the 'little luxuries' will be disappointed. It's a great place to launch your exploration of Cape Town, not to stay in your room.
-the noises: this was the most serious problem, at least in Room 2 and I would presume Room 1. I could hear the pipes roaring whenever they took a shower (sadly my neighbour was an early riser), and my contribution to the noise pollution occurred every time I used the taps, which caused a racket which lasted 30 seconds after they were switched off. This was brought to the attention of the owner. And a common occurrence in B&Bs: when people file in and out early in the morning or late at night, they often don't have the courtesy to keep conversation and noise to a minimum. So if you're a night owl and hope to sleep in, this isn't the place for you. That said, the "upper" rooms in the adjacent wing in which I stayed for one night seemed quieter and more secluded.
-the internet was at normal SA speed in common areas, but I had no coverage in my room, which one of the staff confirmed was normal.
Three-star accommodation with five-star staff in a five-star location. It was perfect for my purposes (I extended my stay by three days) but I could understand if it didn't fit everyone's needs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The guest house is a restored Victorian building with modern interior, in the trendy Kloof Street restaurant district. Walk to the city centre to visit museums, art galleries and gardens. Fifteen individually decorated, en-suite bedrooms with king size or twin, extra long beds, air-conditioning, wi-fi, safe, hairdryer and tea tray. Breakfast is a feast. Splash pool and sundeck with a beautiful view of Table Mountain. Close to Waterfront, Table Mountain, Convention Centre and Camps Bay/Clifton beaches. Enclosed parking. Airport transfers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Leeuwenvoet House Cape Town, South Africa