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Derwent House Boutique Hotel

14 Derwent Road Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 08/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 08/17/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 125 hotels in Cape Town Central
2020 Travelers' Choice Best of the Best
In a city renowned for hospitality, Derwent House stands out as one of Cape Town's leading boutique guesthouses. Located in the heart of the vibrant Tamboerskloof/Gardens neighbourhood, this small hotel combines historic charm, contemporary Afro-chic style and all mod-cons for a uniquely Capetonian blend of ambience, warmth, and comfort. Our wonderful team completes the picture -- we go the extra mile for you and our guests leave as friends. We love colour and celebrate African design - you'll find it everywhere. But when it comes to the basics - like breakfast, bedding, showers, climate control, Wi-fi or news from home - we don't compromise so you don't have to. At Derwent House, you're steps away from the hustle and buzz of Kloof Street, with its collection of superb restaurants, bars and trendy boutiques--and just a few further to the nightlife hub of Bree and Long Streets. Yet just a short car journey from the Table Mountain cable car, the beaches of Clifton or Camp's Bay, and the V&A Waterfront. There's nowhere more central -- but come and see for yourself. We're waiting for you!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
24-hour front desk
Secured parking
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Private balcony
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, German and 2 more


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Alison M wrote a review Jan 21
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Such an ideal location close to all the major attractions (Museums, waterfront etc.) and lying just beneath Lion's Head, just a short drive away from good hiking! Great coffee, bakeries and restaurants are literally a walk away. The hotel itself is small but stylish and the owner's love for African décor and fabric shines through in carefully selected pieces throughout the hotel and rooms. Managers are friendly and always ready to help out or offer advice. Thank you Anahid, Armin and the team for a fantastic stay, hope to be back soon!
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Date of stay: January 2021
2 Helpful votes
Delys wrote a review Jan 18
1 contribution1 helpful vote
This stylish Cape Town guest house is like a warm embrace on a cold day in these challenging times. Enter the door and you’ll be greeted with all the essential Covid safe protocols at every stage of the check-in and stay - but they have otherwise crafted an ambience within that allows you to forget all about the pandemic outside. It’s truly an oasis. More warm, hospitable and responsive hosts I’ve scarcely experienced. From Luca and Future, the ever present mind-reading managers who anticipate your every need to Florence in the kitchen (who’ll customize her famous omelette to your every whim!) to friendly,efficient Kwanele who’s meticulously sanitizing everything with a smile. Sitting by the pool with our books in the sun - Future was on hand with a selection of sun protection products - and chilled watermelon and iced water to refresh. Luca gave us the insider tips needed to choose the safest route to climb Table Mountain according to our fitness level and meanwhile equipped us with a rucksack loaded with iced water, map and towels on our way out. Breakfast on Christmas morning was truly special ! The owners and team made us all feel like family - our fellow guests from France commented on how awesome it was. The lavish buffet spread complete with Christmas tree fashioned from fruit, the celebratory glass of bubbles, the canapés, Eggs Benedict and thoughtful personal gifts just made our day. With Christmas crackers, jokes and silly hats to top it off. If you have to spend Christmas far from home, make sure it’s at Cape Town’s most welcoming boutique hotel! The really great quiet location is close to everything - including walking distance to lots of great restaurants- and excellent high-speed WiFi. We could not have asked for more. We truly loved our Derwent house experience. Thank you Derwent team for everything - we will definitely be back again soon.
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Date of stay: December 2020
2 Helpful votes
Beulah wrote a review Dec 2020
7 contributions1 helpful vote
This is the third time we have been to Derwent House and we can say that the service which has always been excellent continues to exceed expectations! The breakfast spread never disappoints and there is always something for everyone! However, my favourite part is relaxing by the Derwent pool where the ever-attentive Future brings out delicious snacks and ice cold water, plays great summer tunes quietly in the background and makes the best gin cocktails I’ve ever had!!!! The only regret is that I drank it so fast that I didn’t take a picture!! Derwent House is a treat throughout the year but especially during the summer!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
2 Helpful votes
Response from Derwent owners, Owner at Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Responded 1 week ago
It was so lovely to welcome you back again, Beulah--thanks for your generous feedback! It's heartening to hear that we haven't lost the service knack through the long quiet months. We're delighted to see guests enjoying the pool and house again--you and your friends brought the house to life! And indeed, what better way to while away the sunny Cape Town summer afternoons than by the pool with one of Future's unique craft gin concoctions 🍸? Thank you for taking the time to share your favourite Derwent House moments with other travellers here -- we really appreciate it and so do they! We'll be looking forward to your next visit: Future's working on new cocktails for you as we speak . . . Wish you and your family a very happy new year! See you in 2021, Anahid & the Derwent team
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Brenda wrote a review Dec 2020
10 contributions1 helpful vote
Having travelled from the UK, I highly recommend this place. They cared for and looked after me so well (eg they knew I liked oat milk so they got me some for my coffees)!! One of my favourite bits was the cute little gin bar / selection that was put out in the afternoon whilst I was soaking up the sun😍. Christmas breakfast was such a delight too!
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled solo
2 Helpful votes
Response from Derwent owners, Owner at Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thanks for your lovely feedback, Brenda -- we're delighted that you felt nurtured and well cared-for. And most of all: Covid-safe! It's so difficult in these times to hit the fine line between hygiene and hospitality. I'm so pleased that we got it right for you. And what better way to celebrate the season in South African sunshine than with one of our refreshing craft gin cocktails poolside . . . 🌞 Happy to share the recipe, as requested. Thank you for joining us for Christmas brunch--your smiles and good cheer made our day! Wish you a very happy new year, safe travels home and hope to see you back again soon--in Covid-free times! Cheers, Anahid & the Derwent team
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Sebastian H wrote a review Dec 2020
Cape Town, South Africa32 contributions7 helpful votes
Arriving at Derwent House, obe is greeted not only by very friendly staff but also an " all african" flair, created by all the different artworks from all over Africa. The display isnicely colorfull and transport the vibrant african spirit. The little kitchen at which one can serve oneself with coffee for free and all kinds of drinks for a low price is defi atelya big bonus.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled on business
1 Helpful vote
Response from Derwent owners, Owner at Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Responded 4 weeks ago
So pleased that our African art and design touched your senses, Sebastien H--many thanks for your kind words! As de facto "decorator-in-chief" at Derwent House, I'm always thrilled when guests admire our decor and the ambience it creates. However, have also to admit that Africa in general and South Africa in particular give us lots of colour, shapes, textures and materials to work with. We love African design and hope that Derwent House is a worthy showcase! I'm glad you made good use of our self-serve kitchen and Honesty bar -- we think this communal space is key to the cosy and intimate atmosphere we pride ourselves on. Not only does it give you the flexibility and freedom to help yourself to whatever you'd like, whenever you'd like it, but it's a great place to meet and mingle with other guests and the team if you want . . . It was a pleasure hosting you and your colleagues and we look forward to your next visit--coffee's waiting for you! Have a happy new year and look forward to seeing you in 2021! Very best wishes from the whole team, Anahid
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Frequently Asked Questions about Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Christopher Moller Gallery (0.3 miles) and The Cape Town Opera Company (0.08 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black Sheep Restaurant, Manna Epicure, and Liquorice and Lime.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Derwent House Boutique Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Derwent House Boutique Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (1.0 miles), City Hall (0.8 miles), and Irma Stern Museum (3.9 miles).
Does Derwent House Boutique Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.