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“Home away from Home”
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Rodwell House
Ranked #4 of 7 St. James B&B and Inns
Toronto
Level 6 Contributor
196 reviews
121 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
“Home away from Home”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

Stayed here for 5 nights and would have stayed longer if there was availablilty.
This is a small boutique hotel in the quiet town of St James just a 15 minute drive from Cape Town.

It faces the Ocean which is a few seconds walk away. There is a wonderful walk along the beach on a small paved route to Muizenberg 15 to 20 minutes away. Once in Muizenberg you can walk for miles and miles along the beautiful beach.

This hotel has wonderful large updated bright accomodation with a very distinct emphasis on personal hospitable service. Thanks to Ren and Kate who made our stay so special.

Beautiful garden with a relaxing pool.

The food and wine is excellent. Location is wonderful for relaxation and all the attractions of Cape Town and the surrounding wine areas which are within a 30 minute drive max from here. I would recommend having a car or driver if you want to take in all the sites.

Would not hesitate to recommend this hotel and we look forward to returning next year.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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joannemcgilvray, General Manager at Rodwell House, responded to this review, January 9, 2013
Thank you so much, Family Tokalosh! We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Rodwell House again one day, hopefully soon.
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

I stayed for five days, or my entire stay in the Cape Town area, and it was a great place to stay. The home itself was a 1920's, 30's mansion and has been perfectly restored and updated while retaining that sense of luxury. The room and the facilities were perfect and the staff went out of their way to make me feel at home and help with transport and dining options. The hotel is in a great and quiet coastal area, the views from the balconies are awe inspiring, breakfasts on the patio watching the ocean in particular was enjoyable. There are a number of great shops and restuarants down the road in Kalk Bay, a short walk ot taxi ride from the hotel, while the center of Cape Town is about a 30 minute ride away. I personally liked being somewhat removed from the city center though. The hotel can also help organize a wonderful experience in the nearby wineries, which I highly recommend

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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joannemcgilvray, General Manager at Rodwell House, responded to this review, November 20, 2012
Thank you! It was a great pleasure for us to have been able to host you at Rodwell House and look forward to hopefully being able to do so again in the future.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

We stayed at Rodwell House for 8 days as part of a broader South Africa trip, and this place truly exceeded all of our expectations.

Being a family of four, we were allotted adjoining rooms segregated from the rest of he rooms which meant we could freely move between rooms as required without disturbing the other guests. Not mentioning the fantastic views over False Bay and the Stellenbosch ranges, we loved the comfy sofas and art works in the rooms. It is so refreshing to have some real pictures on the walls compared to the standard mass produced decorative prints, scattered with pieces of old furniture. We even saw pods of Whales frolicking in the bay from our room and while having breakfast in the Sunroom.

Nothing is too much trouble for the staff, from arranging restaurant bookings, outdoor BBQs to cook locally caught fish, or helping us deal with a sick child.

We loved it so much we would love to come back.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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joannemcgilvray, General Manager at Rodwell House, responded to this review, October 3, 2012
Thank you so much. One of the greatest aspects of the business is getting to meet people from all over the world and it was an absolute pleasure to host you and your wonderful family at Rodwell House.
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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Roswell House is a wonderful hotel on the Cape Peninsula. Incredibly attentive staff, beautiful rooms, lovely facilities and a great overall feel. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed April 2012
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joannemcgilvray, General Manager at Rodwell House, responded to this review, April 12, 2012
Thank you so much for your very kind words. We endeavour to make our guests' experiences as pleasurable as possible and really do appreciate your feedback. It somehow makes it all worthwhile!

We look forward to welcoming you back to Rodwell House.

Kindest regards
Joanne McGilvray - General Manager
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed February 25, 2012

We stayed here during the last 4 days of our 8 day trip to Cape Town. We are impressed by the service of the staff and the quality of the room and facilities. The hotel only has about 8 rooms, and like most small boutique hotels, the staff are top notch and very personable. They will make any necessary arrangements for you, and helped me get a rental car. Additionally, we had multiple meals at the hotel, including a bbq that was amazing, with our own personal chef! We stayed in the Rodwell Suite which had an amazing view of the St James beach and changing rooms as well as the pool. The room was top notch, clean, and luxurious. We would stay here again and would recommend to friends.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 29, 2011

I stayed at Rodwell House as part of a wedding party who had book it for exclusive use. The staff were really excellent from start to finish. The groom's parents were unable to make the trip so the front of house assistant manager (I unfortunately can't remember his name) helped me set up a skype link on my laptop so they could at least view the nuptials online. He was particularly excellent throughout the stay even staying up while we had whiskies after diinner. Dinner itself was beautiful with fantastic food and top quality wine.

The rooms itself was spotless and had every mod con we could ask for including free wifi and a large wetroom. If I had one niggle it was that the water spilled out of the wetroom onto the bathroom floor but this was very minor.

Breakfast was a very relaxed affair on the terrace outside overlooking the bay It was fresh and beautifully presented and served with a smile.

As someone who is himself a hotel manager I expect good service when going to a hotel of this quality and it exceeded my expectations. I would happily recommend it to anyone.
Thank you for ensuring my friends had a wedding day to remember!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
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Thank Saffa1976
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

I arrived a lone female traveller to The Rodwell and was immediately asked if I would like to watch the Rugby SA v Wales......... SA won, but with a glass of wine after a tiring journey, I didnt seem to mind that much. Out of season the hotel was quiet and the weather sometimes a little wet, but my visit was exceptionally enjoyable. Out most days with my SA based relatives who lived close by.

I had a lovely breakfast every morning whilst watching the whales in the bay and spent time chatting with Jo, Christine, Remm & Peter + other members of the hotel staff. They are all fabulous and do their utmost to make you feel very welcome. I certainly hope I have an opportunity to return because it would feel just like coming home.

Enjoyed the Art Exhibition had wonderful evening. Take care Guys. JIll

Room Tip: St James Suite had fantastic view
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled solo
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Property: Rodwell House
Address: Rodwell Road, St. James 7945, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > St. James
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in St. James
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Rodwell House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Redefining luxury seaside holidays. Full sea views, garden or mountain views from our 7 spacious en suite bedrooms. Beautifully manicured gardens rich in scent and relaxation. The seven suites are gracious and spacious, delighting guests in an exclusive, stylish and luxurious manner. Rodwell House has been designed by the new owners to be a comfortable haven for relaxation. Don't forget to soak up the sun at our pool and take a walk through our beautiful garden in the front and terraced garden at the back. Simply lounge about on our gracious veranda that overlooks St James pool and the sea ahead or relax in our comfortable lounge near the fireplace with a glass of wine or cup of tea. Rent out the entire Villa for a wedding, birthday, weekend getaway, conferences or seminars. Including daily breakfast and daily servicing with the option of chef and butler services. We invite you to come and make yourself at home and enjoy all that our 85 year old stately manor has to offer. ... more   less 
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