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Compass House
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Bantry Bay
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“A haven of tranquility with a beautiful view...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful boutique hotel, peaceful, amazing view, attention to detail and wonderful hospitality from Olivier, Rudolph and housekeeping staff. The house is luxurious and beautifully decorated, the rooms were spacious with plenty of storage and a comfy bed and kept immaculately clean. The pool and deck area is lovely as are the communal areas in the house, which we seemed to often have to ourselves. Just perfect!

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

Arriving at Compass House, nestled below Lion's head you can relax next to a 20m pool facing the Atlantic ocean in Bantry Bay with not a breath of wind. Enjoy an excellent buffet of breakfast European style with Swiss cheeses, local South African preserves, fresh seasonal fruit and more. A space of pure relaxing interior and spacious rooms while feeling at home enjoying the vista's of Cape Town. Thanks to Oliver and his team I'm looking forward to my next visit, while enjoy 'my space' at his guesthouse

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Upon on arriving at Compass House after a long and arduous flight from London and being greeted by Rudolph (who is a true asset to the place) with a couple of glasses of bubbly, we knew we were in for a very special time in our lives.

After dropping of the suitcases in our room and heading down to the stunning infinity pool, were we spent quite a lot of time during our stay lapping up the great weather and the tranquillity. The communal terrace and pool has the most amazing views over all of Bantry Bay and then some, some of the sunsets (with a cold glass of something in your hand) were probably the best that me and my lovely wife have ever seen....you just couldn't beat it.

After having a great night sleep in a very comfortable bed in a room that was spacious and accommodating we went down to the inclusive breakfast which pretty much took continental breakfast to a brand new level. The amount of jams, honeys, fruits, pastries, breads etc, etc was truly a feast with great choices of coffees, teas and juices. So well done Compass House, you definitely lived up to our expectations, actually you exceeded them.

As the days wore on and sadly enough to say they went passed too quickly we truly fell in love with the place with a great honesty bar with a very good selection of drinks. It felt like you were staying at someone's house and they have entrusted you with the keys so you were pretty much left to your own devises and to whatever you liked, within reason of course.......there were other guests there as well...lol.

After a day or so there we got the opportunity to meet Oliver (the owner) and what an absolutely affable host he was indeed, he made us both feel so welcome and by the end of our stay we felt that we had gained a friend for life as we did with Rudolph as well. Both Oliver and Rudolph have got a way about them that makes you feel very welcome and appreciated as a guest, which you rarely get with corporate or resort type place and sometimes even with some boutique hotels. It is a good balance between knowing when you need something and when you want to left alone.

This brings me to an important part of my review - the concept of Compass House - as I have mentioned above if you are looking for a corporate hotel or one of 'those' five star resorts with around the clock amenities than I am afraid to say you are certainly looking at the wrong property. At Compass House they have really created a home away from home feel, where you can relax and chill out. It is a completely stress-free environment and I am sure that if I would have asked for something out of the ordinary then the answer would most likely been yes if it wasn't something completely outrageous.....

Too finally sum it up, would we go again....we can't wait....would we recommend it.....we can't stop talking about it to the point that we will most likely never get in again. Well done Oliver, Rudolph and the rest of the team at Compass House in creating an environment which oozes charm and understated luxury .....keep up the great work and we will hopefully see you soon.......Dan and Nicola

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2013

Our one week stay at Compass house was very pleasant. The house is ideally located at Bantry Bay, not far from Cape Town centre. Brathtaking view on the atlantic.
The owner, Olivier, and his adlatus, Rudolf, are managing the house in a perfect way. They are very friendly and helpful.
The pool is excellent, and has the right size for swimming. Rooms are big enough, ours was right in front of th pool, with a small terrasse to sit and enjoy the sunset.
A very good breakfast is served on the upper terrasse.
Overall: we have been very pleased with this guesthouse and will come gain.

Room Tip: lower level pool side
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

It was a first time visiting SA and Cape Town and I'm glad that we stayed at Compass House. Its' interior reminds me of Swiss style, relaxing and luxurious but minimal. The location of Hotel is above hill side so it's got open ocean view with beautiful sunset. I loved break fast setting there, eg. five different kind of honey. The attention to detail is what makes difference. I only wished that I had my own sound system in the room. That's all.

  • Stayed November 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

We stayed at compass house boutique for 2 nights... We wake up to an amazing view, the rooms are very confortable, feels like home and more! Breakfast has everything, from croissants to eggs, fresh squeezed orange juice etc... Location is about 10 min taxi from water front and 10 from amazing camps bay!!! The owner is very kind and staff too!! Very peacefull place to stay and relax and enjoy the view!!

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

Beautifully decorated property with amazing views not far from the happening places of Cape Town. We had two wonderful, dreamy nights (wish it could have been more - next time!) in luxurious bedrooms and surroundings. Breakfasts were delicious and an honesty bar with lovely champagne and of course a huge choice of other drinks, alcoholic or otherwise. Last but not least, 'hosts with the most' Rudolphe & Olivier and their team were exceptionally welcoming and helpful - great restaurant recommendation guys!
Can't wait to go back and use the pool and deck when the weather is better.

Room Tip: Rooms with direct access onto the pool deck.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Compass House
Address: 154 Kloof Road, Bantry Bay 8005, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Bantry Bay
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Bantry Bay
#3 Spa Hotel in Bantry Bay
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bantry Bay
#4 Luxury Hotel in Bantry Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Compass House 5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Compass House, perfectly positioned on the shores of the Atlantic Seaboard, promises its guests the ultimate in style and comfort. Located in Bantry Bay, just two minutes from the beach-front and ten minutes away from the city center, guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the ocean from every room. Compass House enjoys a warm atmosphere. It has wooden floors throughout. The biggest swimming pool in Cape Town and patio lend themselves brilliantly for daytime relaxation and witnessing the beautifully blissful South African sunset. ... more   less 
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