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Cape Riviera
Ranked #33 of 163 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fantastic start to our holiday”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2012

We recently stayed at the Cape Riviera for 4 nights and couldn't recommend this guest house highly enough. From the outset, Lisa and Owen were extremely helpful and full of advice and guidance to ensure we got the most out of the time we had in Cape Town. They made excellent restaurant recommendations (especially Societi - our favourite of the entire holiday!), and were always on hand to assist where necessary, without being intrusive.

The guest house is colonial in style and very tastefully decorated. Our room had everything we could wish for and was lovely and clean.

Whilst the location might seem a little 'residential' for some, we really loved it as it was easy to find, close to a number of good eating spots and right next to the foot of Table Mountain. There's also loads of space to park outside, so there were no issues with having a car. As the taxis are so cheap anyway, we didn't bother with taking the car down to the V&A area.

We'd definitely return to the Cape Riviera the next time we're back in this wonderful city.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2012

We stayed at the Cape Riviera for 3 nights at the start of our tour of RSA. We hired a car for out two weeks from the airport and with the directions given by the hotel it was easy to find. The hotel was very good, although our room (3) in the main house was a little frayed around the edges and in need of some attention it did not distract from our stay. Large room with large bathroom and a small terrace area – although no views of the town or Table Mountain – again this was not a cause for concern as we intended to stay in our room as little as possible and cram in as much as possible during our stay. The hotel has a very old colonial feel and is furnished sympathetically. We had a very warm welcome from Lisa the Manager and she was very helpful with suggestions of places to visit and booking restaurants and cabs.
Top tip: If only in Cape Town for a few days take the opportunity to visit Table Mountain immediately it becomes available, we were fortunate to spot the opportunity and change our plans for that day, if we hadn’t we would not have got to go due to cloud (no view) or high winds (no cable car) – Lisa will let you know at breakfast if the time is right. Breakfast was excellent (great sausages). Quiet neighbourhood, a little out of town but easily accessible by taxi (cheap) or car. We did walk to Bacinis Italian on Kloof Street (about 10 minutes) and Societi, but got a cab back as it was all up hill. Nice hotel with a very friendly/homely feel and a great start to our trip.
Good selection of restaurants at Victoria and Alfred waterfront – 10 minutes car/taxi and easy to walk into town during the day through the Gardens (although it is all down hill). Hotel not particularly disabled friendly as there are a number of steps up from the road. Owen (owner) and Lisa extremely helpful with suggestions, booking cabs/restaurants

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Howard-Moon
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Northern Ireland
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9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

Stayed at the Cape Riviera in October 2010 for the first two nights of our honeymoon in South Africa. It’s been a while but we were so impressed that I had to post some comments. Thankfully, I kept a daily diary.

For handiness, most visitors to Cape Town stay and socialise by the Waterfront but it has something of a theme park feel and the prices to match. There are great guesthouses and hotels, like the Cape Riviera, which is just a five-minute taxi ride away and far better value.

Cape Riviera is a stunning guesthouse / hotel nestled in the suburbs below Table Mountain. It was built in the 1920s and, as the name suggests, was influenced by a holiday the then owner took in the south of France. There is teak everywhere along with lovely furniture and well thought out décor.

The owner, Owen, was terrifically helpful with recommendations through our short stay. On the first night he directed us to ‘Societi’ restaurant nearby – a little gem of a place which is very popular with locals. Afterwards, we returned to our room to find it candlelit, champagne on ice, and flower petals strewn across the bed.

On our second night Owen recommended another top eaterie, the 'Opal Lounge', where we enjoyed another memorable meal. Here, two friendly Namibians bought us a bottle of champagne when they found out we were honeymooners.

Cape Riviera was quiet, authentic and wonderfully laid back. Be sure and check out the pics I’ve posted. It was also friendly and good value compared to hotels in the city centre.

Owen deserves credit for running such a lovely guesthouse and going the extra mile to ensure that guests experience the real Cape Town and not just the tourist traps.

  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank OnthemoveBelfast
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Newport, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2012

Cape Riviera surpassed our expectations in beauty, service, comfort, delicious breakfasts, special touches, and helpfulness. Lisa and Owen, with help from Samantha and Eric, saw to our every need, providing information and advice on where to go and what to see, calling taxis, reserving restaurants, helping with travel arrangements, and more. Our room was lovely and immaculate with all the amenities. If we return to Cape Town, we would definitely stay there.

Lee and Ben from Newport, RI

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lee B
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Istanbul, Turkey
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9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in November 2011. We thought the staff (especially Lisa) were very friendly and helpful. They gave wonderful restaurant recommendations, one of which was possibly our favorite dinner in Cape Town. The hotel is like an old charming colonial house, very warm and intimate. The room was large and had a wonderful bathroom (the bathtub was fantastic!). Champagne was given which was a real treat :) I was concerned about some other reviewer's posts about theft, but we had no such problems. We gave our valuables to the staff for lock-up in the office safe. There was a small pool but we had no interest in it in the middle of such a wonderful city. Breakfast was OK, and the coffee was good. They helped us order in dinner one night when we were too tired to leave the hotel. We rented a car and we found this hotel was in a good location; easy to get to the harbor and easy to get onto the highway. All in all I would recommend this hotel to someone who wants a safe, warm, friendly experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank gigglesNY
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Abergavenny, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2012

We stayed for 5 nights in Jan this year. The room was a very high standard and breakfast equally good. The manager there was very helpful in recommending resteraunts to us and he made lots of phone calls to book us taxi's etc. We got engaged while there and were surprised with a bottle of champagne in an ice bucket in our room. Very happy stay and well worth a visit.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank GarethEdwards9
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London
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26 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

We stayed here for 5 nights at the begining of December 2011. Having never visited Cape Town before, we had some doubts about staying in a hotel away from the Waterfront, but after taking some expert advice from our travel agent, 2by2 Holidays, we decided to stay here and we were so glad that we did. The hotel is situated in a quiet residential area, but not far from some really great restaurants. To be honest, we only went to the Waterfront on 2 occasions and I was not that impressed with it. It's really just a big shopping mall with chainstore-type shops and eating places. In my opinion, there are so many more interesting things to do and some amazing restaurants to try (Opal Lounge, Five Flies, Societi Bistro) elsewhere in the city. The main building of the hotel is beautifully decorated (colonial/art deco) as was our room, which had a balcony, a superb spacious bathroom, a very comfortable bed and views of both Table Mountain and the City. The breakfast was fantastic. They offer a buffet of cold items and a cooked breakfast, to order, too. All the staff were wonderfully friendly and helpful but the star of the show was Lisa. Her welcome was amazing and her recommendations for activities, restaurants and even her weather forecasts were always spot on. I would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel and I shall definitely be returning in the future.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank charlton69
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Property: Cape Riviera
Address: 31 Belvedere Avenue | Oranjezicht, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #33 of 163 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cape Riviera 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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