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Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa
Ranked #8 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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“An excellent boutique hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

Echoing many of the other reviews we only have positive things to say about the Glen Boutique Hotel. After a week spent in the Tamboerskloof area of Cape Town we were initially reluctant to relocate having settled in the area, but on arrival at the Glen Boutique that was all forgotten. The welcome was fantastic with everything done to make us feel at ease, the staff set a high standard from the beginning which was maintained for the whole of our stay.

We had originally booked the Glen Boutique Hotel based on its great Tripadvisor reviews and as a place to relax following a busy first week in Cape Town, but really could not of anticipated how special our stay was going to be. On our first day with the weather not being great we spent our day at the hotel enjoying our spacious room, relaxing at the bar and making use of the spa facilities, all made very easy by the service provided. This was to be repeated many times over our stay as the weather picked up and we were able to sunbathe and enjoy the beautiful pool area. The staff again made sure all our needs were catered for with notable mentions going to Arnold, Bogdan, Rudi and Moses who always seemed to be on hand to know just what you wanted and when you wanted it. We would have to apologise to the other staff at this point as I'm afraid I didn't catch your name tags. The breakfasts were superb with lots of variety including hot and continental offerings. The evening menu was limited but the standard of the food was good and more than was expected for a boutique hotel.

I'm afraid we cannot express to have gotten to know Sea Point, the area the hotel is situated in very well as we tended to take taxis back into the city or Camps Bay in the evenings, on our journeys through the area it did seem to have lots of restaurants and amenities. The location is fantastic though if like us you wanted to split your time between the city itself and Camps Bay.

A big thank you once again to everyone at the Glen Boutique who who made a special city even better. We'll certainly be back.

Jamie and Sarah

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2013

I stayed in the luxurious hotel which is The Glen for 5 days. Upon arrival I was greeted by staff members Philip and Jean Paul, very courteous and friendly. Checking in and out was so easy. You couldnt ask for anything better. The room was great from the bed to the beautiful view of the city and ocean. Very helpful and knowledgeable about the city from activities to attractions to city history. I might add, I forgot something I purchased in the van from the day trip that The Glen booked for me. Philip and the staff went out there way to find the driver and delivered it to me. I would recommend everyone to stay in The Glen at least one night. You wouldn't want to leave.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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St-Germain-en-Laye, France
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

The Glen is, by far, the luxury boutique hotel with the most friendly, helpful and smart staff i 've ever been in. This team made my stay the best ever i had in any hotel (...as a frequent traveller with more than 70 hotel nights/year in boutique hotel and 4/5 stars). What made my stay unique is not only the fantastic quiet and green location of the hotel in Cape Town city (close to everything), not only the large and elegant room with a sea view, but also the exceptional friendly atmosphere, the "ready to help" and smart attitude of each team member. Definitely a great team both collectively and individually! I never found any hotel so far where i felt so comfortable and happy to socialize with the staff for a drink, a chat and even a unique dinner party in the city with 4 of the team members!
At the Glen I didn't face any "artificial or commercial" complaisant attitude. I believe that Mark, the owner, and Phil, the general manager, have a unique talent to recruit and motivate their team. Their generosity and humanity is the soul of The Glen . I was also impressed by their involvement: they are always here to ensure the best possible service from early morning to late evening. Each team member is so much truly committed that I felt like invited to their private house. Each one definitely exceed expectations.

I found The Glen Hotel by chance. When I googled "gay friendly hotels", I had no idea what a gem I was about to discover. I confirmed my booking after reading the excellent and consistent comments on Trip Advisor.
I had a couple of emails contact with Phillip, the Guest Relations Manager, before my arrival. Philipp could not have been more obliging or helpful. He organized for me the transfer and a great massage just when i arrived at the Hotel (he adapted kindly to my flight delay!).The day after, he found a great yoga trainer for a private session in my large room! This was the first time he had such a request but nothing was going to be too hard for him. He found the best trainer in the area and he convinced him to come!
After the relaxing and revitalizing massage of Hano, I felt ready to enjoy a nice walk from the hotel along the Indian Ocean. I was convinced by the charming smiling staff members to stay for the dinner at the hotel, (probably the best option after 18 hours trip from my home in France!). I truly enjoyed pleasant discussions (nothing commercial neither artificial...just friendly) with the team. This is how I met Bogdan who created the most elegant, giant and delicious fresh fruit salad ever!! Just imagine half of a big watermelon filled in with the biggest variety of fruits! Bogdan has a great talent for creating contacts and to make your stay unforgettable.
Now, The Glen is definitely the place in the world I dream to come back for holidays during the no-rain-summer-season to enjoy the spa and the large pool areas and to have good time with the amazing team of The Glen. An new opportunity to know more Morris, Rudi and Riaan who have been so kind and helpful...

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

I chose the Glen Boutique Hotel partially because of the reviews here, and just because I wanted to stay somewhere a little more intimate. I've found that you can't always depend on reviews but in this case The Glen Boutique lived up to every one, and exceeded most of them.

The room was very clean, which is always most important to to me, and very stylish while still making me feel right at home. It had all the amenities I could imagine needing. I was able to work and relax in comfort and luxury.

Although everything was excellent, the staff was the best part of the visit. From the time I walked in the door I felt like I was among friends. The restaurant in the hotel topped it all. They food was awesome. The presentation looked like it was done by a top food stylist, and although I didn't think it was possible it tasted even better than it looked. I can't say enough nice things about my waiter Bogdan. He made me feel like I was the only diner in the restaurant. He not only fulfilled every request but anticipated a few I didn't even know I had! He also took time to introduce me to Clara the chef so I could thank her personally for the amazing food she prepared. Once I ate one meal here, I had no interest in dining elsewhere.

Needless to say I will be returning to the Glen Boutique soon and often!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013 via mobile

My husband and i spent a night at this little gem and had a wonderful time. The check in was completely painless combined with a much needed welcoming drink. The room is a lovely size and we instantly jumped into our fluffy white gowns and headed for the sauna and jacuzzi. It was heaven. We managed to lock our personals inside the safe and the staff sorted the problem lightning fast with much humor to erase our embarrassment. The room was beautiful and the whole hotel has small little touches of beauty around every corner. Breakfast was outstanding and i can truthfully say we were very sad to leave. Little things like the in house washing cloths, lovely soft gowns and little sewing kit and nail files was the cherry on a very beautiful cake. We will return and advise every one we know to also visit this little piece of heaven. Well done!

Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2013

The Glen was a wonderful hotel that met all our expectations. Everyone we dealt with always had a smile on their faces and very helpful and professional. Phillip took my booking that included a double room and car for 3 days, the car was brand new and the room was lovely, spacious and clean. Breakfast was amazing, we had all the choices of continental and a warm breakfast. Thank you to Phillip and his team who really went the extra mile to accommodate all our needs.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2013

Our stay at the glen hotel, capetown, was absolutely fabulous. We stayed here for 5 nights and checked out today morning. The entire staff was extremely friendly and helpful. The assisted us with the entire bookings right from the whale watching and shark cage diving, to renting a car to bookings for gold reef city theme park in joburg and vineyard tour in stellenBosch. Thanks a ton to Phillip, Riaan and Morris for extending tremendous assistance with regards to everything. The breakfast and overall service was very good. We being a couple, we were also accommodated with a better room after 2 nights of staying with them, inspire of the hotel running full. We were also assisted with the car tyre puncture by the hotel guys and directions / maps to local sight seeing spots with safe & convenient timings. Wud very highly recommend the glen hotel for couples, family, friends and for people on business trips too. I hv never experienced such hospitality ever before.

Also a very big thanks to trip advisor as we got a car hire free from the hotel as we had booked 5 nights with the glen. This was made poss only by trip advisor and we hv done all our future bookings through this sight.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa
Address: 3 The Glen Road | Sea Point, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Cape Town Central
#2 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#7 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#8 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#8 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#9 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Glen Boutique Hotel & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Sea Point, Cape Town, The Glen Boutique Hotel offers luxurious accommodation in a breathtaking setting. As a non-discriminatory hotel we warmly welcome both straight and gay guests from all over the world. In addition to free WiFi and satellite TV the hotel also offers guests a spa and outdoor pool. The spa includes a spacious steam room, a traditional Swedish sauna and a Jacuzzi. We offer a selection of rooms with different views; some rooms either face the ocean or the mountain, while some open directly onto the pool area. Many of the rooms have their own private balcony. The hotel also offers a luxurious penthouse apartment, which includes restricted elevator access, breathtaking views, a private living and dining room and a double volume bathroom. Guests can enjoy continental or full English breakfasts on the terrace overlooking the pool or at the restaurant, and the a la carte menu provides for round-the-clock informal dining. Fresh juices, teas and coffees are available throughout the day. Easy to find, the Hotel is only 12 miles from Cape Town International Airport with on-site parking as well as an airport shuttle. ... more   less 
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