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“Simply the Best!”
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Upperbloem
Ranked #50 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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Olsztyn, Poland
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3 reviews
“Simply the Best!”
Reviewed November 9, 2010

Amazing views from the terrace and room, discrette and perfect services, helpful and friendly host, rich breakfast (croissants, cakes, yoghurt, milk, cofffe, tea, musli/flakes, bread and tosts, fruits: almost during all day; so you can do your afternoon rest with coffee and cakes on the terrace). Fridge to your own use, plug-adapters (note there is different standard in SA), cleaning everyday. Owner Katrin may arrange the taxi transport from/to the airport, as well as the car hire (the best rates in the city!!). Rates seems to be reasonable, with many ways to pay (including credit card, what should be recommended with regard the high commission fees in banks when exchanging money). There is also possible to swim in the pool, however it was too cold doing this in October!
Conclusion: all you need during your trip you find at Upperbloem, and Katrin and her suggestions and advices as the extras!

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled on business
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Stonehaven UK
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Reviewed March 29, 2010

Upperbloem is a breath of fresh air. Katrin is the most caring host I have encountered in all my travels - ever! She goes out of her way to make everyone feel most welcome.The accommodation is no-frills but very comfortable, very clean and fantastic value. You can even get your laundry done for a knock down price. Upperbloem sits very high up in Cape Town and the view of Table Mountain from the breakfast room and shared balcony is awesome. Breakfast comprises nice breads, cheese, pastries fruit, fruit juice, tea, coffee etc. Jardine's, the restaurant just down the hill serves very good food. The only drawback - the walk back up the hill. Taxis are cheap and a very good investment considering the hill, but if you did not have the hill you would not have the view

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

We arrived at midnight and were greeted by Katrin and offered a drink and shown to our rooms. She was available in her flat and was happy to answer queries. She gave us advice on good places to eat.

Upper Bloem is situated in a quiet mixed area at the top of a hill with superb views of the Waterfront and Table Mountain from the dining/sitting room. It is 10 minutes walk down to Long Street where there are several cafes/restaurants (longer back uphill!) and slightly less to a bus stop on the tourist bus service (only 1 stop from the cablecar to Table Mountain). Getting to the Waterfront is not really possible by tourist bus (the bus services only go in one direction) but involves a 35 minute walk or taxi ride which Katrin will arrange. However this disadvantage is more than outweighed by the view and opportunity to relax at Upper Bloem.

Bo Kaap is a quiet area of low density housing which seems very safe to walk around. Parking is not a problem on the streets. It would appear to be predominantly Muslim with three or four mosques in the area and the calls of the muzzein being heard at intervals throughout the day (and early morning!).

The rooms were fairly basic but very clean and the beds comfortable. Breakfast was self service and included coffee/tea, juice, joghurt, excellent rolls and bread, jam, cheese slices, muesli,fruit and sometimes muffins or cake.

The sun caught the dining/sitting and deck area from early morning to mid afternoon.

We started our car hire (a number of companies operate from a 15 minute walk radius of the guest house) on the last day to be able to visit Cape Point but could see little advantage in having a car for visiting the city and its environs. The tourist buses offer an excellent service and a bit of planning could make very good use of the service to see most of the sights.

We spent four nights here would definitely stay here again if we returned to Cape Town.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
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Fremantle, Australia
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Reviewed February 9, 2010

Very central, nice rooms, fantastic shared kitchen / balcony. The only problem we had was the dog next door making a lot of noise at 6am every morning but it wouldn't stop us returning.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with friends
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Gaborone, Botswana
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Reviewed October 4, 2009

Right at the top of the hill in the residential Bo Kaap district, Upper Bloem is in a great spot, a short walk (down the hill, an epic climb back up especially if 31 weeks pregnant) from lively Long Street and with great views from our room and the shared balcony of the city, docks and Table Mountain. Our room was simple - I suppose minimalist - but comfortable. Katrin, the German owner, was welcoming and breakfast (do it yourself toast, cereals, fresh fruit and pastries) good enough to set us up for a day's exploring. Parking is on street but seemed safe enough if you take usual precautions of not leaving valuables on show and Katrin will provide phone numbers for taxis. Due to the balcony I would not recommend this guesthouse for those with small children. For those who like a lie in, beware that the curtains are very thin and the local mosques call for prayer at 5am. Overall, recommended, especially for the stunning views and value for money.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

very sweet and helpfull owner, nice rooms, perfect view, and cool city

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Upperbloem
Address: 8 Upper Bloem Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#9 Best Value Hotel in Cape Town Central
#23 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#35 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Upperbloem 3*
Number of rooms: 7
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