I stayed at HSL for five nights with my wife as our first stop in SA for our honeymoon. First off I will clarify that I would like to give the hotel an overall 3.5 rating, but I do not believe Trip Advisor allows half stars so I settled on 4 overall. Upon arrival we were greeted by the security/door man who handled our luggage. At the desk we met Ramona who was one of two receptionists during our stay. She greeted us warmly and led us to our room. We were in room 20 which is one of the larger and newer rooms.
The hotel seemed to be well located, in the Greenpoint neighborhood. Since it is on the Main Road most taxis could get you to the vicinity with no trouble. Trips to Table Mountain/Lion's Head were about 100-120 ZAR and to V&A Waterfront it was about 30-40 ZAR depending on if they used the meter or not. Just down the road from the hotel, in Sea Point, you can find a Clicks Pharmacy, grocery Store, and numerous Asian restaurants of which I would highly recommend Hisheng.
The room was extremely spacious with a nice desk area against the wall and below the tv, open area between the desk and the bed and nice and comfortable queen size bed. Next to the bed was the sink area, shower and toilet room. To the side of the open area was also a large wardrobe for hanging/storing clothes, coffee maker and empty mini fridge. We certainly did not feel cramped because of the open layout, which was nice considering we stayed for so many nights. We also had a balcony, that is shared with the room next door, overlooking the neighborhood behind us.
Breakfast was served in the downstairs dining room. The selections included a great spread of pastries, fruit, meat and cheese, coffee/tea and cereals. There was also a hot selection of scrambled eggs, grilled mushrooms and grilled tomatoes. You can also ask for eggs to order. Be sure not to miss the chocolate croissants. They are divine!
The primary reason for the reduction in star rating is because, in my opinion, HSL does not live up to its 4 star hotel rating. I found HSL to be more of a 3 star B&B and I was a little disappointed overall. But what HSL lacks in creature comforts (i.e., designer toiletries, hair dryer, room safe etc.), it makes up for in one on one service. Both Ramona and Ted always greeted us with a smile, and more often than not by name. They were always willing to phone a taxi for us, make dinner reservations, confirm our tour/transfer times and check if Table Mountain was open. Most mornings we also were able to chat with Jeff, the owner, and he would advise us on things to do both in Cape Town and elsewhere around the country. We also often made small talk and got to know each other on a more personal level. We always felt welcome and comfortable at HSL.
In short, I had a good experience at HSL. If you are looking for a comfortable and friendly place to call home base while exploring the Cape, then HSL is the place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Head South Lodge has become one of Cape Town's leading boutique hotels. The combination of its sophisticated style and funky atmosphere over 18 years, has proven to be an attractive mix for all guests. Position and service are the strong points of Head South. Guests are offered recommendations, and assisted with directions to sites within and outside of Cape Town. ... more less
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- Head South Lodge Cape Town, South Africa