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“A wonderful introduction to South Africa” 5 of 5 bubbles
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MannaBay
Ranked #2 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A wonderful introduction to South Africa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2011

This place is a gem. We were picked up from Cape Town Airport by the complimentary transfer and landed at a fab boutique Hotel. Our room was ready for us even though we were early for check in. We were given some great advice about what to see and do and couldn't have stayed in a better place. The position is out of town but very close to Table Mountain.Breakfast was fabulous and all we needed to set us up for the day. The staff smiled from ear to ear and were SO charming. The room was fab and had it's own garden as well as an enormous double headed shower. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Julia S
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  • Sleep Quality
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Noumea, New Caledonia
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35 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2011

Mannabay was the first hotel we've been to in South Africa. We had 2 rooms: the black and white room and the explorer room. Both of them were very nice, clean with big bathrooms and great comfort.
All the team at the hotel was very helpful and very nice to us. Breakfast was the best we had in our entire stay!
High tea was very good too.

The only negative aspect we found could be the lack of soundproofing in the bedrooms when it comes to hearing other bedroom's doors closing or cars in the street. But that's really incindental and would not stop us from going there again!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank nicepetrelle
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Keene, New Hampshire
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

Arrived in Cape Town to visit our daughter who was studying for a semester at UCT. Arrived with little luggage as had luggage stolen from car in Boston (long story..but police found it all !).
Madre the GM had forwarned the staff not to ask to many details about helping us carry our luggage in !!
We were had a warm greeting by Jean-Marie and Shandrack and they pointed us in the direction to to go shopping (as we need clothes for Kruger -- see Londolozi review to be posted).
Next morning we met Madre who also happened to be chef for breakfast. The warmth of the staff, beautiful settings just got us back into a wonderful frame of reference. We stayed for 4 nights and it was beyond wonderful (my point of reference for service is the Tokyo Okura in the 80s). We were in Explorer and had a great view of the City. The staff is beyond excellent. We had wonderful conversations with Madre, Jean-Marie, Shandrac and Simon. Manna is the idle place to stay... it was like having a private mansion in CTown.
Madre arranged for reservations at Millers Crossing for dinner and we had a great time (and went back again). THIS IS THE PLACE TO STAY IN CAPE TOWN

Room Tip: Spend a little more and stay in Explorer...french door open to patio overlooking the City
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank JOHN F
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2011

this is one of the finest boutique hotels we have stayed in. the staff go way over the top to make you enjoy your stay. by the end of 5 nights, i kind of felt like family. i will be back!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank francine g
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MannabayManagement, Public Relations Manager at MannaBay, responded to this review, October 2, 2011
Thank you so much for the review and welcome to the MannaBay family! Hope you return soon.
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Singapore, Singapore
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58 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2011

From the moment we arrived and were served tea, the staff made us feel pampered and at home. Gorgeous place with beautiful views of Cape Town. We were treated royally and found the staff, particularly Jean-Marie and Shadrack, helpful and knowledgeable. Afternoon tea and breakfasts were plentiful and delicious. We would stay again in a heartbeat and would recommend to all.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NLBS
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MannabayManagement, Public Relations Manager at MannaBay, responded to this review, October 2, 2011
Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review for MannaBay, we really appreciate the kindness. Shadrack is indeed a gem, he's always ready with a smile, it's infectious!
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Tacoma, Washington
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2011

My partner and I spent six nights at wonderful MannaBay on a trip to South Africa. We were picked up graciously at the airport even though we were delayed because of missing luggage. The general manager, Madre, immediately made us feel welcome and special from the moment we got there through our entire trip. She and her team took care of any arrangements we needed for a car or a tour and she always had good ideas of where to go to eat. We actually felt like we were among friends with all of the excellent staff there and each of them truly seemed to mean it when they said "My pleasure!" We were disappointed in our other hotel choices on the rest of our trip because even if they were fine, they were "No MannaBay" when it came to our new standard of excellence in service and environment.
Ted and John

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 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 TedandJohn
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MannabayManagement, Public Relations Manager at MannaBay, responded to this review, October 2, 2011
Thank you for your kind words. So great that you had a good stay. We're not sure how Madre managed to decide between all the fantastic restaurants Cape Town has to offer... although we're pretty sure you don't have to leave MannaBay for the best breakfast in town!
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Knoxville, tn
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2011

this is a great find. it's intimate in feeling, esp. because of the charming staff. the location is close to almost everything. the appointments are exceptional with every comfort you can imagine. high tea and breakfast are worth planning for.good views from the terraces. the underbuilding parking is a real plus. highest ranking!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Maanskynkop
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Property: MannaBay
Address: 8 Bridle Road | Oranjezicht, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — MannaBay 4.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You can't get much closer to Table Mountain than this... In the heart of Cape Town, MannaBay has just eight uniquely designed suites that set the bar for contemporary luxury. From this prime setting on the border of the Table Mountain National Park with suites becoming of Persian Princes, Orchid Hunters and Heroic Explorers alike, you can experience the Mother City in sheer comfort and privacy, with a team of friendly staff dedicated to making every guest's experience as special as possible. ... more   less 
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