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Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge
Ranked #61 of 110 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Spent 4 nights at the Breakwater August 24-27, 2013. Originally an old prison the rooms are VERY quiet! We'd originally reserved a premium room with a view but upon check-in the clerk, for some reason, stuck us in a room with a view of....a room across an air shaft! They quickly sorted this out the next day (we'd arrived after 10 pm) and we got a room with a great view of Table Mountain and sections of the harbour. The rooms are secure and there are common rooms at the corners on each floor (think "hollow square"). The hotel is actually three buildings all within a stone/cement wall; the self-serve and bar/dining rooms are at the building farthest from the reception lobby. The hotel was very quick to arrange airport transport for us and put it on the room tab. Breakfasts are "all you could want, all you could eat" for $13.50 pp. We didn't eat any other meals since the location is within 3 minute walk of the V & A Waterfront with its wide selection of restaurants, bars, & shopping possibilities.

Clean, modern and yet funky, the ground floor is taken by the South African "Graduate School of Business" which lends itself to an interesting blend of people in the hallways and restaurants.

Room Tip: Ask (and be willing to pay a bit extra) for a "view room". Plan on dining at the V&A...
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Very nice hotel perfectly located just in front of the waterfront (2 minutes walking distance). Rooms are new and spacious, clean and with comfortable beds. Good quality breakfast. It is located in a old prison which has been very well refurbished. Nice staff. Fully recomended for tour stay in cape town

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 26, 2013 via mobile

Situated a pleasant 5 min walk from the V&A Waterfront this hotel is superb, rooms are modern and clean, staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly. Highly recommended. Great value for money if you wish to avoid the pricey waterfront properties and enjoy the same experience.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is truly a wonderful hotel, right in the waterfront, rooms are great, clean, new, big spaces, the staff are so helpful, I cannot rate this hotel highly enough.
We travel from Australia to Cape Town every year and always stay here, value for money you cannot beat this hotel. Get a Procard and start getting discounts from rooms to restaurants, with the card you get a free upgrade.
Rooms that have a view of the mountain are great, they also have family rooms with 2 bedrooms, great for business or for holiday.

Room Tip: Rooms with a view of the mountain
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  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 15, 2013

This hotel is about 500m (800 yards) from the vibrant Waterfront in Cape Town.
It has had a compete makeover and renovation.
It is located in a centuries old prison and shares the premises with the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town ( one of the top Universities in the world)
Rooms are smallish but really well set up.
Good breakfast as well.

Room Tip: No view so ask for ground floor room
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Stayed here for two nights with a school sports tour.

Ideal for big groups as hotel has friendly staff, great breakfasts (if a little expensive!!!!!). The hotel also has complimentary wifi and computers.

The hotel is in a great location as it is only 3 minutes walk to the waterfront. The hotel has a Gym and you can pay 5 rand for laundry. My only criticism is that the rooms are a bit small but they are comfortable.

Overall, would recommend this hotel for a big group or a family.

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

The hotel is located within walking distance to the waterfront which made it easier for us a family of five to just walk across to board a ferry to Robben Island, the Two Oceans Aquarium and other places of attraction. Breakfast was very good. Rooms are vey nice and clean and finishes mordenised. Although there were a few glitches staff are very professional and efficient these were resolved on time. As a light sleeper I had a problem with air con noise. All in all this us a great hotel to stay I would recommend it.

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Additional Information about Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge

Address: Portswood Road | V & A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa (Formerly Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge)
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#27 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#47 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#53 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range: $136 - $273 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 191
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Balance modern comfort and and experience soaking in the rich history of Cape Town with a stay at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge. Our hotel in Cape Town, South Africa sits right next to the city's fantastic V&A Waterfront, a minute from restaurants, shops and theatres. We're perfectly poised to give you a feel for the heart of the Waterfront area, just 25 km from Cape Town International Airport. Enjoy easy access to beaches, mountains and city hotspots from our accommodations, as well as convenience getting to Cape Town International Convention Center and Cape Town Stadium. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Protea Hotel Breakwater Cape Town Central
Breakwater Hotel Cape Town
The Breakwater Hotel
Protea Hotel By Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge South Africa

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