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Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge
Ranked #60 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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“Restaurant is lovely away from the bustle”
Reviewed July 31, 2014

With a day riddled with meetings all over the Peninsula. I had a meeting at the Protea Hotel, Breakwater Lodge at the Waterfront where (fortunately) the meeting turned into lunch, and we shared a mezze platter. The weather was clear, so we sat outside on the veranda. Beautiful view of the mountain and the V&A Waterfront. The only pity is that there are huge constructions underway currently at the waterfront, so it was quite noisy.

FOOD - I am a huge fan of mezze platters. This one was delicious and quite reasonable for two people at R125. The platter had a variety of cold meats - salami, spicy sausage, pastrami; cheeses - blue an Brie; olives, pickles, rye bread, olive oil and boiled eggs (crusted with paprika, which wasn't quite my cup of tea, but interesting nonetheless). Everything else was very tasty. My only problem with a platter is that I generally end up eating waaay too much!

DRINKS - had a white Grapetiser.

SERVICE - a bit slow and when I was ready to go there was no one in sight; I just think they forgot about me.

VALUE FOR MONEY - fortunately I have a Prokard, so got 33% discount which was great. Value in general not bad.

RECOMMENDABLE - yes, quiet a nice gem of a place in a bustling Warerfront. 7/10

Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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PHBWLCPT, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge, responded to this review, August 10, 2014
Dear Regine L,

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor about your experience at Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge.

We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed our mezze platter; we pride ourselves in our quality of fresh food. It is always such a pleasure to hear how our GUESTS enjoy the Hotel and Restaurant.

We hope to welcome you and your friends back soon.

Kind Reagrds,

Colin Naiker
General Manager
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

I chose to stay in this hotel for the most obvious reason; LOCATION and price. Simply the cheapest (star rated) in V&A Waterfront.
This Hotel is located bang in the entrance of V&A Waterfront, opposite to the Twin Oceans Aquarium. The building is a historic piece and is part of Breakwater university campus.
I was ready to expect a few let downs as I drove in due to the "cheapest" tag.
But I have to say; this Hotel excels in class!
Very safe, guarded parking (uncovered) to start with.
Check in was a smooth experience with a very warm welcome from the staff. As the hotel is right in the middle of a functioning university campus, it needs some guidance to get around the various areas of the hotel and the very helping staff made sure that I reached my room without getting lost and also helped with everything a person needs while checking in. Kudos!
Room was amazingly well kept. Had the exact right temperature for the winter. Beautiful lighting, wide and huge windows perfectly curtained and the charm of a historic building, all gave me an everlasting note etched deep in my mind.
Bed was a comfortable one with perfect choice and mixture of white linen, pillows and soft blankets. Slept like a baby!
Beautifully designed bath and shower area added the luxure to the perfect levels on this price.
There were also a lot of free food/drinks/discount vouchers which I could use in many restaurants and tourist attractions in Capetown.

Overall, this hotel is a perfect choice for a family/business stay in V&A Waterfront.

Note: I love this hotel for it's location, beautiful rooms, historic building, amazing service and the best price!

  • Stayed July 2014
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PHBWLCPT, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge, responded to this review, August 3, 2014
Dear Zackokeepmoving,

WOW! Thank you very much for the lovely, positive comments on TripAdvisor, and I would like to personally THANK YOU for taking the time to post your lovely comments.

GUEST feedback is imperative for us to ensure we know what our GUESTS experience regarding our services and facilities offered, to be able to not only meet, but exceed your expectations every time you stay with us.

Your review captures the authentic, warm and attentive service culture that we strive to offer our GUESTS. Our entire TEAM goes out of their way to create a helpful and friendly environment, and it is heart-warming to read such amazing comments. I will be sure to congratulate everyone on their efforts.

Looking forward to welcome you back HOME in the near future!

Kind Regards,

Colin Naiker
General Manager
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Reviewed July 26, 2014

Stayed at Breakwater Lodge for three nights during a business trip. Staff were helpful and friendly. The hotel is at a great location, about 10 minutes (probably less) to the waterfront. Where there are more dining places and mall for shopping. The mall closes at 9pm, for whoever intends to shop after days work is convenient. Since I was there for work, didn't spend much time in the bedroom. The room was clean, neat and spacious. This was a former prison that has been modified into hosting the hotel and the business school, it felt different from normal hotels. They have a small gym, that's located in the building where the reception is. The gym though small, is sufficiently equipped. The breakfast offered is extensive and the buffet offered for lunch also had varieties.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
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PHBWLCPT, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear Kbblandi,

Your feedback on Trip Advisor is much appreciated. Thank you for taking the time in doing so.

How wonderful to know that you enjoyed your stay and to found our location to be of great benefit to you. Yes, our hotel is truly unique, which we believe assists us in making our valued GUESTS feel welcome and at home. How wonderful that you enjoyed our scrumptious and extensive breakfast buffet.

We look forward in welcoming you back again soon.

Kind regards,

Colin Naiker
General Manager
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Athens
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Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Stayed there for a week in Feb-March 2014. The best thing about this hotel is its location, just a few minutes walk from the Waterfront.

Rooms were fine, breakfast excellent and the staff very helpful. Special thanks to Zolisa and Ebrahim for being so kind to assist us with all our needs.

At the time we paid around 90 euros per night incl. breakfast and would definitely say it was value for money.

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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PHBWLCPT, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear Themis_13,

Thank you for taking the time to write your positive review on Tri Advisor.
Your praise in particular about Zolisa and Ebrahim is most appreciated. We will be sure to pass your encouraging words on to them.
We look forward to welcoming you back ‘home’ again soon.

Kind regards,

Colin Naiker
General Manager
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Vladivostok
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

Didn't stay at the hotel, which I understand is reasonable - price and quality OK, and the staff excellent. However, I did have lunch at the restaurant. A glass of house red wine and a so-called "Summer Salad". The house red was a reasonable wine, but at a cost of ZAR40 for a 150 ml dribble was, to my mind, daylight robbery. For those unfamiliar with metric measures, 150ml equates to about a thmble-and-a-half-full. Then, the Summer Salad: a square plate of medium size with a small pile of rocket (admittedly very fresh and crisp), some bits and pieces and some squares of probably feta cheese. Cost? ZAR80.

This is by no means a gourmet restaurant: more like a semi-canteen buffet-type joint with high noise levels (lots of loud-mouthed MBA students sharing their infinite wisdom with the world in general) and minimal atmosphere. I can name any number of high quality restaurants in Cape Town that will charge you less than ZAR40 for a much larger glass of substantially better red wine - and include their version of the Summer Salad as a starter at probably half the price charged by these scalpers.

Lesson? Beware of large chain hotels. Of course, the V&A Waterfront hosts millions of tourists a year, the vast majority of whom will come once only. And, of course, with prices like this. Protea Hotels couldn't give a fig about repeat business. A single visit fills the coffers admirably, thank you very much. Ka - ching!!!

Never again. Warn your friends and associates. Spread the word.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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PHBWLCPT, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear BrozlikM,

Thank you for your recent review on TripAdvisor about Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge.

I would like to apologise for the disappointment you experienced during your recent visit.

Your patronage at our hotel and restaurant is held at high esteem and we would like to restore your faith in our product. Please email me at gm@bwl.co.za as we would like to hear more about your experience with us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Warm Regards,

Colin Naiker
General Manager
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

This was my home 7 nights which felt like forever! I did not like the vibes at the hotel as it used to be a prison. It is the perfect destination for tourists who want to know how it feels like to sleep in a prison.
The hotel is linked to the UCT Graduate School of Business which is great as I were there for business.
When booking, ask for a room with the view of the Aquarium - that was lovely.
The staff was excellent, efficient and super friendly. The rooms are clean with fresh linen and some complimentary water and tea.
The in-house spa was also great! I loved the lounge area! Very convenient place to hang out with mates especially because it was during the world cup!
The plugs are far from the bed so couldn't really use my phone in bed if the battery was flat! Thank you for the universal plug points!
Did I mention that the staff was SUPER FRIENDLY AND ALWAYS HELPFUL! :)

Room Tip: Rooms with the view of the Two Ocean Aquarium are perfect!
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
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PHBWLCPT, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear Mamodise M,

We are so happy that you had an enjoyable stay with us.
Thank you very much for the wonderful feedback. Hope to welcome you back at Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge in the near future!

Kind Regards,

Colin Naiker
General Manager
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Paarl, South Africa
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Reviewed July 17, 2014

Our family spent one night here, it was clean, comfortable and friendly. If you need a place to put your head without all the trappings then this is it. Close to the Watefront, you can walk everywhere.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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PHBWLCPT, General Manager at Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge, responded to this review, July 28, 2014
Dear Travelgigg,

We are so delighted that you had a wonderful time staying at the Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge.
Thanks very much for the kinds words. Hope to have you back with us again very soon.

Kind Regards,

Colin Naiker
General Manager
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Property: Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont 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:
#25 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#48 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#54 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
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Hotel Class:3 star — Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfont Breakwater Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 191
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Experience a rich piece of history balancing modern-day comfort when you stay at this hotel right next to Cape Town's fabulous V&A Waterfront. Just a minute away from restaurants, theatres and shops, the hotel is perfectly positioned in the heart of the V&A Waterfront and 25km from Cape Town International Airport. The hotel is also near all the main routes to the beaches, mountain walks and city hotspots as well as the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) and Cape Town Stadium. The hotel is closely linked with the University of Cape Town's Graduate School of Business and features 18 conference venues, four public lounges, gym, SPA, business centre, 24-hour secure parking - 250 parking bays, airport transfers, laundry service. The hotel boasts with 191 modern environmentally conscious rooms with standard rooms, business suites and family units. All rooms are equipped with minibar fridge, free uncapped WIFI, tea/coffee facilities, air-conditioning, LCD flat screen TV, telephone and laptop-friendly electronic safes. Stonebreakers Restaurant offers a la carte & buffet menus daily in a relaxed atmosphere with magnificent views of both the V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages is available from our full service bar. ... more   less 
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