I stayed at Cape Town Lodge for 5 nights in November, booked on the internet for about $100/night including breakfast. I was very pleased with the hotel, it does all that it promises and more. The room was quite spacious, bed comfortable, absolutely no quibbles. I had a room on the 7th floor with a clear view of Table Mountain, so that was a real bonus.
Breakfast is fine, a bit more variety would be good. One of my colleagues used the gym every day and was pleased with it. The restaurant in the hotel is good, prices are reasonable. The bar area is small, but OK, and anyway there are lots of restaurants and bars in Long Street, less than 5 minutes walk away. Check-out was straightforward.
The one annoyance is the internet pricing. It costs R70 ($10) for 40 MB, which you can use up quite quickly, and it would cost a fortune for anyone who needs to use the internet intensively. I noticed quite a few people ask about internet and then decline to use it at that price. I wonder whether the hotel makes any significant income from this, and whether the few they capture is worth the negative impression of an otherwise really good place? There are internet cafes nearby, for example on the corner of Bloem and Long Street (turn left out the door, then 3rd left down the hill to Long Street), about R20 ($3) per hour. On the way you pass Jardine's on the corner of Bree that does excellent rolls/wraps/sandwiches and which seems to be an institution in Cape Town.
The hotel is a reasonable walk from Long Street and the City Centre, but you would probably need to take a cab to the V&A Waterfront, about R40 ($5). The Red city sightseeing bus passes the hotel, it's about two hours tour but you can hop-on/hop-off. I would recommend it as a very good intro to Cape Town city and surrounds.
If I'm back in Cape Town, I would stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Town Hotel Cape Town Central
- Cape Town Lodge South Africa