I stayed at De Waterkant House in January 2006. This is the bed and breakfast house of De Waterkant village. There is an attractive living room, a kitchen with beer in the fridge (an honesty bar system) and there is a tiny plunge pool. The room was large and had views over roof tops towards the harbour/dock area. The bathroom in my room was large but a little tired looking.
I thought breakfast was fully included but actually you get a 40 Rand voucher per person per day for the De Waterkant cafe.
The De Waterkant area is an area with character with some pastel coloured houses. It is possible to walk to the centre of Cape Town and also to the V&A Waterfront but not sure walking is recommended at night.
I found the De Waterkant village reception staff to be a bit lacklustre. They didnt give me breakfast vouchers upon arrival and when they did they gave me fewer than I needed. They also apparently failed to communicate a tour booking properly to the tour company - the tour company didnt pick me up at the stated time but reception did subsequently chase up and I was picked up 30 mins late.
I can recommend both the winelands and cape point tours. I did both and they were well worth it. The Cape is a really beautiful place.
I didnt know this until I arrived but I discovered the area is popular with gays, a fairly discrete presence perhaps but not quite discrete enough. I personally didnt like the fact that there were 'pink pages' in little holders right outside the De Waterkant cafe. On the other hand there were attractive young female models floating around due to auditions in the area so I suppose you could say this is a diverse area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Colourful De Waterkant Village is a unique European influenced village of semi-detached quaint cottages and cobbled streets preserved from the 1760’s. Cradled between the city and the V&A Waterfront, De Waterkant Village is avant-garde, a cultural urban refuge highlighted by the abundance of restaurants, art galleries, clubs, salsa clubs, tapas bars and Parisian inspired café’s. Drawing comparisons from cultural and artistic villages from all over the world, De Waterkant embraces individuality and theatricality, echoed in the architecture and vibrancy of its residents and visitors. Walking on the beautiful sidewalks, one cannot help but be caught up in its spell, cast by the beauty of the Dutch influenced architecture, with flower boxes under the windows, sprawling balconies and rooftop decks providing exquisite views and majestic old trees that line the streets, filtering the sun selectively through their branches. This is a place that will tempt you into its fold and dare you to indulge and delight in life’s finer pleasures. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Waterkant Village Hotel Cape Town Central
- De Waterkant Village Cape Town, South Africa