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“A Very Pleasant Surprise”
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Townhouse Hotel
Ranked #61 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Baltimore, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“A Very Pleasant Surprise”
Reviewed March 28, 2008

This hotel was chosen for me by Andrew Weir Shipping as a part of a fly-sail package from London to St Helena via Cape Town. Frankly, I wasn't expecting much, as this was simply a lay-over. I was very pleasantly surprised. The Townhouse has an excellent central location. My room was above average, clean & bright. The restaurant was excellent. The staff treated me like family. When I enquired about their prices (since mine was invisible to me) I was surprised again at how reasonable they were. In hindisight, I wish I had spent much more time at the Townhouse and in Cape Town than I did.

  • Stayed September 2006, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 15, 2008

At this hotel the staff were friendly & helpful, the rooms up to date & immaculate, the lounge/bar area comfortable & inviting, the breakfasts delicious & the hotel location perfect. When I go back to Cape town I shall not stay any where else.

Stayed February 2008
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Washington DC
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50 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2008

This must be one of the best hotels in its price range in Cape Town. The hotel is very clean, the rooms are comfortable and stylish, and the staff are very helpful. The location is central, so Company Gardens, museums, the Cape Castle and down town shopping are all just minutes away. An adjacent multi-storey car park with direct access to the hotel provides discount parking for hotel clients. A very good breakfast was included with my (low) daily rate. My only disappointment was the level of the late check-out charge of R450. In any case, I would be happy to stay there again.

  • Liked — Good value, location, great rooms, great breakfast
  • Disliked — Slow lift!
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled solo
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Thank plagist
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Chicago, IL
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2007

This hotel didn’t disappoint and was perhaps one of the best deals I found in Cape Town, considering the ridiculously cheap rate I found on an internet booking site. Located in a somewhat removed, but starting-to-gentrify part of town and almost within walking distance of the train station, the location, although requiring taxi after dark, was quiet, even with my room facing the street. Newly renovated but somewhat confused stylistically, with a mix of 60’s original vintage décor, some traditional furniture, and contemporary furnishings in the rooms, it never the less was spotless throughout.

The room bordered on luxurious, with a large comfortable bed (I must have been upgraded as I did see smaller rooms and had only booked a single), nice in-room cookie/coffee/tea service and a work space with outlets for different plugs built into the wall- no adaptors were needed. The room had built-in storage, a nifty folding luggage rack, cool lighting, LCD TV and effective drapes. The bath, with both a tub and shower was not spacious, but adequate, especially after visiting London prior. The full breakfast, which was included in my rate, was one of the best that I have had anywhere with an extensive cold buffet and custom hot dishes from the kitchen; the food was not only delicious but plentiful, and the service wonderful.

Issues: The fitness and pool areas were closed for remodeling during my stay which was disappointing, the front desk was not always as efficient or knowledgeable as I would have expected, once unable to get me a taxi and there were some glitches with the computers in the business center which caused me to go elsewhere to check email.

The hotel may be used by tours as one morning both the restaurant and the lobby were crowded and the streets in front filled with busses, but this proved no real inconvenience. I was very pleased overall and would book again in an instant. If you don’t mind being a bit out of the way, and don’t want to be in the waterfront area, this hotel really is ideal, especially if you can find a great rate.

  • Liked — Great bed, great breakfast. Quiet too
  • Disliked — Front desk needs to be slightly better trained
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed November 27, 2007

The Townhouse is a lovely city centre hotel. It is reasonably well located, albeit in an area that some may be wary of after dark. Where it excells is in its customer service - the staff really do go the extra mile to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

The rooms are decorated in a modern style and some rooms have great views over Table Mountain and the Devils Peak. Although the rooms aren't enourmous they provide plenty of room if you just need a base from which to operate.

The restaurant is excellent, from the superb breakfast buffet through to the wonderful evening menu.

If you need a good base from which to explore Cape Town and the surrounding areas you can't go wrong with the Townhouse.

  • Liked — The great customer service
  • Disliked — Location isn't the best after dark
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank JohnF62
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Sussex
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45 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed November 8, 2007

What a gem in the heart of Cape Town. We had a lovely room on the 10th floor with amazing views over Table Mountain. Large comfortable bed with clean linen every day. The hotel is spotlessly clean. All the staff at the hotel are brilliant - always charming, helpful and cheerful. The breakfast buffet was plentiful and the hot breakfast was cooked fresh to order and always delicious. We also ate several evenings in the hotel restaurant and there is a wide range of choices of inexpensively priced meals, together with a good selection of wines. The hotel can arrange tours for you and we went on a brilliant Tour of the Wineries around Stellanbosch, Paarl and Franschoek. The hotel has a floor in the next door multi-storey car park and you can park there very cheaply. The hotel is extending at present into the ground floor of the car park and so there is currently no swimming pool - so if you want one you will need to check whether it has been rebuilt yet! We would recommend this hotel and would definitely stay there again.

We walked down to the Waterfront during the day but when we visited in the evening we took a taxi - very cheap. We hired a car through Southafricar - agents for Europcar but much cheaper. We found the roads in and around Cape Town very pleasant to drive on - wide and well surfaced. Road signs are also plentiful and clear. From the hotel we did several day tours by car, each lasting around five hours and saw some wonderful scenery.

Stayed October 2007
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london, UK
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5 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2007

Used this hotel as our base for a weeks stay in Cape Town. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the room was lovely and comfortable.
The breakfast was great - a cooked breakfast prepared individually for you and a good way to fill up for a full day sight-seeing!!

I guess the location isn't great after dark - but I think that applies to most of Cape Town. However, a taxi to the Waterfront was only a few pound and the hotel always called one for us which arrived in minutes. During the day the area is fine and we felt totally safe walking around the local streets and shops - the Castle and a couple of good museums are only minutes away by foot.

The hotel is real value for money, a good location and I would definitely stay there again!!

  • Liked — Service and breakfast!
  • Disliked — Location after dark
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with friends
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Property: Townhouse Hotel
Address: 60 Corporation Street, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#41 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#54 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#55 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Townhouse Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ideally situated in the heart of Cape Town, this Premier 107 roomed four star classified hotel offers the best of modern amenities, including a business centre and secure covered parking. All rooms boast Free high speed internet access. The Townhouse Hotel is a attractive 12 story hotel and is close to the historic South African Parliament Buildings. Other historical and scenic attractions such as Robben Island, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the Table Mountain Cableway are all within easy reach. ... more   less 
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