I stayed at District Six when I first visited Cape Town last year (see my posting dated March 10, 2013), and was so pleased that I returned there again on my most recent trip to South Africa, without even considering any other properties. I enjoyed it even more this time!
The guest house has a very homey and relaxed atmosphere, which encourages all of the guests to interact with each other. I spent a number of hours out on the back porch (which provides a great view of the harbor), chatting with interesting people from around the world. We all shared travel tips and experiences, and learned a lot from each other, which would probably never happen in a formal, conventional hotel. However, for those guests who may prefer to just relax with a book or access their laptop. the guest house also provides a number of quiet outdoor areas, such as the front porch and garden.
I also had the opportunity to explore the neighborhood, which is far more interesting than the generic tourist areas where most hotels and properties are located. The guest house is in close proximity to the District Six Museum (one of the most meaningful places I've visited in South Africa), the "Fringe" area (which is rapidly emerging as a major creative and artistic center), and not to be overlooked, Charly's Bakery.
When I was there last year, the new "MyCiti" bus service was just beginning. It is now in the final stages of rollout (with additional routes planned), and works very efficiently. I used it extensively to travel to the downtown area - the stop for Bus #102 is just steps away from the entrance to the guest house. With a simple change of buses at the modern and safe Civic Center hub, it was easy to travel to the V&A Waterfront, the Atlantic Seaboard beach communities (such as Mouille Point) and even as far as Camps Bay, all for a very reasonable fare. Going in the opposite direction, you can take the #102 bus directly to the very popular Biscuit Factory "Neighbourgoods" market held on Saturday mornings in the Woodstock neighborhood. (This is one of my favorite things to do in Cape Town, one of the food stands makes great ostrich burgers!) Passengers use a debit card to pay the fare, which makes the process very convenient. So for me, the bus eliminated any concerns about the location.
I am definitely looking forward to returning to District Six Guesthouse, the next time I visit Cape Town.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the foot of Table Mountain with the historic District Six at it's doorstep, this 12 room Guesthouse with conference facilities and secure parking, provides a portal from where, within walking distance, visitors are able to explore the historic locale and the City center. Authentic Cape Malay hospitality and cuisine combined with fantastic views and easy access to all of Cape Town's hotspots makes this an ideal place to stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- District Six Guesthouse Cape Town, South Africa