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17 on Loader Guest House
Ranked #124 of 156 Cape Town Central B&B and Inns
Reviewed July 6, 2009

Great guesthouse: safe, clean, friendly, centrally located, good deal for your money. The owner will help you with all your needs. In the morning you get a nice breakfast in a basket, which they leave in front of your door. You can eat it on the rooftop, in your bed, or at the main dining table. They will also arrange for reliable and safe airport transportation. I've recommended the place to several friends: single women, gay and straight males, older and younger. I'll definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed March 25, 2009

The third stay at this establishment and as per usual, the best and most convenient place in Cape Town. The price cannot be beat and the personal service makes it the perfect place to stay whether on business or for a holiday.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 19, 2009

I have stayed in Cape Town for a few days every year since about 1996. I've seen a lot of changes in Cape Town and the Western Cape. Generally, the prices of tourist accommodations have increased far more rapidly than the quality. 17 on Loader is an exception. My wife and i stayed in 2 different rooms and both were clean and well furnished at the start and end of our journey. The staff was friendly and efficient. The breakfast was excellent. The location is second-to-none. The price was certainly reasonable compared to local hotels and competitive in the small area where Loader is situated. It is a very safe location, as well.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 17, 2009

Unfortunately I only stayed for 3 days, but had a lovely time. After a hard day's work it was great to get "home" every evening and sit in the common lounge and relax.

I'm a very critical traveler - I can tell you what's not right about the Cipriani - so when I have no critisism, my friends and colleagues are really surprized!

I found everything clean and neat and very elegant. A breakfast basket outside my door at 7am meant I didn't have to face breakfast traffic downstairs.

In Cape Town, where friendly service is often lacking, this was indeed a refreshing experience.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed February 10, 2009

After traveling to SA last Christmas we knew we had to go back! We chose this year to stay in the Waterkant area, and 17 on Loader was perfect--close to shops and restaurants, felt safe to walk in the evening, our car was safe parked on the street! The staff was helpful and easy to talk to, without being overbearing and in our face. Our room felt private and spacious with a great bathroom! Loved the upstairs outdoor patio. Great place to sit and read, eat breakfast, and enjoy the view up to Table Mountain. Highly recommend this B&B, and try to stay for more than one night!

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2009

Was at "17" last November and i can definitely recommend it. I was a week in Cape Town with a good friend of mine and both of us were treated very well. The staff is exceptionally friendly and courteous. I hadn't much contact with the owner but he gave us some useful tips for sightseeing and restaurants. All in all the atmosphere at this guest house was uniquely good.

The location of "17" (called "De Waterkant") is central but still quiet and very safe (Private Security Service), at least i never felt unsafe.

The rates are very reasonable compared to what is offered.

Will definitely come back as it was probably my best holiday for a long time. Thanks to "17" and its great team.

Bernhard

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

After staying at 17 on Loader once before, and having a very enjoyable stay, it was an easy decision to make to book our holiday accommodation at 17 on Loader in Cape Town.

Unfortunately, this time around, our stay at 17 on Loader was very disappointing, and service was frankly not up to standard.

1) We were given the wrong room for the first night. Eventhough we booked months in advance and paid for a double bed and en-suite room, we were put in a room with two single beds and no en-suite bathroom because of a 'mix up' with their bookings. No compensation was offered.

2) No clean linen seems to be given to guests, irrespective of how long you stay. Bathroom towels don't seem to be changed at all. Every B+B, hotel and guest house I've stayed in before change the bath towels on a regular basis. All the linen is generally tatty and need replacing too.

3) Room 19C, where we stayed, is located just off one of the main lounges / communal areas at 17 on Loader. Expect to be woken up at 7am every morning by other guests and staff, and equally being kept awake at night.

Overall, a very disappointing stay at 17 on Loader!

SJ

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Sjamies
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Address: 17 Loader Street | De Waterkant, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
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Ranked #124 of 156 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
Price Range: $88 - $2,111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4.5 star — 17 on Loader Guest House 4.5*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our guest house is conveniently situated within a 10 minute walk to the city centre, the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the V&A Waterfront, several health spas and some of Cape Town's most popular restaurants and nightclubs. De Waterkant is considered to be a safe area, and is patrolled by security guards 24 hours a day. ... more   less 
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