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“Great Location”
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Alta Bay
Ranked #17 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Jersey, UK
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Location”
Reviewed January 12, 2008

Unless you want the Waterfront (that's up to you!) this boutique Hotel is superb. Book a City view room if possible but any room will be a pleasure. Staying at Alta Bay is like having your own butler and maid but they only appear when you need them. Very quiet location, with garaging, 5 minutes from City centre and great restaurants. We will return.

  • Liked — Personnel
  • Disliked — Room a little dark maybe
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank Roulade
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Tennessee, USA
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49 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2007

Spectacular service, spectacular house, spectacular views! When we were delayed a couple of hours in arriving from the airport, we found that Veona had called our home in the US to inquire about us! This act reflected the care and concern we received during our entire split-week stay at Alta Bay. It has our highest recommendation.

  • Liked — Absolutely everything!
  • Disliked — Access required navigating putdoor stairs, though staff assistance was always available
  • Stayed July 2006, traveled with family
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1 Thank TheTennessean
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Chicago
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 16, 2007

I can't say enough about Alta Bay and their wonderful staff. We stayed for 4 nights with our 18-yr old son in the Bay and Arch rooms which were perfect. They flowed out onto a lovely large terrace with wonderful views over the city, and Table Mountain. Llewellyn and Veona were the best. Such knowledge and professionalism is hard to find these days. The restaurant choices were superb - dined at Limoncello (local spot, Italian), Wakame (chic, trendy, great people watching), Ribaville (huge menu and stunning wine cellar) and Ginja (best food overall, hideway location). Tips on wine country spots, how to beat the Table Mountain busloads, and driving routes to Cape Point all made our stay so enjoyable and stress free. Coming home to Alta Bay each evening felt like having our own beautiful house in the heart of Cape Town. It's a service experience not to be missed. Llewellyn and Veona are at the top of their game. We can't wait to return!!

  • Liked — the staff and personalized service
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled with family
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1 Thank TravelSleuth312
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Manchester
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28 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed December 11, 2007

We have today arrived back in th UK after our honeymoon in Cape Town. We booked the whole trip independently online with the help of Tripadvisor of course. The reviews online read well and the hotel's own website also appealed. We booked for a few days at the beginning of our stay and in our communication I was sufficiently impressed and booked it for a couple of days at the end.
Our expecations were high but from the moment of arrival late at night after a long flight to sandwiches and wine they met and exceeded consistently. The hotel itself is in a great, safe location and is very tastefully styled. Both Management and Staff were attentive without being intrusive and seemed to also strike the right note. On our return to the hotel after a week around the Cape it really did feel like coming home.

  • Liked — My wife says ambience, confort of beds and the staff.
  • Disliked — I say nothing.
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank jubilee252
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Doha
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 2, 2007

Alta Bay is simply stunning, warm and inviting. The location is marvellous, tucked away and quiet with wonderful views. I stayed upstairs which opened onto the terrace and felt like I had my own residence in Cape Town. The staff are charming and look after all the details, breakfast is delicious and the honour bar makes you feel right at home. I would recommend Alta Bay without hesitation.

  • Stayed November 2007, traveled solo
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Thank ashlysb
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Providence, Rhode Island
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14 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 1, 2007

The Alta Bay Hotel is cozily nestled along the mountainside in the Higgovale neighborhood of Cape Town. The accommodations are fashioned much like a relaxed, casually luxurious residence. Access to various areas of the city, like Camps Bay, the V & A Waterfront, and Rondebosch is very easy by automobile. The attentiveness of Ariel, Veona, Llewellyn, and their staff was stellar, down to the lovely quotes, notes, and chocolates left upon your bed each night during turn-down service.

I have stayed in other facilities within Cape Town, including large famous hotels at the V & A Waterfront. None compare to the unstressed comfort that Alta Bay affords. Indeed, after my stay at the Alta Bay, I can confirm that I have found my home-away-from-home when in Cape Town.

  • Liked — The views from the hotel, easy accessibility to various areas of Cape Town, excellent service
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed November 2007, traveled on business
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1 Thank Lemuel-T
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frankfurt
1 review
Reviewed November 17, 2007

alta bay is a small, but wonderful and stylish lodge with excellent staff. The service level set benchmarks and we appreciated the way of service - always helpful, nice, friendly, present but not pushy. The location is great starting point for visiting the Cape area while enjoying a comfortable and quiet accomodation. We can really recommend the alta bay lodge!

  • Liked — service
  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank tanja_and_gerard
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Additional Information about Alta Bay

Property: Alta Bay
Address: 12 Invermark Crescent | Higgovale, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#17 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#31 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#36 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Alta Bay 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Alta Bay, located in Higgovale, the most up-market suburb of the City Bowl, is set high on the slopes of Table Mountain, with beautiful views over Table Bay and the City, yet only 3 km away from most of Cape Town's attractions including the Waterfront, beaches and within walking distance (1 km) of Kloof Street with its many restaurants and coffee shops. Surrounded by a lush native garden, Alta Bay combines understated luxury and urban chic with a laid-back and retreat atmosphere. Alta Bay, previously a 5-star boutique hotel has 5 years ago (Oct 2011) been converted into a 4-star self-catering Guest House with 3 large luxury units. Each unit has a separate entrance, a fully equipped kitchen (or kitchenette), a private outside terrace and offers all the 5-star facilities. This Tuscan house is built on separate levels with a great sense of space and light throughout and is designed in a contemporary style with bespoke furniture handcrafted locally. The Loft (70 m²) and the Bay Suite (42 m²) offer spectacular views of the sea and city while the Garden Room (28 m²) has the benefit of the shaded lush garden. The Loft has a bedroom on the mezzanine floor, a bathroom with bath & shower and a sleeper couch which can accommodate a 3rd adult or 2 children. On arrival, there will be cereals, coffee, tea, bottled water and milk in your room. For guests who want to have breakfast outside, there is a large variety of restaurants and snack bars within walking distance (1 km). We suggest our guests to have their own transport during their stay in Cape Town. Alta Bay is located high on the slopes of Table Mountain. Having their own transport car will give them the flexibility to explore the region. Kloof Street with its' many restaurants is only 1 km away, which is an easy walk downhill. However, to come back is much harder. If driving left is a problem, taxis (including Uber) are easily available. ... more   less 
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