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Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Sutton Coldfield
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2 reviews
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“Diamond Destination”
Reviewed March 20, 2008

Travelling to Cape Town we kept humming the Paul Simon song 'diamonds on the soles of her shoes' - even though the climate is closer to Europe there are constant reminders that this is indeed Africa - sitting in the bath in our room in Derwent House gazing out of the corner window looking towards Table Mountain catching the setting South African sun was one of them.

This is an easy city to quickly gain your bearings - and Derwent House is ideally located between sea and mountains. Out the door and down the road takes you straight to local restaurants and bars. Up the road and you reach the Table Mountain cable car. The joint owner Carol is a calm and quietly helpful presence: whether pre-booking a return flight on the hotel laptop, or helping us buy a South African diamond Carol takes a special and unfazed care in advising her guests.

Derwent House itself is immaculate and thoughtfully styled. Our well provisioned room opened onto a broad timber balcony overlooking the exquisite pool. Every detail in this small comfortable hotel has been carefully considered. On our all too short tour of the Western Cape Derwent House was the perfect note to complete a memorable visit.

  • Liked — Design and location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Moss, Norway
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Reviewed March 19, 2008

The Derwent House is perfectly situated for a holiday in Cape Town. From the first time you make contact with the owners, Carol and Jo - you feel that you are in the best hands. All the staff working at the house is so friendly, joyful and helpful. The house it self, is modern and stylish - both outside and inside. We also loved the concept with " take what you want from the kitchen, just write it to your room" - makes you feel a little bit like home..

We have been in many countries around the world, and this is absolutely the best hotel, in all ways, we have ever stayed in. Aschjem`s-Norway

  • Liked — Everything
  • Disliked — That we had to leave
  • Stayed February 2008, traveled with family
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London
1 review
Reviewed March 16, 2008

Found this website when looking for accommodation for a few days between the end of a business meeting and the start of our holiday in Johanessburg.
What a paradise it turned out to be! The house itself has been completely redesigned and refurbished and is gorgeous, but entirely practical. The location is breathtaking, nestled beneath Table Mountain, only a few minutes drive from the cable car. It is also within easy walk of Kloof street with its many restaurants, bars and clubs. The area seemed to us to be entirely safe when walking, and far better value than the V&A waterfront. The atmosphere in this "Garden Area" of Cape Town is more intimate and friendly...and the food and wine are wonderful!
The hotel boasts en-suite facilities in all the rooms; we stayed in Room number 4, facing Table Mountain. There is a pool for those not wishing (or able) to venture out, and TV and WiFi in all the rooms completes the experience. Do try the wonderful cooked breakfast...the best we had in all our travels. There is also a well-equipped honesty bar.
On top of this, the owner Carol couldn't have been more helpful in recommending activities and restaurants to try (book for a street table at Gainsbourg, 64 Kloof Street), and to offer a safe place for our rental car each night.
Five star service and luxury at a price you'll be happy to pay!

Stayed March 2008
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colgill1980
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Reviewed March 15, 2008

We stayed at the Derwent House for a 5 day short break and from being greeted at the door to leaving for home it was a fantastic experience. The hotel is bright, clean and airy, with the atmosphere of being a home from home. We were met at reception by a lovely, polite young lady and shown straight to our room, which on first impression, with the cleanliness and decor (not to mention the view), made you feel relaxed straight away.Our room was onlooking an average size pool with plenty of space to relax and chill, with a fantastic view of Table Mountain. To the right was a lovely area for eating breakfast al fresco, leading on to a cosy breakfast room. There was anything you would like to eat from cereals to full breakfasts (which were cooked fresh to order, none of this stewing on hotplates for half an hour). Virginia is an excellent cook with a smile from ear to ear. Nonulthando and the rest of the staff are very friendly and nothing is to much trouble.
Just to the rear of the room there is an area with free coffee, tea and cakes. There is also an honesty bar with a great selection of wines and beers, which would not shame any local pub. Complimentary port and cherry were also at hand anytime you felt like it.
When we met Carol and Jo for the first time their friendliness and ability to make you feel at home was very refreshing. One word of warning for football fans, Carol is from Manchester and Jo is from Sunderland and they both like their football, (not a great mix for a diehard Newcastle fan). They are both lovely girls and worked tirelessly to help us fit in the must see interests of the area. Weeks before we arrived they also booked our tickets to pick up for Robben Island on our arrival, which is a necessity due to waiting lists for this very popular attraction.
We can't recommend this hotel highly enough and will not hesitate to go back there.
Thank you Carol and Jo, you helped make our trip an experience of a lifetime,
Gillian and Colin

  • Liked — Friendliness of owners and staff
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
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Hampton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 12, 2008

I haven't seen a bad review of Derwent House - neither on Trip Advisor nor elsewhere. Now I know why. We stayed here for a four night break at the end of February and loved the place. Everything that has been written is true, not least all the compliments payed to the co owners, Carol and Jo, who manage the whole operation with a light touch and a big smile for guests and employees alike. It is very much a first names only place and the evident happiness of the hotel team rubs off on everybody else to make for a real houseparty atmosphere.

There's little point in reiterating everything that has already been said a hundred times - other than to endorse them to the hilt - so here are just a couple of examples of the sort of place we're dealing with here: Where else does the hotel owner 'down- tools' to drive guests downtown when a taxi fails to turn up? Where have you ever stayed at a hotel that allows you to keep your room (unbooked the following day) throughout your final day so that your four day holiday feels like 5 days? When has a Hotel Manager ever said to you "Oh if there's no-one there don't bother checking out, we'll just charge your card" ? Finally, which hotel ever contacted you immediately upon your return to offer a refund for an inadvertent overcharge? All these things happened to us when we stayed at this lovely place and are typical of the sort of low key but brilliant service we received.

We have recommended Derwent House to all our travelling friends and now, via Trip Advisor, many others. It feels like we discovered a special place. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

  • Liked — The friendliness of the hotel team and the fantastic location
  • Disliked — Room a little small (but it was a cheap room)!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Swansea, Wales
1 review
Reviewed March 9, 2008

A wonderfully comfortable and stylish hotel, fantastic views and facilities, extremely friendly staff and, importantly for us, an ethical staffing policy. Highly recommended.

  • Liked — The friendly staff
  • Disliked — Nothing I can think of!
  • Stayed March 2008, traveled as a couple
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Copenhagen
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Reviewed March 7, 2008

We have just returned from a vacation in South Africa, where we spent three nights in Cape Town at Derwent House. The hotel is magnificent and we have never experienced such incredible well balanced service before - never too much -nevr too little - just right. Carol and Jo together with their staff were all very kind, they were all very engaged in making our stay an excellent experience and they suceed. They gave us superb service and many good recomendations for places to go and things to do.They served a delicious breakfast with fresh and well tasting food. The Hotel is small, very elegant and tastefully decorated - everywhere you look there is just this touch of tastefull elegance - including many fresh flower decorations - all in all it gives you the feeling of staying in a home of people with a very good and distinguished taste - elegant but with a relaxing atmosphere.
We can warmly reccomend this very nice place to all who want something unique and we will definitely be back next time we come to Cape Town.
Kind Regards
Peder, Mathias, Rasmus and Rie, Copenhagen, Denmark

Stayed February 2008
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Property: Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Address: 14 Derwent Road | Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
#5 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#6 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#10 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Derwent House Boutique Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In a city renowned for hospitality, Derwent House stands out as one of Cape Town's leading boutique guesthouses. Located in the heart of the vibrant Tamboerskloof/Gardens neighbourhood, this small hotel combines historic charm, contemporary Afro-chic style and all mod-cons for a uniquely Capetonian blend of ambience, warmth, and comfort. Our wonderful team completes the picture -- we go the extra mile for you and our guests leave as friends. We love colour and celebrate African design - you'll find it everywhere. But when it comes to the basics - like breakfast, bedding, showers, climate control, Wi-fi or news from home - we don't compromise so you don't have to. At Derwent House, you're steps away from the hustle and buzz of Kloof Street, with its collection of superb restaurants, bars and trendy boutiques--and just a few further to the nightlife hub of Bree and Long Streets. Yet just a short car journey from the Table Mountain cable car, the beaches of Clifton or Camp's Bay, and the V&A Waterfront. There's nowhere more central -- but come and see for yourself. We're waiting for you! ... more   less 
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