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Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
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Perth, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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“Comfortable and very welcoming place to stay”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at Derwent House very much. The communal rooms have a very African theme which was something very different for us. The staff were all extremely helpful and welcoming. We stayed in room 1 (top of the stairs on the far left) which was comfortable but slightly on the small side and the bathroom was extremely small but functional. Don't know about any of the other rooms. Never having stayed anywhere else in Cape Town, I couldn't compare Derwent to other Cape Town hotels, but would recommend Derwent probably for shorter stays, unless the other bedrooms are on the larger side.

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Leyburn, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to Derwent House since 2008, and it's as good as ever, I could say it gets better every time but it's hard to improve upon perfection! We wouldn't stay anywhere else in Cape Town, Jo & Carol along with their fanatstic team of staff make the whole experience of staying there wonderful. The attention to detail, the decor, the breakfasts, the welcome, the service, advice re restauarnts etc is second to none. We walked to 3 local restaurants for dinner all with great food and service and we felt perfectly safe doing so.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

As part of a group of international travelers that stayed here for 14 days - these are my thoughts...

I travel all over the world for work. Derwent House will now be the measure of excellence. From the amenities to the location to the standard of comfort - Derwent House is simply exceptional. The most impressive aspect of the stay here was the staff and the service that they provided. I cannot quite put my finger on it...However there is a magic about the way it works. From check in you are treated like family (like the spoiled child that can have everything). The staff from Management across the team allowed the most exquisite experience. If you come to Cape Town - Derwent House is a must!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Harrison, New York, United States
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Reviewed April 18, 2013

WOW, WOW, WOW! I just returned from spending 2 incredible weeks in Cape Town. I began my adventure on the V & A waterfront, after several days I packed my bags and headed over to Camps Bay, a brief and beautiful stint there and on my way to safari at Amakhala where I had the pleasure of meeting Carole and Jo, owners of Derwent House. They are an amazing duo, I loved them so much that I changed my plans and moved into their outstanding hotel for the last days of my trip. The hotel itself is absolutely top notch! It reminded me of a beautiful elegant brownstone in NYC, I felt right at home. It is perfectly located to shopping, restaurants, gardens, etc. and the staff were tripping over themselves to make my stay first class. My daughter is studying at UCT and wants to move in, watch out Carole & Jo! Can't wait to come back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

I stayed here for 2 nights prior to a conference, on a very last minute booking. Picked this hotel based on its excellent reviews, and I was afraid to be disappointed, but I truly had a very comfortable experience here. On arrival the staff greeted me by my first name which made me feel at home, and they showed me around the house, my room and the hotel features - which included a lovely kitchen stocked with a selection of baked goodies everyday! The staff were extremely attentive and helpful at all hours of the day, especially regarding booking tours during the stay. The pool although was cold at this time of the year, was clean and great for dipping. My room was very clean and wonderfully decorated, as was the rest of the hotel especially the communal areas. Due to the tours starting quite early, I missed the breakfast but was made a packed breakfast to take which was really sweet and it was very tasty too! I was apprehensive about security in Cape after hearing stories from other people, but felt safe in the location (which was close to many restaurants and bars), and the security around the hotel was good too. Would definitely return on another visit and recommend to anyone visiting Cape town!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Derwent House in March 2013. Even before arriving we received really helpful advice from Carol by email and throughout our stay we had fantastic support from the staff. Our room (No 1) was not large but had a lovely terrace and a fantastic view of Table Mountain. Breakfast was excellent. The location was great for heading into Cape Town or towards Table Mountain and Camps Bay. The warm welcome we received from all the staff made this a great base for the start of our holiday.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Gaborone
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

I just wanted to provide some very positive feedback about the guest house. We really enjoyed our short stay and would book again on our next trip to Cape Town. The staff was extremely professional and the accommodations beautiful and well organised.

Dene was a stellar host to us and provided excellent personalized service!! Including providing me with a ice pack and re-freezing it upon request to soothe a slight injury.

The breakfast was excellent and so tasty. There are beautiful places to relax in the vicinity, read a book or sit in the hot tub. The "bar" offered many complimentary items and those that you could pay for on site. Almost everything was home-made!!!

Tons of small perks, like umbrellas to use, a hot towel bar and a SA cell phone with important numbers. Definitely a place to go as a couple or small family!!!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Room Tip: All the rooms were great, but the ones in the main house have private balconies!!!
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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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