We stayed at the Derwent House for one week this month and absolutely loved our stay. Carol, the owner was so helpful in both arranging our stay, but also advising us on day tours (shark cage diving, Cape tour and Robben Island) and orienting us to the city. She also arranged airport pickup and return. Although we didn't actually get to meet her (she was about to deliver her baby), we felt her presence in every detail she created in the main house and the apartment (where we stayed).
Vuyo, the manager, was extremely helpful, friendly and we loved talking with her every day of our visit. The entire staff was a delight to interact with. As I mentioned, we stayed in the apartment behind the main house, because we needed an extra bed, since we were traveling with our 22 year old daughter. Vuyo invited us to spend as much time as we liked at the main house, sitting in the beautiful living room, drinking the tea, coffee and tasting the brusk and other cookies - all available 24 hours a day. At 4PM everyday there is fresh baked bread or cake available. There is wine to taste and a refrigerator filled with beverages as part of their honest bar (just mark down what you drink). And they have a beautiful pool area in the back of the main building beautifully designed and decorated.
Our daughter also loved the whole experience as well, especially the neighborhood (which reminded us all of San Francisco, where we live). The apartment was also very nicely decorated, the bed was extremely comfortable, both a toilet/sink and shower/sink/bath rooms. A large TV with DVD player, a fully equipped kitchen, a welcome basket with fruit, breads, cheeses and wine. The main house had a full selection of DVDs to choose from, and wifi service in all areas. The apartment even had a cell phone to use to call the main house, taxi or make restaurant reservations. We had everything we needed and felt very safe and comfortable.
Because we had our own kitchen, we picked up breakfast items a the supermarket around the corner on Kloof St (Checkers) and made our own breakfast each morning. But one morning, we experienced the breakfast at the main house, which was absolutely delicious. All kinds of fresh fruit, cereals, breads, and a hot course made to order.
The main house was impeccably decorated with art from South Africa, including some pieces from Mandela (a speech, hand prints). The living room had a fireplace, comfy couches and sofas, lots of books to read about South Africa, incredible art and a very welcoming atmosphere. The neighborhood was also very cool. When you walk out the front door you see views of Table Mountain and Lions Peak. The hotel is located in the very cool neighborhood between the Garden and Tamboerskloof districts of Cape Town. Lots of cool restaurants and shops and very safe. We walked each night to restaurants (Cafe Paradiso, Millers Thumb, Bombay Bicycle Club) and you can actually walk to the downtown area of Cape Town (and the waterfront if you are really ambitious). It is also a very easy walk to many of the main museums in the city.
It was one of our most favorite places to stay. We will definitely return to Derwent House for our next stay in Cape Town.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Derwent Hotel Boutique
- Derwent House Boutique Hotel Cape Town, South Africa