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Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Ranked #5 of 109 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
London
1 review
“Warm, Friendly & Excellent Location”
Reviewed March 26, 2009

This hotel truly is a little gem. Carol & Jo were fantastic and their staff couldn't do enough for us. From helping us to arrange taxi's to booking restaurants and tours. When we visit Cape Town we'll surly come back to stay. Our rooms were spacious, clean and had great views of Lions Head and Table Mountain. We stayed for 7 nights and although after 2 nights we moved room because of availability the move was smooth and all taken care of for us. Room 2 had a deck and balacony which was lovely. The breakfast is really delicious and substantial. You can start off with a cold continential breakfast followed by a hot breakfast. The portions are huge. Through the day guests can help themselves to tea, coffee, cakes, biscuits. The hotel runs a honesty bar service which is great when you fancy a nice cold beer! The pool was great and solar heated which made a nice difference. Our hotel was 10mins drive to Camps Bay, V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain. Great location and walking distance some really good restaurants to chose from. Watch out going to the restaurant is easy as it is down hill but on the way back its a pretty steep hill to climb! Good work out after the big portions South African restaurants serve! We met some great guests at the hotel. Carol & Jo made our last night extra special by way of treating us to some pink champagne - the best we've ever tasted!! This hotel deserves to stay at #1 - made our holiday extra special :)

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 25, 2009

You are looked after as a close friend or family member. The rooms are charming and the pool is lovely.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled solo
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Reviewed March 25, 2009

We selected Derwent House for the start of our recent South Africa trip on the strength of previous tripadvisor comments and it fully met, and often exceeded, our expectations. From our later-than-scheduled arrival (after midnight) till our departure four days later we could not have been made to feel more welcome. Carol, Jo and their team were always attentive to our needs, but never intrusive, allowing us to relax and take things at our own pace while being happy to make recommendations if asked.

Our room was bright and airy, and gave spectacular views of Table Mountain and Lion Rock. There was a wide choice of cold or hot breakfasts, which could be taken either inside or on the pool terrace. But it was the little extras that impressed us most – the complimentary slices of water melon offered on a hot afternoon by pool, the daily weather forecasts delivered to our room accompanied by chocolates, the free access to broadband from the laptop in the lounge. We would certainly recommend this to anyone looking for a home-from-home during a visit to Cape Town.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

I can't recommend Derwent House enough. Everyone went out of their way to make staying a complete pleasure. The advice given was all spot on and was truly helpful.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 23, 2009

The Derwent house is wonderful, it is beautifully designed, has just 11 rooms and has the feeling of a very relaxed house party, a little oasis in the city!. The location is good, in a trendy residential area between the waterfront and table mountain, nice to be away from the mass of tourists down at the waterfront!. Carol ,Jo and their staff could not have been more welcoming and helpful. They are on hand to give advice on restaurant bookings, tripsand pretty much anything you could want to know about Cape Town. Their advice on restaurants was particularly useful and if Carol hadn't suggested we went for a cocktail at the Mount Nelson hotel before dinner we would have missed out on a real gem of Cape Towns old colonial past. Jo also saved us hours of queueing by recommending the perfect time to go up table mountain. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would recommend The Derwent house to anyone.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

We visited Cape Town in February and stayed at Derwent House over the course of a week. We picked Derwent House primarily on the basis of what we’ve read on tripadvisor and like many others before us, we were not disappointed. We absolutely loved the place. Carol and Jo have created a home away from home for their guests. Both they and their staff did their best to ensure that our stay at Derwent House and Cape Town was great. The place, designed and furnished to a high standard, was always clean and tidy. There was always someone to answer a query, provide a recommendation, be of assistance 24 hours a day. The attention to detail was exceptional: Others have already commented on the honesty bar and the complementary supply of cakes and fruit, teas and coffees and mint and lemon infused cool water. Did anyone mention the toiletries? Ethically produced in South African of course. The ribbon wrapped notes on the beds every night with the next day’s weather forecast and including the quote of the day? The mattresses and the pillows (always a hit and miss in many hotels) were very comfortable. (Also, not forgetting Carol and Jo's restaurant recommendations which were spot on! ) Truly one of the most pleasant stays we've had in a hotel. Derwent House stands out for all the right reasons. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 22, 2009

We could have spent US $500 or more to stay at one of the larger hotels in the city - the Cape Grace and the Victoria and Alfred on the waterfront certainly looked inviting - but knowing we'd be staying at the large Kilimanjaro Kempinski in Dar Es Salaam, the Westcliff in Johannesburg and the Royal Livingstone at Victoria Falls, we were ready for a different (and, frankly, less-expensive ) experience in Cape Town for the final 5 days of our recent Africa trip (Feb 11 tto 16).

Trip Advisor led us happily to the Derwent House Boutique Hotel. We booked it in October.

Due to poor weather, our flight arrived much later than expected - but we found that the hotel desk was manned around the clock, and we were warmly welcomed at midnight. The desk clerk opened the driveway gate to allow us to park our rental car right by the hotel garage door (at all other times, convenient free street parking in front of or close to the hotel was available). Pastries, fruit and beverages were offered (the same were also available 24/7 throughout our stay).

We were in Room 3 (as booked) on the second floor (or first floor, depending upon where you may be from) of the main house. If your look at some of the traveller photos, you can find our room. It is the room with the two double doors opening on to a long deck facing the pool. From the deck, we had undisturbed views of the city and Table Bay. From the corner of the deck (the far left as you look up from the ground) - we could look to the right and see glorious Table Mountain . Below the deck, there are 3 outdoor tables that were used during breakfast. There are only four rooms on the second floor of the main building, and we managed to get a look at each of them - all lovely. Rooms 1 and 4 have windows facing directly out to Table Mountain. I believe Room 2 may have a had a side balcony view of Table Mountain as well. The other rooms at the hotel are located in two separate buildings that lie perpendicular and on the left side of the main building. All are new - modern - desirable accommodations. I believe every room was filled during our stay. By the way, Derwent House is - I believe - only two years old.

We were there in summer - hot summer - five consecutive days of clear, sunny, 90 degree weather - sometimes very windy - and the excellent air-conditioning throughout the building, and especially in our room, was most welcome. The room was comfortable, clean and well-maintained. Plenty of space for all our luggage and many electrical plugs-in for camera and cellphone recharging. Flat screen TV offered excellent reception.

Most of the guests at the hotel - and we met many of them and exchanged email addresses - were young or middle age couples - from UK and elsewhere - who seemed to be experienced travellers. People dressed informally (shorts - some barefoot - it was summertime) and the social atmosphere was very welcome. On the Friday night of our stay, our hotel owners/managers Jo and Carole, hosted a get-together and served a delicious bellini-like libation made from local South African sparking white wine and peach schnappes, along with some delicious nibble food.
We will never forget that evening.

Living room on main floor is spacious and inviting, and one could spend hours studying the good selection of travel books. A laptop computer is available 24/7 with free internet access.

We looked forward to the freshly-squeezed orange juice and cooked breakfasts - your choice of many many selections, in the dining room overlooking the pool. The pool, by the way, is most inviting....but we were so busy out and about that we never did use it.
The pool is heated and surrounded by plentiful lounge chairs. Ample supplies of fluffy towels are close by. We did swim - in the cool and refreshing waters of Camps Bay - barely a ten minute drive from the hotel.

The hotel is well-situated in Cape Town - and the driving directions as shown on the website are clear, accurate and simple to follow. It is just minutes to the waterfront , to the beach, to the highways, or to Table Mountain (the proximaty to Table Mountain is especially helpful because the cablecar often closes during cloudy or windy weather; we were well-advised to rush over to the cablecar on our first morning and are lucky we did. Some folks were unable to get up there for several days, because of high winds)

Driving around Cape Town and environs is highly recommended. Easy - once you get the hang of it. One evening when we had questions as to the route out to a suburban area, Carole and Jo got in their car and escorted us to the freeway. (I don't think the manager of the Westin provides that kind of service!)

Carole and Jo arranged tickets for our Robben Island tour - months before our arrival - and provided the best and most up-to-date information as to the driving route and must-see places on our expedition down the coast to the Cape of Good Hope. We had a great day-trip - largely because they gave us smart restaurant recommendations and knew what roads would be closed. On another day, we went out to the wine country and Hermanus - all smooth roads, easy drives and picturesque. Cape Town, itself, is a stunner, but the areas outside the city are also well-worth seeing. We crowded a lot into our five days, but would have been happy to spend more time.

We enjoyed Sevruga and Beluga restaurants the most - top-notch food and service at reasonable (by US standards) prices. We also stopped at The New York Deli to pick up some picnic items for our visit to the beach. The Miller's Thumb (sic) near Derwent House was a colorful neighborhood restaurant with friendly service, good food and decent prices.

The staff. One of our pieces of baggage never made our flight from Jo-burg to Cape Town. Rather than wrestle with the airline and worry about the matter - we left it in the hands of the front desk staff on our first morning - and - to our surprise and delight - our "missing" bag was in our room when we returned that afternoon.

Subsequent to our return to US, we had a problem with a Visa charge with a Cape Town merchant. When I emailed Derwent House about it, Jo made some local telephone calls on my behalf alerting the shop to the problem. She stayed in touch with both me and the shop until the error was rectified. This assistance was so much above and beyond what anyone should expect...but it is evidence of the care and concern that Carole and Jo have for their patrons, and is yet another reason why Derwent House should be your destination in Cape Town.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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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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