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“Great location, Great Host, Comfortable INN”
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Cactus House
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Puerto Vallarta MX
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54 reviews
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“Great location, Great Host, Comfortable INN”
Reviewed November 7, 2010

My partner and I had our first trip to SA and our first night at this INN in Cape Town, 24 hours travel from US to Cape Town. Morne the manager is a gem, wanted to take him home with us! Gave great service, great advice about what to do, where to go, etc. The Inn is very comfortable, breakfast is huge! In Cape Town watch for pickpockets everywhere, particularly at the Bronx Bar!

Tim with Friends of Dorothy Travel, was great. Took two tours, Wine Country and Penninsular--great value and great guide.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

We spent six nights at the Cactus House in Cape Town, and even though it was technically the "off" season, we had a wonderful time.

The inn is in what was once a single-family home. It has 5-6 rooms, a small pool for dipping (not swimming, too small), and a hot tub. Our room was extremely spacious with a king-size bed, a balcony, and we could see Table Mountain. This is not a "fancy" place, so if that is what you need, you will want to look elsewhere, but we were treated like family and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Mone, the innkeeper/manager was friendly and helpful and a joy to spend time with. He's also a very good cook, and breakfasts were substantial with far more than we could eat.

The location worked well for us as we enjoy walking and there were two nearby parks as well as shopping areas only about 10-15 minutes away. We also used cabs as needed and found them relatively inexpensive (about 40 Rand) to get to the "gay area" and slightly more to the Waterfront.

Internet is available for 200 Rand for the duration of your stay. We could find it for less at internet cafes not far away but we were willing to pay the extra for the convenience of having it at the inn.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Cologne
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Reviewed January 31, 2010

Had a wonderful stay at the Cactus House last November and would highly recommend to any good boys visiting beautiful mother city.

The Cactus is located very pleasantly in Oranjezicht right on the slopes of Table Mountain, overlooking the city. An aray of really good restaurants is in walking distance on Kloof and you can just as well walk down to Long Street. Parking right in front of the gate was never an issue.

The house itself as well as the rooms are very tastefully furnished and decorated and offer a great mixture of old structure and contemporary design. One of the undoubted highlights is the balcony (Superior Rooms) with it's view on Table Mountain and the vintage bathtub on it. What else could you dream of than having a bubblebath while gazing on the Mountain after an exhausting day on Sandy Bay ;-) Not to forget: the beds!!! Spacious, home of the sweetest dreams and the best pillows that ever came across our way.

The hosts Simon and Martin really made our stay a memorable one. These guys just ROCK and were supporting and offering help on whatever wish or plan you had, indeed very pleasant company. Also the maintenance staff Albert and Sylvia were so warmhearted and friendly that you felt welcome and at home every minute.

The service and especially the breakfast was excellent. If ever you visit the Cactus don' t miss to taste Martin's pancakes....dare to ask for them...ideally every morning....these are the best worldwide!!!!!

Leaving was a pain, but we will be back for sure!!! For pancakes AND another GREAT TIME!!!

Thanks again, guys!!!

Tom and Flo

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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elijahviljoen
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Reviewed January 21, 2010

I just wanted to take the time and thank everyone at the Cactus Guesthouse for their impeccable service, frienliness and hospitality. You all had really gone way beyond your call of duty. I can highly reccomend this establishment.

Thanks
Eli

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled solo
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London
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Reviewed January 21, 2010

Probably one of the better guesthouses I stayed in Cape Town. Good location and the general atmosphere is relaxed. Martin is a real asset to the house, makes you feel welcome and does a great breakfast. The rooms are spacious, clean and very comfortable.

Strongly recommend staying here...

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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Melville, Johannesburg
1 review
Reviewed January 20, 2010

This is honestly the best B&B I have ever stayed in and have yearned to go back ever since I was last there. The hosts are friendly and generous not only with their resources but also with their time. The tasteful furnishings, the comfort and the feeling of being welcome is unsurpassed. Cosy, clean, comfortable - what more could one want!!

  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with friends
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The Netherlands
2 reviews
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Reviewed September 4, 2008

Fine B&B, relaxed atmosphere, owner Simon and staff. And not to forget Cleo, the cute doggie!
So it's a very good place to stay for relaxed guests!!!

Wilfred & Johannes, The Netherlands

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  • Stayed November 2007, traveled as a couple
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Property: Cactus House
Address: 4 Molteno Rd., Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 125 Specialty Lodging in Cape Town Central
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are... ...an exclusively gay male guesthouse, the only one of its kind in central Cape Town. Since March 2000 Cactus House has a reputation for excellence and for going out of our way for every patron we host. Our aim is to make sure your stay with us is enjoyable, memorable and that every guest leaves our establishment happy. We are at the foot of Table Mountain otherwise proudly known as one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World. Cactus House is your home away from home. The Difference We believe that extra personal attention is important and is exactly what we provide. What better way to spend time in an establishment that has a unique personal ambiance meeting like-minded people whilst having great social interaction at our dinner parties and our South African style barbeques (braais) where you will enjoy good food, exquisite wine and just great company. At Cactus House we have developed many special relationships and continuously seek to improve our service and strive for excellence. We would be delighted to host you and have you experience just what it is that makes us different. The House This beautiful Victorian monument was built in the late 1800s and is designed and decorated with many original features. The House has five stylish en-suite bedrooms with large oversized showers, king sized beds in our Deluxe and Superior rooms and queen size in our standard room. We use only the best percale linen to ensure you get a comfortable good night's sleep. All rooms are equipped with tea & coffee stations, televisions, dvds, cooling fans, heaters and under sheet heating for winter. All rooms, except our Standard room have a balconies with daybeds or outdoor seating, breath-taking views of Table Mountain, Signal Hill and Lions head and our Deluxe room has direct access to our pool. ... more   less 
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