I stayed with Bruce, Teddy and Coco (his two wonderful canine companions) in September. Bruce was quick to acknowledge my booking, sent me some useful info on Cape Town and arranged my pick-up from the airport, which was really helpful. I was a bit weary after a 12 hour flight but it was incredibly comforting to arrive at the Rose Lodge to a friendly smile, a large, embracing cafetiere of fresh coffee and some wonderful advice on how to get to Table Mountain on that first day. Bruce, the amazing host that he is, also gave me some menus to look at from nearby restaurants.
The area is a fantastic spot from which to explore Cape Town. Bo Kaap is rich in colour, Asian immigrant history, unique Cape Malay restaurants and a short walk to central Cape Town. The Waterfront is also nearby, as is the stop for the 'hop on, hop off tourist bus' (recommended by Bruce and a great way to get your bearings on a first day or two in the city). Some of Cape Town's most fashionable restaurants are nearby, though some may find the service pretentious. The food at Shoga, however, was fun and creative and served as a basis for a great night in the company of Bruce and another guest at the Lodge. Thank you so much Bruce for also recommending that Craig and I hit Marco's African Place. As a place, it was one of the highlights of the trip - great live music, very very friendly people and all within seconds of the Lodge (just don't book an early morning trip to the Cape of Good Hope after a night at Marco's that started with a lovely, early evening glass of sherry with Bruce!).
I cannot recommend the Lodge highly enough. Bruce, Teddy and Coco are wonderful, amazing hosts and you will get so much more staying with Bruce that say, by staying at a dull, generic, more expensive hotel. I also did that during my stay in South Africa and it was a real come down after the fun and warmth of the Lodge. There is Wi-fi, a great thoughtful, healthy breakfast and a real comfy bed, in a lovely room (I stayed in the Courtyard room. A liquor store is real close, and offers some excellent, inexpensive wine and other drinks.
All in all, a wonderful place to stay, in the company of a kind, thoughtful, professional and warm host!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Rose Lodge, 22 on Rose and Wale Lodge are located in Rose and Wale Street in the colorful historic Muslim Malay Quarter (Bo-Kaap) of Cape Town. It is only a 5 minute walk from downtown CT or the trendy De Waterkant Village (cafes, restaurants, bars & clubs), and within walking distance of Cape Town International Convention Centre, and the V&A Waterfront. All rooms are en-suite with shower (bath) & toilet, TV, safe, air-conditioning, heating, and coffee & tea facilities.The rooms in these old "Malay" houses are not big, but they are all en-suite, with TVs, safes, air-conditioning and heating. Coffee & tea facilities are available in the kitchens and free wifi in the communal areas. We provide a laundry service if required and can arrange your transfers or tours. We are a non-smoking guesthouse and are dog friendly. A substantial continental self-serve buffet breakfast is provided.English, German, and French are spoken. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rose Lodge Cape Town, South Africa