I have stayed at the Alphen twice this year and really like this hotel. It's an unusual place as it doubles up as a hotel for visitors and a very popular watering hole for Constantia locals. La Belle - the all day casual restaurant and bakery - is just the sort of place that anyone would want in their neighbourhood and sitting outside there for lunch or breakfast in the Cape Town sun is always magic. The more formal 5 Rooms restaurant is equally popular in the evenings.
The rooms are also very nice, with lots of space and bright, modern interiors. Some have terraces overlooking the beautiful Alphen gardens. The service is generally good, with sometimes slow response times more than made up for by the warmth of the welcome given to guests.
This hotel does not deliver consistent five start perfection. It can sometimes be chaotic, the pool needs improvements (it was rather cold and full of leaves both times I stayed there) and the neighbouring M3 motorway can be heard from the garden and some rooms. But overall this is still a great place to stay and they have a lovely team of people working there.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The recently refurbished Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia is 23 kms from Cape Town International Airport, 15 kms from the City Centre and circa 12 kms from False Bay beaches. In close proximity to major attractions, such as Newlands Rugby Stadium and Cricket Ground and Kennilworth Racecourse, it has a relaxing country feel aire about it. Combining Cape Dutch with the contemporary, a playful twist has been added to this historical 11.5 acre landmark. Offering modern amenities, plush comforts, high-tech facilities and exceptional services, this multi-faceted 5-star destination provides venues for relaxing, socialising, conducting business, dining, wining & celebrating life. Facilities & Features include: 19 Spacious Suites, 3 Independent Restaurants - 5 Rooms Restaurant, la Belle Cafe & Bakery and The Rose Bar - 3 Bars, including The Rose Bar - outdoor bar & terrace, Business Centre, Functions & Events Facilities and Expansive, Landscaped Garden with pool. This property is well suited to wedding functions. 300 Years of Cape Hospitality continues under New Management. Step into a World of Hedonistic Glamour - a little Eccentric, somewhat Bohemian, rather Eclectic & Casually Elegant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Alphen Boutique Hotel Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa