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Art Gallery Guest House - Thandekayo
Ranked #17 of 59 Hout Bay B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 20, 2014

This guest house is in a wonderful location with a friendly owner and staff and a relaxed vibe. Our cosy room was upstairs in a loft area with a lovely deck and a great view. Breakfast was very good. Its close to the world of birds and the fabulous Thai restaurant kitima.

Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stayed four nights here and felt like being at home. The location is very nice, at beautifull surroundings and not to far away from Capetown. Although there are more posh places and the place could use a little maintenance, we enjoyed our stay, thanks to Jeanet, Banda, Madrin and Anita. Beautifull pictures, Martin is a nice artist. Do not forget to visit his galery at Capetown. Highley recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

It was the first stop of the vacation and yet it turned out to be the highlight of the vacation. Martin was not only super kind to help us prepare iteniarary but also arranged cab etc for us even though we had arrived when there were floods and landslide in Capetown.

the breath taking view from the balcony on first morning after our 15 hour flight, made my wife skip a heartbeat and wake me up in sheer delight With a great tea.

They have the most sumptuous Breakfast we found in SA and Banda was very accomadating to cater to local tastes. he even went ahead and helped us borrow the adapter for electric connections.


The room is decorated with lovely pictures and we were really tempted to visit martin's gallery.The house keeping was good too. The World of birds nearby was a great visit too.

We loved the place so much that we chose to stay an extra day and martin upgraded us to another room without any extra charges.

Thanks guys, we can't imagine cape Town without thandekayo!:)

  • Stayed: November 2013
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

After previously checking out Thandekayo on behalf of friends from the UK who were looking for accommodation in Hout Bay, I was so impressed with the ambience and attitude of the staff and management, I decided to stay there myself for the last three weeks of my SA vacation. I have stayed in over 25 Guest Houses in Cape Town over the years and found Thandekayo's light and contemporary decor in sharp contrast with the rather dated design and decor many others have. The owner is a professional photographer and his landscape images adorn the walls of the bedrooms and lounge.
From day one I was treated as a member of the family, not only by the owner Martin and his wife Anita, but also by Banda and Janet, the Malawian husband and wife team that manage the guest facilities. The 5 rooms are named after an indigenous African plant and I stayed in both Protea and Aloe rooms - each perfect for the solo traveller. The guest house is situated in a quiet road, but is a 5 minute drive to all Hout Bay amenities and restaurants.
Cooked breakfast is served to order, and accompanied by a buffet choice including freshly prepared fruit salad, cereals, cheeses, pastries etc. A well stocked honesty bar at reasonable prices, with Cape wines, SA beers and soda's is a nice touch for a drink on the balcony before heading off for dinner. There is also a separate fridge for guest use so one is not compelled to buy drinks from the establishment if they want to supply their own. Clothes washing is offered for a small change. The feel of the facility is secure and homely. Many guest houses are perfunctory - and this is where Thandekayo differs. It surpasses its role as simply an affordable guest house. The personality of Banda, the cleanliness, the breakfast, the relaxed ambience made it stand out compared to others I have stayed in. I would recommend it unconditionally.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

The two nights at this guest house was really nice! The house had a really cool design and was clean and fresh. The breakfast was superb! The only minus was the location which forced you to go by car. However I would definately go back! //Martina

Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

I stayed at the Thandekayo guest house for a week during a photography course with Martin. Great experience. Lovely people - Martin and Anita and their kids. The staff - Banda and Janet were very helpful. People say the customer service in Cape Town is not really good. I must say, these people are the best. I was sad when I had to leave but I'm definitely going back there soon :). Already recommending it to everyone I know who wants to visit SA.

Room Tip: I stayed in the Agapanthus room. The view of the mountain and the sea from the balcony is great!
  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed January 11, 2014

Booking accommodation via the Internet always feels a little risky but this 6 bedroom guest house close to Cape Town city is a gem of a place to stay. The owners run an art gallery in Cape Town and their renovation of Thandekayo reflects their very great talent for modern, yet comfortable, easy-on-the-eye design. A very warm and helpful welcome never wained; the staff and owners couldn't have been more helpful. The pleasant bedroom had a small veranda with a fabulous view over the Bay, and the guest lounge was comfy, light and airy. The full breakfast service was excellent. If we ever visit Cape Town again we will certainly look to staying at this nearby Hout Bay hidden gem.

Room Tip: We booked a bit late and were allocated the twin-room AGAPANTHUS which was nice enough but we prefer...
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thandekayo, Owner at Art Gallery Guest House - Thandekayo, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2014

I would like to thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We are pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and next time, should you return, I suggest you book the Arum Lily room which is a much larger double room with equally beautiful view as the Agapanthus loft room which you stayed in. We wish you a very prosperous new year and look forward to a revisit in the not so distant future.

Best wishes

All at Thandekayo Art Gallery Guesthouse.

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Address: 14 Luisa Way | Noortgedagt, Hout Bay 7806, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Hout Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #17 of 59 B&Bs / Inns in Hout Bay
Price Range: $75 - $115 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Art Gallery Guest House - Thandekayo 4*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Art Gallery Guest House - Thandekayo is situated in the seaside village of Hout Bay, on the Atlantic seaboard of the Western Cape of South Africa, a scenic twenty-minute drive from Cape Town central. Offering luxury, four star accommodation with five stylish African theme rooms, all en-suite. Thandekayo is positioned on the foothills of the twelfth apostle boasting breathtaking views of the mountains that guard the town and the bay itself. ... more   less 
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