We stayed at Derwent House for 3 nights at the beginning of February 2011. This was the last place we stayed at the end of a two and a half week trip all over South Africa. I think it's safe to say it was the best place we stayed throughout the trip.
I arranged for 3 nights at Derwent House as a birthday present for my boyfriend, so wanted somewhere a bit more special than a hostel or your run of the mill hotel. As soon as we arrived, after a long and sweaty car journey from Darling we were transported into a stylish, relaxed and luxurious environment that would be ours to enjoy for the next 3 days! I knew straight away that I'd picked the right place.
Our room was right next to the pool and had an amazing decking area out the back which was both private and got a lot of sun, which was lovely. The room was everything we needed, a bed with ensuite bathroom and all the amenities we needed to make our stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
The Hotel has a great location, very close to the Table Mountain Cableway and a short 10-15mins taxi ride down to the waterfront. As its on Kloof St, a buzzing hub of bars, shops and restaurants we felt right at home and never felt too far from anything. We had tours and trips pre-arranged but we were otherwise quite flexible with what we did with the rest of our days, including just relaxing around the pool in the hotel.
The best asset to this hotel is its staff. Carol and Jo the owners, personally came to greet and welcome us whilst we were having breakfast one morning, and the took the time to ask us about our trip and our plans for Cape Town. They were extremely friendly and helpful and gave us a few tips about places to go and see. The other staff at the hotel were just as friendly and asked us everyday if we needed any taxi's or restaurants booked for that day. We were also convinced to go on a Bus tour of the city and had the map, leaflet and directions provided by the hotel before we even got down to the bus stop. Breakfast at the hotel was incredible, such a wide variety to choose from, both hot and cold food. The hotel also has an honesty bar which we found very useful especially after the long car journey the first night! But the best bit was the FREE cake and tea everyday at 4pm which if you were back from a day out at that time, was a warm welcome back!
We absolutely loved it here, from the beautiful views, the location, the hospitality and the luxurious atmosphere. It felt like they were inviting us into their home. Definetly Money well spent, and we shall definitely be visiting them again!
- 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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