Full English breakfast, free bike rental and access to the gym are included in the Jetsetter rate
The hotel’s historic ambience; it was built as a warehouse in the days of sail and steam
Outdoor pool and bar in the manicured gardens
On-site Oyo restaurant is one of the best on the waterfront
What To Know
The V&A Waterfront is a bustling tourist area, so it’s not the place for a quiet getaway
Good option for families
Not all rooms have Table Mountain views; those facing the plaza are quieter
Loft Rooms are comparatively small, with low ceilings and skylights instead of full windows
Parking on site
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Converted warehouse turned stately hotel with a waterfront setting and Table Mountain backdrop
Watching the sunrise behind Table Mountain is a bucket list–worthy experience, but at Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Hotel it’s simply the backdrop at breakfast. In the heart of the shop- and restaurant-filled V&A Waterfront district, this stately 94-room hotel occupies a renovated 1904 Union Castle warehouse, offering views of the busker-filled plaza or the harbor. Since opening in 1990, the V&A has reigned as one of Cape Town’s top hotels and is a standout for its personalized service (you’ll find a note from the general manager in your room), the fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar Oyo, and the elegant guestrooms.
Bed and Bath
Spread across three floors, all 94 rooms are done in whites and grays and brightened up by red velvet sofas and dark wood furnishings. Rooms on the top floor have slanted roofs and skylights rather than full windows, and while plaza-facing rooms lack the famous Table Mountain views, they’re also away from the noise of the restaurant-lined harbor.
The hotel's buzzy vibe is embraced by the downstairs restaurant, Oyo, a white tablecloth spot with views across the harbor to Table Mountain. Chef Stephen Templeton is behind the eclectic international menu, which features hearty meat dishes and local Cape Malay recipes. There’s an on-site travel team to organize trips to the vineyards of Stellenbosch, ferry trips to Robben Island, or the must-do hike up Table Mountain (there’s a cable car for the descent). Or stay local and take a dip in the hotel's outdoor pool, explore the shops of the V&A Waterfront, book a spa treatment at nearby sister hotel the Queen Victoria or hop on one of the hotel’s bikes for a ride along Long Street at sunset.
In the Area
One of South Africa’s two outstanding aquariums, the Two Oceans Aquarium, is a 10-minute stroll from the hotel. If you're feeling brave, you can go scuba diving in the shark tank. You would be remiss not to take the ferry from the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island for a half-day tour. A boat jaunt around the old harbor, a sail around Table Bay or a cruise to Hout Bay, halfway down the Cape Peninsula (weather permitting), is a relaxing and exciting way to spend an hour or two with the Waterfront Boat Company. After staring at Table Mountain from the hotel, make the hike to the summit, where you can take a walk in the natural fynbos garden.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel
On the Waterfront Pierhead
Cape Town, South Africa
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Victoria & Alfred Hotel is Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.) - 17.8 km / 11.1 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.