The baths in some rooms are in the bedrooms or open-plan
Rooms wrap the building, with varying views: V&A Waterfront, ocean or Table Mountain
Couples, straight or gay, will love this hotel; families and bachelor parties not so much
Parking on site
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Colonial crash pad with glamorous rooms and a top-notch restaurant on Cape Town's V&A Waterfront
In a colonial building overlooking Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, this 35-room boutique hotel was inspired by the romance of Queen Victoria’s passionate early years with Prince Albert. The style is anything but 19th-century though with spacious rooms, marble bathrooms and a soaring lobby decked out in whites and creams and warmed up with royal purples and opulent fabrics. A smartly attired bellhop — stylish blue suit, white shirt, no tie — whisks your luggage away so you can concentrate on the lobby’s seductive centerpiece: a curvaceous, Gehry-esque white staircase.
Bed and Bath
The white theme continues in the guestrooms, but here it’s given a jewel box makeover. The bed has a dusky lilac headboard with a shimmering gold satin throw; the mirrors could be from Dita Von Teese’s boudoir. And a woodcut profile of a young Queen Victoria surrounded by delicate flowers and foliage adorns the wall. But it’s the view that steals the scene. Outside the huge windows are the twinkling lights of the waterfront, with its yachts, 19th-century clock tower and the crashing waves of the Atlantic. The rooms on the other side of the hotel look out at iconic Table Mountain.
Downstairs, in the hotel’s dark purple cocktail bar, stylish locals sip cocktails and premium wines from nearby Stellenbosch before dinner at Dash, the hotel’s restaurant. Cape Town isn’t short on gourmet eateries, and this is among the best, serving excellent French/South African cuisine in an elegant mirrored dining room.
In the Area
Take a five-minute walk to Bascule Bar for an alfresco bottle of Steph Weiss beer with the yachties whose boats are docked in the harbor out front. For a memorable massage, make an appointment at the hotel’s own small spa, which it shares with its sister hotel next door. Skip the soulless market at the V&A Waterfront and drive to Greenmarket Square to pick up souvenirs; foodies shouldn’t miss the Saturday Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill.