Queen Victoria Hotel
What We Love
- Full English breakfast and free bike rental are included in the Jetsetter rate
- Glamorous, romantic interiors
- Top-notch South African cuisine in Dash restaurant
- Prime position overlooking the V&A Waterfront, with its shops, pubs and restaurants
What To Know
- The spa and pool are in the tiny sister hotel next door
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
What a wonderful hotel. Every single member of staff went above and beyond for us, we felt incredibly welcome from the moment we stepped into the building. The hotel itself is stunning and is in a perfect location. Would definitely come back!
staff very friendly, room large and spacious, lovely breakfast. it is walking distance from the waterfront, which is a
bargain as you do not need to heed the traffic. so much to do closeby. hotel is luxurious
A fantastic hotel right in the V&A waterfront. Amazing staff and rooms were delightful. They also catered for gluten free food for my wife. We will definitely stay at this hotel if we visit Cape Town again.