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
We stayed at the Manor House annex and could not have been happier. The Manor House has four suites located on two floors. Rooms were very large, nicely decorated and very quiet. Although you are only a short walk from the Waterfront you are really a world away from all the crowds. We chose to eat breakfast at the hotel restaurant, Dash, although we could have had it served at the Manor House if we wished. All the staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble. An additional perk is a wonderful spa located in the same compound. Great massage therapist. Would definitely recommend and would stay again.
Our first stop in SA and we weren’t disappointed!!
Very welcoming staff after a long flight from the UK. We arrived at 9am and our room was all ready for us which was wonderful!
The rooms are really big, decorated to a really modern high standard and bathrooms are massive too.
The location is EXCELLENT, just walk down some stairs and you are in the heart of the V&A waterfront area! So many restaurants bars and excursions to pick from.
Breakfast was lovely, lots of choice, and again very friendly helpful staff who couldn’t do enough for us!
Gardens and pool area really well maintained, great to have an afternoon chilling after a morning off exploring!
Thank you for a lovely stay!
What a wonderful place, 5 starts in my book. The location is within walking distance of the waterfront and across the street from the Food Market. The rooms are beautiful and the staff is exceptional. The front desk staff is willing to help with making restaurant suggestions and reservations. Oswell in the lobby is delightful! Jacques in the restaurant is always there smiling at breakfast. Oh and the breakfasts are amazing with a buffet as well as cooked food. There is a small gym that has a great view of Table Mountain, and it is well equipped.
They stock the room daily with bottled water.
There is live music in the lobby which is wonderful. We had room 1103 and could hear it each evening from our room. If this is something that may bother you, you may want to request one that cannot hear it.