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
- 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
Our first time at the QV and we will return. Such an amazing welcome for our honeymoon with flowers bubbles and warmth. The quality of the hotel is superb with staff and food service to match.
Our room was a spacious deluxe room very quiet however a minute from the mall and attractions of the City.
Thank you for making our stay so memorable. Thomas & Matt x
I really enjoying staying at your hotel, and I do call it my home away from home both the hotel and the city of Cape Town.
The rooms are maintained well, the bed sheets are very comfortable. I am satisfied with the hotel and it fits my expectations.
I had an aromatherapy massage and glowing facial, both done by Pelma. She was wonderful, knew exactly what pressure to apply for the massage and continued to check whether I was comfortable and how the products were reacting to my skin for the facial. She was attentive and very kind with magical massaging hands! I would recommend asking for her if you ever need a treatment. All staff at the spa are welcoming and kind and the facilities make the entire experience very relaxing - a true escape from the hustle of Cape Town!
If you want one of the best deep tissue massages, go here and ask for Ester - awesome. Rest of the hotel was very cute, nice and small but a high standard and the staff couldn’t have done more for us - we were a big group of 12 and they made our visit to Cape Town very comfortable !
This is absolutely a great place you must expereince, a time for relaxation and tranquility with a buzz of the mother city, a big thank you to Pelma and Leena for the amazing service, we sure will definitely come back for another amazung experience.