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
Stayed here for two nights on a business trip. Staff were extreme helpful and friendly, and genuinely seemed to want to work there (talking to one staff member, she said that the hotel puts on buses for staff to get home).
I had a downstairs room in the Victoria which was a good size and had a very comfortable bed. There was a small patio area to the room with a table and chairs to sit outside. Bathroom was a good size with an enclosed separate toilet room, shower was spacious and powerful.
Breakfast had a large selection of the usual sorts you would expect with hot and cold options. Hot items ordered from menu with the continental style as a buffet.
Bar had a good selection of options although I was only drinking beer. The bar is also open 24 hours which is always good. Also popped to the gym which had two running machines, two cycling machines, a rowing machine and a selection of weights. Not massive but has everything that I needed.
Great location next to the Springbok museum and only a few minutes walk to the waterfront area. All in all very impressed.
We stayed at the Queen Victoria for the first 3 days of our honeymoon in South Africa. All staff were courteous, friendly and excellent at their job. The hotel is situated just a short walk from the waterfront which made everything so accessible for us. The breakfast was delicious with a wide selection to choose from. We would definitely stay here again if visiting Cape Town in the future.
Very good tiny and boutique hotel with good location to Water Front, but quiet, good staffs, professionally adequate distance of hospitality, clean room, awesome breakfast for this price.... I, actually, would not like to write this review because it could be getting difficult to make reservation when I will come to this lovely hotel with my wife for next time!!!
The Victoria Hotel was amazing!! My husband and I stayed there for a week and we both loved it from arrival through check out. The staff was extremely friendly and incredibly accommodating especially Ronald from the bar, Jennifer, Max and Simon from the front desk, the entire breakfast staff and many others we couldn’t meet in person. You feel welcomed every time you walk in and they were able to meet any question or concern with a smile. It was our wedding anniversary and they super spoiled us! We had sparkling wine and sweets beautifully prepared for us twice (!!!). I think I have never stayed more than 4 nights in the same hotel. And to be honest, when I decided to book this hotel for the entire stay I was afraid to get tired of it after 4 nights. But this did not happen. In the end, we stayed 6 nights and 7 days at Queen Victoria and the communication with the hotel by email (to align on the details and payment) was stress free, fast and very easy (here: special thanks here to Nazley Majiet from customer service)!! So I think I can say with property this place is really amazing!! It became our second house in Cape Town and we truly enjoyed every second of it!! Without a quesion, the breakfast menu was just DELICIOUS!!!!! I miss my eggs benedict already.... !!! Plus the buffet! OMG! Oysters and mimosas every morning... it was quite special!! Right ? We also took advantage of the SPA for a massage that was incredibly relaxing. Despite all these services and ammenties, this hotel was reasonably priced and worth every penny!!! Finaly, the Waterfront location was ideal for visiting the entire area with quick Uber rides readily available and cheap throughout the Cape and a bevy of restaurants and bars within walking distance. Book this place !! You won’t regret it!!
We stayed 5 days, 4 nights at this hotel towards end of June and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The hotel is not too big, with a boutique style. The location is excellent as it's just 5 minutes away from the V&A waterfront area. We were given a nice and comfortable ground floor room with a king size bed. The room was super clean, and very well decorated, with nice partial view of table mountain. Before arriving we were apprehensive of the water restrictions. There were no restrictions in place when we visited, except the bathtub stopper was removed. The front desk staff made us feel really special. Check-in and check-outs were prompt. We were greeted every time we went in and out of the hotel. We were given the choice of having breakfast at the hotel premises, Ginja or at Doc house. The Ginja restauarant is located on the waterfront and couple of minutes walk from the hotel. Doc House is adjacent to Queen Victoria. We tried out having breakfast at all 3 places. All of the places served delicious breakfast with lots of varieties but we liked Ginja the best. Overall we were very pleased we selected this hotel over other hotels in V&A area.