4.5
Very Good 869 Reviews
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Casino
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Colonial crash pad with glamorous rooms and a top-notch restaurant on Cape Town's V&A Waterfront

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Queen Victoria Hotel
Portswood Close Portswood Ridge
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 869 Reviews
Great hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic 5 stars hotel. Great location just a step away from waterfront shopping and restaurants. Amazing staffs for both FO and FB especially Lynnett at the desk. Highly recommended when anyone going to visit Cape Town.

Good hotel in handy location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Car parking available and a very nice greeting once we arrived. The room was comfortable and although missing a few amenities - no milk in the tea making supplies, no room service menu - it was all we could need.

Great breakfast to start the day and a cozy lounge for pre dinner tipple. Walking distance to the waterfront restaurants and activities. Would stay again when in Cape Town.

Wonderful property in great location
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a 5 star hotel in a great location across the street from V and A waterfront. It is nicely maintained. Its not quite a Four Seasons caliber resort but its not far off.

We stayed 4 nights here, we received a large upgraded room which we enjoyed. Had a nice welcome and the staff was great and very helpful. Breakfast was wonderful with staff fully accommodating gluten and dairy free diets.

Room was nice and quiet with all expected amenities. We had a nice welcome gift in room. Free, guarded parking right outside front door is awesome and super convenient. Walk across the street to enjoy the V and A waterfront. Had a great time!

Wonderful Cape Town Waterfront hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Queen Victoria Hotel sits on a promontory overlooking the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town. The hotel is a three minute walk to all the hustle and bustle of the waterfront with its restaurants, mall, shops and great aquarium, but a quiet oasis to return to.

The service is outstanding, with staff going above and beyond the call of duty to help guests with their needs. I, for instance, needed assistance gathering coins to take back to my students in the States, and the front desk/ concierge took care of it. House- made chocolates with evening turn down is a nice touch.

The in-house restaurant serves terrific breakfasts, remembering particular guests' preferences. The dinner menu is inventive and delicious. The presentations of each dish are little bits of art. And this is a great place to celebrate an occasion!

Fir the finer things in life
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great hotel for a relaxed person who like the finer things in life. Great place for couples that want to be close to things and have a romantic time.
Dash bar has great atmosfear with cozy fire place to enjoy a good glass of wine. Staff is friendly and the breakfasts are highly recommended.
Try out their famous eggs Benedict.

Well done
I will be back for a 4th Time