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
This is one of the best small hotels I have stayed in. From the moment you arrive everyone is smiling,polite and really friendly.
Nothing is too much trouble for the employees, they really look after you like royalty.
We were in the Manor House which is very opulent and well designed.
The butlers who seemed to be on duty constantly were very efficient without being obtrusive, they really made us feel very special. The doormen were always there to help with information or getting you an umbrella when needed.(Oswald and Grant super heroes)
We were lucky enough to stay at this hotel for 5 nights on our recent trip to Cape Town. This is a beautiful small boutique hotel in a central location in the beautiful Victoria and Alfred Waterfront area. This is a 5 star hotel personified!
The staff at this hotel are absolutely outstanding and can't do enough for you - every time we left/arrived back at the hotel we were met with warm smiles and good wishes.
The rooms are opulent and we were lucky enough to have a great view of Table Mountain and had a large bathroom.
Breakfast was really good with lots of a la carte cooked options and no extra charge for cappuccinos/lattes - even champagne and oysters if that takes your fancy!
There is a very nice pool area that you can visit which was part of their sister hotel.
Very highly recommend this hotel if you want to feel well cared for during your trip to Cape Town.
If you want to stay at the V and A waterfront, I highly recommend this hotel. I stayed on the second floor of Manor house facing the Table Mountain. Many thanks to the butler Alex, who was so helpful, as well as the staff from the bell service. The restaurant and room service from Dash is better quality than any of the restaurants I tried on the waterfront. Here’s what to expect at the Manor House-
1. USB chargers at the desk as well as next to the nightstands (awesome.)
2. Wonderful rain shower with optional handheld shower.
3. Excellent laundry service.
4. Rooms facing table mountain can hear a bit of the noble square music during the day, but the music is pretty good.
5. Convenient, safe location. It’s a few steps down to the waterfront and the hotel is located on a small cliff above the waterfront.
6. There are staff in front of the Manor House throughout the day to greet and attend to any needs.
This hotel is on a small cliff overlooking the waterfront with all the shops and restaurants just under your feet.
The room is great the bed very comfortable nice amenities and a spacious bathroom. The staff is amazingly nice and attentive. I loved the piano play at night near the bar. Breakfast is great and guess what you get fresh oysters for breakfast YUMMY!!!
I had a massage which was ok nothing more but as all massages it depends on the masseuse. The spa itself is nice but as it is in a separate building you can’t walk there with your bathrobe.
In summary- very nice I loved the place. As I did not pay I can’t comment on value.
I always enjoy staying at this lovely hotel. Its perfectly located and quiet. Staff are just lovely and always welcoming. Definitely also try the Sanctuary Spa and ask for a treatment from Pelma. She is top class. Full of beautiful energy and the warmest smile ever. I actually had two treatments during my stay as it was just bliss to escape for a moment and recharge,