Victoria & Alfred Hotel
What We Love
- Full English breakfast, free bike rental and access to the gym are included in the Jetsetter rate
- The hotel’s historic ambience; it was built as a warehouse in the days of sail and steam
- Outdoor pool and bar in the manicured gardens
- On-site Oyo restaurant is one of the best on the waterfront
What To Know
- The V&A Waterfront is a bustling tourist area, so it’s not the place for a quiet getaway
- Good option for families
- Not all rooms have Table Mountain views; those facing the plaza are quieter
- Loft Rooms are comparatively small, with low ceilings and skylights instead of full windows
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Watching the sunrise behind Table Mountain is a bucket list–worthy experience, but at Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Hotel it’s simply the backdrop at breakfast. In the heart of the shop- and restaurant-filled V&A Waterfront district, this stately 94-room hotel occupies a renovated 1904 Union Castle warehouse, offering views of the busker-filled plaza or the harbor. Since opening in 1990, the V&A has reigned as one of Cape Town’s top hotels and is a standout for its personalized service (you’ll find a note from the general manager in your room), the fine dining restaurant and cocktail bar Oyo, and the elegant guestrooms.
Bed and Bath
Spread across three floors, all 94 rooms are done in whites and grays and brightened up by red velvet sofas and dark wood furnishings. Rooms on the top floor have slanted roofs and skylights rather than full windows, and while plaza-facing rooms lack the famous Table Mountain views, they’re also away from the noise of the restaurant-lined harbor.
The hotel’s buzzy vibe is embraced by the downstairs restaurant, Oyo, a white tablecloth spot with views across the harbor to Table Mountain. Chef Stephen Templeton is behind the eclectic international menu, which features hearty meat dishes and local Cape Malay recipes. There’s an on-site travel team to organize trips to the vineyards of Stellenbosch, ferry trips to Robben Island, or the must-do hike up Table Mountain (there’s a cable car for the descent). Or stay local and take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool, explore the shops of the V&A Waterfront, book a spa treatment at nearby sister hotel the Queen Victoria or hop on one of the hotel’s bikes for a ride along Long Street at sunset.
In the Area
One of South Africa’s two outstanding aquariums, the Two Oceans Aquarium, is a 10-minute stroll from the hotel. If you’re feeling brave, you can go scuba diving in the shark tank. You would be remiss not to take the ferry from the
How to Get There
I booked a last minute treatment in Sanctuary Spa. I was met by Noxi who gave me a very warm welcome & guided my around the spa. She made me feel very welcome.
I booked the Sanctuary Touch and it was amazing.
Esther was my therapist & she was fantastic. Very professional and gave me great advice about my skin. I loved my treatment.
I had a great experience in Sanctuary Spa and would recommend everyone visiting Cape Town to book a treatment here.
The therapists working here make the Spa very special.
Thanks to Esther & Noxi.
I have visited this hotel many times over the years. Even though I am a South African and reside in the Western Cape, if I want to spoil myself, I stay at the Victoria Alfred Hotel. From the moment you park your car, their staff are ready to welcome you and assist. On this occasion I had one of the rooms facing the Harbour with terrific views of Table Mountain. The double glazed windows ensure that it is nice and quiet when closed, allowing in all the great sounds, atmosphere and vibes of the Waterfront when open. Well done to your staff and management. Very kind and considerate people.
We stayed at this hotel last year so knew how wonderful their breakfasts are. We were delighted to learn that we could still eat there even though we lodged elsewhere this time. The food is delicious and the array is amazing -- three tables of cold foods available for one price and then you can add a hot food choice for an additional price.