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
- 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
Stayed for 4 nights in July and loved it . This is a class hotel in a fantastic location .
Breakfast was awesome and the Bar & Restaurant was very well priced for a 5* Hotel . Our room on the first floor looked out over the harbour and up to Table Mountain. Easy walk to everything and in a safe area .... highly recommend .
The biggest plus for this hotel is its great location, right by the waterfront and close to the food market, hop on hop off office and a wide range of restaurants and shops. The spread at breakfast is good, and the hot items were delicious. Room was clean and spacious.
However, the hotel is showing some signs of age and the room did look quite dated with its dark carpets and dim lighting. Service was mixed, the receptionist was friendly but we couldn’t quite say the same about the waitresses. There was a day where I found mouldy berries with my pancakes and the waitress I spoke to did not seem bothered or apologetic at all.
Overall, this was an average stay for us and the next time, we would choose to stay at another hotel with more charm and more of that hospitality and warmth we saw at our other accommodations in Africa.
We stayed at the Victoria and Alfred Hotel in June and had a fantastic time. The location was perfect and there are excellent views from the dining area and rooms (depending on the type of room you book, of course). The breakfast was great and so was the service. I would definitely stay at this hotel again and recommend it to friends and family!
I went to Capetown with my son and son-in-law to see the rugby, England v SA. Stayed at the Victoria and Alfred. This hotel was just right as it was right in the waterfront, near everything going on there.
The rooms were good with the better ones having a great view over the harbour. Food was good but not exceptional
Reception did not look great but was more than made up for by the friendly staff. I would certainly stay ther again.
Otel is located very well. Room is quiet big bed is comfortable. Very close to very good restaurants And shopping area. Carpets are smelling room window are very small And room is dark, old hotel. Receptionists never smile. Very poor hospitality.