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
We booked a loft room however we were given 2nd floor room which is a bigger room.
The location is right in the middle of the harbour and faces Table Mountain.
There are plenty of shopping and dining nearby in the waterfront.
The car park is free and staff look after car.
The staff is welcoming and friendly and the breakfast was good. Housekeeping could be a little slow to clean the rooms.
This was our first time staying at this hotel, although our second visit to Cape Town in the last two years. After spending a busy couple weeks on holiday (on safari and then onto nearby wine country), this hotel and location was perfect for winding up our stay in South Africa.
The hotel itself is gorgeous and classy, without being pretentious. The staff was very welcoming and friendly, from the front desk to the bell staff, to the restaurant/bar wait staff. We had a large room overlooking the marina which offered magnificent views. We had previously stayed at another luxury hotel in this vicinity, however we much preferred the central location of the Victoria and Alfred Hotel (as well as less formal but elegant atmosphere and service) here.
The hotel and area, also named the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, are a wonderful destination in itself with plenty of shopping, dining, and activities close by. We took a harbor cruise one day, and although we didn't do the nearby ferris wheel it was fun to watch, especially nice and lit up at night. The Waterfront area is very safe and has great security, so it's a great place to visit throughout the day and night. We did not have a car (and you don't need one here if you're just staying in Cape Town) as the waterfront area is literally outside the hotel's doorsteps, and tours to other attractions such as Table Mountain other tours can be arranged. Boats to Robbin Island are within walking distance of the hotel as well as the Nelson Mandela museum where the boats leave from.
While we had lunch and dinner's out at the nearby waterfront, we did have a lovely breakfast in the hotel, which offers views of the waterfront. The sumptuous buffet was huge, and had something for everyone.
There is also a nice bar area adjacent to the restaurant, offering several beers on tap, along with the other drink offerings. It's also a nice area if you want appetizers or desserts.
We really enjoyed our stay at the classy Victoria and Albert, and it's prime location at the waterfront area, along with the First Class accommodations and staff make this a place we will be glad to come back to on our next visit to Cape Town.
Pelma, my therapist at the Santuary Spa at the hotel had the strongest hands I’ve ever felt. I had a great deep tissue massage. She really worked out all my knots. Very kind and friendly service. The food at the hotel was lovely as well. They had a wonderful selection of little cakes for tea.
Fantastic views in superb location over three nights.
A word for front of house who looked after needs and wants. Trip advice and ease of dealing with car hire etc.
Wesley was star man who offered calm friendly advice start to finish. Thanks
If you are travelling to Cape Town you should try the Victoria and Alfred Hotel as the location is brilliant
Our room was spacious and clean with a large comfortable bed and comfy chairs
The view from the window over the harbour was just as described in previous reviews
Breakfast was great with lots of choices plus a menu of freshly cooked options what was there not to like
We used the hop on hop off bus and that was a definite plus as you really get a feel for Cape Town