4.5
Very Good 1826 Reviews
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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

Amenities

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

Converted warehouse turned stately hotel with a waterfront setting and Table Mountain backdrop

The Look

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.

Beyond

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 Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island for a half-day tour. A boat jaunt around the old harbor, a sail around Table Bay or a cruise to Hout Bay, halfway down the Cape Peninsula (weather permitting), is a relaxing and exciting way to spend an hour or two with the Waterfront Boat Company. After staring at Table Mountain from the hotel, make the hike to the summit, where you can take a walk in the natural fynbos garden.

How to Get There

Victoria & Alfred Hotel
On the Waterfront Pierhead
Cape Town, 8001 South Africa

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1826 Reviews
Warm welcome at the waterfront
Reviewed 4 days ago

We would definately recommend the Victoria & Alfred Hotel where we stayed for five nights on arrival in Cape Town mid May. This hotel is modern with generous and well presented rooms (cleaned and turned down daily), very pleasant staff, an extremely helpful concierge who provided great advice and managed our tour bookings efficiently and is perfectly sited in a central location right amongst the restaurants, cafes and shopping precinct that forms the V&A waterfront. We spent some pleasant hours over a glass of wine "people watching" at the tables outside the hotel restaurant or from the attached coffee shop and very much enjoyed the full cooked and continental breakfast buffet each day which was included with our room - wow fabulous! The views of table mountain (right outside the restaurant) and of the harbour from many of the rooms are spectacular. We were located to the side of the building and enjoyed the evening view of the Ferris Wheel. We had also hired a car to travel up the garden route and the hotel provided safe, convenient and free parking for the duration of our stay right outside the main entrance. We really enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to return should we visit Cape Town again. Thank you Victoria & Alfred Hotel.

Thank you to the V& A - the hotel with breathtaking views and fabulous staff!
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed here in May/June 2019 as part of a surprise birthday present. From the first minutes of checking in to leaving the staff were friendly, helpful and always ready with a smile. Once they knew our stay was part of a special celebration they upgraded us to a Table Mountain view room and told us we could keep our room late on check out day - these both added to the memorable holiday and we were very grateful. But it was really the location bang smack in the middle of the waterfront - the view overlooking the harbour and Table Mountain - the friendliness of the staff - the super quality of the food - that made this hotel special and one we hope to return to again if we are lucky! THANK YOU to everyone who made our stay special - a special thank you to Wesley and the ever smiling guy on the lift - we have brought home some of your happiness and good cheer!

Brilliant
Reviewed 5 days ago

We recently stayed at this hotel while on a business trip to Cape Town. We could not fault it. The location is perfect with beautiful views of Cape Town from the front rooms, easy access to the Waterfront with shops, tourist attractions and a wide range of places to eat.
The service is superb, the staff are friendly and very helpful. Rooms are clean and breakfasts are divine, including the bubbly. Being in the middle of the Waterfront the hotel is quiet providing a good comfortable night's rest.The V&A has to be one of the best choices in Cape Town.

Stunning hotel in a breathtaking location
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed here with my elderly Mother and we could not fault it. The rooms were gorgeous, very comfortable and looked directly out over Table Mountain and the Waterfront area.
The breakfasts were amazing with so many choices, including bubbles!
The location was second to none - it was safe to walk around late at night and so much to see and do. Loads of restaurants and bars nearby and shopping galore (if that is what you are into!)
Highly recommend this hotel.

Perfect setting, breakfast included
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely prime convenient setting with great staff, convenience to the malls and waterfront, full breakfast (including champagne), and we loved having a drink in the quiet restaurant bar at night when we didn't want to venture out to the many nearby restaurants or bars. Stayed for four nights, wish we had had more time! Spacious rooms with updated bathrooms and amenities.