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
We were visiting with friends who were on their first trip to SA so I figured we'd splurge a bit and stay on the waterfront. For tourists, it's a really great location. Totally safe, easy to walk everywhere, restaurants easily available and the free parking is a real benefit. Rooms are comfortable, nothing too flashy but nice and clean. Breakfast was a decent cold buffet and fairly well priced given the location. Not the fault of the hotel, but Uber pickups are at designated areas which are a long walk from the hotel entry. Staff were generally quite friendly and we appreciated a welcome coffee after a few long flights. The pricing is on the high side and there are other options nearby which are just as nice, but the convienience may be worth paying for
This is a lovely hotel on the waterfront close to lots of restaurants (but none of the great ones) and adjoins a large shopping mall (also mostly geared to tourists).
The breakfast was good but very busy. At 9am we had to either wait or sit at a communal table (which was good, nice to talk to other travelers). The service everywhere is very professional and they are well organised for the large numbers and tour groups they get.
The room was spacious with a good bathroom and comfortable lounge chair.
We stayed here at the end of Aug for 5 nights as part of a trip to South Africa for my 40th Birthday and we were not disappointed. When we arrived, the room wasn’t ready so we were offered a drink and our cases stored while we went for an explore.
The location is perfect, right in the heart of the Waterfront; you literally step out of the hotel and into the shopping and eating area.
We had booked a loft room but were assigned a Table Mountain View room – wow! It was amazing to open the curtains every morning and see the view; what a way to start the day!
We ate in the hotel for breakfast and the selection was great, the quality even better. We can highly recommend the Eggs Benedict and hot chocolate.
The staff were brilliant, so helpful, especially Nydiana, who helped us with confirming (and rearranging) the shark dive trip booking we made in the UK.
The size of our room was great and it had everything we could possibly want, including robes and amazing toiletries, they smell divine.
Every evening, the bed was turned down and a chocolate and bottle of water left for us. When we arrived, there was champagne in the room and a handwritten note wishing me a happy birthday. Sometimes the little things go a long way.
As we went in August it was a little chilly in the mornings, so the log fires were on in the restaurant which was a nice touch.
Next door to the hotel, there is a food market, which is great for lunch; lots of local produce and great to taste lots of different things all in one place. 2 mins away is the Aquarium which is worth a visit, especially on a cold/rainy day. The ferry to Robben Island is a 3 min walk away over the swing bridge (try to see this opening it’s worth a quick watch). In the other direction is the shopping mall with loads of shops and the main restaurant area for the Waterfront. We ate at a few of these and they didn’t disappoint.
I had a spa treatment at the Dock House Hotel (sister hotel opposite) and I can honestly say it was one of the best I've had. I had a facial and came out looking 5 years younger! The whole experience was truly relaxing and a real pamper; just what you need on holiday.
We were treated so well from start to finish at this hotel; the Concierge even remembered our name and the lady on duty for breakfast asked where we had been when we missed breakfast one morning. I would absolutely return to this hotel and would recommend this to anyone thinking of Cape Town.