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 loved Cape Town and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and our first impressions of this was the Victoria & Alfred Hotel. It is perfectly situated with spectacular views of Table Mountain. We were a family of five and all our rooms were spacious, incredibly comfortable and were maintained perfectly by the housekeeping team. The hotel sat alongside boutiques, crafts, restaurants and bars. It was so convenient.
Every member of staff were courteous, friendly, professional and exceptional at their individual roles. Everyday we were greeted personally and every effort was made to ensure our every need was met. Annie, at breakfast, knew exactly what we all wanted, each day and took time to find out about what we had planned for the day and what we’d been up to the day before. The whole food and beverage team were enthusiastic about their guests. Luci, the guest relations manager, was delightful. She set that standard from the very beginning. She was reliable and helpful: reassuring us and sourcing information for the day.
We will certainly return to Cape Town and the Victoria & Alfred Hotel. We can’t recommend it highly enough. Our seven nights were very memorable.
Perfect location - a safe part of Cape Town with fabulous views from your window (get a mountain/harbour view room) and easy access to a lot of great restaurants - literally on your doorstep.
The rooms and bathrooms are really spacious, the interior of the hotel is designed in keeping with the warehouse theme and the whole place feels comfortable and stylish.
The staff were really helpful and pleasant and made us feel very welcome. Will definitely stay here again if I return to Cape Town
We decided to stay at the V&A for our first 4 nights in Cape Town and were not disappointed! The hotel is smack bang in the middle of the hotspot and provides easy access to the major sights in Cape Town! There’s also two Uber spots to choose from so getting two and from the area was never a problem!
Our room was comfortable and we chose a piazza facing view - which makes sense given you don’t have a balcony in any of the rooms and you see table mountain at breakfast! In a city like Cape Town you don’t want to spend time in your room!
The on-site team was friendly and efficient, assisting us with airport pick up and heading to our next destination. Breakfast was delicious - with lots of options on offer; however if I had to make one comment it would be that it lacked personalization from the waiters/waitresses given the daily new team that would be serving your table at breakfast. In a hotel of this quality, it would be nice to have some familiarity at breakfast.
Nonetheless this is a minor detail - In a heartbeat I would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Cape Town - it’s a great starter to the city, secure and right in the Centre with magnificent views of Table Mountain! What more could you ask for?!