Acorn House

Acorn House: Our full report

9 rooms
Traveller's rating
Excellent (99%) From 18 reviews
All year

Acorn House is a beautifully old house designed in 1904 and is situated on the slopes of Table Mountain in the lovely suburb of Oranjezicht in Cape Town. The house is over 100 years old and a National Monument! Its location is very convenient, close to many restaurants. The city centre is only a short distance away and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront just a bit further on.

Expect to receive a very welcome here, with helpful and attentive staff!

On entering Acorn House one of the first things you'll notice is the original wooden floors throughout the house, beautifully restored and polished. To your right you'll find the lounge that has a couple of comfortable of sofas, a fireplace and an honesty bar.

From the lounge a staircase leads up to some of the 9 rooms at Acorn House. These are all furnished with twin beds that are made up either as doubles and/or king size beds, have en-suite bathrooms with showers over the bath, a writing desk, hair dryers and free standing heaters. Some of the rooms have access to a private seating area in the courtyard at the back and the side of the house. Two of these are at the front with balconies overlooking the street and can be converted in the family rooms using a sofa bed as an extra bed. Apart from the rooms in the house, there is a cottage at the rear of the garden complete with a small lounge, TV and stereo. It also has a private garden with outdoor table and chairs.

From the breakfast room doors open to a small patio and the swimming pool and garden area. A few loungers are spread around on the lawn and a great spot to spend a sunny day.

For an easy meal there is a deli on the corner where you can eat in or take back to Acorn House where they are very accommodating. Unlimited pots of coffee and tea is also available throughout the day at no charge.

Our view

We liked Acorn House although on our visit in November 2011 we found it a little noisy especially at night. However for an affordable option within the city limits of Cape Town, Acorn House is a delightful guesthouse to spend a few days.


Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Ideal length of stay: Up to a week, depending on what you want to see and do in Cape Town.

Accessible by: Self-drive or Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis: B&B

Food quality: On our last visit in November 2011 we found the buffet selection wonderfully displayed and extremely mouth watering.

For Breakfast which is usually served from 08:00 until 11:00 a buffet of cereals, freshly baked breads, jams, juice, fresh fruit , cold meats, muffins, tea and coffee was served, with hot options made to order.

Lunch and Dinner is not served but there is a choice of restaurants nearby and the staff at Acorn House are very happy to make reservations on your behalf.

Dining style: Individual Tables

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Drinks included: Drinks are not included but are available on sale. Soft drinks are priced from R7 per can, beers from R12 per bottle, spirits from R20 per measurement and wines from R50 – R120 per bottle.

Further dining info: No


Attitude towards children: Families with children are welcome at Acorn House

Property’s age restrictions: None

Special activities & services: None

Equipment: Cots and high chairs can be provided


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Communications: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. A computer for the use of guests and fax facilities are available at reception.

TV & radio: The rooms are all equipped with televisions with local channels only.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: No

Medical care: There is a Medi Clinic about a 10 min drive away from Acorn House.

Security measures: There isn't a guard on site but the area is generally patrolled by the police.

Fire safety: Fire extinguishers are placed strategically around the building.


Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: A laundry service available at an extra charge. Prices vary from between R10 and R20 per piece.

Money: A central safe at reception is available for guest to lock away valuables. Only the cottage at the back has an electronic safe. Currency exchange is not possible here.

Accepted payment on location: All major credit cards are accepted methods of payment.