Reviews of Victoria & Alfred Hotel
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Upgrade to Queen Vic
In fact, we didn't stay in the V&A because, on arrival, we discovered that we had been upgraded to its sister hotel across the road, the Queen Victoria. The latter is a small boutique hotel with very comfortable rooms and first rate dining (although we did feel that the breakfast, though good, didn't quite live up to dinner). Great location, close to the Waterfront but far enough away to enjoy an air of calm.Read more about the whole trip
luxury in the heart of Cape Town
I happened to be here on my 50th birthday and they went out of their way to make it even better - I really appreciated this and would equally appreciate it if you could tell them so (the only contact details I can find are for reservations...)
Paying extra for the mountain view was absolutely worth it. The 'piazza view' side also has rooms overlooking the car park and the main road.
The best location for a short stay
Visiting South Africa was a last minute add on to our safari trip to Namibia and Botswana so we were not sure what we were going to make of it. However we loved South Africa and Cape Town in particular.
We are so glad we booked the V&A as it's in a perfect location. It's right on the V&A waterfront and all the bars and restaurants there. It's also an easy stroll to the Hop On - Hop Off tourist bus and the access point for the Robbin Island Tour. The hotel was helpful in that they suggested we book all our tours the moment we arrived and so in the 2 nights we spent there we went up Table Mountain, took all the tour bus routes as well as getting off to visit Kirchenbosch Botanic Garden and some other stops and visited Robbin Island all of which we would thoroughly recommend.
We discovered the Watershed between the V&A Hotel and the tourist bus stop. This is a converted warehouse with beautiful local craft work for sale and we just wished we had more luggage space so we could take some home. The imagination and ingenuity which the African craft workers show in recycling redundant materials to create beautiful objects is quite stunning.
We would love to go back to South Africa and we would definitely stay in the V&A again.
Grand old hotel in superb location
A lovely old hotel located close to all the amenities.
We had a room with beautiful views of Table Mountain.
Staff was very attentive & helpful.
Convenient Hotel In V&A Waterfront
The buffet breakfast was a pleasant surprise - I could have sat there all day. The front desk staff wasn't overly friendly until the last morning when we were leaving. Since our departure was prior to the start of breakfast they packed a "to-go" back that was FILLEd with food. Although I wish I had known that the buffet would already be out - I would have just asked if I could have eaten from that even if they weren't officially "open".
We asked them to make dinner reservations for us one night and the front desk said she would let us know when they were confirmed which she never did (but we ended up going for dinner anyway and it all worked out).
The location was very convenient and the room was nice. Appreciated the complementary water.
Excellent location and service at the V & A
This was our second stay at the V & A at the end of our trip before returning to the airport. Although only there for one night on this occasion the accommodation and help from staff was as excellent as on our previous six night stay.
We were allowed to stay beyond normal check out time and could leave the car in their secure parking area until due to head off for our flight later in the day.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel review
Excellent hotel,well sited for the waterfront,no security issues at all day or evening.Piazza rooms also have partial water view.
Hire car not required for Cape Town as hop on/hop off bus very good for most visits and taxis also cheap. Four nights wasn't long enough as loads to do .A great city.
Victoria & Alfred Hotel review
This was our second visit to the V&A. The location is superb, very central to all of the waterfront activities, and last minute shopping before coming home. We love wandering around the craft markets.
Breakfasts are excellent, bountiful and leisurely - on the pavement by the waterfront watching the world go by. We had dinner in the hotel one night which was also very good.
Last time we stayed we were in room 220 and we were hoping for a similar room this time, however we were next door in room 218 and instead of the comfy chairs we had a dining room table and four dining room chairs, nowhere comfortable to sit at all. Very odd. We don't spend a lot of time in hotel bedrooms even less time holding dinner parties in them, but we would expect somewhere to sit and relax. We do think that hotel designers ought to try staying in some of their creations.
Excellent location & service at the V & A
A beautiful location on the waterfront with wonderful clear views of Table Mountain from the mountain view rooms. Very safe location making us feel comfortable from the start of our holiday. Well positioned for the city bus tours.
Excellent all round service by very helpful and welcoming staff.
Very good restaurants nearby.
We would definitely use this hotel again.
Enjoyable stay at V&A hotel
We spent two nights at the V&A hotel, using it as a starting point for day tours. The hotel is ideally situated on the Cape Town harbor, a picturesque area to walk around. In the evening, we walked a couple hundred yards to the Victoria and Alfred shopping mall, which has several restaurants at which we could dine.
The room was nicely appointed with King bed, writing table and sitting chairs. It was a quiet room; there was no noise from hallway or adjacent rooms. Breakfasts- provided with the room- offered a continental/European buffet or hot breakfast from a menu; food was tasty.
A couple minor points: We wish that there were more/brighter lamps in the room. The mildew in the shower stall detracted from an otherwise clean and attractive facility.
Whilst in Cape Town these travellers joined a half day City Tour and a Cape Point and Peninsula day tour. Here's what they said about those trips:
City Tour - This private, half-day tour was a nice way to ease into South Africa after a long plane ride the day before. Our guide Colin was very knowledgeable, providing us an enlightening history of South Africa during our four-hour tour of the old fort, Company gardens, Cape Town's beach communities, and, of course, Table Mountain. The views from Table Mountain were great, and there are an array of trails that one can walk on the mesa top. We might have spent more time there, but we were not quite prepared for the chilly, windy conditions on top of the mountain in mid-May.
Cape Point and Peninsula Tour - We very much enjoyed our small group tour of the Cape with four other tourists, our guide, and driver. The tour was oriented toward viewing the natural attractions that South Africa offers. Not only did we visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, but we also took a short boat ride to Seal Island and to a penguin sanctuary in Simon's Town, where we also ate lunch. Along the way, our guide pointed out ostrich, kudu, and baboons roaming in the countryside. Our final stop in the afternoon was the delightful Kirstenbosch gardens, in the shadow of Table Mountain, an expansive tract that merits a return visit when we have more time.
Thankfully, we had eaten a large breakfast in the morning because we did not break for lunch until 1:00 to 2:00 PM.