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Victoria & Alfred Hotel, Cape Town

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Posted on: May 9, 2013 at 7:21PM

By Guest

Location, location, location… and view, view, view! Situated on a wharf in Cape Town’s popular Victoria and Alfred Waterfront my Table Mountain / Harbor view room (#211) at the V&A Hotel offered a grand view of this beautiful city… in the foreground the harbor with sailing boats and seals. On a nearby wharf, the Cape Grace Hotel sits with Table Mountain looming massively in the background. Spectacular… I found myself sitting in one of my room’s 2 big comfy chairs, feet up on the windowsill, windows open letting in the fresh sea air along with the sounds of seagulls, and I stared – and stared! Overall my room was quite large and well furnished but sparsely decorated – a few paintings would really help things along… the bathroom was even worse - gray and bland… albeit very clean with a separate shower, tub, and sink (and closet like room for the toilet) it was VERY blah (I understand from the hotel marketing department that the bathrooms will be remodeled later in 2013 – thank goodness). During my stay the toilet would not stop running (what a waste of water - a rather precious resource in Cape Town) and the shower head made me feel like I was being sprayed down by a fire hose! Not necessarily because of the volume of water but the spray itself – it was like being needled! Very uncomfortable. The hotel’s restaurant offers sparkling wine and oysters with breakfast and sitting on the wharf is sublime – people watching is great, seals are cavorting in the water, fishing vessels are coming and going, rowing teams are at practice. It really makes you feel like you are part of the city… Attached to the hotel is the Victoria & Alfred Mall with endless shops and restaurants. The waterfront is home to the Cape Town Aquarium, the Cape Grace Hotel, the Dock House Boutique Hotel, the Queen Victoria Hotel, the Table Bay Hotel, the One and Only Hotel and the Radisson. The departure point for tours to Robben Island, Nelson Mandela’s former prison, is a few minutes walks from the hotel. The location, price and view make this a property I would recommend.

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