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Small but well formed......
Lovely, small boutique style hotel with extremely good staff. A little way out from the main sights of the city but everything is within a cheap taxi ride. A few good restaurants and bars within 10 minutes walk and the area is safe.
Nice bedrooms with fantastic bathrooms - we had a walk-in double shower / wet room with a glazed wall looking into a private courtyard.
TV, DVD, etc. with films on reception. Free internet and we were always welcomed with a drink on returning from our days out. Breakfast is good but service can be a bit erratic.
Nice small plunge pool in a central courtyard with sunloungers.
Probably won't suit you if you like hotel chains, but full of character and we were made to feel very welcome.
An excellent choice!
Our first time to South Africa and therefore relied on the expert advice of our travel agent 'Definitive Africa'. The service and welcome at The Cape Cadogan was exceptional; nothing too much trouble. This is a fairly small, boutique hotel but they could teach the big boys a thing or too about attentive service and luxurious accommodations! We had a lovely room overlooking the secluded courtyard garden (with a plunge pool) and views to the rear of Table Mountain. Lovely bathroom including a massive bath with quality toiletries, towels, robes and slippers. Good location for plentiful, local restaurants; they have an album of menus and will listen to what you fancy for dinner and then make a recommendation - they then call the Manager directly to make a reservation to ensure their guests are given special attention - we were even picked up at the hotel by a restaurateur who was on her way in to work. Only stayed for two nights but a great stay nonetheless.
An Absolute Delight
The service in this hotel is as good as you could find anywhere. The reception staff greet you by name & on arrival you are always offered a drink (an evening sherry in the library became a favourite of mine). The dining room staff at breakfast are also pleasant & efficient.
The bedrooms are superb, very tastefully decorated in cream shades. The bathroom was fab-a corner bath,designer basin & wet room style corner with a shower. The flooring was pebbles with tiles as a sort of stepping stone. Towelling robes & slippers are provided. The toiletries are plentiful & of good quality.
The room has air con/heating, hair dryer, TV, DVD, mini fridge (reasonably priced), kettle & a private patio.
The public rooms are also very comfortable with the library including a computer with free interet access.
The hotel does not serve lunch or dinner but it is an easy walk to Kloof & Long Streets where there are loads of restaurants of all types. You can take a drink in the hotel before or after your meal & the area around the pool is pleasant to sit for a while.
I felt perfectly safe in the area & there is 24 hour security at the hotel.
Very slight negative is that it is quite a distance from the V&A Waterfront, but there are plenty of taxis & the fare is only around 50 rand. It's just about walkable to the Table Mountain cable car, but it is a steep walk & I'd suggest a taxi. The Company's Gardens & a number of museums are all within about a 5 min stroll from the hotel.
A super little hotel
We selected the Cape Cadogan after reading the reviews on here. Budget wasn't a factor, we just wanted a classy hotel which wasn't impersonal.
The first factor which disappointed was location. Whilst Gardens is very well-placed for Table Mountain and the City, Upper Union Street is nothing special, and the hotel is really just a reasonably large house on a residential street. Car parking is all on the street.
There are no communal areas of significance - two lounges which were each about 12 foot square, a courtyard with a couple of sunloungers and a "pool" about 10 feet long, but very little sun for most of the day. No restaurant (not clear before we went).
I was ill while we were there (not hotel fault) and my husband spent all day in the bedroom reading as there was nowhere to relax properly outside, and what's more the hotel had no food on offer either.
The room was very nice but no view and no sun, and the staff were very friendly. But I can't take a hotel seriously if you cannot stay in during the day and relax in comfort and eat reasonable food.
Exceptional service is what makes this boutique hotel special
After 4 nights at the Arabella Sheraton (5*) I thought a few nights at a smaller character property would be a nice way to round out my remaining time in Cape Town.
I booked the hotel through the 'Portfolio Collection' and based on great reviews on tripadvisor. There certainly are cheaper options available, but I booked rather late and got the last room at the Cape Cadogan. The top rated hotel 'An African Villa' but was already full when I wanted to book.
The hotel is just off Kloof Road behind the Mount Nelson Hotel and an easy walk to a variety of restaurants and museums. Government Street and the Company Gardens are a short walk away and it seemed safe enough to do so (in daylight hours). There aren't many shops nearby, but the V & A waterfront provides all that with a brisk 35-40 minute walk.
I thought the Cape Cadogan looked amazing on its website and brochure, and it is nice, but it truly does look better there than in person. Rooms are nice, but not awesome, and my one issue would be the high level of street noise that can be heard in your room. The front sitting room is very nice, and the second sitting room with the free internet availability is a nice touch. Breakfast was good and there are 5 cooked options along with cereals, juices, baked goods, fresh fruit etc.
What makes the place truly special is the very high level of service. Everyone tries so hard to cater to your every whim! Coming in from a long walk, I was asked if I enjoyed my outing and then if I might like a complimentary tea/coffee/soft drink/ beer/ red or white wine. These came with a fresh rose and Pringles potato chips arranged in a rose petal pattern. Calling for a taxi; booking tickets - never a problem, and fast courteous service. Liesl as Hotel Manager was exceptional in perforning her job. She even offered a bottle of the red wine they served as a gift to take home with me.
The rooms were just OK, but the service was A+++.
We spent a week at the Cape Cadogan in November following two weeks on safari in Namibia and spent the time smiling at our good fortune. We arrived late and couldn't believe the level of luxury that awaited us. We had a lovely room on the ground floor that had just everything including a DVD player. We enjoyed the fresh flowers, the helpfulness of the staff, the delicious breakfasts and the astonishing views of Table Mountain. The Cape Cadogan has been created out of a fine double fronted old house and unlike so much in Cape Town access does not involve a steep street. It has a small but lovely plunge pool and in terms of design and detail the owners have clearly been prepared to go that extra mile and it has certainly paid off. It is just moments from Kloof Street where there are many interesting small shops and restaurants, and the main touris attractions are all within a long walk or a short taxi ride. Public transport in Cape Town is a problem for tourists but taxis were inexpensive. Hotel, boutique B&B? Difficult to know but excellent value and so luxurious!!!! We cannot wait to go back. They have also recently opened several adjacent self catering units to the same standard, and these could be a desirable alternative.
Stayed for 3 nights in October. Excellent boutique hotel, close to great restaurants/bars. Good value for money
We took a weekend winter getaway to Cape Town and stayed at the Cape Cadogan. Well, this place is stunning, besides being 5-star, the decor is really beautiful and very up to date. None of that big hotel mass styling, everything is original and the attention to detail is stunning. Quality, quality, quality!
We were lucky enough to get the 'honeymoon suite' as they had no other bookings. Spacious, and better than home!
It is also situated near quite a fashionable suburb (Upper Kloof St) and so there are many cool shops, boutiques and excellent restaurants just a stones throw away.
Only weird thing, our package included a fruit basket on arrival and after some hectic shopping on day 2, I was looking forward to enjoying a juicy pear... only to find half of my fruit gone! I don't know if housekeeping got a bit peckish, but anyway...
Had a lovely time, would love to go again, but doubt I could afford it in peak season... One day...
The Cape Cadogen, `Where guest are our priviledge'- A hotel where they sure do mean it and live up to their mantra!
The hotel is simply the most stylish place you will ever stay at. Chic cool from the long drapes running down the pillars on the exterior to the classy wash bowls in the spacious bathrooms.
The soft beds ensure a good night's sleep with a colour scheme pleasing to the eye. The breakfast room leaves you feeling like you've eating on a movie set with the clean white linen and floating lillies on the table.
More importantly though, the staff are exceptionally friendly and helpful. It makes you feel like you are at home - although your home is now a million pound mansion of your dreams.
Don't miss out on staying here if you come to Cape Town.
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Chic and cheerful in Cape Town
We were looking for a hotel in Cape Town with a bit of class without the astronomical price tag associated with Cape Grace or Table Bay. Photos of the Cape Cadogan and an off season price of R900 per night for room and breakfast got my interest. It is not on the Waterfront, but is just round the corner from the famous Mount Nelson Hotel, which has not exactly suffered from its position closer to Table Mountain.
Our room was large and bright with Victorian high ceilings and contemporary features such as seagrass carpetting and dvd with surround sound. The bathrooms all have luxurious looking limestone, glass and chrome fittings. The rooms are all different, none of your little boxes that you might see in other hotels. There are only twelve of them so booking early is a good idea!
The staff were pleasant and always helpful. The breakfast buffet is great, with good cooked options too. There is not an option of dinner or lunch, but for room service fans you can have food delivered from a range of nearby restaurants, probably quicker than room service in a bigger hotel. The communal areas are lovely too, following in the Victorian theme. There is a sun terrace with a plunge pool - we didn't partake it being winter in the Cape.
Within walking distance are loads of good restaurants and bars, as well as the Champagne bar at the Mount Nelson... The Waterfront is a short drive downhill, and there is loads of parking there. Taxis are cheap if you haven't hired a car.
We stayed in a variety of hotels over the time we were in and around Cape Town, and the Cape Cadogan was favourite for quality, style and value. Highly recommended
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... again (will be a theme), a few of us tried the Kingclip (a local fish akin to cod) which was delicious, the wine was flowing and we had some very interesting conversations about life and experiences and points of view on a variety of topics, as we would throughout the trip. We capped it off with some dessert and various scotch, bourbon and whiskey selections (strictly for digestive purposes) and left the restaurant around 11:30 for the walk home.
... lunch in Miller Point. Our last stop along the Western Cape was at The Boulders to view the African Penguin colony that has overtaken the beach.
Last photographic stop of the day was at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens where the Protea plants were just coming into bloom. After that, it was a brief stop at a diamond cutting shop.
... each return. The cable car takes only four minutes to travel to the top of the mountain and during the ride the internal floor rotates enabling everybody on board to see all the views. A clever idea but a strange feeling. The views from the top were stunning. I cannot think of many places in the world where you would have such fantastic views. From the top you had a very good view of Robben island where Mandela was imprisoned. We walked for a while enjoying the views and came upon ...
... table top. The views were stunning and truly spectacular.
After the Table top, we found the botanical garden and took a cruise around. The sun was scorching today and made the shady park even more loveable. We stopped for lunch in the garden, before making our way back to the rental office to return our little Micra. The rental was short, but well worth, we got to see so much in such a short time and where very happy to see it.
As we prepared ...
... and up on to Table Mountain. We had the best day for it with not a cloud in the sky, which made it hot but meant we got the best view from the top. We walked around for a while and admired the view of Cape Town and its suburbs from all angles. Lachy had decided to abseil off the top of the mountain so we dropped him off the edge and made our descent a different way round. Luke and I had decided to walk back down as we had plenty of time and thought it would make a day of it (plus I ...