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TravelPod Member ReviewsAn African Villa Cape Town
This is a very comfortable, well appointed B&B with charming African decor with a contemporary flourish. The owners are delightful and very helpful.
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We had and amazing time here. The owners were awesome and so helpful! The staff is all wonderful. The house is clean, beautifully decorated and comfortable. The breakfast is fantastic as well!
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Historical Traveler Reviews An African Villa Cape Town
I recently stayed in Cape Town on my own and booked into The African Villa on the recommendations of Trip Advisor. This is a wonderful guesthouse with amazing decor and very friendly and helpful staff. Being on my own was not a problem as they booked me taxis and an excursion at short notice. The office was manned from 8am to 8pm so there was always someone there during the day to help. The central situation makes it a good place to visit Table Mountain and the Waterfront. Even though my room was on the street side it was never noisy at night as the area is very quiet. The breakfasts were plentiful and tasty and the "help yourself" to hot and cold drinks was an excellent idea. I would definitely book with them again.
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Es ist eine kleine Oase mitten in der Stadt - ein wunderschoenes Viertel, umgeben in naechtser Naehe - 5 Gehminuten - zu vielen Retaurants & Bars ! Die ganze Ambiente, der Service, die Gastfreundschaft des Guesthouses sind fantastisch. Die Zimmer mit viel Stil eingerichtet und viel Liebe zum Details ! Es ist ein Platz fuer Ruhe & zum Geniessen ! Ein Bjiou - der Geheimtipp in Capetown !
An Afican Villa was great
We spent 3 weeks in South Africa at 6 locations and An African Villa was the best of all, even those charging more. The staff are genuinely warm, friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were top class and the facilities and ambience were excellent. As three connected, renovated and very artfully redecorated two story terrace houses with lovely courtyard it worked exceptionally well with a good location, great plunge pool, great local eating choices, charming host and lovely staff. Attention to detail in all respects was faultless but in a natural and charming manner, be it helpful advice, relaxed conversation or fulfillment of a special request.
Definitely top value and a particularly welcoming, pleasant and restful place to stay in Cape Town.
Wouldn't stay anywhere else!
Our travel partners chose "An African Villa" as our accommodations in Capetown for recuperation after our two-week safari. My wife and I are very hard markers and wondered if we shouldn't be staying at one of the expensive waterfront hotels.
Well - what a wonderful surprise and experience we had at the "African Villa"! Along with the best of care, the accommodations were great and the location was perfect. Louis, one of the owners, was the best concierge to date as he handled every request expertly and pleasantly. Dining suggestions were efficiently followed by reservations. Suggestions and guidance were given to ensure the most enjoyable visit to the cape region.
If you want to know what's happening in Capetown and not just experience the typical - for ' hip and chic' - Louis and Marcel and the "African Villa" are where it's at.
On our two previous stays in Cape Town we have stayed at the Cape Grace and the Kensington both of which we liked but the African Villa was easily the most relaxed and comfortable place to stay and by far the best value for money.We had a superior room which was worth the little extra as it was larger with a balcony and a separate bath and shower.
I highly recommend An African Villa! I found the hotel on this website when I was looking for a small hotel so I could avoid a huge hotel with no character. This hotel and the staff exceeded my expectations.
My husband and I stayed there for 5 nights in November. It's located in a quite neighborhood, but it's close to everything. The staff was exceptionally helpful and is a great resource when you are looking for a way to spend the day or a restaurant suggestion. I didn't even have to read the guide book I purchased on Cape Town because they provided all the information. A wonderful full breakfast is served every morning, there is free internet access and a lounge with complimentary sherry and guidebooks. I would stay here again.
Wonderful guest house!
i stayed here with 3 friends at the end of nov and we had a wonderful experience! the place was superbly decorated - one of my friends who is in the process of decorating her home was taking more pictures of the guest rooms and lounge than the other attractions of cape town! perfect location - very easy to get to any parts of the city. the staff was very helpful with arranging any activities we needed and making recommendations about things to do. we had 2 rooms and were lucky enough to have one with a balcony where we could hang out in the evening after dinner. the rooms are spacious, as are the bathrooms. i would highly recommend this place to anybody staying in CT!
I'd like a home like this
We stayed at An African Villa in October 2005 - actually picked it after reading rave reviews here. It lived up to our expectations. We had a wonderful superior room at the room with a lovely balconey. The service and the hosts were fantastic. They gave you assistance when you needed it and left you alone when you didn't.
The place is just like staying in a friends luxury home - the interior is stunning. We travelled with my daughter so on an evening could put her to bed and unwind in the lounge with a glass of complimentary port. We even had out own CD's on and it was so relaxing. The area is lovely too - a short walk to many lovely restaurants and bars which they are happy to recommend and advise you which would be suitable for you. We will definately return
African Villa a very good experience
We stayed in An African Villa in December 2005. It was pricey for a bed & breakfast in South Africa, but the room was really nice (we got the superior room). The decor throughout the villa was wonderful and very tasteful, with great lounges to relax or read. Everything was spotlessly clean. Breakfast was very good and staff and management were super friendly. My only caveat is that there are a number of dodgy characters hanging around the neighborhood (this is pretty common in Cape Town), which made us feel unsafe walking at night and made me hesitant to park our car on the street. The owners of the B&Bs in this street were planning to hire security guards, so this may be much less of an issue now.
Go no further for quality accommodation in Cape Town
I red the books, looked at the websites and decided on An AFrican Villa (----------------------------------------) and I never made a wiser decision. Tucked away in the "gay" area of Cape Town this little gem is within walking distance of great restaurants and a brisk walk to the heart of the city (a couple of miles). The rooms are stylish, comfortable and large. Immaculately clean and presented, this is a real alternative to impersonal hotels. Don't get me wrong, there might be a homey feel to this place and you might have to share a table for breakfast but there is no intrusion on your privacy. As a single female traveller, I like the best of both worlds! I stayed at several other places in Cape Town but none of them even came close--and two were more expensive.