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Historical Traveler Reviews Derwent House Boutique Hotel Cape Town
Derwent House really is a great place to stay when in Cape Town: very tasteful interior, friendly staff, outstanding location to explore Cape Town. This is not yet another hotel, but feels more like a home!
But Derwent House is also more than a place to stay. The owners have taken care to contribute to the local economy, sourcing their products locally and giving their staff a financial stake in the hotel.
I will definitely stay there again!
Perfect Stay, Relaxing atmoshsphere
We stayed for 3 nights at this hotel and it was certainly the best choice of our 2 week stay in South Africa. The hotel is immaculate and tastefully furnished, with a relaxed and discreet feel. We were made to feel very welcome, even though we turned up before the chackin time, because our flight arrived in the morning. We were lucky as our rrom was ready and we were able to check in immediately. Our room was a good size and very comfortable with a lovely thick duvet and air conditioning. It was also very quiet and therefore had uniterrupted sleep each night. Breakfast had a great choice from cereals to fresh fruit to yoghurt to pastries to cooked breakfast and plenty of it and absolutely delicious. Can't beat their scrambled eggs!
Although the heated pool was a little on the chilly side, all the communal areas were very welcoming and enabled extra space to chill out in.
The hotel is also in an ideal location for the Table Mountain Cableway (3 minute drive uphill!), the Waterfront (5 minute drive downhill) and Camps Bay (10 minutes at most).
We stayed at another hotel at the end of our stay (African Villa) and although good, made us realise all the little extra touches this hotel has to offer which were much appreciated.
What a wonderful end to our honeymoon
My husband and I spent 5 nights at Derwent house at the end of our honeymoon. It was a fabulous way to end what was a truley memorable trip. We where made to feel so welcome like old friends! The rooms where stylishly decorated and very comfortable, and the entire hotel had been beautifully furnished.
Nothing was to much trouble and the breakfast was delightfull!!
It is an excellent location and with a great view of table top mountain.
We would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Beautiful property, excellent friendly staff and I will certainly return.
After a long haul flight from London, a little tired and sleepy we arrived at the Derwent House early in the morning. It is the most chic boutique hotel I have ever seen! What a perfect start to our 2 week holiday in South Africa. The check-in was a 30 second informality with a delightful young lady. We were quickly helped to our room (room 3), then invited to have a drink by the pool.
Like the rest of the property the room was so welcoming with a real sense of calmness and space that it is too difficult to describe - you just have to see it! The room: bright and airy, perfectly clean, surprisingly large balcony with a view not only of the pool and patio area, but also a superb view of the famous Table Mountain. The very comfortable bed was adorned with crisp-white high-cotton-count bed linens. The adjoining bathroom was equally well designed with towels galore and really great eco friendly shampoo, conditioner, shower and bath gel, and soap. From the bath tub you also have a view of the Mountain!
The pool area is a real social meeting place. Most guests staying at the hotel seem to congregate there in the morning and in the evening to compare their vacation and work stories. Everyone seems indeed to have a glass of wine or two from the superbly stocked kitchen: fine wines, champagnes, beers, spirits, juices, cakes, snacks etc. I met many happy guests during my stay, all of us feeling so lucky to have discovered the Derwent House.
Breakfasts were a delightful daily treat. You can dine inside or outside depending on your mood. There was a vast selection of cereals, yoghurts (several), fresh fruits, pastries, breads, meats, salads, cheeses, jams and condiments to start you off. If you had the appetite the staff would try to make you have a hot breakfast too: anything from some boiled eggs to a full Irish/English/French/American breakfast with toast and all the international works! You would feel like a nap after all this great food, and you would certainly feel as good as or even better than at home.
Jo and Carol - the fabulous owners - make a point of being around the property a lot of the time making sure everyone is happy every day. They helped us with tourist, shopping, restaurant ideas - it seems there is no request they could not solve.
Internet was available through WiFi. This was perfect as I could make internet calls and send e-post cards home to make my friends jealous :-) . Oh, and there is ample off-street secure parking for your rental car.
The warmth and friendliness of the staff and the guests is something I have never experienced before in any hotel accommodation. It says a lot about the place and the people who run it - the vibe and energy of the property were just delightful. We cancelled a 5 start hotel booking (The Bay Hotel in Camps Bay) to allow us to return for more pampering at Derwent House for the final leg of our vacation in Cape Town. Again it met all of our expectations. We all hate returning from our holidays, but when it came to leaving the Derwent House we felt like we were leaving much more than a hotel. I hope I will be back for many more stays.
Thanks to everyone at Derwent for making us feel so special.
Gorgeous, Tasteful, and Caring
Loved it all!
The rooms are trendy but not constipated by white-everything approach - quite the opposite: wonderful use of minimalism with splashes of colour, fabrics, and textures. Ours (no 4) was spacious with a lovely bathroom and superb views of the Table Mountain. In fact, you could look at the Mountain even while having a bath. Plasma TV (smallish, but which we did not use much), fast wireless broadband (used a lot, all ports work, no silly blocked things), large safe, good hot water pressure, uber-clean, good storage space (even for suitcases).
The pool area is outstandigly beautiful, again with views of the Table Mountain, the house's wooden balconies and a variety of plants, including a large palm tree. Pool is solar-heated, which means it is not the warmest one I have been in, but decidedly feel-good ecologically and perfectly nice to swim in. It is also crisp clean with filters running all the time we were there. The decking around it is spacious with enough area for all rooms' occupants to enjoy, but typically only 2-3 guests would be there.
The breakfast is sumptous if you care to order something cooked in anything-within-reason-that-you-can-imagine approach. The French omellette I had was the best in South Africa so far (most places tend to burn this delicate creation).
Location is quite nice, mid-way between the Waterfront and the Table Mountain - you can walk to both if you wanted to. It feels safe, but at night we would taxi from Waterfront (ZAR 30-50, EUR 3-5). We walked at night to and from the street around the corner, the Kloof, for food. There are well over a dozen of eateries in that street, some very trendy, some perfectly regular, with a wide array of options to chose from. All within 10-15 mins walk down/uphill.
The owners, Jo and Carol, made us so welcome it was really like a family welcoming a family. They attended to all the wims, late laundry requests, please press this shirt in an hour, late check-out (I guess you cannot count on this one always), and even breakfast was served past official time when we got up too late. All with a smile and no making you feel guilty. "Pleasure!" is what we heard most of the time. There is even a specially prepared turn-down (yes they turn down too and tidy rooms twice a day!) note in your room every day with the weather forecast for the next day. I felt they knew how to care for people instinctively.
We stayed in many places on this trip in South Africa (I will be reviewing some of them in the next few days), but this is by far the best. Previously I have stayed at the Cape Grace (pricey and lovely) and the Sheraton Arabella (cool but business-like), but I would never again, given the choice of this little trendy but caring place.
Any negatives? Small things that really did not matter, but might be of concern to some: the curtains are all doubled with blackout cloth, but strong morning sun does make the room brighter than pitch-black, which I am used to. Also, the property is essentially a home, not a hotel, so if any of the guests decided to have a long loud late night conversation by the pool, you would probably hear that from your room with windows open. Of course you could always turn on the airconditioner and close the window. :-) (The aircon unit is the trendiest I have seen, with a smoked-glass front and a hidden digital display).
Other guests seemed to enjoy themselves a lot, and were quite a unique bunch: a film production crew, a stylist, a fashion designer, an Anglican priest (lady!), and an elderly gentleman. Most seemed to make a good use of the beautiful sitting/lounge room, reading, studying or just sipping something.
Oh, there is an honesty bar in operation. The most stocked I have ever seen! A glass-fronted wine cooler full of bottled wines to choose from and a large fridge with beer, still and sparkling water, pink sparkling wine (I guess I cannot call it Champagne) etc. Also 8 types of spirits including Angostura. Even some limes waiting for you, but I could not find a cocktail shaker. There is also tea and coffee (individual French presses) ready to be made and waiting on trays with plates onto which you serve yourself some freshly baked cakes (moist lemon cake, yummy fruit cake and one other that we did not try). Tea, coffee and cake all free. :-)
Derwent House exceeded our expectations. I would definitely return. I hope they keep it up.
Trendy, chic & fun & warm
The overall hotel was tastefully decorated & quite luxurious. Balanced well with the owners very genuine, welcoming and 'couldn't be more helpful' and friendly approach. The overall service was fantastic, which well compensated for a slightly poor welcome on arrival. Good location for travelling to the city and enjoying views to table mountain & access to camps bay. Derwent is a more expensive option. The shared facilities; pool, dining & living areas are superb. Our bedroom was less comfortable, and didn't have a phone. Disappointing! There was a nice turn down service every evening which was a lovely touch.
A great place to stay
We returned a couple of weeks ago from a fantastic stay at the Derwent House Hotel in Cape Town. Carol and Jo, the owners, turned what was a disaster with a previous hotel into an amazing and interesting week.
Carol and Jo could not do enough for us in order to make our stay as remarkable and as comfortable as possible. They came to find us, when we first arrived in the city, having got lost and this service continued as they spent time booking and recommending restaurants, arranging tickets and trips, taking us around the city to places we would not otherwise have found, etc. etc.
The hotel, which was extremely tastefully furnished, was lovely and I have to say we have never experienced such incredible service before. Just one instance: one morning whilst one of our party was having breakfast (smoked haddock) my husband remarked 'where's the kippers' - hey-presto the next morning kippers were on the menu! They had bothered to source a new fishmonger in order to provide just what was wanted. This was the type of service that continued throughout our stay: with tea/coffee and cake on tap, cold flannels by the pool when it was extremely hot and many other little touches that all went to make a great week's stay.
The pool area was lovely with very comfortable loungers and with only 10 rooms the place never seemed crowded.
Overall I would say this is one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in and the care and attention given to us was second to none. Thank you Carol, Jo and the rest of the staff at Derwent House.
You have to see it to believe it!
We have just returned from a 3 week trip to Cape Town during which we were lucky enough to spend 5 nights at Derwent House. From the initial welcome - to the spectacularly furnished rooms - to the thoughtful and well laid out lounge and dining area - to the luxourious and relaxing pool area - ending with the individual and tailor made service provided by Jo and Carol and their wonderful staff - every minute spent there was stunning. As you can see our experience was an exteremely positive one and one to which we know we will to return to sooner rather than later.
Jo and Carol - thank you for a wonderful holiday.
Gorgeous, Beautiful, Fabulous! Alll at once...
We absolutely loved this place. Stayed over New Year's weekend when Cape Town was buzzing, and the newly-opened Derwent House, in trendy, upmarket Tamberskloef, provided a wonderful relaxing bolt-hole - but near enough to the action to still feel part of it. Lots of great cafes and shops within walking distance. We were overwhelmed by the warmth of the hospitality and the attention to detail here. The rooms are exquisite (wonderfully comfortable beds); lovely big pool and deck, and the decor everywhere is light, airy, tasteful, contemporary, chic, and well thought-out. We could see Table Mountain from our balcony, and there were good downtown views too. Breakfast was sumptuous and delicious - especially the home-made granola - we really couldn't fault a thing. Jo and Carol and their friendly staff provided for our every need, almost before we realized it existed! We particularly liked the laid-back atmosphere and generosity of spirit about the place, and the extras that came as standard - we borrowed the hotel laptop to check-in our return flights and for my daughters to check their e-mails from their boyfriends; Carol spent time recommending and phoning restaurants for us - no hassle, just simple, unfussy helpfulness. Nothing was too much trouble; It was obvious that Carol and Jo really wanted us to be comfortable and happy there - and they succeeded! If only all hotels were this easy to like... Go now - before it gets impossible to book!
IMHO- The Perfect small boutique hotel
Recently opened in the Fall of 06, The Derwent House, boutique hotel (---) is the perfect place to stay in Tamberskloof , Cape Town.
Owned by Jo and Carol, the ultimate hosts and advisors, this gorgeous new hotel is located a block from Kloof St and 1/2 mile below the Table Mountain cable car and a 7 min drive to the beaches at Camp's Bay.
There are 10 rooms, one of which has a jacuzzi, another with a small kitchen. Our favorite is Room #3 which is a bit bigger and has a great outside space overlooking the solar heated pool. The rooms have AC although we didn't really need it in December. Flat screen TV's are in every room with digital satellite.
The common spaces are impeccably designed with modern African Art, a series if Mandela's paintings and modern african furniture. The common refreshment area is a welcome change from mini-bars. It is well stocked with beer, a great selection of South African wines, fruit juices , water and soft drinks. Cakes and other goodies are always available , as are french press coffee makers.
Breakfast is also a treat at the Derwent House. Florence, the staff cook and Jo, the co-owner prepared delectable breakfasts of eggs, bacon, sausage, fresh croissants, fruit, cereal ,yogurt, charcuterie, and local cheeses.
What made the stay more memorable was the friendship and advice proffered by Jo and Carol. Not only did they have great restaurant recommendations, they steered us to the Township tour with Faisal. At first , we were a bit reluctant and did not want to be seen as voyeurs. However, the sage guidance and information given by Faisal and the amazing warm welcome that we received in the township of Langa provided a spirtual and intellectual feast for us. Jo and Carol also suggested several wineries to visit and turned us on to the somewhat Disneyesque Moya African Meal at Spier in Stellenbosch.
We always felt that we had safe place to return to every night at the Derwent House. In fact, we felt like we were visiting friends at their house. The standard set by Jo and Carol will be hard to match anywhere in the world. If you are planning to spend time Cape town, make the Derwent House, your first choice.