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... be quite racist here as well. I asked a local (white) man for directions which went like this: Excuse me what is down that road? The beach And what about that road? The Blacks. There might be some at the beach too if your unlucky. Oh. (Prolonged silence) What response was I supposed to give to that? I felt that he was waiting for me to say "oh dear! How unfortunate! I shan't go there then for certain." My favourite black/white incident was going somewhere and finding ...
... There was a TV going but it was playing a very strange religious program. It wasn't like a gospel singing program or mass like you typically see on TV, but almost inexplicable. It seemed very Un-PC and for a second, I wondered where they were actually taking me. Contrary to the pious religious messages, the attendant on the bus was a complete beeatch. I was quite surprised. She rolled her eyes when someone politely requested to turn the volume on the TV down then shouted ...
... and most importantly, Table Mountain still had its white tablecloth on (clouds over the top)! In other words, everything was picture perfect from my point of view!
Just as last night, our evening was spent walking around the Waterfront but this time I had the luxury of exploring more in depth the famous Victoria Wharf Shopping Mall! Hehehe! And no, nothing ...
... and our goodbye meal - boo hoo! All of the boys had made an effort with their hair gelled over in neat partings, button up shirts and ties, Bermuda shorts and long socks. They were half cut when we arrived.
A slab of birthday cake followed dinner, some shots and raucous merriment - we turned around to see Donna (52) slam a plate full of cream into her husbands face, it also went all ...
... catering where possible. You will probably baulk at this, but appreciate that food in Europe from markets and supermarkets costs about the same (and less) than in SA. It's only once you start adding the cost of labour and other overheads like rent that things become much more expensive in Europe. A caprese salad or melon with parma ham bought from a market costs a fifth of what it would in a restaurant, and the choice is better.
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Thought it was good Hotel
My wife and I enjoyed our stay at the Protea President.
Good points were the clean and tidy room with sea view, we started and finished our vacation at this hotel and we had a Suite for the final 5 days. The pool are and the breakfast selection were very good and the staff were very friendly although prone to the occasional misunderstanding (no trace of our reservation!) at reception desk which they put right.
The bad points are pretty typical for Cape Town and not the fault of the hotel. The local shops are very handy but don't visit at night and be careful during the day in the surrounding area (no watches, bags etc)
This hotel has the distinction of being one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed at, as well as being a bad ending to an otherwise fabulous trip to South Africa. Our travel agent booked this hotel for us and I called her to complain about it the night I checked in! From the dated decor in the lobby and rooms, to the maid not leaving wash cloths in the room on 3 seperate occassions, we were completely underwhelmed by the service at this hotel. We had to call the manager to get anything done because the service staff didn't have a clue! The only good thing about the hotel was the location; close to the beach and an excellent view if you're lucky enough to be on the ocean view side. Other than that, I have not one good thing to say about this place.
Did not like the Protea President
This hotel is the equivalent of a Motel 6. They have no customer service skills and they don't stock the rooms with washcloths.
I would not recommend their breakfast buffet either. The eggs are powdered and the rest of the food is mediocre. You would be better off eating at McDonald's.
Lastly, the hotel was built in the nineties but the decor is from 1983. Very tacky and not "comfortable" at all.
I would not stay here again.
Overall we liked this hotel for its service, cleanliness, food (breakfast and dinner), luggage handling and especially the friendly, smiling staff. The front desk was great and helpful. We recommend this hotel for these reasons. The hotel is about a 10 minute taxi ride away from the V&A Waterfront complex. However, there really isn't much around the hotel and one is better to go to the wharf. The bus from the wharf stops about 1 block away from the hotel but one man had somewhat of a threatening experience on taking it alone so we advise the taxi.
Nice tourist hotel
although at the end of Bantry Bay, the hotel is within easy reach of the city centre. Call a taxi (about 60-70 ZAR). Good food, and friendly staff
This was a lovely realaxing hotel to stay in and the staff were so helpful and obliging.
It was noticeable how busy the restaurant was in the evening. The 'a la carte' menu was very good and excellent value price wise and for quality of food.
The only slight down side was the distance from Cape Town with a taxi costing £6 for the two of us and the bus fare 60 pence! The bus ride during the day was fine and took us right to the waterfront.
We would definitely stay there again.
My wife and I spent 7 nights at this hotel as part of our visit to South Africa.
We stayed here for 5 nights in Feb. The hotel is clean and the service is generally OK if a little slow, but hey it's South Africa what do you expect. The only gripe I had was that after being promised a sea view room we ended up with a view of the coaches pulling into the entrance and the guy who served us wasn't that interested. The breakfast buffet was OK but nothing special. The best thing about the hotel is the location, 5 mins to Clifton, and camps bay and 10 mins into town. They have their own Merc taxi's which are very convienient to book and no more expensive than hailing your own. The guys behind the bar were great, good service always cold beer and a nicely mixed cocktail. The pool area is lovely overlooking the ocean but get there early to grab a pool lounger in the sun. Its a lovely place to have a drink sat outside looking out to the ocean before you go out in the eving as well. In a nutshell if you want a clean reasonable place to stay within pleasant surroundings this is your place.
This hotel is about 6km away from the waterfront and the bus is only about a minute away (but the bus stop doesn't look like one, so ask about it if you decide to stay here) and the ride to the waterfront is only about 15-20 minutes. The hotel is also close to Table Mountain and staff can drive you there for a fee.