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... I was thinking about it during the service too, how people in the West and in Africa just celebrate differently. Or just I don't know...act differently! I am a typical 'cold' northern European, who doesn't really give outward expression of emotion as easily or as dramatically. When I'm happy, or jubilant, you know it for sure, but it's not the same kind of expression of jubilance as when an African person does it. And the same ...
... was hardly any space to even walk to the toilets, let alone eat our meat once it was cooked.
We finally got up to the butcher and ordered our meat (a big slab of beef, lamb ribs, and sausage) at 5pm. From the butcher I took the meat in a large metal bowl up to the crowded room of people at the braai. Someone grabbed my bowl and people’s hands passed it up over their heads until it reached the cooks. I was number 861 and the last number ...
Up early, breakfast again was fantastic. We got all our gear packed in the truck (not a bus or you buy the drive a beer). Headed through Cape Town filled up the truck with desiel 334litres at R2601 or $280. Went to the supermarket to purchase all the food for the fist part of the trip. Then we were on our way. Lunch we had on the ...
... and blind. He got a virus about three years ago that effected his sight, and now it is completely gone. The amazing thing is that earlier in the day, we saw Desmond walking the neighborhood with a cup of coffee and with no aid from a white cane! We couldn't believe that he was blind because there was no way of telling just by looking at him. He said that since he grew up on that street in that neighborhood, he just knows where everything is, right down to ...
... known as Municipal District 6. The other five districts actually had names, but District 6 was just the 6th district. Despite the mal-intent of the oppressors, District 6 became a rich and vibrant section, with all of the various arts of the culture finding their path to expression and recognition, including, of course, music with many, many popular bands and dances. There came a time, though, when the city was growing, both commercially and in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Winchester Mansions Cape Town
Hotel molto bello
Abbiamo trascorso 3 giorni (marito, moglie, 2 bambini, suocera) al winchester all'inizio di Gennaio 2007. Le nostre 3 camere erano pulite, ben arredate e molto comode. la colazione era buona. Siamo stati al Cape Grace lo scorso anno, e posso dirvi che la residenza del winchester è uno dei migliori hotel a Cape Town. E' davvero molto bello, e anche conveniente. Non vediamo l'ora di tornarci. Un ringraziamento speciale a Ignatius e Stacey.
Lolia DIALLO, Abidjan - Costa D'Avorio
Fantastic Hotel in a Great Locations
We (4 of us) stayed at the Winchester Mansions for 7 nights in November and I cant think of a bad word to say about this place. We were upgraded to adjoining suites on arrival which was a large room with separate bathroom and a shared living area which had a couple of chairs and tv. Our room was spotless and cleaned daily with our mini bar being stocked daily also, the bathroom was lovely with a huge roll top bath and walk in shower. Breakfast was included and there was a good variety of continental and hot food, we were lucky enough to be there to attend their famous Jazz Brunch which is on every Sunday (11-2), this was a fantastic day, where we sat in the courtyard drinking champagne and you could eat like a king for as little as £9!! We didnt have dinner in the hotel but were told that it was very good. Our first couple of days in Cape Town were cool which was unheard of seemingly but after that the weather was beautiful. We ate out most evenings at the V&A Waterfront and thoroughly recommend Belfazars Steak house, would also recommend going along to Camps Bay. The swimming pool is lovely and clean and we spent a few days just lazing by the pool, the men went diving with the Great Whites and said it was a MUST, they were lucky to see 7 Great Whites in the time they were out.
Everyone at the hotel is very friendly and cant do enough for you, the Guest Relationship Manager, Sam was extremely helpful, and is full of lots of information so dont hesitate to ask the staff anything. The hotel has a driver who can take you to the V&A and he even offers to pick you up at a set time, albeit taxis are a plenty. We took a trip to Robben Island and went to Table Mountain. Cape Town was very inexpensive and we hardly spent a thing due to the great exchange rate, we will definitely be paying a visit back to South Africa and would highly recommend the Winchester Mansions. If anyone has any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Loved the Winchester!
While staying in Cape Town in September 2006, my husband, Joe and I decided to stay in the residential neighborhood of Sea Point. I chose Winchester Mansions because of their sea-facing rooms.
Even though this Dutch Cape style hotel is on a busy road, each room has double paned glass windows which completely cut out any traffic noise. Across the street was a beautiful walkway which locals used for jogging and walking their dogs. Behind the concrete barricade, huge waves crashed against rocky beaches. This is an excellent area to get exercise or just watch the local people go by.
The middle of the hotel has a lovely courtyard where birds squawk and twitter giving the hotel a wonderful ambiance. The rooms are spacious and the beds are very comfortable. Breakfast was included as we bought their "Spring Fling" package. Breakfast was amazing and could be made to order or buffet depending on how much you wanted to eat.
After visiting the VA Waterfront where most tourists are encouraged to stay, I was so glad we stayed at the Winchester. Cape Town is known for its natural beauty not a huge shopping mall, which is basically what was offered at the VA Waterfront. If you want to enjoy the natural beauty of Cape Town, stay at the Winchester Mansions. We highly recommend it.
we have just returned from the winchester mansions hotel what can i say i haver never stopped in a better hotel the service was brilliant they could not do enough for you the rooms are first class they were 4 of us in our group and we all agreed it was the best hotel all of us had stayed in it was my fiance birthday when we were there and i ask if it would be possible to make her a cake we had a brilliant meal in the hotel that night and in the end there brought her a cake with candles out singing happy birthday the food was 1st class and all the staff were second to none michael behind the bar was the star such a gentleman ive have also got to say if anyone wants to do a private tour to winelands or the cape point or any tour then a gentleman called Louis Nel is the man what a guide he new everything about the cape and about south africa and a private tour is the best way of getting round contact him on [--] tell him you got his address off the tripadvisor site anyway have to go now got start saving to go back to the winchester mansions its 5star and carnt wait if anyone needs more info then email me on email@example.com be glad to help
Lovely hotel with a reasonably priced sea view
When we arrived at the hotel there was a delay with our room. We were very impressed when the manager of the hotel met us in the bar and offered to pay for our drinks as well as giving us complimentary tickets for a bus tour of Cape Town. We had a wonderful stay at the hotel and enjoyed the personal feel of the hotel. Would love to stay again!
I stayed at this hotel as a child 25 years ago (ouch), and always remembered it as a wonderful family holiday. I wanted to take my own children there for the same reason and we were certainly rewarded for our decision! We stayed 3 nights in June in the Harvey Suite, which is incredible, especially if you have children.
Our suite was on the second floor with a marvellous view of the sea and promenade. We had the luxury of having a small kitchen which had a microwave, bar fridge and all crockery and cutlery. A tray containing tea, coffee, fresh milk daily and home made biscuits. This was off the majestic entrance foyer to our suite. We also had a guest toilet off the entrance. The lounge was spacious and comfortable, with TV and DVD player - my kids loved that. In front of the windows looking over the sea was an enormous and very grand dining room table, upon which was a HUGE arrangement of fresh flowers, a bottle of wine and a tray of fresh fruit when we arrived. Also gifts for the kids when we arrived. We loved that!
There are 2 bedrooms in the suite, off the lounge. Ours was probably the best I have ever seen. Enormous, with a very comfortable king size bed, TV in a cabinet, comfortable armchair with footstool which I used to read in on occasion. The bathroom was divine - the most massive tub - which all 4 of us got into together!! As well as a walk in shower.
The 2nd bedroom on the other side of the lounge has twin beds and a charming en- suite bathroom. Also a T.V. All overlooking the seafront.
We had 2 dinners in the hotels restaurant, Harveys, which is very smart and we 'dressed' for dinner. The food was marvellous and the service excellent. The hotel arranged a baby sitter for us who worked out very well and was amazingly inexpensive!
We had breakfast delivered to our room on one occasion - for convenience with a baby under 2 - and it was really fabulous. They did not leave out a single item, all food was delivered hot and in fact we could not get through it all. They had 3 people to deliver as there was 4 of us, all with a different order.
I would have loved to stay for the Sunday brunch and jazz which we saw them setting up in the courtyard, but we were checking out. Next time I will be sure to stay Sunday as well.
All in all, a special and memorable occasion and we would love to visit again! The hotel and staff are superb, really.
A Fantastic break
We stayed at the Winchester mansions for four days last month and I have to say that is was a fantastic experience. We have stayed in many hotels across the world and for most of them in big chain brands where you know what your going to get, so on booking this small independent hotel I was a bit worried about what I would find.
I tell you now you should not worry it is a great building inside and out. Our room on the forth floor was not the biggest I have ever seen but was finished superbly and with two other floors being refurbished during our visit the contractors did not disturb us once, not with noise or disruption.
The concierge team were great, and we were not the easiest guests. We chose the pick up at the airport service they offer and even though our travel plans for that day changed three times due to delayed flights and then having to change flights completely every time we called to say it was different it was greeted in a no worries approach and when we finally got to Cape Town they came straight out to get us. Use these guys for information on where to go, where to eat and the history. They are better than the tour guides.
Travelling from the UK and only going for a short trip we had a lot to pack in and the hotel were always willing to help in anyway they could. The biggest thing they did was not have us worry about a thing....the room was great the food was great and the staff were great. It let you get on with your holiday! Fantastic..and would I go back? YES!
We use this site allot to find hotels or to look them up when we choose one and there are too many negative reviews that people take notice off. So if I have a great time I like to tell people about it as well if there are improvements to be made...This ones a winner and if going to South Africa take a chance and get out of the chains. Its conveniently placed with a great view over Sea Point.
Liebenswertes home far from home
Hier war einfach alles zauberhaft, top service, alles super gepflegt, Lage top !!!
Ein perfektes Hotel
Wir waren zu Beginn des Jahres im Winchester Mansions und hatten eine wunderschöne Zeit dort. Das Hotel ist schön, der Service exzellent und auch sonst ist alles makellos. Wir hatten eine wunderschöne Suite mit Meerblick. Jeden Abend wurde unsere Bettdecke zurückgeschlagen, ein Schokolädchen aufs Kissen gelegt und das Fernsehprogramm mit der richtigen Seite aufgeschlagen! Das Frühstück war sehr gut, man hat sich etwas von der Karte ausgesucht, was dann frisch zubereitet wurde. Es gibt dort eine hübsche Bar in der man auch draußen sitzen und den Sonnenuntergang genießen kann. Wir haben mehrere Male im Hotel zu Abend gegessen. Das Essen war sehr gut, preislich im Rahmen und es gibt dort einen sehr netten Mann am Piano. Die Lage ist sehr gut, man kann schön am Meer entlang spazieren gehen. Dort joggen auch die ganzen Einheimischen. Wir fühlten uns immer recht sicher und es gab keine Probleme.
A perfect hotel!
We stayed at the Winchester Mansions earlier this year and had the most amazing time, the hotel is beautiful, the service is excellent and everything is immaculate. We had a beautiful suite with a sea view, our bed was turned down every night with chocolates left and the tv book opened on the right page! The breakfast is very good, you pick from a menu each morning so it is cooked freshly for you. There is a lovely bar where you can sit outside and watch the sun set. We stayed for dinner several times in the hotel, very good food, very reasonable and there is a lovely chap that plays the piano beautifully. The location is very good, you can go for nice walks along the sea front, all the locals go jogging in this area. We felt very safe and never had any problems.