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Derwent House Boutique Hotel
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Reviewed 12 March 2012

We arrived into Cape Town early (0600) and went directly to The Derwent House to drop off our bags and meet a driver for a wine tour. We were greeted by one of the owners of The Derwent House, Jo. Jo immediately made us feel at home and was able to check us into our room early. The room was perfect and Jo was extremely accommodating in every aspect. We were only supposed to stay at the DH for three days but were lucky enough to tack on an additional three days since they had room. Jo, Carol and Bernie as well as the staff treat you like family and having a wonderful breakfast every day is pretty nice too. The hotel is in a great location; close to Kloof and Long walking streets and Table Mountain. Book your stay here you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank GregMenning
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Reviewed 10 March 2012

Let me start by saying we read all the raving reviews and after we booked even noticed that Derwent House had made it to the top global hotel list on Tripadvisor, so our expectation were very high. And let me continue by saying that it didn't start off well as the transfer that we arranged at the airport and had confirmation for never showed up. However, that first impression was quickly washed away by a warm welcome from Jo and some complimentary port. The lobby is so warm and welcoming and Carol, Jo and Bernie are all amazing. We were a bit worried about the location (on the map it looks a bit further out) but it has some of the best restaurants we tried in Cape Town around the corner (we were one of the first guests who tried the Jekyll and Hide restaurant in the first week it opened and, at least then, it was one of the best restaurants we had eaten in a while). Besides, we took cabs everywhere and they are very affordable (coming from a Dutch guy living in New York City). We stayed in one of the two apartments. The apartment was very nice, although if we would ever go back my wife and I would try to book one of the rooms. The only downside to this place is that if you stay in the apartment you are not in the main building (but around the corner) and you don't get breakfast (but breakfast at Cafe Paradiso, Cafe Cacao, and especially Melissa's...all around the corner...is all great). All in all we would def go back to Derwent House if we would ever be able to make the trip again.

Room Tip: I would prefer a room (which all include breakfast) over the apartment next time. The apartment doesn't include breakfast and you are not in the main building but around the corner.
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

Carol, Jo and Bernie really are wonderful hosts. We stayed at Derwent House for the first 4 nights of our 25th Anniversary trip around South Africa. The room was wonderful and the breakfast excellent. The honesty list makes one feels trusted and "at home". A local mobile phone is provided for all guests to use whist staying there. We left there to drive the Garden Route and returned 10 days later. It is only upon "checking out" that we were asked to pay for the full 5 nights accommodation. A real gem of a place, very centrally placed for safe walks to local restaurants (wonderful food) and a 45 minute walk to the Waterfront. There local "taxi" firm is totally reliable too. Would not hesitate to go back!

Room Tip: Ask for a room away from the road
  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank madamB
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Reviewed 2 March 2012

We loved our stay in Derwent House. Carol & Jo are the perfect hosts! Nothing too much trouble for these two ladies! They are helpful in every way and make you feel like you are staying with friends. My husband and I had a great time chatting with the girls whilst sitting by the wonderful pool area or having an afternoon drink in the gorgeous living areas. The interior of the house is just gorgeous, Jo does a fantastic job with the breakfast menu and the rest of the staff are happy and helpful. Room #3 is a little on the small side but we did have two balconies so could complain about that! When we return to Cape Town we will surely return to Derwent House!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Linlee_69
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Reviewed 29 February 2012

This is our second visit in 2 years and next time we are in Cape Town we will be here again. South Africa has many really wonderful accommodation options but the service from Carol, Jo Bernie and the team is really exceptional. As others have said nothing is too much trouble, they make sure suggestions re restaurants are up to date and are a fund of knowledge about where to go and visit. Their knowledge of the important football games was impressive too!!

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank gloriabella
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