There’s nothing generic about Hout Bay Manor Hotel. We have visited Cape Town many times but were looking to stay somewhere different on this occasion. Hout Bay Manor fitted the bill perfectly. Our room was an eclectic mixture of Afrikaner and African decor. Even the curtains were made to resemble the traditional Xhosa fabric which women wear as clothing. The old fashioned ball and claw bath with its brass Fittings (basins and shower had similar fixtures ) stood pride of place in the The bedroom. Unfortunately, due to the drought and severe water restrictions in the city, we only used the bath once. The large shower cubicle worked perfectly.
We had a nice Mountain View and a small balcony .
The hotel is quiet and about half a kilometer from the sea, which was fine with us.
The hotel is an existing structure dating from the mid 19th century and every attempt has been made to keep its original character . We liked the collection of African pieces and Eastern jars and other collectibles used throughout.
Service was courteous and warm. Reception called us by name and couldn’t have been more helpful.
The wide spider staircase is very impressive and makes up for the absence of any lift, although the hotel is only two storeys high.
Nice touches included large glass jars of marshmallows and licorice allsorts placed strategically around the hotel for easy snacking. I over- indulged!!
Breakfasts were adequate and enjoyable although after a week we did feel they could be a bit more varied. We would have liked to be approached with offerings of tea, coffee and toast on entering, though once we asked they were provided. Newspapers, local and international, are an added feature.
On one occasion only we ate dinner in the dining room and it was excellent! My husband said the lamb chops were some of the best he’s eaten. Unfortunately we were the only diners there so no atmosphere that evening, but we were placed by the fire and it was cozy enough and we did not linger.
We did not use the lounge and bar area. We found them a bit dark, especially since the weather was cool and often overcast . Despite the fires, we preferred the brightness of our large room and comfy bed. When I asked about this lack of lighting in the public areas, I was told that it is a welcome respite in hot weather.
There is a smallish swimming pool in the courtyard but due to the weather we were unable to use it.
All in all , we had a most enjoyable week at The Hout Bay Manor and have no hesitation in recommending it to other couples and travelers. It is good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hout Bay Manor, built in 1871, is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most graceful landmarks. The recently restored Hout Bay Manor offers 20 individually designed en-suite rooms and a sophisticated fine dining restaurant named ‘Pure.’ Hout Bay Manor, protected by century-old oak trees, was built from stone (600mm thick walls) and in traditional Cape Colonial style by Jacob Trautmann on an unspoiled piece of land, which had previously been part of the Kronendal Estate. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hout Bay Manor Cape Town, South Africa