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The Waterfront’s gorgeous little secret – Queen Victoria Hotel

As a Capetonian I sometimes tend to think there’s not much I don’t already know about my city and the Queen Victoria Hotel turned out to be an exceptionally well-kept secret. I got to spend a night at this 5 star, 35 roomed boutique hotel on the Waterfront…




On check-in we got upgraded to a premium room (bigger than the deluxe at 45 square meters)  & what I like most about this was the s-p-a-c-e. It had a separate lounge area and just a few steps up led to the bedroom. These areas each had  balconies making the space light and airy & wafting in that unmistakable salty you’re-a-stone-throw-from-the-beach smell.

I was pretty knackered from the early start of flying in that day (& being up packing till the wee hours the night before) so my priorities were 1) connect to the wi-fi 2) bath & 3) nap ahead of dinner. The internet was complimentary, uncapped & easy to connect to, I found the bathroom (with a huge deep soaking tub) stocked with Charlotte Rhys amenities & black out curtains made for a dreamy nap that had me contemplating skipping dinner. I mean who needs food?! Jokes, I definitely do!


  • The best thing about the Queen Victoria Hotel has got to be the location. It’s on the Waterfront but well secluded from all the noise & bustle yet the mall/attractions like the aquarium etc. was a quick 5/6 minute walk away. They do offer a complimentary area shuttle though we didn’t need it. I really liked to be able to walk everywhere we needed to be – totally reminds me of European holidays.


  • It felt like VIP treatment from the time we arrived with valet parking & porters coming to our rescue (did I mention I was super tired?) and drinks on hand as we checked in speedily. The best service though came from our waitress (I really wish I remembered her name) over dinner at their dash restaurant. She ran to & fro from the kitchen getting all our questions answered by the chef (is x halaal, can the lobster be deshelled/loosened from the shell/can the sauce be made without wine etc.). We’re just not easy customers but she didn’t fluster once. When she saw us scraping the very last bits of their mushroom butter from the bowl, she even proactively got us the recipe. She blew me away!


  • This was a quick  1 night stay & try as I may I really couldn’t find any fault.









And just to have even more options well within walking distance were 2 sister hotels: The Dockhouse Boutique Hotel & the iconic Victoria & Alfred Hotel so guests also have the flexibiity of having meals at these properties (each have a unique spread) instead. I’ve mentioned plenty that I’m a sucker for & really look forward to that something sweet on my pillow with the turndown service but I really enjoyed that The Queen Victoria Hotel did a cheese platter instead.

Just one regret: I’m going to have to come back to try the leisure amenities (heated swimming pool, sauna & spa). So many luxuries, so little time!


Queen Victoria Hotel

Portswood Close Portswood Ridge, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa


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