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The Portswood V&A Waterfront

Cape Town, South Africa (CPT)

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Room & Rates

Standard Room, 2 Single Beds, Smoking

2 Twin Beds
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Smoking
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Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
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Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
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Standard Room, 2 Single Beds, Non Smoking

2 Twin Beds
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Suite, 1 Queen Bed

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Smoking
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Suite, 2 Single Beds, Non Smoking

2 Twin Beds
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Smoking

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Smoking
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Standard Room, 1 Queen Bed, Non Smoking

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Room

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Smoking
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Standard room

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Room

Standard Room

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
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Suite

2 Twin Beds
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Room

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Room

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Suite

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
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Suite

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Twin with Shower Only

Standard Twin with Shower Only

2 Twin Beds
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Twin with Shower over Bath

Standard Twin with Shower over Bath

2 Twin Beds
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Queen with Shower Only

Standard Queen with Shower Only

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Standard Queen with Shower over Bath

Standard Queen with Shower over Bath

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Deluxe Queen with Shower and Bath

Deluxe Queen with Shower and Bath

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Studio King with Shower and Bath

Studio King with Shower and Bath

1 King Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Captains Suite King with Shower and Bath

Captains Suite King with Shower and Bath

1 King Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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Physically Accessible Standard

1 Queen Bed
Entertainment - Free WiFi
Food & Drink - 24-hour room service and minibar
Sleep - Blackout drapes/curtains and turndown service
Bathroom - Private bathroom, shower/tub combination, designer toiletries, and a hair dryer
Practical - Sofa bed, safe, and desk
Comfort - Air conditioning and daily housekeeping
Non-Smoking
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The Portswood V&A Waterfront
Portswood Road, Cape Town, South Africa 8002

Rooms
Make yourself at home in one of the 103 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available to keep you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.

Amenities
Enjoy the recreation opportunities such as an outdoor pool or make use of other amenities including complimentary wireless Internet access.

Dining
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar and a garden view. You can also stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. A complimentary hot/cold buffet breakfast is served daily.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge during limited hours, and free self parking is available onsite.

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National Rating
Quality Graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (TGCSA) South Africa's official quality assurance organization.

Mandatory Fees and Taxes
 

  • A city/local tax will be charged

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

AMENITIES:
  • 24 Hour Room Service
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Business Center
  • Complimentary Coffee
  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Elevator / Lift
  • Free Breakfast
  • Lounge/Bar
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Porter / Bellhop
  • Shuttle To Airport (surcharge)
(+) = Additional fees may apply for the use of these amenities.
(*) = Free, some restrictions may apply

Based on 831 reviews
from Charleston
Submitted on 19-05-2016
My wife and I stayed here as we I was a keynote speaker to GSB. Their breakfast buffet is superb but the staff who work in the restaurant are truly gems. They make the experience when you get to know them. This hotel is tremendous value especially for the location. It's only a five minute walk to the Waterfront and you have everything else right there. I did stay here years before and it has since had a huge refurbish. Highly recommend this hotel.
from Ballito, South Africa
Submitted on 30-05-2016
This is not a small star trying to be a big star hotel... its to me a hotel that scores more that the stars its been given! Happy friendly staff always making sure you're happy and served well. Walking distance from the V&A too. If you want a hotel that offers you a clean room with out all the expensive trims then this works like a charm :)
from Scarborough, United Kingdom
Submitted on 08-06-2016
This Hotel is fantastic for its location, only a 5 minute walk from the V&A waterfront (we are quick walkers)!! The rooms are quite small and not a lot of storage for your cloths (only one wardrobe in each room and no chest of draws) so we had to live out of our suitcase, but the rooms are very clean and to be fair we didn't spend much time in the rooms anyway, except to get changed and go to sleep!! The staff were very helpful and courteous.The Buffet style Restaurant was amazing, the food was... Read more
from Johannesburg, South Africa
Submitted on 09-06-2016
The Breakwater Lodge is located opposite the V&A Waterfront with a walking path for easy access. Being able to walk to the nearby attrations is easily the biggest benefit of this hotel. The hotel is neat and clean. The check-in was quick and efficient. We stayed in a standard room, which was on the small side. This room has a double bed (not queen), which is small if you are not used to it. The standard room only had a bath with no shower or shower attachment. The rooms have been recently refu... Read more
from Johannesburg, South Africa
Submitted on 14-06-2016
Very comfortable, pleasant, enjoyable and satisfactory stay. Would come to this place again. Good value for money. Courteous staff. Excellent offering from the restaurant. Conveniently situated close to many places of interest.
from sheffield
Submitted on 23-06-2016
This used to be a prison so it is quite a quirky hotel. It is a 10 minute walk to the Waterfront and all its bars, restaurants and shops. We did have to change rooms because the first room when we walked in was boiling hot and the aircon wouldnt work and also we saw a few ants in the room. We had to report it twice before someone came to see us and offered to give us a different room. As soon as we got to the second room you could see straightaway it was nicer. The rooms are very small , we ha... Read more
from Cumbria
Submitted on 27-06-2016
Cape Town was amazing. Our trip had been arranged by local travel agent. This is somewhere we would not normally stay so disappointed with this hotel. The room was very small so not great for staying 4 nights when we were on a 3 week trip. The reception staff were rude unhelpful and unfriendly. We would not recommend staying here. Breakfast poor and service poor. We made sure we were out all the time so really used it as a base.
from Pretoria, South Africa
Submitted on 02-07-2016
The Protea Breakwater Lodge is a good option for the budget conscious traveller who wishes to be close to the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, the number one tourist attraction in South Africa. The Hotel is part of an old jail and the rooms have recently been upgraded. There are various room options, from standard to family type room to choose from. The Hotel does not have a restaurant or bar in the main building. The Stone Breakers restaurant is situated next door in the old prison building th... Read more
from Western Cape, South Africa
Submitted on 08-07-2016
Very clean and functional hotel, walking distance to the V&A. Comfortable and basic amenities in the room, lovely breakfast room. Breakfast and service excellent. The only disappointing aspect is lack of security at night from reception to the rooms. Definitely recommend this hotel.
from New York City, New York
Submitted on 12-07-2016
We enjoyed the idea of staying in a former prison. There are reminders of it all over the place. Having it also be connected to a graduate school was more strange. But there are senate buildings and it wasn't a problem or an issue. Our room was very modern and the WiFi was sometimes tricky to log into but once you were in the signal was strong. Housekeeping was fantastic. We loved the restaurant. The desk staff was very helpful with many things but were unable to provide directions or informatio... Read more
from
Submitted on 14-07-2016
We spent five nights in this hotel. The pictures you see of it are misleading it shows an old prison with towers which looks very attractive. This building is a University, the hotel is in two rather plain buildings on either side of the old prison. Both of the buildings have bedrooms and one has the reception and the other the dinning room. This means that you have to walk backwards and forwards through the University. The position if this hotel is excellent a short walk to the Waterfront (... Read more
from
Submitted on 01-10-2016
Breakwater Lodge is reasonably priced and does provide fairly good value for money. Good breakfast buffet, comfortable rooms and hard to beat location. Close distance to V and A Waterfront with all its amenities, If you can, try not to book a courtyard facing room.
from New Milford, Connecticut
Submitted on 03-10-2016
The location is above the V&A waterfront but what makes it unique is that it once was a jail and looks like one. The hotel shares this venue with the Cape Town University Graduate Business School. The rooms are small but it was a jail! The only word of caution I would share is go to the waterfront for breakfast. They charge more for the buffet breakfast then we paid for a great dinner! The staff was great and very helpful.
from Westport, Connecticut
Submitted on 09-10-2016
This hotel was built around a former prison, using the original building and an additional building on each side, all with rooms. Both tub and shower in bathroom, with opaque glass dividing the bathroom and bedroom (not something I would choose). Very comfortable beds, and all amenities of a fine hotel. While some rooms have views, mine had a view of the parking lot separated by trees. But you don't spend a lot of time in a hotel room in Cape Town. The negative for me was having to walk fro... Read more
from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Submitted on 24-10-2016
Great location which made it worthwhile for the process we paid for a family room. The rooms were extremely small and with no space to comfortably move around. Shared toilet and washroom for four despite the rooms being interconnected. Decent enough bar, good room service, good clean and fairly modern premises. We were out most of the time which worked well for us- but ultimately- great location being right at the waterfront. Service was fine.
from Bath, United Kingdom
Submitted on 28-10-2016
I checked out yesterday. Excellent location and very safe with 24 hours security with barrier for parking. Immaculately clean. My room was a single. Very spacious and well appointed. Nice and quiet with usual tv, bath, shower, tea stuff, hairdryer. Got a late checkout. Booked for two nights with hotels.com for about £160. I works definitely stay here again.
from Woodbridge, United Kingdom
Submitted on 29-10-2016
This hotel was a perfect place to radiate from at the start of a South Africa visit. Excellent location on a reasonably quiet edge of the waterfront area. All being a very easy walk from here. The room was fine, nothing fancy, but perfectly acceptable for what is a value for money hotel. Breakfast was varied and plenty with all tastes catered for. Staff in all areas were friendly and always helpful. We had a particular problem with our locally engaged tour company but hotel reception staff were ... Read more
from
Submitted on 31-10-2016
I stayed for 4 nights and had all meals in the hotel. Our bathroom was great: containing a bath AND shower, non-slip tiles in the shower (so often I stay in hotels where the tiles are unusually slippery!), a shelf for toiletries in the shower, handle for holding on and a pull-out laundry line in the shower. The room was comfortable, containing a bar fridge and kettle, flat screen TV and a lounge area. (We had unusulky few plug points for charging our phones, though.) Our air-conditioning worke... Read more
from Montreal, Canada
Submitted on 02-11-2016
Really enjoy my stay, it's perfectly located near the Bus tour office, and the restaurants at the waterfront... the breakfast is delicious and the staff very polite. The bed were comfy and the room was clean.
from Loveland, Ohio
Submitted on 09-11-2016
We recently stayed 4 nights at the Breakwater Protea hotel, two nights in the newer building and two nights in the restored prison building. The accommodations varied significantly. The newer building (which houses the lobby) room was actually two bedrooms with a shared bathroom. This would be perfect for a family, but really did not work well for us as a couple. Unfortunately, this was the only room available. The shower arrangement was a architecturally clean design but was functionally s... Read more
from Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Submitted on 11-11-2016
3 nights at this hotel.Nice room with all usual facilities including free wi-fi.Very comfortable bed.The only negative would be the frosted glass surround for the toilet and wash area which is not very private.Close to Vand A Waterfront which is a must to visit in Cape Town.Be prepared for a walk through what was once a gaol and now a university building to get to the restaurant for your food including breakfast.Seemed rather silly to start with but got used to it.Actually the food was basic but... Read more
from Bergen, Norway
Submitted on 13-11-2016
Breakwater Lodge is located just across the street to Waterfront, the main tourist attraction in downtown Cape Town. Compared to other hotels in this area, the prices are affordable. The room was not very large, but got all we needed, including a genorous bathroom. If you choose to have breakfast at the hotel, it is really value for money. The staff was friendly and helpful. The only detail that could be improved was the key-cards which constantly stopped working.
from Kochi
Submitted on 15-11-2016
The breakwater lodge was initially bulit as a prison for convicts working in the construcion of the breakwater and docks. It was modified later to convert one part to a hotel and other part to a college. The rooms are spacious and well maintained. We were surprised to see the original old iron window and door frames which were part of the old prison still preserved and formed part of the college building. We could still find the reminiscence of ancient colonial cruelity in the 'treadmill steps' ... Read more
from sydney
Submitted on 15-11-2016
Very good 3 star hotel in a convenient location to the Waterfront .Within easy walking distance of a wide variety of excellent restaurants, shopping and nightlife. Rooms are very clean however the room space is very small in both double and single rooms. Reception staff were courteous but at times not terribly efficient. Very good breakfast Overall a good hotel in a very good location..
from Essex, United Kingdom
Submitted on 23-11-2016
This hotel is in a great position right by the VandA waterfront. Staff very professional and helpful. Food was great and very good value for money. Rooms are quite small but we had two allocated so slept in one and used the other as a wardrobe. Would recommend this hotel.
from Swansea, United Kingdom
Submitted on 25-11-2016
Great situation within the city and staff were very helpful in organising taxis to get to table mountain. Rooms were very spacious, however hard to find how to turn on the electricity. From my room there were delightful views out onto a courtyard below. The main factor that doesn't make this 5 stars is the bathroom. Although it was very nice and spacious, it was somewhat inappropriate for friends due to there being a vast space of clear glass at the top of the 'divider' between the main room and... Read more
from Toronto, Canada
Submitted on 03-12-2016
good location between waterfront and markets. Easy access to everything. Breakfast buffet is good with all western food. Good place to stay for vacation or business. Easy walk down to the waterfront and sights
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