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Exceeded all expectations
Abbey Manor came very highly recommended and more than lived up to our highest expectations. All amenities were perfect - the location quiet yet very convenient being a safe and leisurely stroll into town through the Company Gardens (they also have ready access to a reliable local taxi firm) and our 2 night stay could not have been more welcoming. Helpful and attentive the hostess Judy could not do enough for us. If you want the highest quality guest house in Cape Town (with fabulous 360 degree views of Table Mountain, City Bowl, Signal Hill and the Harbour) then look no further. Fully endorse all other deserved accolades on this site for this Cape Town treasure
We stayed 2 nights in Abbey Manor in April and we liked this little hotel very much! It is cosy and rooms are very lovely, espacially honeymoon suite (lovely bath in the middle of the room with wonderful view!). All the furnitures are chosen with good taste and perhaps at least some of them are original ones. I can also recommend those little cottages (2) what they have, they looked soooo cute.
Hotel has a quiet position with spectacular views to Cape Town city centre and to the Table Mountain. But it is still not too far from city centre, taxi drive costs something like 60-70 ZAR from city centre to the hotel.
Judi and the chef Jacqui are very firendly and helpful and breakfast is just excellent.
This beautiful home was a fabulous base for our time in Cape Town. Judy made us feel so welcome and had all the time in the world to tell us where to go, what to see and when to see it.
Our room was sumptuously decorated, spotlessly clean and the bed was wonderfully comfortable.
Breakfast in the morning was delicious, especially garnished with the fresh chilis from the garden!
Before arriving, I was worried that we would be a bit out of the way, but don't worry about that. It was perfect because the hotel is in a quiet, safe neighbourhood. We didn't worry about the safety of our rental car at night. It seems that you shouldn't walk around at night in Cape Town, so wherever you stay you would need to drive or take a taxi.
The hotel is a short drive to all the main tourist places and getting around is very straightforward.
The only thing that we could complain about was that our stay was far too short! We can't wait to go back and visit again soon.
It was a truly memorable end to our stay in South Africa!
You couldn't find better
We have just returned from a fantastic holiday to SA, kicked off by four days in Cape Town staying at Abbey Manor. Having planned the trip well ahead of time and doing lots of research comparing prices, locations, facilities etc. Abbey Manor seemed to be the place. However, I was still a little skeptical about all the glowing reports on Trip Advisor, could somewhere really be this good? The answer - a resounding YES!
From the moment we arrived Judi could not have been more helpful. Welcomed with a cup of coffee and a low down on the area with some very helpful advice regarding driving, parking etc. in Cape Town was really helpful. Then we were shownto our rooms which were just excellent.
Both rooms were very comfortable, great beds, views (ask for the Devils Peak room), facilities. Unfortunatley we were there during one of the coldest and wettest spells CT has had for ages so the rooms were a bit cold. Not anyone's fault but maybe an additional form of heating may have been useful (the hot water bottles were welcomed though!). The room does have air conditioning which be used for warm air but as the rooms are so big it isn't too effective. Normally though this would not be a problem.
The breakfasts were delicious, by far the best of our whole stay according to our 16yr old.
Easy access to town, 5 minutes by car and basically follow one road. Table Mountain just round the corner, Waterfront an easy 10-15 minutes and about 30 mins from airport.
All in all an excellent guest house which we would certainly use next time we visit. Although we expereinced a slight mishap during our stay, Judi could not have been more helpful and accommodating. If you want luxury, good food, excellent help then look no further.
Me and my wife stayed with Judy in June 2007. She is so helpful to us. It is the first time we are going to Africa and she made everything perfect for us. We were very lucky with weather and the sun shone evry day even if it was winter. The Abbey Manor is a beautiful building with views of Cape Town and mountains and with rooms which are most comfortable and nice decoration. Mostly it was the people, Judy and Jackie who made this a wonderful trip for us. We did not want to go home. Thank you all.
Raves for Judi and staff
I had been to Cape Town once before in 2004, and wanted to show the beautiful Western Cape to my wife.
Location: Cape Town basically drapes around the north and west side of bottom of Table Mountain. Oranjezicht is facing north and is set back from the harbour, on an up slope, running from the Mount Nelson hotel to the base of Table Mountain. Oranjezicht is residential and quiet, but "only" a 50-150 ($8-$24)rand taxi ride from nearly everywhere in Cape Town.
Abbey Manor: A charming B&B with fantastic fresh breakfasts, a wonderful view of Table Mountain, a nice large swimming pool, and a delightful hostess Judi who strikes the perfect balance between being helpful and friendly and leaving you be to enjoy the wonderful setting. She really makes you feel at home. The staff are friendly and competent. Judi also recommended a fantastic massuse who was available at short notice and comes to Abbey Manor! I would recommend getting the larger room, on the table mountain side, as the cars rumbling up the steep Montrose Ave. can be noisy.
Mentioning cars, you may find having one useful on your trip to the Cape, especially if you will travel the Garden Route, etc. Within Cape Town, the biggest advantage of driving your own car over a taxi, in my view, is that you can use your air con and you can set the vent on the recirculation setting, because the traffic fumes/pollution can be almost unbearable, especially in the City Bowl. But before deciding to rent a car, remember that most are manual transmission, cars drive on the left, and the hills in Cape Town can be like San Francisco. That's on top of the usual difficulty parking in a big city. Finally be warned that in Cape Town there are people taking money to "protect" your car when you park on the street in some places. They are semi-official, but you have to pay them something, a couple rand.
Overall, Abbey Manor is an excellent choice for your stay in Cape Town, if you want a B&B that's in a residential setting, but not too far out of the way.
A home from home
If you are looking for a really special place to stay in Cape Town then look no further! Abbey Manor has everything tht you want from friendly, nothing is too much trouble, staff to beautiful luxurious rooms and a great location with fabulous views of table mountain from the terrace. I am disabled and I was pregnant so we had a few more needs than most but that was no problem to Judi who did everything she could for us. Don't hesiate about booking at Abbey Manor, just avoid the disappointment at having to leave by adding a few extra days onto your stay! Thank you Judi and everyone at Abbey Manor!
What a great stay!!
We arrived at Abbey Manor already well impressed at the location and the beautiful exterior of the Manor. We were warmly greated by Judi and immediatly our luggage was taken to our room whilst we had a coffee and a relaxing yet very informative chat with Judi. She is a qualified tour guide and her suggestions where and what we were to do, were just spot on!
From the huge variety at breakfast (their home made museli is beyond devine and if you ask nicely you can get the recepie) to the comfy beds, we were beyond impressed with this guest house. It is situated within a short (downhill) walk to the city and the V&A Waterfront and the taxi company we were recommended to use were fast and reliable. We also made great use of the coffee shop, Carlucci, which is right on the corner, a 30metre walk away and serve great snacks and take away's!
We loved our stay (and the views are amazing!) and cant wait before we can return to the delightful pamering and relaxing atmosphere of Abbey Manor and her staff...all we can say is "well done guys, we will be back and are counting the days!"
We learned of Abbey Manor from Tripadvisor and booked directly on the Internet. This is the first time we have done so, and were a bit scared. We have been to Cape Town 4 times, and have been disappointed in the past. It was everything that the members have said it was – in fact even better.
For example, I would usually never eat museli – but the home-made version ay Abbey Manor is simply delicious. We even took some home with us. If you are there – have Jackies omelette, with everything. Only problem is you will have to miss lunch!
We were lucky enough to stay in the Harbour View room. It has a private balcony, which look over the city, and the Harbour, of course. At night, the lights put on quite a show. The room itself is plush – felt like we were on a film set. It has an enormous, comfortable bed. My only grip is that the cupboard was too small for my wife’s many, many clothes!
There is another, public deck on the top floor which is just the spot for a drink in the evening. This one looks at Table Mountain, and that is lit up at night. Magic.
.But, just as everyone on Tripadvisor says, the best thing about the place is Judy. She just could not do enough for us. If you are reading this Judy, thanks again.