Breakwater Lodge

Portswood Road, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa
(3 star hotel)
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 7 reviews
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Convenient Location in Cape Town

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 3, 2013

I stayed at the Protea Hotels Breakwater Lodge in Cape Town, South Africa for two nights. This hotel had been recommended by some friends I was to meet up with in Bloemfontein after my stay in Cape Town. I wanted something that was reasonably priced and located near the V & A Waterfront. This hotel definitely fit my requirements for price and location, and I was also pleased with the hotel grounds and the quality of the rooms.

The hotel is located on the grounds of what was once a 19th century prison, the "Old Breakwater Prison". More information and history about this aspect can be found on the hotel website. It definitely does have a 19th century feel, especially with the castellated turrets and enclosed courtyard in which the hotel is located. The complex also houses the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town. There was some construction going on when I visited, but this was mostly in the finishing phases and didn't disturb my visit.

The rooms themselves are quite modern and up to date. It has undergone a major renovation for the past couple of years, and it definitely shows. The room I stayed in was in one of the more recently refurbished parts. Comfortable, clean and well decorated. The staff are extremely friendly and quite helpful. There is little to complain about, except my pet peeve that there was no complimentary bottled water. I was informed that the tap water was drinkable, but I am always cautious about that. There is a snack and drink room located near the reception with vending machines for your needs.

The hotel has two restaurant facilities, an a la carte restaurant and cafe with views of Table Mountain and the Waterfront on an upper floor (Time-Out Cafe), and a self-service buffet style restaurant on the ground floor (Stonebreakers). I had a beer one night at the Time-Out Cafe and breakfast both mornings at Stonebreakers. They are decent places as far as hotel restaurant/cafe establishments go. One other feature that is nice about this hotel is that it is located quite near the "Hop on - Hop Off" Cape town City sightseeing ticket office (Stop #1 near Two Oceans Aquarium). This is the perfect place to begin a tour of Cape Town, so the hotel is ideally located here. I can definitely recommend a stay at the Breakwater Lodge.

Unique Quality: Castellated turrets and enclosed courtyard give the grounds a 19th century feel.

Directions: Close to the V&A Waterfront, across the street from the Two Oceans Aquarium

best location for cost

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 26, 2007

I have been staying here on ever visit since 1998 and evertime it is better. Great location at reasonable rates and great service- very friendly and helpful staff.

Unique Quality: Once a 19th century prison and great views of the harbour and Table Mountain

Directions: located in the V&A Waterfront

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Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 12, 2006

The rooms are comfortable but basic, and the prices are budget, but where the Breakwater Lodge really scores top points is its location, right across the road from the superb V&A Waterfront, our room had views both of the Warefront and Table Mountain
Because of the location and well lit streets its a short safe stroll for an evening out on the waterfront with its many bars and restaurants

this is a busy hotel, it shares space with the Graduate School of Business and there can be a lengthy wait at reception. Its rooms are also not very soundproof but our floor was relatively quiet and we did not have any disturbed nights. the cleaning was adequate but not pristine and the towels were tiny. The car park is rather small too but if people parked straight there would have been lots more spaces

there is a small not very comfortable bar attached to the the a la carte Treadmill restaurant which serves lunch and dinner, Stonebreakers the self service restaurant is open from 6.30am untill dinner, both restaurants are in an annexe at the opposite end of the hotel from reception

Breakwater Lodge was originally built in 1859 a prison used to house the convicts who were used as forced labour building the breakwater in Table Bay, a later building with four turrets was built in 1901 and used to segregate white convicts untill 1911 when it was used for Juvenile convicts for 15 years before becoming a hostel for black dock workers

Unique Quality: internet access is available in the Transit lounge, access costs R60 for 1 hour or is available in blocks of 10 minutes for R10

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Simple clean accomodation

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on January 6, 2006

This hotel is a nice accomodation: clean rooms, private bathrooms, food, and offers tour bookings. If you aren't looking for something too fancy and doesn't cost too much money, this might be your kinda of hotel. It is about five minutes walking distance to the Victoria Waterfront (restaurants and shops) and the Two Oceans Acquarium (Atlantic and Indian ocean). Affordable and very accessible.

Anything that involved running hot water and air conditioning felt like luxury to me coming off a month-long camping trip. So my memory of the hotel maybe skewed. :)

Unique Quality: Used to be a prison in the 19th century.

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Basic Affordability right in the Waterfront

by written on December 10, 2003

You won't find another hotel this close to the waterfront offering rates so low.

Unique Quality: Built in a converted 19th-century prison on Portswood Ridge, the Breakwater certainly won't win any awards for charm or coziness. Its history is quite evident in the long, narrow corridors, which lead to tiny, sparsely furnished cells (sorry, rooms). Nevertheless, the rooms are clean and have TVs, phones, and tea- and coffeemakers. Ask for a room with a view of Table Mountain. 327 rooms, 110 family units without bath. 2 restaurants, bar. AE, DC, MC, V.

Directions: Portswood Rd., Cape Town 8001, South Africa

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Best value for money

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 24, 2003

Slap-bang at the Waterfront! Clean rooms at good value. It doesn't get better than this for that budget.
The staff are really helpful and there are so many students around which you can always ask for additional advise.

Unique Quality: Former prison turned into hotel and University/Business School. It's really fun and so close to everything central.
Early in the morning the sun throws a beautiful light over Cape Town and you can sit just outside on the patio and watch.

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We stayed in the Breakwater...

by written on September 2, 2002

We stayed in the Breakwater Lodge while we were there it's right on the Victoria & Alfred waterfront, close to everything and very reasonably priced. Later we stayed in a lovely Backpackers hostel whos named escapes me at the moment.
You can also find some Holiday apts that are very well priced. has some handy info!

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Address: Portswood Road, Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001, South Africa

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