If you have a room facing the harbour, you must have one of the best views in town. Ideally situated, close to boulders and walking distance to most attractions in this area.
We adore Boulders Beach and have enjoyed many delicious meals at the Boulders Beach Cafe. So when our usual accommodation in Cape Town was fully booked, we decided that this was our opportunity to stay at the Boulders Beach Hotel.
As we had our children, some friends and an elderly parent in tow, we booked the two self-catering cottages adjacent to the hotel. The cottages themselves were fine and fairly well equipped to allow guests to be self-sufficient, as well as ideally located for the beach. However, my pet peeve about hotels is when interior designers substitute window treatments for proper curtains, and where the flimsy strips of material fail to keep the bedrooms dark. This was particularly problematic at Boulders Beach where the exterior lights stay on all night outside the windows, and there is no way of blocking this out.
Another irritation which was minor but really bugged us was the restaurant's practice of billing for refills of tea pots and extra orders of toast. Where guests are paying a considerable sum for a full breakfast (and are also staying for several nights), it seems churlish to charge for such minor items, and it left a sense of lingering resentment.
Sadly, I wouldn't go back to stay in the hotel (however ideal its location).
Exquisite location (literally metres away from the entrance to Boulders Beach) and beautiful views out over False Bay. Great restaurant in the hotel.
We stayed in the self-catering rooms (sleep up to 6 people). They also have hotel rooms. The rooms are very neat, very cute, and newly furnished and painted. Their web site accuractely reflects the room interiors, The size was adequate and we had a very comfortable stay. The breakfast at Penguin Point Restaurant (included in the self-catering price) is magnificent!
The location is about 30 m from the beach, where you can swim with penguins. The beach is administered by SANPARKS, since this is part of a national park.
The only drawback is the fact that not only the penguins can look through your bedroom window, but all the tourists parking their cars too.
Where else could you see a penguin 2 metres away whatever you do: breakfast, sleeping, swimming?
Another one of our great finds in the Cape Town area, the Cheriton was just so relaxing. After three weeks on the road, it was wonderful just to relax at thw Cheriton with its huge panoramic views from two balconies and a fantastically landscaped tiny garden with its small pool.
Denise and Dirk, semi-retired, but with a wealth of knowledge about the town and the whole of the Cape, are almost the perfect hosts, and were especially welcoming to our children. We had detected a "coolness" towards children in South Africa - a resigned tolerance if you like - but here they were positively welcomed.
There are four rooms, each one spacious and with all mod-cons (kettle, big TV, etc) and a lot of extremely thoughtful "little" touches....in our room the tap for the shower was outside the cubicle so you didn't get soaked when turning it on!
There is a small subterranean, nautical-themed bar, which is just amazing.
Breakfast - huge and filling every morning - is served either in the dining room or out on the verandah. Just wonderful.
We will definitely be back and we look forward to returning to the Cheriton.
There is no secure parking at the Cheriton but it is at the top of the hill on the edge of town so pretty safe!
The Boulders Beach Penguin Colony is at the bottom of the hill, just three minutes walk away (ten minutes back...it's a steep hill!)
This Holiday Village is perfect located to explore the Cape Province. Not in the city, but close enough, it's situated 45 km from Cape Town.
They have a very good restaurant and friendly staff.
They have self-cathering chalets and a camping ground.
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