5 Portswood Road, V & A Waterfront
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Overlooking Cape Town Harbour, this upscale hotel is 3 minutes' walk from the Two Oceans Aquarium and 4 minutes' walk from the Nelson Mandela Gateway ferry terminal. Luxury and sophistication emanate through to the 3 suites and 32 luxury rooms, each one individually designed and curated. With a consistent ambiance of glamorous repose, most of the suites have panoramic views of either Table Mountain or Cape Town Harbour, and all of them have a fully stocked private mini-bar and Charlotte Rhys pamper accessories.
The attention to detail is also something to behold, from the customized wallpaper uniquely designed with a cameo portrait of Queen Victoria and the laser-cut, paper-on-paper artwork of local fynbos to the hotel’s very own designer fragrance that wafts through the suites and foyer. There are three types of suites catering to the different needs and requirements of guests: Executive suite, Mountain Junior suite and then there is the proverbial jewel in the crown of Queen Victoria – the presidential suite, including a wrap-around balcony with views overlooking Table Mountain and the harbor, as well as a dining room and an unconventionally large bathroom.
This suite has been designed in such a way that the flow of interior and exterior space is ambiguous, with a double chaise longue bed on the balcony that encourages guests to linger longer and soak up the breathtaking scenery in front of them.
The 32 remaining rooms are broken down into the following categories: 15 x Deluxe rooms and 17 x Premium rooms. All rooms are fitted with high-tech amenities: flat-screen TVs, wireless internet and unusual downlighters. All bedding is made from four hundred thread count pure Egyptian cotton.
The Manor House in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town which has four separate and private exclusive suites, is annexed to the Queen Victoria Hotel. The suites at The Manor House enjoy unrivaled and uninterrupted views of Table Mountain, each with their very own private patio or Juliet balcony.
Guests can expect in-room amenities by Molton Brown as well as exclusive butler service. The Manor House has a private dining room, which can accommodate up to four people, coupled with a range of facilities and activities offered at Newmark’s adjacent properties; the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, the Queen Victoria Hotel, and Dock House Boutique Hotel in the same precinct.
A fine-dining restaurant serves contemporary European-style cuisine, and there are a waterfront restaurant and cocktail bar. Other amenities include a fitness center and a spa. Guests also have access to an outdoor pool at a nearby hotel. Dash is the restaurant and bar offering at the Queen Victoria Hotel, named after the Queen’s favorite pet. There is nothing cute about this space, however, on the contrary, it is the ultimate in sophisticated fine dining. The 36-seat Dash offers patrons an elegant yet relaxed experience with a touch of drama in the presentation of the well-crafted menu.
What sets the Queen Victoria Hotel apart from other hotels at the world-renowned V&A Waterfront is undoubtedly its position. Located within a precinct of heritage buildings along Portswood Road – the main artery leading to and from the Waterfront – the Queen Victoria Hotel gives you a sense of being within the Waterfront’s vicinity but removed from the frenetic pace of it.
The advantage of this is that, while staying at the Queen Victoria Hotel, you have easy access to the Waterfront – the shopping precincts, the harbor, the restaurants, and other must-see attractions – yet you are positioned away from it, in a relaxed, secluded enclave that overlooks majestic Table Mountain, the City Bowl, Cape Town Harbour, and the Atlantic Ocean.