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74 Prestwich Street, 8001 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 20/12/27 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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#29 of 290 in Cape Town
Travellers' Choice
In the remains of the earliest recorded commercial foundry (1876)—where sparks flew and metal bent as engineers and iron founders plied their trade—rises Ideas Cartel’s flagship location. The Old Foundry Hotel is a true experience of old-world sophistication and contemporary elegance. Choose from 24 rooms, work out at the in-house gym, grab a coffee at the café, visit the Frontier members’ lounge and feel the hustle in the air around the Inner City coworking spaces. Built to be the best boutique hotel in Cape Town with access to a network of extraordinary business and pleasure facilities. Beyond these facilities, Cape Town central waits at your doorstep. Who says booking a room means sleeping all night?
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Game room
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Secured parking
Fitness / spa changing rooms
Fitness classes
Personal trainer
Coffee shop
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Rooftop bar
Golf course
Nightclub / DJ
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Photo copier / fax In business centre
Facial treatments
Adults only
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Executive lounge access
Butler service
First aid kit
24-hour check-in
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Washing machine
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Flatscreen TV
Extra long beds
Bath / shower
Dining area
Room service
Seating area
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Electric kettle
On-demand films
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Centrally Located
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu
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LPJM1981 wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom295 contributions96 helpful votes
The rooms are well styled like something from East London. The rooms have a window from the bathroom to the main room, not my cup of tea so a blind of sorts would be useful. Load shedding is an issue in SA and they whatsapp you to advise. The issue we had was in the evening it meant no wifi or tv which is a pain. The rooms are among a shared working space the toilets had audiobooks playing. There was a strange smell, not sure of tbe cause myself but didnt seem to be flooding Its close to the V&A and some shops but the homeless camp to the front isnt the nicest but what can they do as not their land. I would happily stay again though mind your head on the low light in room 7
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Tony v T wrote a review Jul 2020
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Hotel's Favourite
I was fortunate in that I was the first paying customer at this very impressive Hotel. I travel extensively for business within SA so thought I had seen it all! The Old Foundry Hotel is definitely everything that a traveller could hope for... and more. I was allocated a "Bijou" room which was as luxurious as one would expect from a Hotel of this standard. Add to that all the other business options they offer and you have a real home/office away from home.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Schuyler Vorster, Owner at The Old Foundry Hotel
Responded 18 Jul 2020
Hello Tony! This is such a wonderful first review. We’ve been working for months to make sure everything is perfect and cannot wait for season. This review means so much to us as a team. Thank you. Please do come back soon.
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Quinten jo K wrote a review Apr 2022
1 contribution
Avoid at all costs. The carpets are literally soaked in feces and excrement. The heavy smells everywhere are to mask the awful stench when the showers and toilets overflow during load shedding. We requested our money back twice and the hotel refused and told us to contact booking.com
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
SunOnTheBeach_13 wrote a review Mar 2022
New York City, New York19 contributions44 helpful votes
The Old Foundry is a stylish hotel that seems to have been decorated for Millennials who enjoy vintage furnishings. It is a mere 10 minute casual walk to the Waterfront and about 30 minutes to the town center; the location is fantastic. The beds and pillows are comfortable, the hotel restaurant serves excellent breakfast in a beautiful, serene courtyard, and the front desk makes an awesome Gin and Tonic as a welcome drink! Now for some tips that I hope will be helpful. 1) The location. As great as it is from sights, the front faces a small homeless encampment. We never had any issues, but this does make for an uncomfortable first impression. Not surprisingly, the front entrance is locked after 7:00PM. No worries. Continue on Ebeneezer to the end of the block and make a left onto Prestwich. You will find a second entrance, which gets locked after around 9:00 PM. Again, no worries. Travel a few feet to the end of the block and make a left onto Cardiff. You will find a third entrance into the Foundry that is open all day and night. 2) Load shedding. That happens in South Africa, and when it does, it only lasts for 2 about hours. When it happens during the day, you will be told at what time. Plan your day accordingly. 3) The hotel room we were in had very limited storage. The sink floats (I had to be creative with where to store toiletries), the towel hook is really, really high (I had to jump), and the closet space is tiny. If none of this bothers you, then this will be a great place for you. For me, I will definitely return.
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Date of stay: March 2022
Nikhil_Advani wrote a review Feb 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia501 contributions161 helpful votes
I'll start off by saying what many have, the rooms are stunning. See my pictures. Location is great as well. A few things need some work though. Website booking didn't work, so I booked over email. I paid a supplement of 200 rand per night for breakfast, yet when I go to the cafe attached to the hotel, I'm told you only get a 100 rand credit. So, DO NOT book breakfast, just pay directly at the cafe. As others have said, no generator, so when the power goes during load shedding there is no electricity and you can't use the water. Then a few other small things, like no espresso pods in the rooms even though there is a machine. No channels/nothing to watch on the massive TV, you need to use accounts of your own.
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Travelled
US$110 - US$146 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Old Foundry Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Old Foundry Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Cape Diamonds (0.1 km), Uwe Koetter Jewellers (0.4 km), and Baraka Gifts and Decor (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Old Foundry Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a rooftop bar, free wifi, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at The Old Foundry Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a minibar, and air conditioning.
What food & drink options are available at The Old Foundry Hotel?
Guests can enjoy a rooftop bar, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Old Foundry Hotel?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Old Foundry Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include GOLD Restaurant, Pigalle Restaurant, and Signal Restaurant Waterfront.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Old Foundry Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre, fitness classes, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Old Foundry Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Old Foundry Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does The Old Foundry Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Old Foundry Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Old Foundry Hotel located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.8 km away from the centre of Cape Town.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Old Foundry Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.