Parker Cottage Guesthouse

Parker Cottage Guesthouse

3 Carstens Street Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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#3 of 81 guest houses in Cape Town Central
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Welcome to Parker Cottage! We’re a little different than the usual hotel or guesthouse 'experience'. Rather than being just a conventional ‘place to sleep’, we offer a very much unplugged, urban retreat right in the creative heart of Cape Town. So although we offer free and fast internet, we don't do minibars, piped music or even reception desks. Think of us like a country house in the middle of the city. We’re the kind of place where you can rediscover the art of conversation, delicious served breakfasts and total serenity.
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Property amenities
Free public parking nearby
Paid public parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Street parking
Wifi
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Car hire
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Safe
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Iron
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Suites
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HOTEL CLASS
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Romantic
Languages Spoken
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa

Location

3 Carstens Street Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
Getting there
Good for walkers
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yns_10 wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia1,414 contribution672 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent a wonderful three nights at this lovely B&B in central Cape Town. From the pre-arranged airport pick-up through to our departure, everything was perfect. The Victorian property and its garden is beautiful. Our room (7), with its soaring ceilings was comfortable, spotless, and quiet and the spacious bathroom had all the expected amenities. We do not watch television on holiday and were happy the room did not have one (on booking, you can request one be put into your room). Breakfast served outside during our visit, was very special: the menu included yoghurt, granola and fruit, juice, coffee/tea plus hot dishes or cheese and cold cuts platter, a different special every day, toast plus a daily bakery offering. Of course, much more food that we could manage, but it was all delicious! We appreciated (and used) the honesty bar and the range of items available: we find this much better than an in-room mini bar. There are also some things on display in the common areas that are for sale: the limited edition artwork purchased just went on our walls yesterday and are a wonderful reminder of our visit. We found the location great, an easy stroll into the city centre, good restaurants a few blocks away, and a pleasant walk to the V&A Waterfront. As advised, we did Uber back at night. Our day trip to the Cape and transfer to Franschhoek were organised for us and as well as being a great driver, Chris was very engaging and made these fun, informative and memorable. The staff elevate the experience for staying here: welcoming, helpful, and interested in their guests and guiding them to make the most of their visit to Cape Town. The perfect stay!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from , Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 28 Feb 2020
Dear both thank you a million times for this wonderful review, it just made our Friday !!!!! We are so happy when our guests report back that they enjoyed the stay in Parker Cottage & Cape Town so much, it was a real big pleasure for us having you here and we sincelery hope it hasn't been the last visit to us and our beautiful country Have an awesome weekend Kind regards Pamela & team
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LadyWillow2014 wrote a review Mar 2020
Walton-On-Thames, United Kingdom94 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed 5 nights at Parker Cottage and it was a wonderful start to our first trip to South Africa. Parker Cottage is a stunning property set in a quiet area but within easy walking distance of the city centre. There are several excellent restaurants nearby. We were collected at the airport by their driver and then met by Pamela at the property; she was very welcoming and immediately made us feel at home. Our room (Von Veh Room) was beautifully decorated with everything you could need. The breakfasts, served outside, were delicious. There was plenty of choice and a special served every day. An honesty bar, in a communal area, is provided with soft drinks, water, wine, beer and snacks. You can also make yourself a hot drink (coffee machines are in the rooms). There is plenty of space to relax with two large lounges and the garden area is delightful. The staff at Parker Cottage are outstanding: Pamela, Phaedra, Tomas and the rest of the team are so friendly and go out of their way to ensure you have a fantastic time. I would not hesitate to recommend Parker Cottage; we will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: Von Veh Room
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Response from , Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 03 Mar 2020
Dear both what a wonderful and lovely review, thanks a million, we so much appreciate it when guests take the time to write on the booking platforms ! We are so very glad that you enjoyed your stay in Cape Town & Parker Cottage Guesthouse, we absolutely love what we are doing and are so happy to see that our guests feel it aswell I hope your whole trip in South Africa was amazing and hopefully we can welcome you back once more in our beautiful city warmest regards Pamela & team
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giotto2 wrote a review Jan 2020
Northern Ireland254 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had high expectations of Parker Cottage, based on the reviews we had read, and we were not disappointed.
Our room and ensuite bathroom were extremely clean and very comfortable. Phaedra welcomed us, showed us around the house and gave all the necessary explanations. All the staff we came into contact with over our week's stay were very polite, friendly and helpful.
We loved having the Nespresso machine in our room but actually used the guest kitchenette most often - for making tea (and accessing the lovely supply of biscuits!) and getting cold drinks from the honesty-bar fridge. Having the ability to make a cup of tea or access a chilled drink at any time of day or night is a big plus, especially when it's hot.
Breakfasts were a real treat and set us up for the day. We found that after the Parker Cottage breakfast we just needed a little snack during the day before going out for dinner in the evening. We liked the fact that there were restaurants in the vicinity, to which we could walk, but we also sometimes went further afield and got an Uber back late in the evening.
We did have a hire car and were glad that Parker Cottage had secure parking for it opposite the house. We used it for trips out of the city but tended to walk/get a taxi within the city to save the hassle of city driving and finding suitable car parking etc.
We loved the styling of the house; our beautifully appointed room; the pleasant personnel; the fact that we felt safe both in Parker Cottage and while coming to and fro. We disliked: nothing! Honestly, there was nothing to dislike.
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Date of stay: December 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from ParkerCottage, Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 20 Jan 2020
Dear both I am overwhelmed by your lovely feedback, my staff will love it and it makes them proud to be part of the Parker Cottage Family! thank you so much for taking the time to write it! We sincerely hope that you will find your way back to our guesthouse yet again Warm regards Pamela&team
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Carolyn F wrote a review May 2022
Saint Charles6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Parker Cottage was very comfortable - plenty of space in our room, great living room areas to sit by the fire at night with a drink for a game or chat, wonderful breakfast each day to get us started right (including a muffin and coffee on our EARLY departure day). Location was very convenient for walking to restaurants (great suggestions from the hosts) and very easy access to roads leading in and out of town for attractions. We would stay here again and have recommended it to others already.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 01 Jun 2022
Dear Carolyn thank you so very much for your kind feedback, it is such a pleasure to hear that our guests were happy at Parker Cottage Guesthouse. We hope you had a safe journey back home and that we will see you again in the near future in beautiful South Africa Kind regards Pamela & team
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Roger G wrote a review Feb 2022
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A delightful base full of period charm from which to explore Cape Town, conveniently situated for all attractions (and the CBD) and within easy walking distance of many restaurants and bars, as well as The Company's Gardens, Mount Nelson Hotel etc.
I stayed a week. Pamela and Tomas and all the staff are personable and professional hosts, going out of their way to make you feel welcome and providing a first-class concierge service.
Breakfast on the terrace or in the garden is a delight, with a daily special dish on offer and everything freshly prepared, all served on a crisp white tablecloth. The attention to detail throughout is noticeable.
My room was spacious, the bed comfortable and the shower room impeccable. No TV (good). The two conjoined Victorian cottage are tastefully decorated and offer two lounges in which to relax, with a useful choice of travel literature available.
All in all, an excellent alternative to a bland 4* hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 11 Mar 2022
Dear Roger so so sorry for the late response to your most wonderful review. It was an absolute pleasure having you with us and we really appreciate you taking the time to write us this wonderful feedback. We hope you are well and would look very much forward if you coming yet again to stay with us in wonderful Cape Town Kind regards Pamela & team
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lgrego401391 wrote a review Feb 2020
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very impressed from the word go. Staff attentive and nothing was to much trouble, they went over and above to make our holiday stress free and memorable. The rooms were very good the attention to detail with little things made a difference. The public rooms were beautifully decorated complimented the building. The breakfasts were gorgeous and filling.

We would have no hesitation on recommending Parker Cottage.
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Date of stay: February 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from , Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 26 Feb 2020
Dear both we really highly appreciate you taking time to write this wonderful review-thank you so much. We love our house & jobs, so happy it shows ! We send you sunshine greetings from a very hot Cape Town and hope to see you again in our Mother City soon Pamela & team
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John wrote a review May 2022
Zurich, Switzerland6 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 2 nights at Parker Cottage and were overall very pleased with the facility. The staff was very welcoming and friendly (we spoke primarily with Jameson and Pamela). The food at breakfast was excellent (Jameson said the kitchen is where magic happens!) and there was a selection. They also kindly accommodated my wife's dietary restrictions.
The room was super spacious with a very high ceiling including a fan for summer and heating for winter. The room also included a fireplace which was prepared to lite and also had spare wood.
Note: The floors are old wood so there is no being quiet when walking around. Its an old Cottage and that added to the feel.
However, the floors were super lacquered and extremely slippery. Even with bare feet we would slip and slide if we were not careful.

Sound does travel in the Cottage so visiting with young children or staying up late in the comfortable lounge area could disturb other guests.

There was no view from the window except of a fence but that was fine. The front of the Cottage has a covered place to sit with tables and chairs. There is a small garden and also a pond with 3 rather large fish.

The facility had a very secure feel with a remote front gate, second gate by the front door and also key entry. Remember Cape Town is not the safest city but we we felt very safe at the Cottage.

Water in South Africa is very precious and the Cottage advises guests to be aware of that and even provides a bucket to collect excess running water which they then use for watering the plants.

Overall a very lovely stay.
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Date of stay: May 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 01 Jun 2022
Dear both thank you very much for your extensive feedback, so nice to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at Parker Cottage, we will make sure to use less shiny :-) products on the wooden floors to not make them so slippery, apologies for that Hope to see you back again in our lovely country Kind regards Pamela
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Bordentown Guy wrote a review Feb 2023
23 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Parker Cottage is one of my favorite lodging places to stay anywhere in the world. I wouldn’t consider staying anywhere else in Cape Town. Though it considers itself a guest house, it provides many of the services of a five-star hotel at a fraction of the price. For example, the superb staff functions like concierges, making dinner reservations for you and arranging tours. The breakfasts are justifiably famous for their variety and quality. They also are ample. You may not have any room to eat lunch! The rooms and the grounds are beautifully maintained and tastefully decorated. The garden with its Koi Pond is especially alluring. If you are lucky enough to stay here, you will feel very much at home and completely pampered.
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Date of stay: February 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 01 Mar 2023
Ah, thank you so much, your review is also BEYOND our dreams - we are all sitting here with big big smiles. We so much love our jobs and Parker Cottage and it is so lovely to see that it is recoginzed by our lovely visitors :-) Hope to see you soon again, kindest regards from all of us Pamela & team
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Roni P wrote a review Feb 2020
Surbiton, United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The very best place we stayed on our trio to South Africa. The staff were wonderful arranging daytrips and taxi's and red bus tickets on request with lots of helpful tips. Breakfasts were of exceptional quality taken on the veranda, We relly loved this B & B and recommend to all.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 08 Jan 2022
A bit late but from my heart, thank you so very much for this fabulous feedback, we hope you will come and visit us soon again Kindest regards and happy New Year 2022 Pamela & team
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Carla Jean wrote a review Dec 2022
Chicago, Illinois4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Parker Cottage is a lovely place to stay! The rooms are all unique and the accommodations comfortable and serene. Also, it's really well-located. Everyone working there is thoughtful and super helpful (we needed to rent a car and later to store luggage offsite after we left, and they were able to provide us with excellent options both times). They even offered an extra (quiet) room to one of our family members who'd had a tiring, day-long travel delay and would otherwise have bunked among all the family chaos (we were a group of 5). Breakfast is consistently delicious! Thanks Pamela, Tomas and Jameson!
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Date of stay: December 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Responded 08 Jan 2023
Dear all oh....thank you so so much for the lovely words, we love our guesthouse and our work, so it makes us super happy that it shows too. We loved having you all here and hopefully you will find a way back to us soon in the near future Kindest regards Pamela
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Anastasia B asked a question Oct 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania5 contributions
Is this an African owned establishment?
Answer from Jollyger
Seattle, Washington14 contributions5 helpful votes
Yes Swiss owner - just took over about a year ago. Doing a perfect job. She lives there and has tremendously wonderful staff.
Answer from Bordentownguy
Bordentown, New Jersey15 contributions46 helpful votes
The air transfer is not free but it is excellent and not overly expensive. The cottage will book for you. The service is completely reliable.
Answer from ParkerCottage
South Africa51 contributions25 helpful votes
Hi Carol - very nice to hear from you. We're not quite sure whey the tariff isn't shown on TripAdvisor as it's linked to many major search engines and our rates are displaying there (I just checked). At this stage, we can help for some of your dates but we are otherwise fully booked for your dates. Will that be of any use? Do let us know and we'll send you a proper quotation. Phil and Liz
myles1 asked a question Jan 2016
upstate ny148 contributions21 helpful votes
Do you have availability the nights of May 4th through May 8th? What does the suite consist of?
Answer from ngoilan
USA61 contributions7 helpful votes
Ooops... you've queried folks on the forum instead of Park Cottage!
Answer from MyriamNajm
Beirut, Lebanon101 contributions28 helpful votes
Cape Town is a big city and you cannot have access to everything on foot. However, the location of Parker Cottage is almost in the middle. In fact, it is closer to the table mountain and Kirstenbosch gardens. Also, the V&A is a bit crowded. Anyway, while we were there, we used the hop on hop off city bus tour and UBER for transportation. And we didn't regret it...
Rodrigo A wrote a tip Apr 2024
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The pool get crowded. So be there earlier "
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Paul Oates wrote a tip Mar 2024
Sheffield, United Kingdom22 contributions16 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"See previous "
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Inverknoll wrote a tip Feb 2024
Hilton, South Africa41 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Loved our stay, will definitely be back."
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Cruiser696564 wrote a tip Dec 2023
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"No pool and on street parking "
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Gaudenz L wrote a tip Dec 2023
Fribourg, Switzerland3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"for traveller without car who wants to spent a few days in Capetown a good address."
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PRICE RANGE
R 1,725 - R 2,312 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
parker cottage hotel cape town central
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownCape Town CentralTamboerskloof / City Bowl
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Parker Cottage Guesthouse
Which popular attractions are close to Parker Cottage Guesthouse?
Nearby attractions include Vortex Shisha (0.4 km), The Labia (0.4 km), and Afrogem (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Parker Cottage Guesthouse?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Parker Cottage Guesthouse?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Parker Cottage Guesthouse?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Parker Cottage Guesthouse?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miller's Thumb, Thali, and Arnold's Restaurant.
Does Parker Cottage Guesthouse have airport transportation?
Yes, Parker Cottage Guesthouse offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Parker Cottage Guesthouse?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to Parker Cottage Guesthouse?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (1.2 km), City Hall (1.2 km), and Iziko Bo Kaap Museum (1.0 km).
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