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Derwent House Boutique Hotel

14 Derwent Road Tamboerskloof, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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#4 of 116 hotels in Cape Town Central
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In a city renowned for hospitality, Derwent House stands out as one of Cape Town's leading boutique guesthouses. Located in the heart of the vibrant Tamboerskloof/Gardens neighbourhood, this small hotel combines historic charm, contemporary Afro-chic style and all mod-cons for a uniquely Capetonian blend of ambience, warmth, and comfort. Our wonderful team completes the picture -- we go the extra mile for you and our guests leave as friends. We love colour and celebrate African design - you'll find it everywhere. But when it comes to the basics - like breakfast, bedding, showers, climate control, Wi-fi or news from home - we don't compromise so you don't have to. At Derwent House, you're steps away from the hustle and buzz of Kloof Street, with its collection of superb restaurants, bars and trendy boutiques--and just a few further to the nightlife hub of Bree and Long Streets. Yet just a short car journey from the Table Mountain cable car, the beaches of Clifton or Camp's Bay, and the V&A Waterfront. There's nowhere more central -- but come and see for yourself. We're waiting for you!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Airport transportation
Baggage storage
Concierge
24-hour front desk
Secured parking
Wifi
Hot bath
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Car hire
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
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Private balcony
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Afrikaans, German and 2 more
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foz72 wrote a review 06 Feb
Liverpool, United Kingdom360 contributions21 helpful votes
We have recently just finished a 10 day stay at this hotel and it's as good as the reviews say. Lucca and his brilliant team are fantastic hosts, from the breakfast to the afternoon cakes and honesty bar this place is perfect. The location is steps away from kloof street which has numerous great restaurants. The team can help with reccomendations of things to do, restaurant bookings, drivers for tour (thanks for a great trip from our guide November) basically everything you need. This up to date information they can share with you really helps you get the most out of your stay, we wouldn't of seem half what we did without their help. I reccomend staying here when in Cape Town
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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GDTQuemadotx wrote a review 06 Feb
Houston, Texas51 contributions77 helpful votes
WOW is the word I would use to describe my experience in Cape Town. The staff at Derwent House were beyond amazing. Everyone from the manager Luca, to all of the ladies that help him keep this place going, were some of the most helpful and pleasant people I have ever met. The service was some of the best I have ever received anywhere. The breakfast was everything I could have asked for and more. In a nutshell, I can’t wait to go back and stay there again.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: When I go back it will be in June or July. No rain and cooler temperatures.
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Yournamecouldbehere wrote a review 03 Feb
Cambridge2 contributions7 helpful votes
Amazing hospitality. From start to finish we felt like family not guests, except we didn’t wash-up. Advice on things to do and where to eat ensured we were busy and well fed while feeling safe. Extra touches kept coming, afternoon cakes and even a Gluten Free birthday cake. I fully recommend this hotel as the place to stay in Cape Town.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Doug Y wrote a review 02 Feb
1 contribution6 helpful votes
I was traveling alone and had never been to Cape Town. What an incredible fortune to have my first 4 nights of a 15 day South African adventure at the Derwent house. Everything and everyone were wonderful. I met new friends and it felt just after one day like home . In retrospect it was the highlight of my trip , I wasn’t surprised by this because it was very hard to leave.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled solo
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Response from Derwent owners, Owner at Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Guests who leave as friends are our favourite kind, Doug Y--and you're definitely now part of the Derwent family! You just fit right in from the moment you walked in the door. We're over the moon that we helped create a highlight of your South African adventure -- hope that it brings you back soon! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback here: it's always so gratifying to hear back from happy guests -- that we so enjoyed hosting as well. Please do come back and see us again soon! On behalf of the whole gang, sunny Cape Town greetings until then, Luca
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Andy H wrote a review Jan 2024
4 contributions2 helpful votes
Brilliant place to stay. Staff and service is second to none. Everyone was so helpful with lots of great advice. Our room had a great view of Table Mountain. Hotel is close to a selection of lovely restaurants and the Waterfront is just about walkable. Highly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Response from Derwent owners, Owner at Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear Andy H, Many thanks from the team for your kind words: we know that our amazing team are hard to beat, but always gratifying to hear it from discerning guests like you. We're so pleased that we were able to offer some helpful "insider tips" and arrangements to make the most of your Cape Town visit-hoping that we've helped you fall in love with our beautiful city so you'll soon be back 🥰! We really appreciate you taking the time to share your experience and recommend us to other travellers--and so are they. Travel safe and hope to see you (or family and friends!) on a future visit to Cape Town! All the very best from the whole team, Luca
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AA1905 wrote a review Jan 2024
Mitchel Troy, United Kingdom2 contributions18 helpful votes
5* service in the heart of Cape Town! This was our second stay at Derwent House and we have already booked again for this year! An exceptional boutique hotel that offers it all... a real home from home! The breakfasts are delicious and plentiful, the rooms are beautiful decorated and come complete with lots of wonderful added extras (pillow chocolates, full turn down service, daily information sheets and even a Zebra teddy to name a few).. but what makes Derwent truly special is the wonderful team.. from the moment you arrive, the service is faultless! This place is an absolute gem and the icing on the cake, we have made some wonderful friends who we shall look forward to seeing at Derwent on all our future stays. See you in December!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Ask Anahid and Luca...they have EVERYTHING covered! they are your Cape Town and surrounds experts...
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Responded 4 weeks ago
We always say that there's no better endorsement than a return booking -- especially a year ahead!! Thanks, AA1905, for this fantastic review: such an accolade. We cannot thank you enough, but will try hard when you're back later this year 🥰. You two are truly the poster couple for what we're striving to offer guests: settling in, making friends, enjoying the whole experience -- you've really become part of our Derwent family. The whole team love having you here so we're all looking forward to welcoming you back later this year. Thank you so much for all your kind words: it's so motivating to get such wonderful feedback and you've made everyone's day! On behalf of the whole team, we send you heartfelt thanks and sunny greetings from Cape Town! Anahid & Armin
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Andy Tucker wrote a review Jan 2024
London, United Kingdom7 contributions42 helpful votes
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Another exceptional experience at Derwent House. I have stayed here on numerous occasions and it always impresses me. The hotel staff are fantastic and there for your every need whether it’s a restaurant recommendation / reservation, advice on activities and tours in the local and surrounding areas or a specific requirement for your stay. Yvonne gets a special mention for her ability to ensure every day begins with a smile and a friendly welcome at breakfast! The rooms are beautifully designed and appointed and the pool area is great for relaxing in the sunshine if you have the time! I’ll continue to reccomend this place to as many people as possible.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 14 Jan 2024
Dear Andy Tucker, Thank you so much for this wonderful endorsement -- and for recommending us to others! The greatest compliment of all is a return visit: you're regular returns are the ultimate accolade 🥰. And from all the team, but particularly Yvonne (who adores looking after you!), grateful appreciation for your lovely words about the service we deliver . . . We are so fortunate to have amazing people working together to make our guests as happy as it is possible to be--and have joy in doing so. You know that we just love passing on our wining and dining tips! Pool is sparkling and empty since you left -- just awaiting your next visit! Thanks again for your fabulous review and we'll be looking forward to seeing you next time. From the whole team, warm Cape Town greetings, Anahid & Luca
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Tubney T wrote a review Jan 2024
London, United Kingdom9 contributions41 helpful votes
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This was my seventh visit as a family of four adults We love visiting every year as we are made to feel so welcome and have recommended it to many people who have been delighted to stay here. -Beautiful accommodation -Fabulous food -Nice neighbourhood close to our favourite places in Cape Town as well as easy access to other areas of Western Cape -Perfect pool and jacuzzi to chill at The wonderful team provide a warm welcome and are so helpful - it is a place to relax as well as meet interesting travellers from all countries A real gem of a place !
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Derwent owners, Owner at Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Responded 13 Jan 2024
Dear tubneyt, The festive season just would not be the same without you all: we love having you back every year! Thank you for this wonderful, generous review: you've made the whole team's day / month / year 🥰. It's just too easy looking after such lovely, warm guests who make Derwent House their own year after year. We know that you love the neighbourhood, but it's so great to have your endorsement as well on the room and property upgrades (thanks for all your tips and comments), food and beverage offerings, service enhancements and so much more. You're our ultimate "mystery shoppers" of 7 years standing! And of course, the very best endorsement of all is a return booking: we're already looking forward to welcoming you back next year to your home away from home! Thank you all so very much for being our loyal guests and very good friends as well. We just love having you here with us! Hugs and warm greetings from the whole Derwent team to you all! Anahid & Armin
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Charlie T wrote a review Jan 2024
1 contribution3 helpful votes
Having stayed at The Derwent before and having had excellent service, we were delighted to find that it was as good as ever. It cannot be easy to maintain such a welcoming and friendly environment year after year, Luca and his team go above and beyond making this somewhere you will want to return! Add to this the great bars and restaurants which are a short walk away and this place is pretty unbeatable.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 13 Jan 2024
Thanks so much, Charlie T, for your wonderful feedback on your recent [return!] stay with us. Indeed, it's a challenge to maintain consistency while at the same time, ensuring that we update, upgrade and generally strive to enhance the guest experience . . . Your recognition is very much appreciated! Luca is truly a star and has built a team that have truly earned the continuing glowing recognition we achieve for service excellence on platforms such as TripAdvisor year after year. And it's so true that our location steps away from Kloof Street is hard to beat -- especially for seasoned "insiders" like you! Many grateful thanks from the whole team for taking the time to post this lovely review -- and we look forward to your next visit very soon! Travel safe, Anahid
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kathya2010 wrote a review Dec 2023
California176 contributions55 helpful votes
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From the moment we entered this unique, stylish and colorful boutique hotel (in a great neighborhood) we knew we had found paradise. Exceptional service from arrival to departure, our stay was relaxing and comfortable. The conscientious owners warmly reached out to us prior to our arrival to share information about the area and ask if we had any specific requests. We arranged for a car and driver for an exploration of the famous wine country which was a highlight of our trip. The staff was really kind, professional and willing to attend to any request. Luca was particularly helpful and we shared great conversations. The pool was refreshing and the hot tub soothed our souls. Hotel offered a variety of sitting areas for relaxing or enjoying a coffee while reading the local newspapers. The local artwork, attention to detail and overall design of this elegant hotel creates a memorable atmosphere and we look forward to our next stay. We arrived to a bottle of champagne in our room which we enjoyed while sitting on our balcony overlooking the pristine pool. The bed was very comfortable, room very clean with all the amenities. Fresh homemade cakes, sherry and port are complimentary and available from afternoon until late in the evening. Wine and other beverages are available for a nominal fee 24/7. There was even a gin cocktail bar for a few hours in the evening! Dining inside or by the pool, breakfast is a combination of hot local and traditional breakfast offerings (to order) and a scrumptious buffet offering a large selection of delectable food including cheese, fruit, pastries, etc. If you have the pleasure of visiting Cape Town, South Africa this boutique hotel is a gem!
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Date of stay: November 2023
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R 3,082 - R 3,882 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Derwent House Boutique Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Vortex Shisha (0.3 km), Christopher Moller Gallery (0.5 km), and The Cape Town Opera Company (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Yes, free parking, secured parking, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Black Sheep Restaurant, Liquorice and Lime, and Manna Epicure.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Derwent House Boutique Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, Derwent House Boutique Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Afrikaans, Zulu, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to Derwent House Boutique Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (1.6 km), City Hall (1.2 km), and Iziko Bo Kaap Museum (1.6 km).
Does Derwent House Boutique Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.