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Reviewed 13 March 2017

Overall: Charming lodge, and a great value for the money.
--The rooms: Clean and comfortable, no huge frills, but definitely charm. See the photos for the carved woodwork and the ceiling, which I thought were nice touches.
The staff: The front desk staff was always smiling and everybody, especially Ida, was particularly helpful. The breakfast staff tried to be helpful, but service was sometimes a bit lacking. It wasn’t uncommon to receive a coffee 15 minutes after it was ordered, and after the meal had arrived.
--The breakfast: Breakfast was plentiful and delicious. A tasty selection of breads, pastries, cheeses, fruit, cereal, yogurt and beverages was available for the taking. Plus, there was a hot breakfast that could be ordered as well, consisting of mealie meal (not unlike Cream of Wheat, but made from corn) or some variation of a “traditional English breakfast” (eggs, “streaky bacon”, sautéed mushrooms).
The location: We love to walk, so the location for was perfect for us. Within a 5-10 minute walk are St. George’s Cathedral, Company’s Garden, the South African National Library, the Houses of Parliament, the National Gallery, Iziko Slave Lodge, Long Street and the District Six Museum. For the sights closer to the waterfront, such as the Robben Island tour and the V&A waterfront itself, the walk is significantly longer. We walked to the waterfront in about 45 minutes; if you prefer to drive or be driven, you can be at the waterfront in 10 minutes or less. If you are looking for a bite to eat, there are three restaurants right on the square (Roxy’s, Maria’s, and Vandair’s Durban Curry). Our Google printed directions from the airport to the lodge took us to Barnet Street, which is on the wrong side of Dunkley Square and provides no car access to the square or the lodge. Be sure you come in from Wandel Street, so you can get into the parking lot.
--Parking : We had a rental car that we used for excursions outside the city, and we loved that there was an attended parking lot adjacent to the lodge. Although the lot always seemed to be full, each time we needed a space we found a one right in front of the lodge.
--Other notes: The good news, if you like a late night bite and a beverage, is that Roxy’s Late Night is right across the square. The bad news, if you are a light sleeper, is that Roxy’s often has people eating and drinking outdoors until well past midnight. If you like to sleep with your balcony doors open for some fresh air, the noise from Roxy’s may keep you up. If you close the doors, the sound is somewhat diminished but still audible. For what it’s worth, the food and drink were really good the night we went, and the manager who served us was particularly attentive. I rated this hotel as "average" for noise because, although we did hear Roxy's at night (above average noise), we rarely ever heard any sounds of other guests in the lodge (below average noise).

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled as a couple
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Guestrelations58, General Manager at Ikhaya Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you so much for the comprehensive review you have taken the time to write. We value each guest experience and this provides a very balanced view. We are delighted that over all you enjoyed your stay and would recommend us. Directions to iKhaya are also on our website as we know that GPS often lands our guests on the wrong Wandel Street. Thank you for the comments regarding service at breakfast. We have had trainee staff and this feedback is valuable in it's objectivity. It's great to know you found the breakfast wholesome and Idah is excited to know her attention to guests has not gone unnoticed. Thank you. We hope to welcome you or your friends again in the future.

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Reviewed 1 March 2017

I was more thank lucky to get a room at the Ikhaya Lodge last minute. The staff received me so warmheartedly that I immediately felt at home.
The rooms have a very special flair. I loved to sit in what we would call a winter garden, since the terrace could be closed with glas.
the location is perfect right on a square with different restaurants. then one street over are different high class museums in the Company Gardens. The park is a nice place to hang out. On Saturdays there is a market which sells all kinds of products of good quality.
important: you can walk around safely all the way over to market and Long street.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled solo
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Guestrelations58, General Manager at Ikhaya Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for your generous review. It makes us happy to know you felt at home straightaway as this is one of our key objectives with everyone staying with us. We aim to give guests a feeling of safari whilst being in the heart of Cape Town and we hope you came away feeling this way. We also love the relaxing atmosphere of the Company Gardens and are glad that you mentioned it, as it is a lovely spot to relax or walk through. We look forward to welcoming you again when you are next in Cape Town.

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Reviewed 1 February 2017 via mobile

I guess you get what you pay for, you could pay more to be more central, to have a swimming pool or to have bigger room so I cannot be harsh on this, quite basic hotel with small rooms and quite a distance from main town. But I got what I paid for with a smile which always helps.

Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Guestrelations58, General Manager at Ikhaya Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your review. We are happy to know that you consider iKhaya to be good value for money and that with a smile too :-) ! This is one of our key pillars in what is often considered a very expensive city to visit. We have an ideal location and our safari feel in the heart of the city provides a unique feel. We hope that as you left with a smile, that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again or your recommendations.

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Reviewed 26 January 2017

We spent 3 enjoyable nights here. We had everything we needed for a reasonable price: A clean room, comfy bed, tea maker and mini fridge in room, good breakfast with eggs a la carte, extremely friendly and helpful staff, safe parking. The room was a bit small and dark, but nicely decorated as the whole House. The location in Gardens was still fine for walking into the center, and for a longer stroll, to Waterfront. There is a mall quite close, and the location at Dunkley Square is gorgeous , you can go safely at night just over the square to a nice Pub (Roxy, good draught) and Restaurants and sitzen outside within a lively student community.

  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled as a couple
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Guestrelations58, General Manager at Ikhaya Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 27 March 2017

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your comprehensive review. We are delighted that you not only found iKhaya good value for money but that you enjoyed staying with us. It's always a pleasure to know that we have added to a guests pleasure of being in Cape Town and would recommend that other travellers stay with us. Thank you.

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Reviewed 6 November 2016

Loved this place. It's in a lovely quaint area of Cape Town with a nice view of Table Mountain. Room was comfortable with an outdoor covered balcony. The staff were helpful and friendly and of course breakfast is included as seems to be the case in Africa. It's walking distance to shops and a street market with nice souvenirs. Overall a very nice place to stay and very good value.

Room Tip: Front room with Table Mountain view if you can get.
  • Stayed: October 2016, travelled solo
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Guestrelations58, Manager at Ikhaya Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2016

Dear Guest,

How lovely to learn that you loved you stay. We are in a special spot in the City Bowl and we enjoy sharing it. We hope you are enjoying memories of Cape Town and thank you for your recommendation.

Best wishes,
iKhaya Team

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