Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa

Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 8001

Price from: £176

Dock House bedroom suite
#2 of 26
expert-rated hotels in Cape Town
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.5
4.5
Bedrooms:
4.6
4.6
Eating/drinking:
4.1
4.1
Public areas:
4.2
4.2
Leisure facilities:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.6
4.6
Value for money:
4.1
4.1
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Expert review of Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa

Rock stars and jetsetters alike head for this private property in the heart of the Waterfront.

The V&A Waterfront is one of Cape Town's busiest tourist destinations which makes the quiet and tucked away Dock House even more of an enigma. Once the home of the harbour engineer (hence its spectacular waterfront position), this original Victorian home has been beautifully restored to become a luxe bolthole - able to accommodate just 12 people in six rooms at a time. Aside from the luxuries of outstanding service, quality dining, those spectacular views, and an on-site spa and gym, the interiors are really easy on the eye too. I dined at the hotel's sister property, the Victoria and Alfred Hotel, but honestly would have preferred to have stayed in and soaked up my one night as an A-lister.

Location: 

Hidden away overlooking the V&A Waterfront, just a few minutes' walk to anywhere in this busy hub and five to ten minutes by car to the central business district, traffic dependent.

Bedrooms: 

My last experience here was a sensual one and I did not leave our room, opting for room service instead. My room was dressed in a series of Champagne hues, with the softest silk fabric and plush finishes, a sparkling chandelier and a swanky marble bathroom to boot - and did I say spacious? That's an understatement.

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Public areas: 

The outdoor terrace and garden is a lovely place to while away an afternoon as is the pool terrace where there is a sliver of an al fresco bar. Upstairs rooms have access to the upstairs terrace with its spectacular views.

Eating and drinking: 

The menu is a mix of contemporary classics - eat on the terrace or in the smart dining room or, even better, order room service. Of course, reservations can be made at any of the eateries in and around the Waterfront.

Leisure facilities: 

The on-site gym is seriously impressive with state-of-the-art equipment and is open from 6am. It shares space with the Elements Spa - a quality spa offering.

Service: 

Standards of the butler-style service are extremely high here and nothing is ever too much trouble (hence a 24-hour on call policy). The concierge service is polished and enthusiastic.

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Who stays there: 

This private boutique hotel was created with rock stars and politicians in mind and, so far, it's seen its fair share of A-listers. That said it's a popular romantic bolthole too.

Price advice: 

Pay for two nights, get three specials are available in the quieter months.

Pros: 
Privacy and a discreet environment in luxe surrounds
Superb waterfront location
No stone is left unturned in providing quality at every turn
Cons: 
You'll need a sizeable wallet to afford this level of luxury
The property itself is on the small side

More information on Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa :

Price from:
£176
Type:
Hotel
Address:
Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 8001
Free tags / Keywords:
luxury, privacy
Amenities:
Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
Neighbourhood:
V&A Waterfront

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