Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa
Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 8001
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Honeymooners, Great views / scenery, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions
Expert review of Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pay for two nights, get three specials are available in the quieter months.
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- Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, 8001
- Free tags / Keywords:
- luxury, privacy
- Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- V&A Waterfront