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De Waterkant House

3.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

My partner and I visited Cape Town in August for 5 days and appreciated the colonial, cosy interior of De Waterkant House as refuge from cold winter nights. It is by no means a modern guest house but homely and had the comfiest bed I’ve encountered on all my trips to Africa! There is quite a steep walk to the property but the Charles Café (where breakfast is provided - order the omelette and you won’t regret it!) is a short walk down the hill and it is possible to walk to the V&A Waterfront in 15-20 minutes. There’s shops, bars and eateries in the neighbourhood with security on every block after hours. Staff at Village were amenable and helpful regarding queries we had, whilst Tendayi was a lovely and unobtrusive host at the house. Only quibble is that the WiFi was unreliable to say the least and not available in rooms, but this was not an issue for us. All in all, a peaceful sanctuary for our time in Cape Town and we would definitely stay again!

I can't imagine a nicer place to stay in Cape Town and would highly recommend it. We loved breakfast on the terrace, drinks on the rooftop and dinner with even a welcoming log fire one wet evening. The bedroom was delightful and spotlessly clean. We loved the picturesque hilly streets below Signal Hill, convenient for walking to the V and A Waterfront or to Kloof Street. The staff were incredibly friendly and the food was absolutely delicious. We'll be back!

Great little house forming part of the chic that is De Waterkant. Room was very spacious, service was excellent and the breakfast choices to eat locally with a token was perfect. In the evening you are yards from bars, restaurants and entertainment which means you need go no further. It's not right in the centre of the city but the area is great and a twenty minute walk or a five minute cab resolves that. I'd definitely stay in this area in this House again. Couldn't have asked for anything better.

My wife and I were booked into De Waterkant House. We arrived early - before check-in time. Although we were prepared to wait till check-in, they not only went out of their way to get a room ready quickly for us, but also upgraded us to a luxury self-catering unit. A wonderful surprise and a real treat. They also went out of their way to prepare breakfast packs as we had to leave early the following morning. Even taking the time to prepare something for my wife who has to follow a strict diet. Thank you, we will certainly recommend you to others.

I am just back from a wonderful few days in Cape Town and Franschoek. De Waterkant House was recommended to me for its central location in a popular area and for its bohemian charm... all of which is true. In addition, the staff are extremely helpful and firendly, the breakfast really yummy, the views from the hilly streets divine... ah, and the two ginger cats totally adorable. My room was comfortable and spacious and the house is truly beautiful. The area felt safe and taxis / uber helped with getting to The Waterfront and other parts of the city in short, unexpensive rides.

we found the staff and guys manning the reception very helpful. We stayed in Bo Kap which overlooks Loader Street which hardly gets any cars going down it. Room had a comfy bed and a spacious bathroom. No aircon but a ceiling fan kept us cool despite 34 degree temperature outside (yes, on April 29th!). We loved the area as it was 25 min walk from V&A Waterfront but only 2 min walk from a very nice shopping centre which had a Spar and several other shops. Breakfast at The Charles Cafe was excellent and we discovered La Petite Tart, just over the road from reception, where I enjoyed a Wagyu beef steak (probably the best ever) and my wife loved her starter of jalapeño peppers stuffed with cheese with beef bruschetta. All in all a great stay.

Location is great located within the De Waterkant area - some great restaurants/pubs within walking distance. The area is safe and we felt secure. We had a large room upstairs (width of the house with 3 windows) and it was very comfortable. The fan wasn't working but as the weather is relatively cooler in March we didn't need it. The management were aware and awaiting parts. The house itself is lovely with a small pool and chairs outside but we didn't make use of these (too busy). Breakfast was just down the round and on the corner and every morning we sat upstairs on the sunny terrace. Enjoyed every different breakfast I tried and especially liked the little 'sweet/cake' served with the coffee - not sure what it was but melted in the mouth. Reception was also at this location and staff were very helpful and knowledgeable. Was a good experience all round.

Check-in was somewhat haphazard but in all other respects this is a delightful guest house close to bars, restaurants and shops. Great public spaces for eating, lounging and bathing (plunge pool). Barbecue and kitchen available. Room furnishing is shabby chic going on shabby but bed is comfortable and everything works. Pleasant and helpful staff.

I haven't been in this part of town since 1983 and what trendy place it has become. The location couldn't be better. I loved staying in a "hotel" that is more of a house. The staff were friendly and helpful. Please just note that there is mold under the soap dish in room 3 - only a guest submerged in the bath would know this. Also, the mixer leaks at the fitting. Other than that, a wonderful stay. I only got to eat in Charles Cafe on my last day. The maitre di was superb and so was the breakfast risotto. Thank you.

De Waterkant House is ideally located to explore all that the Waterkant Village has to offer. It is peaceful, and the rooms are comfortable. The complimentary breakfast offered by the nearby cafes is nice. Only real complaint is the lack of wifi.

137 Waterkant Street, De Waterkant Cape Town Western Cape

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Greenmarket Square
  • Outdoor pool
  • Wired Internet in rooms (fees apply)
  • WiFi in public areas (fees apply)

Located in Cape Town City Centre within a short walk of Greenmarket Square, De Waterkant House is within a mile (2 km) of other popular sights such as Cape Town International Convention Centre. Each of the 6 rooms at this 3-star guesthouse includes a minibar, a coffee maker, and a TV. Located centrally in Cape Town, it's also close to Table Mountain and Castle of Good Hope.


All of De Waterkant House's 6 individually decorated rooms provide minibars, coffee makers, and safes. Guests can enjoy TVs and stay connected with wired Internet. Bathrooms offer hair dryers and free toiletries, and beds are dressed in premium bedding. Ironing boards are also available. Weekly housekeeping is available.

Property features

Guests of De Waterkant House enjoy features like an outdoor pool, WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. If you drive, put free offsite parking to good use. The front desk has multilingual staff that can help with dry cleaning or laundry, and offer advice about sights and eateries nearby.

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

66.0% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 48 reviews