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The Commodore Hotel

4.0 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

It is a perfect place in every aspect; location, rooms, personnel, breakfast, etc. It is very near to Waterfront, in a five minute walking distance. Some of the rooms have the fabulous view of Table Mountain. The personnel is always smiling and very helpful. This hotel should have a 5☆.

We stayed at the Commodore initially for three nights at the start of our SA adventure. The rooms are large enough and ok - but some better than others. The staff were pleasant and the breakfast lovely. We have returned for a single night before flying home and are now in slightly better rooms than the first ones which is a bonus. I suspect some have had a makeover. Nothing wrong with the hotel, I would recommend and potentially use again because the location next to the V&A is ideal. Some rooms also have a great view of Table Mountain (see pic)

We chose the Commodore because we wanted a good hotel close to the V&A Waterfront, and we got exactly what we wanted. The hotel is clean and comfortable. The food there in the evenings was very good, and the menu offered a wide range of dishes. Breakfast was the star meal however, with a bewildering choice of excellent choice, with eggs cooked for you while you wait. People still wonder how safe Cape Town is, and if hotels are in "safe" areas. The Commodore is about 5 minutes walk from the V&A Waterfront, and security from there operates right up to the where the hotel is; it probably couldn't get much safer. The real stars of the act however, are the staff. Everyone was friendly and helpful , whilst being efficient; happy to chat to you if engage with them, or leave you alone if you prefer. When you visit countries with low income economies, you sometimes wonder if the service is good only because you are a major source of income; the staff here didn't seem that way, they were well trained, motivated, had pride in their work and were good people. We glad to go back to Cape Town again, and the Commodore will be a first choice as our place to stay.

The location of this hotel is its greatest feature. It sits a few minutes walk from the V&A which makes it extremely convenient. The bar area is very pleasant, the restaurant is good (especially for breakfast), and the rooms are comfortable and well appointed. It was a good hotel but it failed to wow me as I was expecting more due to the relatively high room rates. The staff, whilst amiable, were not as welcoming or friendly as other South African venues that we have visited. They were almost a little indifferent. I would probably stay again but I wouldn't put it down as a memorable experience.

The hotel staff at the travel desk was helpful but they end up double charging for car rental. Also, they did not reply the email that I sent over enquiring why they double charge it when they promise not to so now I end up paying double the amount.

We stayed 5 nights in The Commodore as part of our honeymoon. The hotel had some sparkling wine in our room on the first night to mark the occasion. The hotel is well decorated and welcoming, our room had a good view of table mountain and was spacious. There is a well equipped gym in the hotel. The breakfast buffet is excellent, there is a wide array of foods, including fresh fruit and an omelette station. The staff are helpful and attentive. The only area for I think should be improved on is housekeeping. The service is a bit erratic. Some days we got turn down service with little chocolates by the bed. Other days we did not or the job was half done. Another we were left without towels and had to call down for them. The service was just a bit erratic. Overall I loved the hotel, it's location is fantastic and I would highly recommend it.

I tried this hotel because it is part of the Legacy Hotels Group and being a big fan of Da Vinci in Johannesburg, I had to try it out when I found myself in Cape Town. This hotel was less than 3 minutes walking distance from the V&A Waterfront and themed like an old ship. Service was excellent and staff were very friendly. Excellent food in the restaurants and if you don't feel like spending that much (although it was reasonably priced), you can always walk to the Waterfront a few minutes away for more options.

This is my third stay at The Commodore Hotel, and I regret to say that I am slightly less impressed this time around. To be sure, the hotel still is in a great and safe location in the V&A Waterfront area, and I still consider it to be pretty good value for money. And it still has that "historical" charm (even though that means that it's not quite as polished and flawless as a luxury hotel). I do acknowledge that some renovation work seems to have been done here. The bathroom in my room was clearly remodeled (gone is that hideous green I vividly remember from my previous visits), and I think the room received a fresh coat of paint and, perhaps, some new furniture. The carpet, however, still looks like it's been here for way too long. And the hallways still have that distinct 80's vibe. And the room cleaning is a bit minimalist (I was in the room when the attendant cleaned it). The breakfast is still good, but it seems to me as though the offering has been scaled back a bit. I remember their guava smoothies from precious visits... gone. Bread rolls? No (seriously?). Now what really gets me is the checkout time. 10am! I guess I never noticed before since I also departed in the morning anyway. Unaware of the 10am standard checkout time, I went to the front desk to ask for a late checkout (1pm) and the attendant gave me a most incredulous look (probably thinking "how could you ask for something so outrageous?"). There I thought I was just asking for one extra hour (which most hotels are happy to grant). Three hours is a bit much, I agree. But c'mon - I've never seen a 10am checkout time anywhere (and I've stayed in many, many hotels all over the world)! Noon? Standard. 11am? Sometimes. But 10am is just not right. I'd suggest revisiting this policy. Until then, traveler should keep this in mind. To be fair, I was granted a "late" checkout at noon, and I very much appreciate that. I think I'll consider staying here again next time I visit Cape Town. But I'll also take a close look at some of the other hotels in the area...

We stayed here for a week and it was excellent. The staff can't do enough to help and are without exception friendly and cheerful. The standard rooms are OK but we upgraded to a de luxe room and it was definitely worth it, balcony and great view. We only ate dinner in one night and it was OK, but breakfasts were magnificent, buffet of everything you could possibly want from full English to noodles via fresh fruit and nuts! The room was comfortable though the 4'6" bed could have been bigger. Only five minutes walk from the V&A waterfront.

This is a lovely older hotel and the corridors look like you would expect Poirot or Miss Marple to trundle by. Positives: Good Location, a short walk to the waterfront. Wifi is stable and speedy. Generally quiet and service in the restaurant and front desk are great. Needs Improvement: Housekeeping staff missed replacing a few amenities they shouldn't have. My room door (3002) could only be locked by slamming it hard, which made me the least-liked guest on the floor.

Portswood Road, Portswood Square Cape Town Western Cape

Hotel highlights

  • Walking distance to Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Town Stadium
  • Free hot/cold buffet breakfast
  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking

The Commodore Hotel places you within a 15-minute stroll of popular sights such as Two Oceans Aquarium and Cape Town Stadium. This 236-room, 4-star hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi. In the historical district, it's also near Cape Town International Convention Centre and Greenmarket Square.


Free hot/cold buffet breakfast is served each morning from 6 AM to 10 AM. This hotel is home to a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with 24-hour room service, or get a quick energy boost at the coffee shop/café.


All 236 air-conditioned rooms feature minibars, coffee makers, and free bottled water. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and 35-inch plasma TVs with satellite channels and pay movies. Beds sport premium bedding and bathrooms offer hair dryers. In-room massages are available, and other amenities include laptop-compatible safes and desks.

Property features

The Commodore Hotel features a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a health club. You can take advantage of free parking, along with limo/town car service. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can assist with dry cleaning/laundry, concierge services, and luggage storage. Other amenities at this spa hotel include a sauna, free WiFi in public areas, and 2 meeting rooms.

Room options

Standard Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2

Deluxe Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 2


King 1 | Sleeps 2

Family Room

Queen 1 | Twin 2 | Sleeps 3

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 1218 reviews