The Victoria & Alfred Hotel

City Hotel, V & A


Queen Victoria and her son, Prince Alfred, visited the Cape in 1870, officially opening what’s now the V&A Waterfront.  Superbly positioned dockside, the Waterfront’s original hotel might be named after the regal pair but don’t go imagining a dusty, dated relic.  Quite the opposite awaits: innovative modern luxuries blend with careful historic touches – a wooden staircase here, a telescope there – in a romantic, characterful and chic retreat.  Table Mountain looms above, while there’s a spa and excellent restaurant, plus pool access.


Spread over three storeys, the 94 air-conditioned rooms are split into three categories: (Table) Mountain-facing Superior Rooms (with a working harbour in the foreground), Piazza-facing Superior Rooms and, most contemporary, top-floor Loft Rooms – smaller, but some with a terrace.  All are spacious and classily appointed in a very British red-white-and-blue colour scheme, and all come with bathtubs, king-size beds and flat-screen televisions.  The views are uniformly excellent. 


Set on the water’s edge facing Table Mountain and partly al-fresco, the hotel’s seafood-specialising OYO Restaurant is accompanied by a minimalist cocktail bar and walk-in wine cellar offering tastings.  OYO will be closed from May-August 2016 for refurbishment but the Queen Victoria, a sister hotel five minutes away, also has a fine-dining option in Dash Restaurant & Bar with reservations easily made.  Victoria & Alfred guests also get access to the swimming pool, sun loungers and gardens of another sister property, Dock House, just across the road, plus their hotel’s own designer spa and gym. 


A short walk away is the vibrant and trendy V&A Waterfront itself, home to more restaurants and the Two Oceans Aquarium.  Trips to Table Mountain, Camp’s Bay beach and Robben Island can be arranged by the concierge, as can helicopter flights, shark cage-diving and Winelands circuits

Child Policy

Children are very welcome, with babysitting available.




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