We stay here every time we are in Cape Town. It is very well positioned to access the N2 heading East of the City as well as Aloof Street to head over to Camps Bay and beyond - so its ideal in many ways.
The guest house has 6 bedrooms, 5 with outside balconies which wrap around the top of the building given wonderful views both of the city and at the read, of Table Mountain.
The rooms are pleasantly appointed and with a regular turn around of bed linen (something which other places seem to neglect when visitors stay for periods over 7 days usually in our experience).
Breakfasts are quite straight-forward with a very good selection of meats, pastries, fresh fruit, yoghurts, different breads, as well as a friend option if you feel the need.
Outside, there is a very nice plunge pool at the rear of the building - ideal if you have been out all day and want to cool down, as well as a jacuzzi and steam room if you need them!
The proprietors are very knowledgeable about the area and are always eager to help out with information and ideas as to where to visit. It's also extremely reasonably priced for such a pleasant guest house.
This guesthouse is just simply a great stay. Charl and Rob are great hosts. Very knowledgeable of CT and the surrounding areas. Their recommended driving route to Simon's Town and Cape of Good Hope proved to be spot on for fantastic views! The rooms are very spacious. Although there is no air conditioning, the winds were very strong during our stay, so we had a great cross ventilation. The breakfast has the standard continental choices with eggs to order. We had breakfast in the large eat-in kitchen due to the high winds. It was a great way to meet the other guests There is a steam room, which was very relaxing and really steamy! We didn't use the plunge pool or the indoor whirlpool, but was well maintained. The location of this place is a bit out of the way, but an Uber ride was R40 to DeWaterkant. Highly recommend this place for your Cape Town visit!
Rob and Charl are attentive and enthusiastic hosts, we stayed here 2 times for more than one night, both in spacious rooms, close to and with view of table mountain, breakfast excellent (outdoors on the patio), free wi-fi, easy acces with car, did not use swimming pool, .. next time!
One Belvedere is a high quality guesthouse in a quiet area, about fifteen minutes walk from the city centre.
The website will give you a very good insight into the layout of the guesthouse and it is very accurate. The bedrooms are spacious and the bathrooms are equally spacious with victorian style baths. Each of the bedrooms on the first floor open onto a balcony with tables and seats, ideal for an early morning coffee or having a drink at night.
On the ground floor, there is a communal living room, ideal for relaxing. Off this living room is the dining room where breakfast is served each morning. Off the dining room, there is a verandan where you can also have breakfast. Overall, the quality of the rooms is very good.
As you'll see from the website, there is a small pool and lounging area, ideal if you're lazy lke me and just want to chill out. Just indoors from the pool, there is a jacuzzi and steam room for more relaxation.
As I was holidaying alone, I was keen to stay in a guesthouse where I would meet other guys to hang out with. I stayed 10 nights in total; for the first few nights, it was mainly couples who did their own thing. Fortunately, more 'friendly' couples and other singles arrived and the atmosphere was much more convivial. A few of us went out for dinner together, drinks and, on another day, a group from the guesthouse climbed Table Mountain.
The guesthouse is run by two Dutch guys, one was away during my stay. My host was very hospitable and created a warm ambience around the guesthouse. Special orders for breakfast were no trouble. In the evening time, there were some spontaneous drinks and nibbles on the verandah with the other guests.
Many of the guests had stayed at One Belvedere previously; a Dutch guy was on his fifth stay while a German and Belgian guys were on their second visit. Durito ng my stay, the guesthouse was full most evenings so is advisable book well in advance.
Overall, a very good gueshouse with a very personable host. I would definitely recommend it and plan to stay there again on my next visit to Cape Town.
I first stayed at one belvedere in 2006 as a stop-over on my way to Australia and was completely won over by the warm and friendly reception I was given by hosts Rob and Charl. They strike just the right balance between being informal and amusing hosts without encroaching on guests personal space.
Similarly the guest house is welcoming and unpretentious yet provides all the facilities (and more) than you could expect for this type of establishement. The food, facilities rooms and surroundings (inc a dinky little pool) could not be faulted
I was delighted to return in 2008 for a longer stay and found everything just as enjoyable as on my previous visit