There’s no shortage of five-star hotels at the V&A Waterfront – which is hardly surprising, given its stunning view-drenched location, and its close and convenient proximity to many of the city’s world-famous (and also lesser-known) tourist attractions.
So, when we heard that a brand-new luxury property was opening its doors in May 2017, we were curious to find out how – if at all – it differed from its local counterparts.
Fit for a queen
Like all the other properties at the V&A, the Queen Victoria Manor House has loads going for it – not least of all its unfettered vistas of Table Mountain, the marina and the city’s flourishing skyline, which is particularly lovely at night when the cityscape is a sea of twinkly lights.
But what makes this property stand apart is its size (there are just four suites), location (moments away from the tourist-trodden mall, but tucked away in a secluded corner), and its unique service offering (private butler, anyone?).
Part of the Newmark Hotel Group (whose Waterfront portfolio includes the neighbouring Queen Victoria Hotel, Dock House Boutique Hotel and Victoria & Alfred Hotel as well as Dash and Ginja restaurants), this four-roomed super-luxe property was exquisitely decorated by Francois du Plessis who has created plush yet pared-down suites that ooze glamour and comfort.
Lie of the land
The hotel’s discreet location, away from the shopping precinct, but close enough to walk to, makes it perfect for travellers who like to dip in and out of the action. The fact that the Queen Victoria hotel’s in-house restaurant is a minute stroll away means that you don’t have to venture far to take your meals. Plus guests have access to all its sister properties’ facilities: a fully functional gym (available 24 hours), the Sanctuary Signature Spa right next door, as well as full conference facilities at The Forum.
If you’d prefer to take your meals alone, there’s a private dining room that accommodates up to six guests in the annexure. Guests can specify their prefered menus, which will be prepared by the kitchen staff at Dash.
We were welcomed to our suite by our bright-faced butler, Gershwin, who’d lined up treats for the whole family: an Adventure Colouring Pack Pack for our toddler, and a chilled bottle of Graham Beck Brut for us! He offered to unpack for us, which we declined, but told us he was at our beck and call until 11pm that night, and from 6am the next day.
Keen to test drive his services, we put in a detailed coffee order for the following morning – (even though, for the record, I’d have been quite content with the output from the Nespresso machine in our suite ).
After drinks and dinner at Dash, we collapsed in our massive king-size bed for a delicious night’s sleep, only to be awoken by our toddler slightly earlier than anticipated.
Gagging for our caffeine hit, we rang Gershwin to ask for an earlier delivery. Lo and behold, our coffee arrived minutes later, but not as specified… I drank mine, which was delicious, but my partner stuck to his guns and waited for what he’d ordered – which he knocked back as promptly as it was delivered.
Above and beyond
The Pink Pepperpod Body Wash by Molton Brown, whose heavenly scent infused our capacious bathroom after I bathed in it (note to the Water Gestapo: it was a shallow bath, that I shared with my toddler). All the Molton Brown products – from the body lotion, hand cream, shampoo and conditioner – smack of quality and sensual delights; you feel as if you’ve had a mini spa experience in your bathroom. The best part? Gershwin informed us that the sample sizes were ours to take home.
Another wow moment was pulling up the blind in the loo, which revealed a close-up of the CapeWheel – pretty dazzling at night. Oh, and the premium, luxury-weight towels that are super-absorbent and utterly comforting.
Rates From R5 095 per room per night (includes full breakfast and butler)
Contact 021 427 5900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Portswood Road, Waterfront