We wanted to stay in the V&A Waterfront area of Cape Town for our first 2 nights in South Africa and chose the Victoria & Alfred Hotel for our accommodation.

This hotel has 94 bedrooms and is right on the waterfront, situated next to the food market, a shopping mall on the doorstep and within a stroll of 80 restaurants, a perfect location for us.

We booked a loft room and was allocated no 305, which would have had a view to Table Mountain had it not been shrouded in cloud for our arrival, it did clear for an amazing view on our second day. The ground floor of the hotel was under renovation, which we knew about at the time of booking. The restaurant had been transferred to The Forum building opposite and a temporary reception made available on the 1st floor. We had the benefit of free secure parking immediately outside the hotel.

Our superior loft mountain view bedroom was cosy, we had a large king-sized bed, with quality bedding, in fact we slept for 12 hours straight, something we never do! The bathroom was spacious, including a separate toilet, bath and walk in shower.

All of the rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, including filtered coffee bags and a choice of teas. There is a mini bar, plus a bottle of water and chocolate each evening as a turn down service.

The free WiFi was OK, we had to enter the log in several times, and the signal wasn’t great but we were able to get online and work during our stay. This hotel had an excellent choice of power points in the room, offering British, European and South African style socket connections.

Because of the building work, guests were invited to wine & canapes in the Forum each afternoon.

We were also able to use the restaurants and facilities at two other Newmark hotels in the area which included the Dock House Boutique Hotel & Spa & Queen Victoria Hotel.

Having walked into the city centre, we would definitely choose to stay at the V&A Waterfront area again in the future. It’s lovely to be beside the sea in a working harbour environment, with an amazing array of international and local artisan shops on the doorstep, plus an excellent choice of restaurants with a buzzy vibe in the evenings, even off season in winter.