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We loved our stay at the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel. The rooms were so comfortable and the hotel itself filled with unique antiques. The breakfast was amazing. Oscar, the chef, made croissants and other fresh pastries every morning. There was always fresh fruit and the omelette was amazing. Nate at ...
Dutch Manor Antique Hotel£57Dutch Manor Antique Hotel£57
We were very pleased with our experience and happy that it was so close to the waterfront and ammenities. The hotel staff helped us arrange a couple of tours, everyone was friendly, the restaurant offered meals with decent prices and options. The kids enjoyed the history behind the hotel and thought ...
Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge£73Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Waterfront Breakwater Lodge£73
Everything about the hotel was perfect and far exceeded my expectations! The staff were really helpful and friendly. I highly recommend Coopmanhuijs!
Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel£83Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel£83
We had a delightful stay at the lovely Eendracht hotel. The staff were friendly and hospitable, the room clean, comfortable, and quiet, and the breakfast delicious and satisfying. The hotel is perfectly situated near the center of town with easy waking distance to restauarants and shops and a great ...
Eendracht Hotel£45Eendracht Hotel£45
Overnight stopover during garden route travels . Excellent experience with Chris and his team making you feel welcome from the moment you arrive until you leave . Rooms are comfortable and very clean . Gardens well maintained and encourage you sit back and relax and enjoy the sunshine . The restaurant ...
Country style hotel close enough to activities I had to attend. Will extend my stay next time but i need a more secluded room!
1692 De Kleijne Bos Country House£511692 De Kleijne Bos Country House£51
slightly quirky older style hotel. Plus points were excellent friendly and helpful staff. Can be a bit noisy if your room is on the front street as the area is lively at night and in early morning when market stalls are being set up. Area feels fairly safe (at least, for a few blocks if you avoid ...
Tudor Hotel£39Tudor Hotel£39
The Western Cape is a region steeped in history. Originally inhabited by the indigenous Khoi people, the Cape was later populated by European settlers, including French Huguenots, the Dutch and the British, as well as Malay slaves, all of whom arrived in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries. This range of cultural influences can still be observed all across the Cape.
To experience the storied history and multicultural heritage of the region, stay in one of Western Cape’s historic hotels. Opt for a characterful 19th-century country house packed with Victorian-era furniture and flourishes, or stay in an even older manor house set amid the vines of the Cape Winelands. Functional yet rustic guesthouses offer great options for budget travellers.
Whether you’re a keen amateur historian or simply want to know more about South Africa’s past, the Western Cape is an excellent spot for a history lesson. Start at the famous Robben Island, home to the prison where the late Nelson Mandela was once held. It now functions as a museum and visitors can even enter the small cell where the former president was confined. For more information on Apartheid-era South Africa, visit the District Six Museum in Cape Town.
Rewind the clock even further back at the Castle of Good Hope, a colonial fortress built by the Dutch East India Company in the latter half of the 17th Century. The Iziko Slave Lodge in Cape Town, which has served as a brothel, post office, jail, mental asylum and court in addition to being a residence for slaves, also recalls the early colonial era. Now a museum, the lodge documents the experiences of slaves in the Cape.
For some French flair, wander the streets of Franschhoek, a popular 18th-century destination for incoming Huguenots. Evidence of its French heritage is everywhere, from its street names to its wine cellars. Delve into the history of the Western Cape’s Islamic community at the Bo-Kaap Museum in Cape Town. For a primer on the Cape’s 350-year-old wine-producing history, Groot Constantia is the go-to spot.