- Style Bed, breakfast and bonhomie
- Setting Happening city-side suburb
Cosy, stylish and dedicated to service, Derwent House hotel in Cape Town boasts original art by Nelson Mandela, mountain views and a prime location. Its understated exterior hints at the warm approach to luxury found within; owners Jo and Carol planned a family-friendly bed and breakfast with the characteristics they desire: impeccable service and modern style without pretentiousness.
Need to know
- Rooms 10, including one self-catering suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $155.85 (ZAR1,623), excluding tax at 14 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast, tea, coffee and cake throughout the day. There's a surcharge of R100 a night between 20 December and 15 January.
- Facilities Library, DVD selection, free WiFi throughout, wireless sound system. In rooms: plasma TV, DVD/CD player, natural Ecoco toiletries.
- Poolside The outdoor lap pool is one of Derwent House’s big assets. It’s much larger than you’d expect from a hotel this size and the sun-bleached raised verandah alongside is a fab spot to snooze on one of the crisp wooden loungers.
- Check–out 11am, but later check-out is possible, subject to availability.
Children Although kids are welcome, this is more of an adults’ getaway.
- Eco‐friendly The hotel solar heats all its water and uses low-energy light fittings wherever it can. All chemicals used tick eco-boxes, too.
- Also Smoking is allowed on the decks and terraces. The hotel can get you temporary free passes to the local Virgin Active gym, and beauty treatments or massages at nearby spas.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms It’s hard to beat Room 3’s mountain views from the bath, but we were won over by serene Room 2, with its Victorian claw-footed bath tub and the secluded private deck area. Room 10 is the most isolated; under the shade of an old oak, it boasts its own hot tub on the deck. Derwent House classifies its rooms as either ‘Beautiful’ or ‘Fabulous’ depending on the size and quality of the view but, to be honest, we’d gladly bed down in either category.
- Packing tips As long as you have clothes to wear and a swimsuit to splash around in, Derwent House can take care of everything else – it can even loan you a laptop.
- Also If you’re staying a while or bringing a youngster, you should nab Room 9, the self-catering suite. The extra sofa bed and the small kitchen make it the most flexible option.
Food and drink at Derwent House
- Hotel restaurant Although Derwent House doesn’t serve dinner, it pools all of its culinary energies into a mouthwatering breakfast, ranging from a cold Continental selection of meats, cheeses and fruits to full English fry-ups and smoked fish.
- Dress code Swimwear for staying in, eveningwear for going out.
- Top table The verandah’s a charming spot to enjoy a poolside alfresco breakfast.
- Room service The hotel is staffed 24 hours a day, but you can help yourself to drinks and snacks whenever you want.
- Hotel bar A well-stocked fridge in the lounge area makes up the honesty bar, so you can settle down with a nightcap (or a pick-me-up) whenever and wherever you like.