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Dock House

Portswood Close , Portswood Rdg.
Cape Town , South Africa
27 21 421-9334

Perched on a grassy plateau high above the waterfront, this 19th-century stone residence with sweeping Table Bay views was once the Harbormaster’s Mansion. After a major 2008 refurb, it opened as a glamorous six-room boutique hotel, decorated throughout with ornate French mirrors, crystal chandeliers, contemporary charcoal artwork, and luxurious antiques (like a Persian winged bed), set against a calming taupe palette. Upon your arrival, friendly linen-clad butlers—there are three of them—will gladly unpack your suitcases while you retire to the spa Tylarium (a sauna/steam room combo) or the gym with its Table Mountain–facing treadmills. In the afternoons, culinary treats like crayfish wraps are offered to guests lounging around the elegant (heated) swimming pool.

Insider Tip: If it seems there are more poolside loungers than can possibly lodge at the Dock House, that’s because guests at the nearby Victoria & Alfred Hotel (a sister property) are also welcome here.

Room to Book: Room 5 has the largest private balcony, with a panoramic harbor view, perfect for private breakfasts or afternoon lounging.

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