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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From Food & Wine , OCT 2008
Dock House’s simple, ingredient-driven breakfast and lunch menus—sweet corn fritters with roasted tomatoes and grilled bacon; smoked beef with a warm baby-potato and bean salad—were created by veteran South African chef Pete Goffe-Wood, who opened Salt, one of Cape Town’s top restaurants...MORE