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As regal as the name suggests, The Queen Victoria is perched on the Portswood Ridge overlooking the V&A Waterfront, with the iconic Table Mountain providing the backdrop to one of the world’s most beautiful cities.

The soaring foyer and mesmerizing spiral staircase dominate initial impressions, with ‘royal purple’ accents a recurring stylistic trend throughout the hotel. It’s trendy without being clinical and luxurious but approachable – every element of the contemporary property oozes class. The rooms circle the central atrium on three levels with the Presidential Suite and its wraparound balcony crowning the property.

On the ground floor is Dash, the sophisticated restaurant that offers meals throughout the day, culminating in a noteworthy 4-course Tasting Menu offering in the evenings which mixes Cape heritage and international trends to provide a quite unique culinary experience. A live pianist sets the tone during dinner service from Tuesday to Saturday and a statement fireplace separates the restaurant from the adjacent bar. Indeed, the bar is a great spot for quick meetings or itinerary-plotting sessions for the day ahead – with a mind-bending offering of gins from around the world as well as some of the city’s best coffee. Guests also have the option of waterfront dining at sister property Victoria & Alfred Hotel’s restaurant, Ginja. There, fare is relaxed – but still refined- and offers reach-out-and-touch proximity to the Waterfront’s yacht basin and the most magnificent views of Table Mountain. It’s the perfect spot for a sundowner, too, as the V&A Waterfront comes alive around you.

Rooms are larger than your average city boutique hotel offering – there are 32, with three suites at ‘The QV’ – resplendent with marble finishes, dark wood and that recurring regal purple accent. Divided into Deluxe Rooms; Premium Mountain Facing Rooms; Junior Mountain Suite, Executive Suite and Presidential Suite, none are smaller than 38m2 and all include an array of complimentary amenities including ‘proper’ coffee, tea and biscuits and luxurious 300 thread count linen. Somewhat unusually for such a stylish property, children of all ages are welcome.

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For a more exclusive experience, The Manor House and The Dock House form part of the Queen Victoria precinct. The Manor House is a butler-service offering with just four luxurious suites and Dock House is a Victorian-inspired getaway with just five rooms and a solitary suite, with a separate pool area and direct access to the V&A Waterfront.


Deluxe Rooms at The Queen Victoria are priced from R6660 per night, depending on seasonality and availability.


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Portswood Close, Portswood Ridge,
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront


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