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Address: 18 Jarvis Street, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 21 418 3888
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Stylish upmarket European Style steam bath, venue in the heart of the gay...

Stylish upmarket European Style steam bath, venue in the heart of the gay village. One can come just to relax and chill with or without the sleaze. HOTHOUSE offers what you expect and more from a steam bath: luxurious double volume lounges, fireplace and a sundeck with the most spectacular views, enormous steam room, sauna, 2 spa baths, 3 video lounges, maze, showers, darkrooms, and cabins. A bar, restaurant, privately paid cabins (double bed, with its own TV and air conditioner), free rooms Hothouse has been rated as the top Sauna in South Africa and one of the top Saunas in the world. Adult Store with goodies you won't find anywhere else in South Africa. We stock various items all imported so don't be shy to have a look if you spend R500 or more at out store your entrance is absolutely free. You can even visit our store without having to go into Hothouse. So if your thing is to socialize, or if you looking to hook up, Hothouse is the ideal venue Opening Hours: Mon to Wed 12:00Pm to 00:00am Thurs 12:00pm to 02:00am Weekends open 24hrs Sunday close at Midnight

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When you come to Cape Town and need to spend a night out its nice to know that there are a clean place to go. You guys need to see what your customers want. You guys are the most... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2016
Roodepoort, South Africa
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

No guys - Really! Smells bad....needs to be repaired....looks tatty! Pics always look good but in reality...off the mark completely. Staff are OK but seems like they don't want to be there or it's just a job....I do not recommend this....it is becoming a sleazy place!

Thank marct71
Cape Town Central, South Africa
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Am from Europe, on holiday with my friend. My friend is of older age, but still going strong except from a walking disability, which means that he for longer walks needs a walker, which he brought with him. He made it up all the stairs though. Just before us arrived 2 young guys who were paying the entrance. Then the... More 

5 Thank TIA170217
Madrid, Spain
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33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

The only gay bath house in Cape Town in a dump. It is run down and dirty. The cabins are disgusting and the foam in the downstairs jaccuzzi, vomiting. The worst part is the staff. I went twice because there is virtually nowhere else to go. The first day, they tried to overcharge me. However, I was lucky to find... More 

4 Thank vfv1964
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

If you are looking for a good night out the Hot House is a fantastic venue, situated in the Hart of the Cape Town GLBT night spots. I need to mention the Manager and the Barmen specifically both the nights I was there, as they were very professional and friendly and the enigmatic doorman really made my night with his... More 

2 Thank Frans C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 July 2016

My partner and I visit Hot House once a month. As we share a house with straight friends, doing it like only us boys can is a great challenge from time to time. We usually arrive late Friday night and end up seeing the Sun come up on the deck outside Saturday morning. We always experience a great time, as... More 

1 Thank Pierre-Henri S
Kakamas, South Africa
1 review
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Always nice to visit Hothouse, nice to unwind relax and just adore the amazing view of the city or the waterfront and harbour. friendly staff nice people.

Thank wafsmit
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Really wants to go back Th place was so unexpected intearms of the standards cleanas, social security etc. Jacozis steam room sauna were just perfect And what was so so nice thos after parties and awesome music with life Dj's playing inside. I truly had an amazing time and worth it to get back again and again. Not to forget... More 

1 Thank herostar
Roodepoort, South Africa
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262 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

When you come to Cape Town and need to spend a night out its nice to know that there are a clean place to go. You guys need to see what your customers want. You guys are the most unfriendly staff I have ever seen. Its one thing to pay so much entrance fee , but keep in mind that... More 

3 Thank andries_steyn
1 review
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Perfect spot for relaxing meeting locals and tourists alike. Beautiful interior and friendly staff. A must see when in Cape Town

Thank Derrick P
Cape Town, South Africa
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016

As far as Gay/Bisexual venues go, this establishment is in a class of it's own. Cape Town used to have a number of Saunas/Bath Houses, but they are all gone except this excellent venue. Make no mistake, it isn't cheap, but then where can you go where you feel completely at ease and where you can live out your fantasies,... More 

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