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The Charles

137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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  • Gold of Africa Museum
    0.4 km
  • 3 star hotel
  • Free Parking
Reviewed 23 November 2016
Wonderful stay at The Charles!!
After many holidays in CT, this one one of the very best... more
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Reviewed 14 December 2016

Excelent location in the old town with easy walking to harbour or city. Rooms clean and tidy with good breakfast in pretty location. Ideal for young people. Would certainly recommend and revisit if retuning to Cape Town Not quite a hotel ,more of a B and B.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Reviewed 23 November 2016

After many holidays in CT, this one one of the very best: Brilliant little hotel, run by warm, welcoming, immensely likable staff, in a fabulous location. The breakfasts/light meals are first rate and delectable, and the coffee outstanding. It was such a happy experience all round - cant wait to go back!

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Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

This is an interesting establishment. De Waterkant village is a destination in itself on high ground with fine views over the city and boasts a ‘super chic’ shopping mall. The V&A waterfront is about 20 minutes away on foot. So far so good. But then it gets better as the personnel at The Charles add to the mix with their...

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Reviewed 12 October 2016

I stayed at the guest house 2 weeks ago and enjoyed my stay for the most. The room was nice and was in a good location. During my stay we asked about the Robben Island trip and the receptionist offered to book our tickets. When we went to the dock on the Thursday we discovered that the tickets had been...

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Paris, France
Reviewed 9 October 2016

we are happy on our first visit to be stay here. Very central and we can walk everywhere. De waterkant good area nice colorful houses many shops and restaurants. Room was big and service good. Very friendly helpful workers

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Accrington, United Kingdom
Reviewed 6 October 2016

We stayed at The Charles for 3 nights, early September. Our booking just said 'De Waterkant Village', so we had no idea exactly where we were meant to go. We were directed to The Charles, and luckily that's where we were staying. First impressions were good; we were greeted by Dorian who was a cheery soul and showed us to...

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Rome, Italy
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I was there in total for 4 nights. The whole 4 nights they accomodated me in a building 150 meters far from the main building. NO INTERNET IN THIS HOUSE, 2016 , 1 ROOM 700 RAND NO INTERNET NO WIFI, EVEN THE3-4 G WORKS BADLY IN THAT BUILDING They let me carry the bags bymyself. When i arrive there a...

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New York City, New York
Reviewed 30 July 2016

This was the third time I've stayed at this guest house. My prior stay a year ago was marred by very poor wifi, a frustrating deficiency that made it difficult to enjoy my stay. However, on my most recent visit in late July, everything was perfect. The free wifi in the public lounge was very good, but even more impressive...

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Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Such great staff, lovely room - or rather suite - in a fantastic location... Stayed there April/May 2016 after AfrikaBurn. ...had a late night flight back home and when asking for a possibility for depositing my suitcase during the day, the super friendly and sweet manager even let me occupy my room for the rest of the day until 10pm...

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Moscow, Russia
Reviewed 18 May 2016

I was staying there in May 2016 and I must say that this is the best hospitality I met all across SA. Staff is very thoughtful, helpful, friendly and really make your stay feels like at home. Also, the location of this hotel is right in the most trendy and buzzy location. Cool bars, restaurants, shops - all just 5...

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Perfectly positioned in the heart of De Waterkant Village, The Charles is an intimate and charming boutique hotel. Inspired by traditional European City boutique hotels , The Charles has 13 rooms, 4 duplex cottages and a quaint cafe serving some of the best coffee and breakfast in the city. Our guests enjoy exclusive use of the roof decks overlooking the city as well as access to the tours and adventures desk to ensure you make the most of your stay. ... more   less 

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Address: 137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Price Range: $122 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Charles 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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“Top floor is the best! Great views and views of vibey street life”
 of 5 bubbles zoel350, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
“room 7 is quiet and good”
 of 5 bubbles rochelleparis, 9 Oct 2016 | Read review
“stay away from the courtyard room, mold and mold smell ,generally stay away from this place expensive doesnt worth it”
 of 5 bubbles dave19764, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Studio 11 is wonderful, but I am certain that all of their rooms are very good.”
 of 5 bubbles tuckernyc2003, 30 Jul 2016 | Read review
“best views, best staff, best location, extra entrance to the suite, super sexy”
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