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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I stayed at the Charles guest house and was given discount vouchers for breakfast for the Charles cafe. I'm so glad I was. Even without vouchers I would have returned every day to this beautiful cafe for breakfast. It's balcony is perfectly situated so you can sit in the warm sun and enjoy your morning coffee. The only complaint I...

Thank Julia J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had a booking for 5 day, but stayed there only one. When I arrived the room did not seem clean, towels and bed sheets were dirty. After pointing it out the girl(do not know name) was very helpful trying to fix the problems. Another "surprise" was that it was very noisy, since the room was next to the kitchen....

Thank Ardashel L
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 25 February 2017

This was not our first choice of hotel and I was nervous about it but it turned out very well! We felt like we had our own little house, we had our own front door into a large dining /sitting room then into a big bedroom (strangely with a free standing bath in it) and then into a shower room....

Thank jacki M
Norwich, United Kingdom
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Stayed for 3 nights and it was fine but nothing more. Pros: big room, central location, modern bathroom, the cafe in the same building is excellent as are surrounding restaurants. Cons: no air conditioning, blinds broken, some windows would not stay open, less frequently used furniture (desk) very dirty, voucher for breakfast only 80 rand and the staff don't really...

Thank deepbluesea2012
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!

1Thank Zoe L
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...

Thank mleytonsmith
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...

1Thank Katherine R
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

1Thank rochelleparis
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...

3Thank MissHolders

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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 

Additional Information about The Charles

Address: 137 Waterkant Street | De Waterkant, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Price Range: $90 - $193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — The Charles 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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“We stayed in La maison blu which was very nice.”
jackiM738, 25 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Top floor is the best! Great views and views of vibey street life”
zoel350, 23 Nov 2016 | Read review
“room 7 is quiet and good”
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”
dave19764, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Studio 11 is wonderful, but I am certain that all of their rooms are very good.”
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