“Excellent value, spacious and contemporary-styled guesthouse created from 3 Victorian terraced houses”
One of the major advantages of linking 3 Victorian terraced houses is that the guest rooms are all generously proportioned with high ceilings and solid walls. Now beautifully decorated in what the owners refer to as restrained 'African Renaissance' style, all rooms are ensuite, with kingsize beds (or twins if you prefer) dressed in the softest white cotton percale linen. There are nice, firm mattresses and good hot showers. Each room is decorated individually with traditional Zulu wedding hats, funky lighting and a careful application of colours ranging from subtle creams to warm reds.
We stayed in one of the upper-floor Platinum Rooms - these are the largest rooms in the house yet they're eminently affordable. Those at the front have big private balconies with rattan furniture overlooking a quiet street; those at the rear have smaller balconies but good views of Table Mountain.
Of the cheaper rooms, Gold Rooms come with a bathtub and an overhead (or separate) shower. Although they don’t have balconies, some do still have views over the garden to Table Mountain. Silver Rooms are smaller and have showers only; most are on the first floor but there is one ground-floor room.
All rooms have a telephone, a flatscreen satellite TV, a security box, air-conditioning, free WiFi, a hairdryer and a tea/coffee station.
Breakfast at An African Villa was probably one of our favourite things about our stay. Cereals, fruit salads, yoghurts and various homemade breads are laid out for guests to help themselves. Once settled at one of the tables (in the large dining room or out in the courtyard) there are endless deliveries of toast, pancakes and tea and coffee, while you choose from the English-style cooked breakfast menu: eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, tomato, hash browns and surprises like smoked salmon, tomato tart or pancakes with syrup.
No other meals are served, but there are dozens of excellent restaurants within walking distance - trendy Kloof Street, Cape Town's "dining golden mile", is a 5-minute stroll away. Limited kitchen facilities are also available for guests' use on those evenings when a sandwich or salad and glass of wine at home are more inviting.
Sherry, port, tea and coffee are complimentary. A range of other drinks is available from the honesty bar. You're also welcome to bring your own drinks and keep them in the guest fridge.