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The Victoria & Alfred Hotel: stay at the heart of Cape Town’s historic waterfront

Guests tell us that they enjoy the freedom of being able to step out and explore the shops and scores of restaurants on the doorstep…

By Andy Nold
General Manager V&A Waterfront Hotels

Back in 1990 the Victoria & Alfred Hotel was the first building to open in Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront development. The hotel was an instant success – in fact it was so inundated with visitors it had to close its doors on the afternoon of opening day. Fast forward 30 years and we find ourselves at the heart of South Africa’s most visited destination.

Guests tell us that they enjoy the freedom of being able to step out and explore the shops and scores of restaurants on the doorstep, including our own water-facing restaurant, Ginja. The contemporary décor features lots of light wood, greenery and slate flooring. With half of the restaurant seating being located outside it boasts magnificent views of Table Mountain and offers guest plenty of atmosphere. Our platter of prawns is always a big hit and in the winter we do a mean Florentine T-bone steak. Ginja’s buffet breakfast, which includes sea-to-plate oysters, salmon and (sometimes) complimentary bubbly, is legendary.

Our guests enjoy uninterrupted views of Table Mountain and the Alfred basin out front. Whether it’s seals bobbing or fishing boats coming in, there’s always something going on.

Here at the Victoria & Alfred we pride ourselves on our personalities. Two of our front of house staff, Nasier Davids and Solly Solomons, have been here since the hotel opened and were part of our recent 30th anniversary celebrations. 

We take hospitality very seriously but what we really want to do is let people relax. We pride ourselves on getting guests checked in early, for example, especially when they’ve landed early after a night flight. By mid-day they’re drinking sundowners on the terrace and on local time.

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Alfred & Andy Nold

Andy crafted his trade at South Africa’s multi-award-winning Royal Hotel in Durban. He is a firm believer in initiative-taking and his commitment to the people side of the business has been finely tuned. To its numerous regulars ‘The V&A’ is fondly referred to as their home from home in Cape Town. Andy spends his down time hiking and exploring the endless natural wonders of The Cape.

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Your journey will start with one of our UK team – someone like Andy, who's travelled extensively in South Africa. They’ll shape your ideas into the trip of a lifetime. But they won't do it alone. They'll draw on the expertise of our contacts on the ground, connecting you to the people who'll make your holiday one you'll always remember - ex banker who can show you the hottest foodie spots in Cape Town, the award-winning young sommelier who can introduce you to Stellenbosch's finest wines and the walking safari ranger who can guide you to the best game.

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