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V&A Waterfront

Dock House

Portswood Close
Portswood Rdg.
Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
TEL: 27 21 421-9334


Perched on a grassy plateau high above the waterfront, this 19th-century stone residence with sweeping Table Bay views was once the Harbormaster’s Mansion. After a major 2008 refurb, it opened as a glamorous six-room boutique hotel, decorated throughout with ornate French mirrors, crystal chandeliers, contemporary charcoal artwork, and luxurious antiques (like a Persian winged bed), set against a calming taupe palette. Upon your arrival, friendly linen-clad butlers—there are three of them—will gladly unpack your suitcases while you retire to the spa Tylarium (a sauna/steam room combo) or the gym with its Table Mountain–facing treadmills. In the afternoons, culinary treats like crayfish wraps are offered to guests lounging around the elegant (heated) swimming pool.

Room to Book: Room 5 has the largest private balcony, with a panoramic harbor view, perfect for private breakfasts or afternoon lounging.

Insider Tip:

If it seems there are more poolside loungers than can possibly lodge at the Dock House, that’s because guests at the nearby Victoria & Alfred Hotel (a sister property) are also welcome here.


Open / Closes
  • Adjoining Rooms
  • Babysitting
  • Concierge
  • Childcare
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Gym/Fitness Center
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Laundry Service
  • Luxury Boutique Hotel
  • Parking Available
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • WiFi

Number of Rooms: 5

Number of Suites: 1

Year Opened:



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