stayed at Mandela Rhodes Place from March 14th to March 18th 2008. Getting a
hotel in Cape Town at Easter time can be a bit of a challenge. We were a bit
late with the booking so the number of hotels were going down drastically.
We have stayed at Sea point and Green Point before and this time we wanted
to stay in the city bowl and we ended up booking a room at the Mandela
Rhodes Place and we booked directly with them for 1750 Rand per night (235
USD)(or about 1150 NOK). At the time 100 Rand is 13.5 USD or 65 Norwegian
We arrived at about 11 am and our
room was not available at the time but the hotel kept our luggage while we
took a look at the town. When we got back later on we got room W304 and
check in was fast and efficient.
we reserved the room we saw pictures of some of the rooms online and we
thought “Yeah, right - they are probably showing pictures of their best
room”. But it turned out the Mandela Rhodes Place is a fairly new hotel and
the reception and rooms are modern and slick. When we first came into the
room I was impressed by the size of it to start with. It reminded me a bit
Lebua in Bangkok (where we stayed last year).
room at Mandela Rhodes Places was pretty huge and it turned out to be more
of a apartment room than a regular hotel room.
Furthest in there were huge windows but not much of a view I’m afraid. Here
there was a TV with a DVD/video player and a sofa, chair and table. In the
middle section was a more or less fully equipped kitchen with a stove, oven,
micro wave, fridge, water boiler, toaster, washing machine and a dryer. The
only thing missing was the dishwashing machine :-) But the kitchen seemed to
be fully equipped with pots, glasses, cutlery etc. There was an island in
the middle with a nice granite stone top and a couple of chairs that could
work as a kitchen table.
bed was wide but a bit too firm for my liking and only a single duvet. Next
to the bed was closets with a few hangers, a mini safe,
an ironing board (the iron had to be brought from the
a vacuum cleaner (!), The room itself was in a modern stile with light
walls, lots of various lights in the form of down lights, nice decorations
in the form of a stone wall and art work and dark wooden floor.
The bathroom was tiled with large
light tiles in some areas and small white tiles in others while the floor
was in dark tiles. The bathtub also had a shower option with a large
rainforest and glass walls around the shower area. The only problem was that
the glass area was too small and hence the water splashed on the floor. We
also experienced that we ran out of hot water a couple of times and this is
not good enough for a 4-5 star hotel!
were not many amenities - only the standard shampoo, shower gel and lotion
that you get on all hotels. The shampoo and soap were not bad at all. The
towels were huge and quite soft and there were bath robes for both of us.
The real “problem” with the bathroom was that it was only separated from the
room with sliding doors. This looks good on paper as you get a “larger room”
feeling. But it is not that practical for various other reasons.
Breakfast and other services
was served on the 7th floor in the Synergy restaurant and next to the pool.
The breakfast was not bad at all and consisted of a nice cereal selection
(including sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almond flakes, sweet and bottled
figs and of course muesli, all bran flakes. There was also a selection of
pastry, salmon, meat, cheese, fruit etc. It was also possible to get toast
from the kitchen and order egg, bacon etc. When you get up to the 7th floor
you realize that this is quite a cool structure. We could look down on the
reception area below but on the sides it is actually open air and hence you
get a lot of fresh air in when it is windy.
On the first floor there is a
couple of stores but I would like to mention Winesense. This is a wine shop
where you can taste a lot of various wines. The bottles are kept in machine
and I assume they inject nitrogen to preserve the wine. You can get small
tasting portions of the wine for 3-4 Rand per portion. A great option if you
want to taste lots of various wines.
The hotel is located more or less in the middle of Cape Town. Situated on
Whale and Burg it is only a 2 second walk from the Slave lodge, the
Company’s Garden, Long street etc. We ate out every night and we walked to
all of the restaurants. You can see the location on
this Google map that I have made. The hotel
is marked with a yellow pin.
Mandela Rhodes Place is a very nice hotel and the room was larger than we
though and modern/slick. But there were also a couple of issues that might
need some attention. The sliding doors into the bathroom is not the best
option, the water splashing on the floor when you take a shower, the lack of
hot water a couple of times, the toilet roll holder that is a bit too close
to the toilet, the wind howling in the building due to the open roof
structure when it is windy outside and the wall also seemed thin as we could
hear the neighbour. Another small problem was the lift situation.
does not seem to be a service elevator and hence the lifts got quite busy
with guests going to the 7th floor for breakfast and staff going about their
business. Sometimes there was hardly any room in the lift because of the
staff transporting cleaning trolleys etc. This is something that can annoy
both guests and cause the staff to not be able to carry out their duties. As
usually the internet service at the business centre was ridiculously
expensive (1 Rand per minute). You can also get wireless access in the room
but that was also quite expensive. If you go down the street you can get an
hour internet access for 10 Rand.
The conclusion and summary might
seem a bit focused on the negative issues. They are all minor issues where
some can be resolved pretty easy (like the internet access). But all in all
the room was great, it was huge, modern and slick, the location is in the
middle of town etc. I would not mind staying there again and I would not
hesitate to recommend it to others.
Please check out the
hotel homepage for
more information. Please
check out TripAdvisor for reviews of the hotel.