The Dock House Boutique Hotel and Spa is situated in Cape Town’s prestigious Victoria & Albert Waterfront. This location is well-known for housing some of the best hotels, restaurants and spas – favourites among both the local and international elite.
It is fair to say that The Dock House has a prime location. Guests are within easy walking distance of the vibrant atmosphere of the waterfront, complete with high-end shops, restaurants, and harbour activities. In addition, other major tourist attractions throughout the city of Cape Town, including its breathtaking beaches, are easily accessible from the hotel. But the Dock House is also a quiet retreat. After experiencing the bustling activity of the waterfront, I found this boutique hotel to be the perfect sanctuary of peace and calm.
The Dock House was originally the designated residence for the harbour master, but has now been converted into a luxury boutique hotel and spa. It is an intimate and exclusive setting, with just six guest rooms. Small it may be, but a successful combination of luxury, impeccable service, and attention to detail has seen this hotel gain popularity with everyone from visiting dignitaries to international celebrities. Even the most discerning of guests would enjoy a stay in this exclusive establishment.
The discreet yet attentive service ensures the utmost privacy throughout your stay. This was evident from the moment of my arrival, when I was checked in, in the comfort of my room. Each of the six rooms is individually decorated, but all with the same combination of subtle elegance from the Victoria era and stylish modern elements and comforts.
I checked into Room 5, which has a calming, elegant and sophisticated ambiance. The palette of grey, beige, and white is complemented by large mirrors and stylish chandeliers. The enormous en suite bathroom is a chic combination of white, marble and dark wood. It also has interesting features like the bath being set on a raised wooden platform. In addition to the spacious en suite bathroom, my room featured an open bar, and a plasma television with satellite channels.
Most importantly, my room was located upstairs. Large glass double doors open into a private balcony with beautiful views of the gardens, pool, and the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. It was from here that I sat back in the afternoon with a glass of bubbly and watched the world go by.
In the morning, I headed downstairs for breakfast. The breakfast room is wonderfully warm and sunny in the morning – the perfect way to start your day. Even if, like me, you are not a morning person, this cannot fail to buoy your spirits. There was a beautifully presented continental breakfast. But it was the menu for cooked breakfast that caught my eye. I’d go so far as so say it’s the best I’ve ever seen. It’s innovative and delicious. Just imagine… a prawn and mozzarella omelette with tomato salsa and baby leaves. Having a sweet tooth, my eye was drawn to the pancakes served with mixed berry compote and vanilla mascarpone.
Amazing as the decor and breakfast is, it’s the people that determine the atmosphere and ultimate success of an establishment. Here the service is attentive, courteous, and accommodating. It doesn’t get better than this.
The facilities at The Dock House are world class. It has everything that you might expect, from a gym and pool to wireless Internet access. But then there are the little extras. The designer spa, the professional child minding services, the fleet of luxury cars for transfers to the airport, city and restaurant, and the list goes on.
I think that the Dock House has achieved remarkable success because it has a balance. The service is friendly and attentive without being obtrusive. The location is central, yet also an oasis of tranquillity. The hotel is intimate, yet private. In short, it’s a remarkable hotel that’s small in size but top of the scale in all other respects. And, above all, it’s all about exclusive luxury for the elite.