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Floreal House – Our Report on Our Stay Here Last Week

Tracey Campbell - March 4, 2010

We stayed at this guest house for 2 nights – the 19th and 20th February 2010.

770Floreal House is situated in the extremely pleasant suburb of Oranjezicht, which has a truly relaxed feel about it. Wide tree-lined roads, beautiful large houses (many of them converted into guest houses), and with a backdrop of Table Mountain and views over the city. Quite simply, all these combine successfully to give you a real ‘feel good’ factor about being in Cape Town.

The guest house itself has 9 rooms, and my tip would be to ask for one of the ‘new’ rooms. Some of the rooms have been refurbished recently, and the decor is terrific – stylish and contemporary. The older rooms (which are still awaiting refurbishment) are still extremely comfortable and pleasant, but they lack the ‘wow’ factor that the new styled rooms give.

photo_06There is a small pool area, with sun loungers and tables, and offers a perfect setting for relaxing with a bottle of cold wine which can be purchased from the delightful deli on the opposite corner – Carluccio’s.

The breakfasts were modest but enjoyable – a selection of juices, cereals and cold meats and cheese, and fruit and yogurts – and there was a menu from which you could also order hot food from too.

There is space for 4 cars inside the gates, otherwise you can park on the street (which is perfectly safe, but do make sure that you don’t leave anything on show in your car – so don’t leave maps / coats / hats on back seats or on parcel shelves – just to be on the safe side).

It is a 5 minute taxi ride to get you to Kloof Street, with its variety of restaurants and bars, and about a 10 minute taxi ride down to the Waterfront or over the Kloofnek Pass to Camps Bay. We walked down to the Waterfront – it took about an hour – but I would definately not advise walking back late at night – always take a taxi.

Natalie, who is the front of house manager, is a delight to deal with – extremely friendly and efficient.

All in all, a great place to stay – either at the start of your trip or at the end, and also either for first-timers or repeat visitors to Cape Town.

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