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The Portswood V and A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town, South Africa
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Located next to its sister hotel, The Commodore, on the trendy V&A Waterfront, The PortsWood offers guests superlative accommodation, stunning cuisine and world-class service.  The PortsWood is a true sanctuary for its visitors, providing you with the following services:
  • 103 Rooms (10 Mini-suites)
  • Smoking and non-smoking rooms
  • Paraplegic rooms
  • Doctor and dentist on call 24-hours
  • TV/DStv in all rooms
  • Air-conditioning in all rooms
  • Tea/coffee making facilities
  • Safety deposit boxes in all rooms
  • Modem points in all rooms
  • Mini-bars in all rooms
  • 80-Seater restaurant (Quarterdeck)
  • Terrace area serving light meals
  • 24-Hour room service
  • Cocktail bar
  • Boardroom facilities
  • 24-Hour secure parking/valet parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Business centre
  • Wireless Internet Connectivity
  • Travel desk
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning facilities
  • S.K.I.N. Wellness centre
  • Gymnasium (at The Commodore)
  • 24-Hour security.
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The Quarterdeck Restaurant occupies a section of the Original Breakwater Prison in 1860 and known as the Good Conduct Ward. The Breakwater Prison now owned by the University of Cape Town Business School, was built exclusively for "European" convicts as a rehabilitation center. "Non-European" prisoners remained in the Old Convict Station for a period of time as cheap labour for the quarry and the harbour. They were also rented out to locals as house servants and gardeners.

Two Ethnologists, Dr. Bleek and his sister-in-law, Lucy Lloyd, used inmates from the prison as subjects for their research. Despite the callous nature of Ethnology as a science, Bleek and Lloyd did preserve the history and culture of peoples made extinct through colonization.

Bleek and Lloyd's research is housed at the South African Library in Queen Victoria Street.

Breakwater Convict Station was declared a military prison.

In 1882 allowing military offenders from ships and shore stations to be committed for hard labour, if they were convicted for civil disobedience.

No prison was ever this comfortable, or served such wonderful food! Located in the exclusive PortsWood hotel in the V&A Waterfront, the Quarterdeck Restaurant is a relaxed yet elegant venue, housed in what used to be the Cape Colony's Convict Station.

This beautifully restored national monument with its rich history, is the perfect setting in which to savour the best of Cape Malay cuisine. Patrons can sample a wide selection of mouthwatering local dishes at lunch or dinner.
Chef Craig Paulse - "There is no love more sincere, than the love of food"

In the morning you can choose your own selection of delights from our Breakfast Buffet.

The Terrace serves light meals between 10h00 - 20h00.

The Cocktail Bar is open from 11h00 to 23h00.

The PortsWood has a number of additional amenities and services to ensure that you have a memorable stay. 

A sparkling swimming pool, covered parking, baby-sitting services, same-day laundry and dry cleaning and 24 hour security are available. 

Guests are also welcome to use the neighbouring Commodore Hotel's facilities which include a well equipped gymnasium with sauna, steam room and personal trainers.

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The PortsWood offers you a choice of 59 twin rooms, 35 double rooms or 9 suites.

Apart from its amazing natural and cultural surroundings, the PortsWood is also an ideal choice for the business traveller, with all the most sophisticated facilities he or she might need.

They all have individual air conditioning, television, tea/coffee making facilities, bathroom with bath, shower and toilet, direct dialling phones, Internet, electric razor plugs, international adaptors, fully stocked mini bars, hair dryers, TV with DStv and 24-hour room service.

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  • V&A Waterfront - Adjacent
  • Robben Island - 20 Minute Boat Trip From V&A
  • Greenpoint Stadium - 1 Kilometre (0.5 Miles)
  • Royal Cape Yacht Club - 1 Kilometre (0.5 Miles)
  • Table Mountain - 5 Kilometres (3 Miles)
  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens - 12 Kilometres (7 Miles)
  • Constantia Vineyards - 15 Kilometres (9 Miles)
  • Boulders Beach - 40 Kilometres (25 Miles)
  • Cape Point - 63 Kilometres (39 Miles)
Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

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The Portswood V&A Waterfront

Portswood Road
Cape Town, 8001 
South Africa

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