Extra special guest house experience
Posted Jan 28, 2010
I booked my stay at the Villa Afrique (VA) guest house at the last minute and it was a real joy. The hosts, Alma and Dion, provide a warm and friendly welcome. Attention to detail in the decor, facilities and service is excellent.
VA's five-star billing is quite accurate. My room was a well-appointed, good-sized en-suite room - a real bonus was the complimentary decanter of port in the room! Beds comfortable, linen fine, and air-cong in the room.
Fabulous breakfast served 8-9am and this is also a good chance to mine Alma's knowledge of the Cape and SA if you want inspiration for a day's activity or place to dine etc.
Hout Bay's small beach is a five-minute walk. The guest house offers secure off-street parking for a rental car and Hout Bay is good base from which to explore the Cape.
The VA is situated opposite Hout Bay's working harbour, during the day the sound of air con units cooling the fishing warehouses and the moderate traffic on the road below are the only minor drawbacks I could identify. But if you're up for breakfast and then out exploring the Cape, you're not going to get bothered by this.
Value for money? I was lucky enough to get an Expedia offer which included every third day free. So I've no complaints.
If you're after comfort and want to experience more personal service than you get in big four/five-star hotels, Villa Afrique deserves serious consideration.