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The PortsWood Hotel

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Pool and Terrace at The PortsWood
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Located next to its sister hotel, The Commodore, on the trendy Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The PortsWood offers guests superlative accommodation, superb food and world-class service. A smaller, more intimate hotel with a nautical theme, the PortsWood's bright, spacious rooms and suites feature the four-star amenities that today's leisure and executive guests require.

Originally built as a convict station, today The PortsWood is a place where a visitor will want to extend their stay in Cape Town. This elegant hotel not only offers superior accommodation and a relaxed atmosphere, but a uniquely personal approach to service.

• 103 rooms
• 22kms from Cape Town Airport
• Quarterdeck Restaurant
• Cocktail Bar
• 24-hour Room Service
• Business Centre
• Wireless Internet

• Swimming Pool
• Health & Wellness Centre adjacent to hotel (at The Commodore)

Rooms            For images of The PortsWood Hotel, click PortsWood Images
The PortsWood offers you a choice of 59 twin rooms, 35 double rooms and 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.

Hotel Facilities & Services
The PortsWood is a true sanctuary for its visitors, providing you with the following services:
• 103 Rooms (9 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 (Quaterdeck)
• Terrace area serving light meals
• 24-Hour room service
• Coctail 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

On those sweltering Cape Town days, you can revive in the sparkling swimming pool..

Dining and Cuisine
The Quarterdeck Restaurant is the perfect setting to enjoy its famous breakfast buffets and Cape Malay cuisine.  Lighter fare is to be found on The Terrace and guests can quench their thirst at the Cocktail Bar.

The Terrace serves light meals between 10h00 - 20h00 and the Cocktail Bar is open from 11h00 to 23h00.

Quarterdeck Restaurant
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.

Cape Malay
Cape Malay cooking has had a considerable influence on South African culinary traditions and its virtues have been extolled
by such writers and epicures as Laurens van der Post and Louis Leipoldt. Although it is predominantly Indian in origin, Malay cooking has been largely influenced by Indian cuisine, hence the curries, rotis and samoosas. The name Cape Malay is perhaps something of a misnomer as it refers to followers of the Islamic faith, whose forefathers were brought to the Cape as slaves from the Indonesian island of Java, over 300 years ago. They were not associated with Malaysia in any way, except that they spoke Malay, a kind of universal language in that part of the world. From its very beginning, South Africa has been a Melting Pot where east meets west. Chef Craig invites you to experience these tastes here in the shadow of Table Mountain, at the foot of Bo-Kaap – where most of the Ingredients and all of his inspiration come’s from.

Explore the V & A Waterfront and you're sure to find a veritable feast for the eyes and tastebuds to savour. A quick stroll will take you further to the Two Oceans Aquarium and Maritime Museum. The City Centre is a mere 3 km away and here you will find the Houses of Parliament, the Castle and National Gallery. For the ultimate Cape Town experience, take a cable car trip up Table Mountain.

In close proximity to the Portswood, you'll also find.
• The Two Oceans Aquarium
• Maritime Museum
• Parliament
• The Castle
• The National Gallery
• Cable car trip up Table Mountain
• Well-equipped gym at The Commodore Hotel next door
• Personal trainers
• Sauna and steam room
• Massage therapy
• Green Point Virgin Active Club - 500m
• Sports events at the Green Point Stadium
• Royal Cape Yacht Club
• Robben Island

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