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The Charles Guest House, Cape Town

3-star3 stars
137 Waterkant StreetDe Waterkant, Cape TownWestern Cape8000South Africa

3-star guesthouse, convenient to Greenmarket Square
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Great location
Great room
Service is adequate
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The Charles Guest House, Cape Town

from $54
  • Classic Room
  • Luxury Room, 1 King Bed
  • Budget Room

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 9 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 2 PM-8 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
There is no front desk at this property. The check-in location differs from the property location. To check in, go to 137 Waterkant St
There is no after-hours reception at this property. Guests arriving late won't be able to check in until the next morning. To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. Due to drought conditions, water restrictions apply at this property until further notice. Guests can expect periodic water supply outages or reduced water pressure during their stay. For more details, please contact the property using the number provided on the booking confirmation email.

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 18
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18

Travelling with others


  • Children (8 years old and younger) not allowed

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed


  • WiFi in public areas *

  • WiFi in rooms *



  • Self parking *

  • Free nearby parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
Things to do
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Golfing nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby
Working away
  • Computer station
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Laundry facilities
  • Number of buildings/towers -
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Rooftop terrace

In the room

Home comforts
  • Minibar
  • Coffee/tea maker
Freshen up
  • Partially open bathroom
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • TV
  • Satellite TV channels
Stay connected
  • WiFi (surcharge)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible)

The Charles Guest House, Cape Town’s small print

Also known as

  • Charles Cape Town
  • Charles Guest House Cape Town
  • Charles Guest House


This property does not have elevators.

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Mandatory fees

Deposit: ZAR 300 per stay

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge (subject to availability)

Self parking costs ZAR 80 per night

Parking is available nearby and costs ZAR 5 per hour

Cooked-to-order breakfast is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 120 for adults and ZAR 120 for children (approximately)

WiFi is available in guestrooms for ZAR 50 per stay (rates may vary)

WiFi is available in public areas for ZAR 50 per stay (rates may vary)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around The Charles Guest House, Cape Town


  • In Cape Town City Centre
  • Greenmarket Square - 13 min walk
  • Cape Town International Convention Centre - 14 min walk
  • Castle of Good Hope - 20 min walk
  • Two Oceans Aquarium - 20 min walk
  • Cape Town Stadium - 21 min walk
  • South African National Gallery - 27 min walk
  • Long Street - 8 min walk

Getting around

  • Cape Town (CPT-Cape Town Intl.) - 23 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 13 min walk
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 28 min drive
  • Free parking nearby
  • Self parking (surcharge)

Recent reviews

Good 7.6 From 26 reviews

The Charles Guest House, Cape Town
Very Good8.0
Very pleasant place. Good vibe.
A Traveler, gb1 night trip
The Charles Guest House, Cape Town
Stay clear
We were very excited to stay at the Charles. We know the area well and the guest house and little restaurant always seemed quite quaint. It was a very unfortunate choice. The guest house and restaurant merge and unfortunately it means that two rooms face an open coffee area and the kitchen. It was LOUD. The noise subsided around 17:00 only to erupt with vehemence very, very early in the morning. It sounded as though the coffee machine was right next to the bed and staff chattered and laughed very loudly. We informed the manager who only shrugged and said they always (!) have a problem with those two rooms and he had car troubles, so couldn't be at work in time to ask the staff to make less noise. He did offer us two free coffees for the inconvenience... To make matters worse, the colour coding of the shower tap is switched around which means that we wasted a fair amount of water while waiting for hot water. Surely this is something you can fix (especially during a drought) or at least inform the guests? Stay. Clear.
Carina, za1 night romance trip
The Charles Guest House, Cape Town
Good, not great
Mouldy smell in room Shower door not closing properly - leaking water onto floor Very noisy room - understandable based on location. Did not bother me, but may concern others. Toiletpaper used to seal windows Some of the blinds need some care Overall room quality good at the price paid wad acceptable. The employees are friendly. The room served its purpose. For the area the price was very good and the room not in a horribl shape, but it does need a bit of maintenance
A Traveler, za2 night trip
The Charles Guest House, Cape Town
Very Good8.0
One night stay
Stay was ok although the bathrooms smelt a bit. Also the extractor fan in bathroom very noisy.
Bernard, za1 night romance trip
The Charles Guest House, Cape Town
Lovely boutique hotel in the heart of De Waterkant
Lovely little boutique hotel. Great location for access to the restaurants and bars in De Waterkant. Easy access to the MyCiti bus network. Excellent breakfast spot as well.
Rico, za1 night romance trip

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