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Fancy a fun night out in your own beautiful city? Or visiting Cape Town for the first time and what to do something completely different? Houseboat Uno, moored right near the Cape Grace Hotel in the Victoria & Alfred Marina, is our newest find…. And we are in love! Beautifully kitted out and brand new, this is our dream location in the Waterfront. Built to cruise the canals, Houseboat Uno is low and stable – a sleek navy-and-white design, much like the Dutch houseboats – offering a magical experience right in the heart of the city. No need to hire a car as you can walk or Uber everywhere, and, if you’re keen to explore the coastline, you simply need to arrange a boat trip into the bay.

For anyone attending conferences or trade shows at the Cape Town Convention Centre, Houseboat Uno is a ten-minute walk away along our prettiest canals but if you’re here on holiday you’d start your day with a five-minute walk around the marina (past some of the most luxurious super yachts and catamarans) to buy freshly baked croissants and pastries. You can choose to breakfast there or come back to make fresh coffee and watch the seals and gulls while you eat breakfast. But come sundown, one of the absolute joys of staying there is you can watch the sun go down from your deck and then saunter over to one of the many restaurants at the Waterfront for dinner and walk back to the Marina, which is very secure. Your comfy double bed awaits in your cosy cabin, where gently lapping water and sea birds lull you to sleep. What more could you wish for in the heart of the city? 

What we love!

  • That Houseboat Uno is super comfortable: it’s the perfect romantic hideaway for two that allows you to completely relax as you can’t cook here – there’s a microwave, mini fridge and Nespresso machine, but the idea is to eat out at the Waterfront and take it easy!
  • Walking in the Marina and Waterfront feels safe and houseboat access is only via secure access card at a gate that’s monitored 24/7 by security. Very reassuring, especially at night!
  • That sea life is abundant and the marina looks clean – seals, gulls, herons, cormorants, schools of little fish and occasionally sunfish drift by.
  • The experience of being low down on the water in a canal boat, which is completely different to being high up on a luxury yacht.

 Need to know…

  • We are able to request an additional berth for a small child or petite teen.
  • Check-in is at 2pm and check-out time is 11am but we can work around flight arrival times if there are no guests in the night before – again, on request.
  • Cleaning services on request for guests staying for more than two nights.
  • There’s a compact bathroom with a hot shower, loo and basin – perfectly adequate but if you want more space or privacy, there are spotless shower and loo facilities at the Marina.
  • It’s ideal to Uber here but there is a reserved parking for weekend stays (on request).
  • If you’d like to sail out in the Waterfront, there are many options. Or, with enough advance notice and by prior arrangement, we can book a skipper for Houseboat Uno.

Reviewed by Michelle Snaddon

Facilities

  • 1 x Bathroom (Toilet, Basin, Shower)
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Cleaning services on request for guests staying more that 2 nights
  • Fan
  • Fridge
  • Galley/Kitchen - open plan with seating area
  • Microwave
  • Nespresso machine
  • No cooking facilities on board
  • No smoking

Guests

Sleeps 2

Check-in time

2 pm

Check-out time

11 am

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Fancy a fun night out in your own beautiful city? Or visiting Cape Town for the first time and what to do something completely different? Houseboat Uno, moored right near the Cape Grace Hotel in the Victoria & Alfred Marina, is our newest find…. And we are in love! Beautifully kitted out and brand new,

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Rates

Peak- R4500 -  10 December - 15 January & Easter long weekend

Off-peak - R3500 -  All dates except peak and Winter

Winter special - R2950 - 1 May - 30 September