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3 Carstens Street, Cape Town Central 8001 South Africa
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
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Updated 01/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 01/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 170 B&Bs / Inns in Cape Town Central
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Welcome to Parker Cottage! We’re a little different than the usual hotel or guesthouse experience. Rather than being just a conventional ‘place to sleep’, we offer a very much unplugged, urban retreat right in the creative heart of Cape Town. So although we offer free and fast internet, we don't do minibars, piped music or even reception desks. Think of us like a country house in the middle of the city. We’re the kind of place where you can rediscover the art of conversation, endless breakfasts and total serenity. Parker is a social place too: our legendary free wine evenings occur at least twice a week and there’s no ‘cut off’ time for our gourmet breakfasts either.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
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Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Wifi
Bar / lounge
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Non-smoking rooms
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English, French, Afrikaans, German and 2 more
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Carel_12 wrote a review 15 Aug
Stellenbosch, South Africa5 contributions2 helpful votes
Old world charm, and very comfortably furnished with great lounge areas. Also very good location in the City Bowl. My room was great and quiet, with a very comfy bed. Pamela and her staff are very friendly and helpful. Pamela changed the date of my stay on short notice without any penalties, which I was grateful for. The breakfast exceeded my expectations.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Dear Carel thank you so much for your super kind feedback, we really appreciate it ! It was an absolute pleasure having you and we hope to see you soon again in Cape Town warm regards Pamela & team
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A1272FNjohn wrote a review Jun 2022
Ashburn, Virginia7 contributions1 helpful vote
We visited in 2019 and have a lovely stay and could not wait to get back into town, once we could travel again! We were pleased to find that the Parker Cottage's central location, clean and comfortable rooms, friendly staff and superior breakfasts had not changed at all. The place is charming and it is near to all of the places on Kloof Street. We can get to just about anywhere in Cape Town in less than 15 minutes. They have a longstanding relationship with a Driver/guide, Chris, who was totally worth booking for a few days, including a day tour around the Cape. Parker Cottage was always ready to make meal reservations, buy online tickets for Table Mountain, etc. If you need something, just ask them! We fully recommend it as your home in Cape Town.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Room Tip: The superior rooms have working fireplaces!
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage
Responded 5 Jun 2022
Dear both heartfelt thank you for your wonderful review, we absolutely love our work and it delights us every single time to hear that our guests were so happy here with us. I hope it will not be the last time that you have visited our beautiful city of Cape Town kindest regards Pamela & team
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Carolyn F wrote a review May 2022
Saint Charles6 contributions
Parker Cottage was very comfortable - plenty of space in our room, great living room areas to sit by the fire at night with a drink for a game or chat, wonderful breakfast each day to get us started right (including a muffin and coffee on our EARLY departure day). Location was very convenient for walking to restaurants (great suggestions from the hosts) and very easy access to roads leading in and out of town for attractions. We would stay here again and have recommended it to others already.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 1 Jun 2022
Dear Carolyn thank you so very much for your kind feedback, it is such a pleasure to hear that our guests were happy at Parker Cottage Guesthouse. We hope you had a safe journey back home and that we will see you again in the near future in beautiful South Africa Kind regards Pamela & team
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H7997BDjohnt wrote a review May 2022
2 contributions2 helpful votes
We spent our last night in South Africa at Parker Cottage. The design, hospitality and location were perfect. It was safe and cozy with fun restaurants a short walk away. The garden was lovely and Jameson and Tomas were welcoming and informative hosts. Would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a a Cape Town getaway.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: Street parking was available in front of the gate.
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage
Responded 1 Jun 2022
Dear both a huge thank you for your lovely feedback :-) we hope that you can stay a bit longer next time you visit our beautiful city kind regards Pamela
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John wrote a review May 2022
Zurich, Switzerland6 contributions2 helpful votes
We spent 2 nights at Parker Cottage and were overall very pleased with the facility. The staff was very welcoming and friendly (we spoke primarily with Jameson and Pamela). The food at breakfast was excellent (Jameson said the kitchen is where magic happens!) and there was a selection. They also kindly accommodated my wife's dietary restrictions. The room was super spacious with a very high ceiling including a fan for summer and heating for winter. The room also included a fireplace which was prepared to lite and also had spare wood. Note: The floors are old wood so there is no being quiet when walking around. Its an old Cottage and that added to the feel. However, the floors were super lacquered and extremely slippery. Even with bare feet we would slip and slide if we were not careful. Sound does travel in the Cottage so visiting with young children or staying up late in the comfortable lounge area could disturb other guests. There was no view from the window except of a fence but that was fine. The front of the Cottage has a covered place to sit with tables and chairs. There is a small garden and also a pond with 3 rather large fish. The facility had a very secure feel with a remote front gate, second gate by the front door and also key entry. Remember Cape Town is not the safest city but we we felt very safe at the Cottage. Water in South Africa is very precious and the Cottage advises guests to be aware of that and even provides a bucket to collect excess running water which they then use for watering the plants. Overall a very lovely stay.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 1 Jun 2022
Dear both thank you very much for your extensive feedback, so nice to hear that you have enjoyed your stay at Parker Cottage, we will make sure to use less shiny :-) products on the wooden floors to not make them so slippery, apologies for that Hope to see you back again in our lovely country Kind regards Pamela
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Alexandra S wrote a review May 2022
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Pamela and team are so incredibly welcoming! The guest house is finished to such a high standard, design has been considered and is in keeping with its history. It's an incredibly homey and lush place to stay :)
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Responded 1 Jun 2022
Dera Alexandra thank you so very much for the kind feedback, we love if our guests enjoy their stay with us. We hope that you have enjoyed your holiday in South Africa so much, that you will come back again Kind regards Pamela & team
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Raenorthern wrote a review Apr 2022
London, United Kingdom73 contributions37 helpful votes
Spent a lovely four nights at Parker Cottage. Location superb for Table Mountain and plenty of restaurants nearby. Breakfasts are amazing, the fruit parfait amazing, English breakfasts and specials every morning set you up for the day. Rooms spacious with everything you need including Bluetooth sound speaker. The common lounge areas comfortable and relaxing. Small selection of beer and wine for a relax at night. This is a quiet relaxing guesthouse if you want to be up all night drinking then this won’t be for you. All staff friendly and knowledgeable would recommend to anyone staying in to Cape Town
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Park on street outside as it’s got CCTV. Millers Thumb Restaurant nearby and Arnold’s both good....
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Responded 7 Apr 2022
Dear lovely family thank you so much for your review, we truly appreciate it and love to hear that you enjoyed it :-) Hope you have a further wonderful holiday with all adventures planned ahead Kind regards Pamela
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travelingjoeann wrote a review Mar 2022
Barcelona, Spain50 contributions24 helpful votes
We have stayed at Parker Cottage previously and feel like it is our South African home. We love all the comforts and friendliness the entire staff exhibits to make each guess feel so special! Always a wonderful rest in cozy beds and you awake to have a fabulous breakfast. Pamela is a fabulous hostess and puts her heart and soul into serving the guests. She shares this enthusiasm with her staff and they do the same.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Pamela Nayler, Owner at Parker Cottage
Responded 27 Mar 2022
Dear Ann & Joe it was overwhelming to have you back again after a long Covid period. thank you for always choosing Parker Cottage Guesthouse when you are in Cape Town We love you and hopefully see you back in October :-) Kind regards pamela & team
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nabil b wrote a review Mar 2022
Karachi, Pakistan83 contributions5 helpful votes
Pamela is a wonderful host and has the most charming and exquisitely designed rooms in the cottage. We had a lovely 1 night stay and had the most comfortable sleep throughout our long journey! It’s very kid friendly and the breakfast was just delicious by the lovely garden. If you’re visiting with family and need a quite comfortable and stylish place to compliment the lovely Capetown, then look no longer.
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Responded 27 Mar 2022
Dear family thank you for your wonderful review, kind regards pamela
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Roger G wrote a review Feb 2022
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A delightful base full of period charm from which to explore Cape Town, conveniently situated for all attractions (and the CBD) and within easy walking distance of many restaurants and bars, as well as The Company's Gardens, Mount Nelson Hotel etc. I stayed a week. Pamela and Tomas and all the staff are personable and professional hosts, going out of their way to make you feel welcome and providing a first-class concierge service. Breakfast on the terrace or in the garden is a delight, with a daily special dish on offer and everything freshly prepared, all served on a crisp white tablecloth. The attention to detail throughout is noticeable. My room was spacious, the bed comfortable and the shower room impeccable. No TV (good). The two conjoined Victorian cottage are tastefully decorated and offer two lounges in which to relax, with a useful choice of travel literature available. All in all, an excellent alternative to a bland 4* hotel.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Responded 11 Mar 2022
Dear Roger so so sorry for the late response to your most wonderful review. It was an absolute pleasure having you with us and we really appreciate you taking the time to write us this wonderful feedback. We hope you are well and would look very much forward if you coming yet again to stay with us in wonderful Cape Town Kind regards Pamela & team
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PRICE RANGE
US$82 - US$207 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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parker cottage hotel cape town central
LOCATION
South AfricaWestern CapeCape TownCape Town CentralTamboerskloof / City Bowl
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Parker Cottage
Which popular attractions are close to Parker Cottage?
Nearby attractions include The Labia (0.4 km), Afrogem (0.4 km), and Olive Branch Deli (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Parker Cottage?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Parker Cottage?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Parker Cottage?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Parker Cottage?
Conveniently located restaurants include Miller's Thumb, Thali, and Arnold's Restaurant.
Does Parker Cottage have airport transportation?
Yes, Parker Cottage offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Parker Cottage?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Afrikaans, and Xhosa.
Are there any historical sites close to Parker Cottage?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Iziko Slave Lodge (1.2 km), City Hall (1.2 km), and Irma Stern Museum (6.2 km).