The Victoria & Alfred is one of the few hotels in South Africa to have the prestigious four star silver grading, and it is immediately evident why. This is Old Cape Town, renewed and refreshed: combining romance (wooden staircases, perfectly placed fragrant flowers) with modern comforts (in-room wireless internet, flat-screen TVs). Built in 1904 as a warehouse, the building was converted to a luxury hotel in 1990 and boasts one of the finest locations in Cape Town, right in the heart of the eponymous waterfront. Each of the 94 rooms is spacious and exquisitely furnished, includes fully stocked private bar, king size bed and luxury appointments and has a view of the Alfred Basin, the Piazza or Table Mountain. As you might expect, the facilities are superb: state-of-the-art gym, a pool set in a carefully manicured garden with a bar and an alfresco dining area nearby. Service is efficient and friendly, yet delightfully unobtrusive. Best of all, you are located in the center of the action: the finest designer stores, top restaurants, craft markets, boat cruises to Robben Island and entertainment are all nearby. Enjoy a meal at the renowned OYO Restaurant & Cocktail Bar and then, perhaps, step outside to let the energy and excitement of the Waterfront, and Cape Town itself, wash over you.