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Reviews of Maartens Guesthouse 3 stars

39 Avenue Normandie, Fresnaye, 8005 Cape Town, South Africa

#89 of 249 B&Bs and Inns in Cape Town

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Based on 109 hotel reviews

9.1

Score breakdown

  • Cleanliness

    9.3

  • Comfort

    9

  • Location

    9.1

  • Facilities

    8.8

  • Staff

    9.5

  • Value for money

    8.8

  • Free WiFi

    9.4

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  • Reviewed: 30 June 2018

    10
    Currently my Nu 1 Sea Point spot
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Deluxe Triple Room with Sea View
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Warm reception even though my hours were unpredictable! And the little things.. an offer of cutlery for my take out pizza before settling down to see Belgium beat England 1-0 (shame), and a generous upgrade just because they could. Great view! Thank you

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 5 March 2018

    9.2
    Home away from Home.
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 2 nights

    That I struggled to confirm my booking with my credit card. Traffic in CBD is also very bad... but it seems it is bad all over CT.

    Bed was very comfortable. Free Wi fi Parking onsite Great Breakfast.

    Stayed in March 2018

  • Reviewed: 18 September 2017

    9.6
    The room was spacious and well appointed with a very...
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    The room was spacious and well appointed with a very comfortable bed. Breakfast was made to order with a great selection. Maarten and his staff were efficient and very helpful.

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 23 May 2017

    9.6
    Perfect for travellers
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Some people might have trouble with the tight parking and steep hills but honestly it shouldnt be a problem.

    The breakfast, staff and comfort were all excellent. Maarten takes great care in facilitating anybody hoping to see as much of Cape Town as possible.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 23 May 2017

    8.3
    Lovely room with view.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights

    No DSTV in the room. Only instant coffee in the room. Would prefer plunger coffee. Breakfast not great, could have more variety.

    Lovely room with view. Bathroom very spacious.

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 19 April 2017

    10
    Worth every penny!!!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 3 nights

    The cold mornings

    The best breakfast ,We had the feeling of been home ...Mr Maartens is such an excellent host 5 stars for his service .Will visit again..... Maartens Guesthouse is in the perfect Location .Uber rides cost as little as R40.00 .

    Stayed in April 2017

  • Reviewed: 21 February 2017

    9.6
    great guesthouse
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 3 nights

    I was a little disappointed with the pool,it could have been cleaner

    the guesthouse was lovely I had a very small room(but I knew that beforehand) and it was more than enough for me.The bed was super comfortable,and a great shower.The location was pretty high up on the hill,,,which was very steep...good for me that was my exercise,but to the sea and restaurants ..a good 20 minute walk(or a cheap taxi ride : ) .....Conchita was also great ,very helpful with tips for outings etc

    Stayed in February 2017

  • Reviewed: 30 January 2017

    8.8
    Lovely and cozy
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    That swimming was up until a certain time, perhaps duplicate keys? It made it inconvenient at times for me and my partner. The budget room was cozy, perhaps a shelf seperate to the bed stands would be a bonus for any other stuff..

    I loved the comfyness of the bed and the fact that our room led out to the swimming pool. There was a braai facility which was available on request... the owner was there which was nice and they were friendly

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 20 January 2017

    9.6
    Pretty location at the top of the hill in Fresnaye.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Pretty location at the top of the hill in Fresnaye. I could see Lions Head and the ocean from the balcony. Private parking. Breakfast was excellent. The owner went out of his way to be helpful. No complaints.

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 20 January 2017

    9.6
    Charming accomodation with 5
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Deluxe Double Room
    • Stayed 7 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Since I have mobility issues, the steep hill made walking impossible, but it was no trouble to get a taxi.

    The Owner and his staff went to extraordinary lengths to be helpful and in my case caring. I needed to go to hospital and rather than call a cab , the owner drove me there. I would have extended my stay but alas he was fully booked. I will stay again in the future.

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 8 January 2017

    5.8
    I have had better value
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    As a frequent traveler, I am used to most hotels and guesthouses starting breakfast at 6:30 or 7:00 am. When I left at 7:30 the staff were only just arriving. At the price, I was somewhat disappointed that there wasn't a decent coffee like a Nescafe Classic or Gold in the room. Instead it was some cheap looking local brand which was not that bad, but still - I expected a bit better. It was disappointing that breakfast seems to only become available at 70:30 or perhaps even 8:00 as there was absolutely nobody around when I left at 7:20. I was on my way to a breakfast meeting, and Maarten did say I could ask the staff about coffee or "some yoghurt from the fridge.", so no real crisis, but if it was a normal workday for me, I would have been very unhappy. Perhaps I am being finicky, but at the price, and even at 40% less of the price I have gotten better in Cape town before. Perhaps this was just a once off event.

    I did not have the breakfast because I had to leave too early in the morning i.e. 7:30am so I cannot judge the food. The place was neat and clean and Maarten was very friendly and welcoming. Safe parking was a definite plus.

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 21 October 2016

    10
    Treasure for a great cost!
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Having to leave!

    Wow, what a treasure find! I absolutely loved staying at this guest house!! Amazing facilities, super comfy bed, helpful staff, delicious breakfast - Maarten runs this place so well and still makes it feel homey and local. The location was perfect, short walk to the main road with food and shops, close to the beach, and a short drive to Camps Bay (I walked less than 45 min). Really would recommend for anyone to stay here, it is truly nice with a great view of Table Mountain. I hope I can return one day!

    Stayed in October 2016

  • Reviewed: 7 August 2018

    9.6
    Lovely stay in Cape Town
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Superior Double Room
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    NA

    Service and friendly staff

    Stayed in August 2018

  • Reviewed: 1 July 2018

    7.5
    Good stuff and friendly personnel
    • Business trip
    • Group
    • Deluxe Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Too much steps

    Conformable

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 24 June 2018

    9.6
    A very satisfying stay
    • People with friends
    • Deluxe Triple Room with Sea View
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    The cleaness of the place was amazing

    Stayed in June 2018

  • Reviewed: 12 May 2018

    9.6
    Maartens himself was awesome, not forgetting the Breakfast.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Maartens himself was awesome, not forgetting the Breakfast. his Hospitality is awesome

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 5 May 2018

    10
    Highly recommended
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    “silly question”

    Staff and Maartin himself, very friendly and provided “service” above and beyond! (Lift to downtown for example.)

    Stayed in May 2018

  • Reviewed: 5 April 2018

    8.3
    Advice of owner was excellent
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Noise above us in the room at midnight...

    Advice of owner was excellent

    Stayed in April 2018

  • Reviewed: 1 March 2018

    9.6
    Nice guesthouse in Fresnaye
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • 2 rooms
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nice inviting concept. Nice lounge with bar. Owner gave us a great introduction on Cape Town.

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 24 February 2018

    7.1
    Clean.
    • Business trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    One Dutch TV channel only No air-conditioning!

    Clean. Good wifi

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 15 February 2018

    10
    Highly recommended !!!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Maarten is the most friendly Guy in The World !

    Stayed in February 2018

  • Reviewed: 8 January 2018

    10
    we had a room at the bottom it was lovely but the people...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights

    we had a room at the bottom it was lovely but the people sleeping above us kept making noise at night. it sounded like they were walking all night

    Stayed in January 2018

  • Reviewed: 20 December 2017

    8.8
    Relaxing place in a very nice area.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Relaxing place in a very nice area. A great hide out in the city.

    Stayed in December 2017

  • Reviewed: 19 December 2017

    8.8
    Advertisement made it sound like we would be able to walk to...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double Room
    • Stayed 7 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Advertisement made it sound like we would be able to walk to the major attractions, but it was too far away to be practical

    Stayed in December 2017

  • Reviewed: 25 September 2017

    7.5
    staff very friendly , well situated
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Only two obscure tv channels .

    staff very friendly , well situated

    Stayed in September 2017

  • Reviewed: 5 June 2017

    10
    I have no complaints, everything was perfect.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night

    I have no complaints, everything was perfect.

    Stayed in June 2017

  • Reviewed: 3 May 2017

    10
    Excellent guesthouse!
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 6 nights

    I LOVED staying here! Everyone was wonderful, so friendly and helpful!

    Stayed in May 2017

  • Reviewed: 15 April 2017

    10
    Wonderful stay!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Standard Double Room
    • Stayed 2 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Maarten was so welcoming, friendly and helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would highly recommend.

    Stayed in April 2017

  • Reviewed: 28 March 2017

    5.4
    Good attention from staff and manager
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 2 nights

    Shower drain problem the first night. Broken shelf in cupboard. Budget room was a little too small.

    Good attention from staff and manager

    Stayed in March 2017

  • Reviewed: 27 March 2017

    8.8
    Amazing stay
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with young children
    • Deluxe Double Room
    • Stayed 4 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Conchita was very nice 👍🏾 to us, she welcomed us with kindness. The staff were very kind too, we felt at home. Thank you Marteens GS 🐥

    Stayed in March 2017

  • Reviewed: 1 March 2017

    5.4
    Owner was friendly
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller
    • Budget Room 1
    • Stayed 3 nights

    Room was a bit scruffy and was very small (they did alert me to this only once I had booked)

    Owner was friendly

    Stayed in February 2017

  • Reviewed: 29 January 2017

    10
    Top location,cozy room,Maartin is a great host
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double Room
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    None

    Top location,cozy room,Maartin is a great host

    Stayed in January 2017

  • Reviewed: 25 December 2016

    8.3
    It was like home away from home
    • Couple
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 13 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing the place was perfect

    The location the owner and staff were friendly and helpful

    Stayed in December 2016

  • Reviewed: 4 December 2016

    8.8
    Good location to discover capetown
    • Leisure trip
    • People with friends
    • Budget Room 2
    • Stayed 3 nights
    • Submitted via mobile

    Top location, super breakfast and a really nice house. Highly recommanded.

    Stayed in November 2016

  • Reviewed: 5 October 2016

    8.8
    Thanks Maarten!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple
    • Deluxe Double Room
    • Stayed 1 night
    • Submitted via mobile

    Nothing

    Great room and nice staff

    Stayed in September 2016

  • The following reviews were written more than 24 months ago. They no longer impact the property's overall review score – but may still be helpful when choosing the perfect place to stay.

  • Reviewed: 27 April 2016

    10
    Had an amazing trip in cape town thanks to Maarten the owner...
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Nothing really!!!

    Had an amazing trip in cape town thanks to Maarten the owner of Maarten guest house who gave us a wonderful room with view on sea and we could watch an wonderful sunset from the room as well as those priceless advices as to what to do our trips in cape town and sight seeing..

  • Reviewed: 3 March 2016

    9.2
    We had problems due to our credit card being skimmed at a...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We had problems due to our credit card being skimmed at a bank in Cape Town and we had almost no cash. Without the help and assistance and kindness that Maartens showed us, our vacation was salvaged. He even booked tours that we should have paid cash for and paid for them for us, adding the cost to our bill. He actually drove us to the bank the day after the problems occurred so we could try to deal with things. He later drove us to a place where we could exchange euros and dollars for rands that didn't charge an exchange fee. The location is superb. We very much enjoyed sitting on our terrace, watching the sunset over the ocean. Maartens was also great at advising us of things to do and places to eat. His breakfasts are very good. Especially nice is how he goes a bakery every morning to get fresh bread for the meal.

  • Reviewed: 13 December 2015

    10
    Staff extremely hospitable,courteous and warm.
    • Solo traveller

    Nothing negative!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Staff extremely hospitable,courteous and warm. Food presentation and taste superb! rooms and general environment very tidy, oh! the late night random bar service, what a pleasure and relief after a hectic day. The manager took his time to take me to My City depo to buy ticket and also drove me free all the way to Waterfront to meet my long lost grand child, really where on earth would you get such comfort and warmth? I felt very safe and cared for indeed!!! I am hooked for life!

  • Reviewed: 30 June 2015

    10
    The openness and friendliness of the staff and Maarten...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    We didn't want to leave, nothing bad, no complain!

    The openness and friendliness of the staff and Maarten himself. Getting to know each other during breakfast and the care,'I didn't hear you coming back last night', wow! It was awesome!

  • Reviewed: 13 May 2015

    10
    Everything was perfect from the day we arrived.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Everything was perfect from the day we arrived. Maarten(owner) was extremely helpful and went out his way to help us. He provided useful tips about Cape Town and garden route. Very enjoyable stay and highly recommended!

  • Reviewed: 2 April 2015

    10
    The place is quite confortable and organized, you can fell...
    • Solo traveller

    The place is quite confortable and organized, you can fell yourself home. Maatens (the owner) is very polite and is always looking for ways to make your stay more pleasant.

  • Reviewed: 3 March 2015

    9.2
    Good location in posh Fresnaye with views of Sea Point and...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Off-street parking sometimes full, but could always park outside in street. Hillside location makes a car a necessity.

    Good location in posh Fresnaye with views of Sea Point and the Atlantic. Pleasant rooms. Secure parking. Pool. Good honour-bar.

  • Reviewed: 10 May 2016

    10
    Everything was perfect!
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Everything was perfect! There is no better location in Cape Town. Maarten and his team gave 150% at all times to make our stay wonderful.

  • Reviewed: 29 March 2016

    7.5
    Room could have been bigger.
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Room could have been bigger.

  • Reviewed: 2 February 2016

    8.8
    Very hospitable host, friendly staff and excellent laundry...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Very hospitable host, friendly staff and excellent laundry service.

  • Reviewed: 17 January 2016

    8.3
    Maarten was very, very nice, careful and friendly.
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Maarten was very, very nice, careful and friendly.

  • Reviewed: 5 November 2015

    8.3
    Excellent breakfast, Maarten is a friendly host, nice...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Small bathroom, tv not working, room next to breakfast area so we woke up very early

    Excellent breakfast, Maarten is a friendly host, nice location.

  • Reviewed: 1 November 2015

    7.5
    Staff were great , very friendly and willing.
    • Leisure trip
    • Solo traveller

    No DSTV and pool was not that clean.

    Staff were great , very friendly and willing.

  • Reviewed: 20 June 2015

    7.5
    The landlord was very friendly.
    • Leisure trip
    • Family with older children

    The floor makes noise as you walk along. Construction workers made unduly noise.

    The landlord was very friendly.

  • Reviewed: 14 May 2015

    9.2
    Safe location, clean, helpful advice on area, restaurants,...
    • Leisure trip
    • Group

    Safe location, clean, helpful advice on area, restaurants, maps available

  • Reviewed: 1 April 2015

    10
    absolutely everything
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    absolutely everything

  • Reviewed: 6 March 2015

    10
    Top location, excellent staff, confortable, clean and near,...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    Nothing!

    Top location, excellent staff, confortable, clean and near, best breakfast view of the ocean

  • Reviewed: 18 January 2015

    9.6
    From the moment we arrived Maarten made us very welcome and...
    • Leisure trip
    • Couple

    From the moment we arrived Maarten made us very welcome and was very helpful with local knowledge

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