Officially this was my fifth time being stamped in to South Africa. Though in essence, three of those were on my first trip here in 2011. However, it was my first time here in Cape Town and I allowed myself four nights in the city. I stayed in three different places on those nights, choosing the textbook backpacker haunt of Long Street for my final farewell. Before that though, I had two super nights here in Green Point.
I stayed in a homely and cosy family run guesthouse called Altona Lodge. Altona Lodge is located in the Green Point area of Cape Town. I had two nights here and I recommend it, especially for families, couples or online workers who want a break from noisy streets for a quiet and cosy few nights. I certainly chilled out in the comfort of this room, away from crazy busy days backpacking Cape Town and around.
Although I was busy touring rather than spending time in my room, here are some great reasons why you should choose the Altona Lodge in Green Point, Cape Town.
1.Safe and Secure
My room had a safe. I was on the first floor in room 8. Altona Lodge is on a safe and secure street and enclosed in a courtyard.
Altona Lodge is run by a family and feels like a family atmosphere. No posh tiled hotel floor entrance. Rather a cosy and warm lobby come lounge with carepeted floor and chill out armchairs. The manager Peter has set up a cosy and well-run family business here.
Finally I was able to get online here. I had struggled badly in Lesotho (we had a power cut for a full day), Botswana (our farm had no WiFi) and Zambia.
I was a busy guy so I didn’t get a lot of work done anyway but at least my social media updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were faster to upload and more frequent than in the previous places.
4.Walking Distance from Waterfront
Although Altona Lodge is located on a quiet, narrow street up a hill, it is well located for walkers. Green Point football stadium is a mere five minute walk. Cafes, bars and restaurants along the strip are a ten minute walk.
And even the delightful waterfront is a simple twenty minute walk. We spent four days/ nights in a row at the waterfront area. I liked the vibe there and the bars, cafes and restaurants.
5.Nicely Decorated Rooms
The rooms have the feel of an old school English Guesthouse. It had me reminiscing about my many nights spent in such joints in England, like The Edward in Gloucester, the Lea Hurst in Bournemouth or The Chaise in Sunderland.
Here are some more photos from my stay at Altona Lodge, including the kitchen, dining area and halls…
Here are the details for booking a room at the Altona Lodge in Green Point, Cape Town:
Altona Lodge Website
Altona Lodge Facebook
19 Croxteth Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Here is a video from my stay at Altona Lodge in Green Point, Cape Town: