It is not often that one finds a Bed and Breakfast that offers three unique selling points, but this is exactly what I found at La Rose Bed and Breakfast in the Bo-Kaap, just on the edge of Cape Town’s city bowl.
I travel for pleasure and I travel for work. Actually, I love my job, so even the travelling for work is plenty of fun. One of the things that make travel really interesting is that each place I visit has at least one differentiating feature – a fantastic view, a unique location or a particular service.
My first impression, after having parked on the street on a dark winter’s night, was that this was a pokey little B&B. It wasn’t helped when I was led through a warren of passages and security gates when shown to my room.
The hidden beauty of La Rose
The room itself was spotlessly clean, had all the amenities expected and a bathroom that sparkled with cleanliness. OK, not so bad I thought.
After a very busy day, I was tired and very hungry and so I asked Google what restaurants were nearby. It was at this point that I realised that La Rose was within walking distance of almost everything fun found in Cape Town’s city bowl and if you wanted to go a little further – the cable car or Camps Bay for example, Uber would get you there for a pittance.
Google Maps positively lit-up with restaurants of every kind. I walked out the door of La Rose, crossed to two short blocks and found myself spoilt for choice.
I slept like the dead that night and, after my ablutions, decided to view La Rose’s roof-top deck. I didn’t expect much because La Rose is in such a built-up area and so, quite literally, I gasped as I stepped through the skylight into a spectacular view of Table Mountain.
The deck is one of the highest points in Bo-Kaap and so I looked across the rooftops to the nearby mosque, Signal Hill and then this amazing array of skyscrapers. I spent so much time taking in this view that my tummy once again reminded me that it needed attention.
Enjoy a surprisingly delightful breakfast
I descended the stairs to the dining room where I, for the third time since arriving at La Rose, expected nothing great. The dining room has one long, thin table, a sideboard with the usual breakfast spread and a large flask with coffee.
Oh well, I thought, I enjoyed the view and the location, so what if breakfast isn’t great. Well, I should have known better.
The coffee was four cups amazing and three loaves of the best bread I have ever tasted arrived on the side board. My eggs, too, were done to perfection.
However, the best part of my stay at La Rose had just begun because people from all over the world – a rock star from Reunion Island, a couple from Barcelona, a lady from Texas, an entrepreneur from Antananarivo and the owners, a Frenchman from Brittany and his South African wife, all sat at the table and we enjoyed two hours of good food and fantastic discussion.
Yip, the location, the roof-top deck and the fantastic breakfast made this a truly unique and very enjoyable place to stay. I will, without a doubt, return to La Rose. Hope to see you at the breakfast table!
For more information, visit http://www.larosecapetown.com or call 021 422 5883.
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