Rouge on Rose

Cape Town

Rooms: 9: 6 self-catering rooms, king or twin with shower/wet room; 3 deluxe rooms, king or twin with bath and wet room.

Prices: R1,100 pp sharing. R1,300 singles.
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Meals: Full breakfast included (special dietary need on request). For lunch and dinner, there are many great restaurants and bars within 2 mins' walk.

Directions: On the corner of Hout Street and Rose Street in Bo Kaap. Please see owner's website for more detail.

Ursula and Michel Boutry
25 Rose Street, Bo Kaap, Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape

Tel: (0)21-426-0298
Cell: (0)83-799-2357
Fax: (0)21-422-2355
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'Bo Kaap', with its cobbled streets, colourful frontages and bustling street corners, was the area lived in by descendants of Malay slaves brought to Cape Town in the 1840s. Recent years have seen considerable gentrification with boutiques, eateries and coffee houses joining the fold. At the centre of Bo Kaap is Rose Street, and at the centre of Rose Street is 'Rouge on Rose'. Rooms are spacious, clean and light. Fluffy pillows and crisp white sheets sit on extra-length, king-size beds. Interiors are decorated with a careful eclecticism that mirrors the colour and variety of Bo Kaap itself. I spot furniture from at least three continents sitting alongside each other in what Ursula describes as 'shabby chic' style. The 'Rouge' theme is cleverly used in the 'ragtime blues' graphics by local artist Daniel Popper on stairways and in a cheeky trompe l'oeil in the luxury suites. Deluxe rooms have sinks, wet rooms and free-standing baths with views over the rooftops, beyond which rears Lion's Head peak. Self-catering suites have all the modern facilities with which to rustle up a meal. Don't skip breakfast though. French toast with pecans and maple syrup is a highlight. I left 'Rouge on Rose' knowing a lot more about the variety of Cape Town history, with a host of local info on what to do that day. But all I really wanted was to stay and sample the following day’s breakfast.

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