I liked The Last Word Constantia’s comfortable and stylish décor, including a water feature at the entrance, its well lit common areas, garden facing dining room, its location in Constantia, and the bed and breakfast’s serene atmosphere. My elegantly furnished and comfortable first floor room was filled with sunlight and had a view of the garden and the mountain. I liked the open style of the room, especially the pretty doorless shower with a tile design on the wall, and a view of the gardens. It was a bit like taking an outdoor shower indoors.
From my brief stay there, I have fond memories of birdsong and the African calls of hadida ibis, enjoying a tasty salad lunch with a garden and mountain view in my room, soaking up warm rays poolside (the water was too chilly for a dip that winter day), and going for a jog around the neighborhood in the cool early morning. Should I return to area The Last Word Constantia will be at the top of my list of luxury bed and breakfast options.
Class of Accommodation Five Star Hotel (breakfast was the main meal served, although other food was available)
Connectivity There was complimentary high speed (10 megabits per second) WiFi. It worked well during my stay.
General Manager The property was managed by Tessa Ellis Brown and Sam Phiri
Handicapped Access Two of the rooms on the ground level, rooms 3 and 4, were wheelchair accessible.
Length of Stay Two nights
Location It was about 18 kilometers from the Waterfront in Cape Town
Managed The Last Word
Owned Mr Peter Fleck
Pets Allowed No
Size There were nine rooms, large living area, dining room and breakfast conservatory, and pool within a one acre property. There were 15 staff members.
Year Opened-Renovated The property opened in 2005. The most recent refurbishment of the rooms, main living area, lounge and dining room took place in 2010.
To the right of the shower there were twin sinks and a vanity area with an armless chair and a handheld vanity mirror. There were two mirrors hanging on the wall, one above the sinks and the other over the vanity. In the central area there was a stand alone oval bathtub. Adjacent to it there was a wood table with bath toiletries. On the far back left side there was a water closet with a toilet, bidet and small sink. The towels were clean smelling.
There was a sitting area with cloth furniture including a love seat, three armchairs and a rectangular wood coffee table. In the corner there was an LG flatscreen television mounted on the wall. There was a round dining table with two armless cloth chairs. Against the far wall there was a cabinet which housed a mini bar with a small refrigerator, a hot beverage service and snacks.
A large firm and comfortable bed with a duvet and four feather pillows, a headboard, two identical night tables and lamps took up the center of the room. The property name and logo were embroidered in the middle of the duvet in the same color of the fabric. There was a bench at the foot of the bed and a chandelier style lamp above the bench. The bed rested against a half wall that separated the bedroom from the bathroom. It had folding shutters for privacy. There was no door. The left side of the bathroom was a floor to ceiling wall to wall built-in wardrobe with hanging and shelf space and an electronic safe.
Facilities Swimming pool and gift shop
Pool The pool area was inviting. In the center there was a 40 square meter pool ranging in depth between 1.1 meters and 1.5 meters. There was a large pink rock decorative art feature immediately in front of the pool. Lounge chairs and umbrellas lined the sides of the chilly pool.
There was a prominent liability disclaimer at the entrance.
Date of Review September 2015
Photos and Article by Elena del Valle
Service There was twice daily service. Tess, who greeted me on arrival and made sure I was well settled, was friendly and attentive. I also met Thom, who took care of the turn down service. Sam, who had a pleasant demeanor, was in charge over the weekend. There was off street parking behind a gated entrance and staff onsite 24 hours. No one answered the phone at reception at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Staff were attentive at breakfast. When I asked if they had bubble wrap for a bottle I wanted to pack, one of the staff kindly wrapped it for me while I had breakfast.
Would You Stay There Again? Yes