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About Riverview Lodge

Riverview is our main guest lodge and is a lovely old Victorian building in trendy historical Observatory, the student Mecca of Cape Town. During the Victorian era when it was built and named, it did indeed have a view of the Liesbeeck River, but as the suburb developed over the years, we lost the river view. However, we do still have a lovely view of our famous Table Mountain and Devils Peak. We pride ourselves on providing clean, comfortable and affordable accommodation, in a charmingly decorated spacious building, which has a cosy home from home atmosphere. As we specialise in large group bookings and can accommodate up to 120 people, we are ideal for school groups, sports teams, Universities, Technicons, N.G.O.’s, large budget tour groups and school groups. We are on the doorstep of numerous restaurants, shops and pubs, the famous Newlands Rugby and Cricket Stadiums and a great night life in the student heart of Cape Town, while the waterfront, Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, our numerous glorious beaches, the City Centre, C.T. International Airport, and Cape Town’s 2010 Soccer World Cup stadium at Green point are literally just minutes away.

Riverview has 35 rooms, comprising a mix of singles, twins and bunkrooms. We have T.V. Lounges (which groups can use for their exclusive use), and dining rooms. We also have several patios and a barbecue/braai terrace under the palms. The communal Bathrooms are separated into male and female only bathrooms, and our bunkrooms are always ‘same sex’ rooms.

  • Response Rate: 90%
  • Response Time: 27 hours
  • Type: Lodge
  • Sleeps: 640
  • Check-in: 01:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 6 Reviews


  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Satellite TV*
  • Wi-Fi
  • Credit Card Facilities

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Xhosa (isiXhosa)
  • Afrikaans
* Please enquire for further details.

Riverview Lodge Rooms

Reviews for Riverview Lodge

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Chantelle Daniels, South Africa
03 September 2015

Accommodating & Friendly

Willow Howell, South Africa
28 January 2015

It was possibly the worst and most shocking place I ever stayed over. Besides that nobody knew my booking was for a single room because they did not have a 'booking sheet' with any details of my arrival, I was placed in a dorm room with 3 bunk beds instead of a single room. The walls were dirty and paint chipping off. I smelled of raw gas leaking from somewhere outside. To the closest bathroom, I had to walk trough a TV lounged, where I was told to 'suka' which I very well know what it means. There was no manager or person on duty that I could talk to, to help me in this regard. The bathroom...
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mona alberts, South Africa
13 January 2014

Bathroom facilities and mattresses are terrible!!!Did bring this under the managers attention, which failed to attend to the issue.Will definitely not recommend this place to anyone.

Solomon Yirenkyi, South Africa
15 March 2010

Riverview was a good place to stay, did not have any problem with anyone. The staff were also very nice and hard working. Will always recommend Riverview to anyone.The set up reminds me of my school days which brought good memories about my life as a student. Thank you and keep up the good job.

Anonymous, South Africa
24 December 2009

Hi, my stay at Riverview was nice, i didn't experience any problems.

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Riverview Lodge Map

Riverview Lodge is 0.1km from the centre of Observatory , the nearest airport 14.6km (Cape Town International Airport).
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling

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