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Reading House

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Free WiFi, bed sheets
Outdoor pool
Free WiFi, bed sheets

Overview of Reading House

Reading House

4.0 star property
Upscale guesthouse in Claremont with outdoor pool

8,0/10 Very good

5 verified guest reviews

Popular amenities

  • Free breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Airport transfer
  • Non-smoking
5 Hellenburgh Road, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7708

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Claremont

Getting around

  • Cape Town Intl. Airport (CPT) - 14 min drive
  • Cape Town Station - 19 min drive
  • Cape Town Bellville Station - 35 min drive
  • Newlands Station - 8 min walk
  • Claremont Station - 10 min walk
  • Harfield Road Station - 22 min walk
  • Airport shuttle (surcharge)


  • Bihari Indian Restaurant - 11 min walk
  • Primi Piatti - 15 min walk
  • Some Oaks Bistro - 15 min walk
  • Michael's Kitchen & Bar - 15 min walk
  • Hamachi Sushi - 16 min walk

About this property

Reading House

Reading House offers an airport shuttle (available 24 hours) for ZAR 400 per vehicle one-way. Guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool, and free perks include WiFi, self parking, and buffet breakfast daily between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Other highlights at this upscale guest house include a snack bar/deli and a garden. Fellow travelers like the helpful staff and breakfast. Public transportation is just a short walk: Newlands Station is 8 minutes and Claremont Station is 10 minutes.



Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter

Social distancing

Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Temperature checks available for guests
Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitizer provided
Enhanced food service safety measures are in place
Reservations are required for the use of certain onsite facilities
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 5 rooms
  • Arranged over 1 level


  • Check-in time from 2 PM - 6 PM
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age - 18
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions

Special check-in instructions

  • The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 6 PM
  • Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
  • If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card, or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • Children (8 years old and younger) not allowed
  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi in public areas
  • Free WiFi in rooms


  • Free onsite self parking


  • Airport shuttle on request (available 24 hours)*

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
  • No alcohol served onsite

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Free buffet breakfast 7:00 AM–9:00 AM on weekdays and 8:00 AM–10:00 AM on weekends
  • Barbecue grills
  • Snack bar/deli

Working away

  • Meeting rooms


  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Concierge services
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Luggage storage


  • 1 building/tower
  • Built in 1948
  • Garden
  • An outdoor pool
  • 24-hour pool access


  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)


  • English

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • LCD television
  • Premium satellite channels

Home comfort

  • Heating
  • Fan
  • Electric kettle
  • Bathrobes

Sleep well

  • Bed sheets provided

Freshen up

  • 5 bathrooms
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Rainfall showerhead
  • Designer toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels

Stay connected

  • Free WiFi

Food and drink

  • Free tea bags/instant coffee


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Airport shuttle service is offered for an extra charge of ZAR 400 per vehicle (one-way)

Pool, spa, & gym (if applicable)

  • Pool open 24-hours

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; temperature checks are available to guests; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities.

Enhanced food service safety measures are in place.


<p>The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation. </p><p>Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. </p> <p>Some facilities may have restricted access. Guests can contact the property for details using the contact information on the booking confirmation. </p><p>This property does not have elevators. </p><p>This property accepts cash.</p>

Also known as

Reading House Hotel Newlands
Reading House Newlands
Reading House Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa
Reading House Cape Town
Reading Cape Town
Reading House B&B Cape Town
Reading House Guesthouse Cape Town
Reading House Guesthouse
Reading House Cape Town
Reading House Guesthouse
Reading House Guesthouse Cape Town

Frequently asked questions

What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Reading House?
This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Furthermore, guests are provided with hand sanitizer, social distancing measures are in place, and staff are given personal protective equipment. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Reading House?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool. Guests have 24-hour pool access.
Are pets allowed at Reading House?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Reading House?
Yes, there's free self parking.
Is airport shuttle service offered by Reading House?
Yes, an airport shuttle is available. The charge is ZAR 400 per vehicle one-way.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Reading House?
You can check in from 2 PM - 6 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM.
Is there an onsite casino at Reading House?
No, this guesthouse doesn't have a casino, but GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World (25-min drive) is nearby.
What is there to do at Reading House and nearby?
Reading House has an outdoor pool and a garden.
Are there restaurants at or near Reading House?
Yes. Nearby restaurants include Bihari Indian Restaurant (11-min walk), Primi Piatti (15-min walk), and Some Oaks Bistro (15-min walk).
What's the area around Reading House like?
Reading House is a short 8-minute walk from Newlands Station and 10 minutes' walk from Newlands Cricket Ground. Travelers say this guesthouse is in a good location.



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8/10 Very good

local and, 2-night trip
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Home was nice. Location a little far from sites. Staff was friendly and helpful. Property was deserted most of the time.
David, 5-night trip
Verified Expedia guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Great location. Delicious breakfast. Friendly and helpful staff.
Verified guest review

10/10 Exceptional

Perfect in every way
Friendly staff, very comfortable bed with lovely crisp linen, lovely location. This, topped with an outstanding breakfast, make this place a winner
Verified guest review

6/10 Good

Person minding the guest house was not present for check in despite having been told what time we would arrive and that time being within their check in window. We waited for close to an hour to get in. She was very sweet and obliging but we barely ever saw her after checking in. No help in terms of advice for our stay in Cape Town etc. Very comfortable accommodation though.
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