It is a fourth floor flat within a building complex encompassing a bedroom, kitchen, toilet and shower. The kitchen is fully fitted which leads to the balcony that overlooks the sights and sounds of Greenmarket Square.
The apartment is situated in the centre of Cape Town and comprises of kitchen, with all the necessary appliances and utensils for self catering purposes. Then there is the bathroom/shower/toilet and bedroom. The bedroom is fitted with two three-quarter beds that can be moved together at the behest of the guests. There are built in cupboards for hanging clothing. It is secure and safe and housed within a complex on our famous Greenmarket Square. It is on the fourth floor and overlooks part of the city that can be seen from the balcony which leads from the kitchen. It houses two guests comfortably with the facilities that are available.
Market House is a secure complex and has security twenty-four hours, seven days a week. There is also a lift that carries guest from ground to the fourth floor. It has also been declared a heritage site, in two thousand five and refurbishments had to be executed in order to strengthen the building but all original fixtures and fittings still remain that gives it a distinct character.
Built in the nineteen hundreds it has a history that many of the surrounding buildings, except the Gallery opposite, do not have. Unfortunately, however, parking facilities, in those days, were not catered for or thought of and this is a draw back for guests arriving in rental vehicles. There is, however, a public parking facility that is two minutes away where rental vehicles can be parked overnight or during the day at approximately three and one Euro respectively.
Interaction with Guests
I am always on hand to welcome guests to the apartment and to conduct a little "tour" of it and to explain certain aspects of their stay and to, before hand, make everything as comfortable and convenient as possible, before handing over the keys.
I will be on hand to assist in anything that is required in the apartment, during the guests' stay. I do clear the linens weekly and towels every alternate day and anything sooner will an exception rather than the rule.
Within the heart of the city, where we are situated, it has a vibrant atmosphere and it is filled with tourists, virtually, throughout the year. December /January is the high season with a larger than usual influx of tourists. There are many, many places of interest that are within walking distance of one another (there are organized walking tours) and there are tour buses that will take tourists to other parts of the city that is not within walking distance. This is within five minutes walk of the apartment.
The Houses of Parliament is up Government Avenue which is a seven minute walk from the apartment and includes a walk up the St. Georges Mall.
At the top of Government Avenue, just across Orange Street is our famous Mount Nelson hotel, named after the famous Briton, Lord Nelson. In Lower Burg Street, there is an open air tour (red) bus that can be hopped on or off during a tour of the city. There are also tours out to the Southern Suburbs which is quite scenic, Sea Point, and Hout Bay.
Other Things to Note
The Cable Station is another added attraction along with Signal Hill right next door where the city can be viewed in all its splendour, especially at night. This is a route that the open air bus includes. The bus also transports tourists to the Waterfront, situated in the dock area where many shops and restuarants are available. Here the ferry can be boarded, after tickets had been bought, to be taken to our famous Robben Island where the late Nelson Mandela spent his twenty-seven year incarceration.
It is a smoke free complex and guests are to respect this; not even on the balcony will this be allowed. Visitations are in order and other owners within the complex are to be respected with noise levels kept to a minimum. No pets are allowed.
The market house apartment was perfect for our week-long vacation to Cape Town. It was easy to walk to the nearby restaurants and shops and Connell was extremely helpful in giving us directions when we got lost on our first day. The apartment had everything we needed and was clean, and comfortable.
After 24 hours of flying and airport transfers, Connell met us at the airport at 11:30pm! What more could we expect from a host? Well before leaving us that night he gave a very good summary of the local restaurants and a recommendation for breakfast - all within a short walk of his flat. A great base for our five day stay in Cape Town - very close to bus stop 5 for the red, blue & yellow bus routes, the street arts and craft markets and upmarket souvenir shops.
The flat was as presented with a great central location right on Green Market Square. The flat was tidy and clean and the building secure. A very good value. Connell was a wonderful host!
Everything was just perfect, located in the heart of town, restaurants nearby, the apartement is fully equipped with everything one might need. Connell has good tipps for exploring the City and always helpful. Very easy to contact. Would definitely come back to this place. In the morning it is a little bit noisy, because the market is being set up.
Nice apartment, clean and tidy with all amenities. Bit noisy but right in the heart of a vibrant city so not unexpected. Tourist bus just around the corner in Long Street was definitely the best way to see the city for us new comers. With the wine region less than 40 mins away, and the beautiful western cape coastline even closer, the apartment was a terrific location for us to explore the city and surrounds.
Connell was helpful and easily accessible if needed.
Connell and his flat was just the best.
We are so happy that we took 402 Market House for our three week stay in Cape Town. The flat is located close to Restaurants, bars, shops and public Transport. It is very tidy and offers a lot of useful equipment.
Connell gave us helpful tips and did our linen every week. He was a great host and made us feel very welcome. We could not have chosen a better place for our stay. If we ever come back to Cape Town, we will chose his flat again. Thank you Connell!
Thank you to Connell for a wonderful experience while staying at his flat in GreenMarket Square. Just as advertised, the place is situated in the heart of the city - close to restaurants, local shops, and public transit. Connell was readily available whenever we needed him - which wasn't often as everything in the place is perfectly functional and comfortable! We loved having tea on the balcony at night, watching the market vendors take down their stalls for the evening. This is a perfect place to stay to enjoy the Cape Town city centre. We would most definitely come back - and would recommend this place to our friends!
Thank you ever so much for relating your experiences and I will hope that you would return; some day. Thanks for the comments and I will investigate and make the appropriate bodies aware of the balcony smoking.
Thank you and all the best for the rest of your travels and the future.
I am a retired financial estate planner and I am 65 years old. I have been married for 26 years to Selina. We are childless. We try to travel once a year or every second year. My hobbies are reading, exercise, road running, cycling and sport on television (favourites: Formula 1, Soccer (E.P.L.), tennis, athletics and golf.). Movies (Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven and Lord of the Rings trilogy are among my favourites), Stews are my favourite food and as it is winter in South Africa, it is a source of comfort food right now. We are practising Christians which is an important part of life and try to live life righteously.