Accommodation near Groote Schuur Hospital

Groote Schuur Hospital is one of the largest government-funded hospitals in the Western Cape. It is situated in Observatory, Cape Town, on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. It is a teaching hospital, closely affiliated with the University of Cape Town, one of the best universities in Africa, and is renowned for being the venue for the first ever human to human heart transplant.

Groote Schuur, which means ‘Great Barn’, is named after the farm on which it is situated - a settler farm established in Cape Town’s early days. The hospital opened its doors for the very first time in 1938 and grew steadily in the following years.

In 1967, Dr Christian Barnard performed ground breaking surgery when he successfully transplanted the heart of a woman (who had died in a tragic accident) into a man, whose own heart was failing due to his diabetes. This surgery changed medicine forever and many people are still benefitting every day from this medical advancement.

Due to growing demand, the hospital had undergone many extensions, and today the original hospital building stands in the centre and houses a various clinical departments as well as the ‘Heart of Cape Town Museum’.

After the hospital building extensions were complete, the original surgical theatres utilised in the heart transplant were preserved and today you can take a tour which gives a chronological explanation of the steps involved in the feat, starting with the reason that the female heart donor was brought to Groote Schuur in the first place.

The heart transplant aside, Groote Schuur is an internationally recognised teaching hospital known as an excellent research institution and boasting a particularly good reputation for its trauma unit, anaesthesiology department and internal medicine department.

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Birds Mountain & Wild Sage
0.3 km

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The garden unit in Arnold St is set in a large garden with views of the mountains and the cable car; AV.: DSTV,internet ready,washing machine,self cater,fireplace and OSP. ATTACHED TO THE OWNER'S DOU... More Info

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Green Elephant Backpackers
0.5 km

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The Green Elephant is the closest hostel to Groote Schuur Hospital, in the heart of Observatory, where University of Cape Town (UCT) students from all around the world live and meet each other. The a... More Info

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Bay Leaf Cottage
0.6 km

From R800* unit


Bay Leaf Cottage is located in the trendy suburb of Observatory, Cape Town. ”Obs”, as it is known to residents, is renowned for it’s Victorian architecture, eateries, pubs, shops, theatres and clubs o... More Info

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33 South Boutique Backpackers
0.7 km

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Welcome to 33 South Boutique Backpackers! Cape Town: 33' South; 18' East: 'Forget everything you once thought or believed about backpacking and join us on a new and unique journey in Cape Town' ... More Info

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Apartments Bedford
0.8 km

From R300 pps


Welcome to Cape Towns best kept secret! Self catering, private, fully equipped apartments only TEN minutes from the centre of Cape Town, the Stadium and the V&A Waterfront. Each apartment has a double... More Info

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At Villa Garda B&B
0.8 km

From R425 pps


A home, not just a house. Excellent Bed and Breakfast facilities where we go the extra mile in providing quality services to our guest/s. Either within our 5 en-suite rooms in our charming and cosy ... More Info

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Riverview Lodge
0.8 km

From R160 pps


Riverview Lodge is a large Victorian Guest Lodge, in trendy historical Observatory. Specialising in large group budget accommodation and conferencing. We started 17 years ago, as the first really larg... More Info

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Carmichael Guesthouse
1.1 km

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Our Guest House is a stylish Victorian Mansion, offering comfortable accommodation with 7 en-suite tastefully decorated rooms. Situated on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, the backdrop of Table Mountain, o... More Info

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Malleson Garden Cottage
1.2 km

From R550* unit

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Beautifully renovated garden cottage, consisting of 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and open plan kitchen / lounge. Fully furnished and equipped, and set apart in a restful garden.... More Info

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Rachels Home from Home
1.5 km

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Guest House with delightful garden. 2 double rooms. Garden apartment can sleep 5 people. Five minutes walk to Devils Peak Mountain for lovely morning walks along mountain trails also leading to Table... More Info

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Great part of Cape Town, especially for younger people. Many small nice restaurants and bars.
- Miriam Haefele