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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African Heart Backpackers
0.4 km

From R290 PPS

African Heart is a backpackers lodge with a difference. Set in a historical Victorian building, previously used as a Holistic Health Care Centre (building up lots of good energy), we have revived the ... More Info

Green Elephant Backpackers
0.5 km

From R185 PPS

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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

Birds Mountain & Wild Sage
0.6 km


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WILD SAGE MOUNTAIN is 2 minutes walk from the happy strip of Obs cafes and useful shops.......15 from GROOTE SCHUUR HOSPITAL , the LUNG INSTITUTE and the RIVERCLUB . THE UNUSUALLY LARGE GARDEN HAS... More Info

Bay Leaf Cottage
0.6 km

From R1000* 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

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




At Villa Garda B&B
0.8 km

From R625 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 cos... More Info

Carmichael House Boutique Hotel
1.1 km

From R1255 PPS

In close proximity to UCT - University of Cape Town and Newlands Cricket Grounds, Rosebank and Rondebosch and so much more... Our fully renovated Guesthouse is a superb Victorian mansion situated in t... More Info

Malleson Garden Cottage
1.2 km

From R600* Unit

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. Very centrally located in ... More Info

The Pumpkin Palace
1.3 km


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From R800 PPS

The Pumpkin Palace is our wonderful 110 year old Cape Town town house, which we escape to when we need a break from the hotel business in Tulbagh, Cape Winelands. The house is available to rent year r... More Info

Brookdale House
1.4 km

From R700 PPS

Brookdale House is situated in the "garden city" suburb of Pinelands which is centrally located between the northern and southern suburbs of Cape Town in South Africa. As one of the oldest suburbs, it... More Info

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Very clean and peaceful area.
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It is a quiet suburb that suited my lifestyle....

My first experience of Cape Town was the best....

- Karabo Mashimbye

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Definitely coming back, great vibe :)
- Joel Ramushu

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A good location for going to all attractions in Cape Town eg: Table mountain, V & A Waterfront, Ratanga Junction, The Castle etc.
- Tessa Scholtz

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Nice,very safe and not too far from malls and the city
- Ricardo Kayser

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