When cruising from Cape Town, most people will have travelled half way around the world just to join their ship. So after travelling all this way, what could be better than to be booked into a really great hotel. Joining a cruise on the Seabourn Sojourn, we decided that take a few extra days and take in all that Cape Town has to offer. What better choice could there be than the Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town. Our review of the Cape Grace is based on our stay in January 2015.
Right in the heart of the city, but somehow removed from the hustle and bustle of the city, the hotel is located on a quay at the Victoria and Alfred waterfront. The hotel is equally well positioned to take advantage of the views of the harbour, the marina and Table Mountain but still maintain the convenience of a city center location. It’s hard to find fault with any aspect of this place; it’s a perennial contender for best city hotel in Africa, and with its splendid location, professional service and top-notch facilities, it’s no wonder.
There are older and more elegant grand hotels in Cape Town; this one was built in 1996, and there’s still a youthful glow about it. Locals congregate here, especially in the restaurant, with its view of the marina and the mountain. And those views make another appearance at the rooftop spa, lending some added drama to your wellness routine.
Rooms are contemporary and attractive, with all the modern conveniences and some especially fine bath amenities — it’s in the details that this place truly shines. If you’ve got the budget for it, the top-floor penthouse suites are astounding, with private terraces and Jacuzzis. We were on the 4th floor with a spectacular view over Table Mountain and the Marina.
Of note; the breakfast buffet is delightful, offering everything you could wish for with some amazing home cooked savories. The trouble with buffets is that you keep going back for more!!
[su_quote]The staff were all very attentive here which makes staying at the Cape Grace a real pleasure. There is a definitely a real “can do” attitude which is not always the case in some hotels.[/su_quote]
Open to all is the Bascule Bar, featuring a menu of some five hundred whiskies from around the world and all the best vintages from the thriving Cape vineyards, served at the edge of the marina. (If you haven’t had your fill of good South African wine, there’s also the hotel’s Signal Bar, which does complimentary daily tastings.) When it’s time to get out and see the town, the waterfront is the perfect base to explore the wonderful selection of stores and restaurants in the waterfront complex.
As our first visit to Cape Town for a number of years we were impressed by how the place has developed and really got us of to a good start for our upcoming Seabourn cruise which, from past experience we know will be good.
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