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Cape Grace Hotel
West Quay Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront | Cape Town, South Africa | Tel: +27 21 410 7100
Nestled in the shadow of Table Bay Mountain in Cape Town’s spectacular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the spectacular Cape Grace Hotel. It is, without a doubt, the hotel-lover’s-hotel. If you hate impersonal, cookie-cutter-style properties that all look alike, the Cape Grace Hotel will knock your socks off. What’s more, for cruisers, the hotel is situated within easy reach of Cape Town’s two primary cruise piers, both of which are walkable in about 15 minutes, or via a 5-minute cab ride.
Recently renovated, the Cape Grace is distinguished by its hand-crafted, personalised guest rooms, amenities and features. In fact, the hotel has been so successful at incorporating the luxurious touches that guests have come to expect with products and design elements that reflect its South African heritage that it was voted the Second Best Hotel in the World by TripAdvisor in January 2013.
To make things even better, the property is surrounded on both sides by water, with rooms that offer views of the harbour and Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, or stunning vistas of Table Bay mountain.
No two rooms are alike at the Cape Grace Hotel, thanks to unique design elements that incorporate original fixtures, curtains, bedspreads, and even entire themes that change between floors. In addition to boasting made-in-Africa-amenities, the hotel is also remarkably customizable and family-friendly; repeat guests can even request the same room multiple times and are presented with monogramed bedsheets for use during their stay, while families will love the rubber ducks and other amenities like fireside African fable storytime that will surprise the little ones during their stay.
There are 120 guest rooms at the Cape Grace, ranging in size from the three 2150 square foot 3-Bedroom Suites to the cozy and comfortable Luxury Rooms, which come in at a generous 484 square feet and feature views of either Table Mountain or the harbour. These also feature gorgeous French balconies that open up to allow the warmth of the South African air into your room.
All rooms feature in-room Wi-Fi, fresh flowers & personally-selected books, a separate bath, shower and toilet, a fully stocked private bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, high-definition flat panel televisions, an iPod docking station, and a private safe.
- Bascule Whisky, Wine & Cocktail Bar is fabulously nautical in appearance and feel. It’s charming, inviting and yes, even romantic. That there are over 400 different types of whiskies from around the world, accompanied by some of the finest Cape wines on offer, doesn’t hurt either. If you’re a frequent visitor, you can even store your own wines and whiskies on-site.
- Signal Restaraunt is a stunning cross between a grand ocean liner and a palatial game reserve. Situated by the water’s edge, this sumptuous restaurant serves up a refreshing new twist on all of its dishes. In fact, the lunch I enjoyed there during my stay still ranks as one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten – and I just had a sandwich!
- The Spa at the Cape Grace has to be seen to be believed. Featuring panoramic views of both Table Mountain and the peninsula, you can relax with a whole range of soothing treatments here, including one that utilises sand from the Namib Desert. In fact, you can even host your wedding here!
- A custom Flower Trolley lets guests order fresh flowers for any occasion and can personalise a bouquet for your room or any event.
- Ask the Staff: There is no large, imposing front desk at the Cape Grace. Instead, staff roam about the lobby and Library, and can answer questions about the property, Cape Town, or journeys further afar in South Africa.
- Local Toiletries: Many properties claim to be in touch with their location; few truly are. Cape Grace most definitely is, with South African-designed toiletries, amenities, and more.
- Shower Room: If you’ve just arrived but your room is not ready, staff can let you use one of the shower and changing rooms located just off of the main lobby. After a long journey to South Africa, this feature would win any jet-lagged traveller over!
- The Library: Yes, there is an actual Library on-site, and it is positively stunning. Sit back and read one of the many books in the room, or catch up on the daily news with a cup of tea and a slice of cake that, we’re told, is sublime.
WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE…
- Victoria & Alfred Waterfront: a safe, popular and clean tourist destination, the V&A Waterfront has all the shopping and restaurants you could possibly want. For those who have never been to Cape Town before, start here!
- Robben Island: Nelson Mandella was imprisoned here for 18 years. The prison had been used as a place of banishment for political prisoners since the 17th century, and even current South African president Jacob Zuma spent a decade here. It has been a museum and tourist site since 1997.
- Cruise Piers: are within walking distance, but beware: the sun in the Southern Hemisphere can be surprisingly hot. Taxi cabs or car services are recommended, and can be secured directly from the hotel.
AIRPORTS AND CRUISE PORTS
- From Cape Town International Airport: approximately 30 minutes.
- To Piers: approximately 5 minutes by taxi; 15 minutes walking.
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