Cape Grace is in a historic building right on the V&A waterfront. Keep in mind the waterfront is a functioning harbor, not a pretty beach. The location is great as it is within walking distance (< 5 mins) of many restaurants, arts & craft stores, an upscale shopping center, an aquarium, and some historic sites. In particular, I would recommend the V&A Food Market for lunch which you can picture as a cutesy/upscale food court, and Den Anker for dinner which is a Belgian restaurant with a nice beer selection (order the beer that requires you volunteer your left shoe). Check out the Watershed for a large complex with many craft shops done by local artists. The hotel provides a free car service within a limited distance; we used this for drop off and pickup from Table Mountain (about 15 minutes away) -- and if you do this, purchase your cable car tickets ahead of time to avoid the lengthy queue upon arrival.
Each floor of the hotel is decorated in a unique theme (Dutch colonial, British colonial, agriculture and Malay). The rooms are spacious, comfortable and well-appointed. Throughout our stay, from the moment we arrived, the hotel staff greeted us by name and strived to ensure we had a great stay.
The hotel has a library which they use for afternoon high tea (for a fee), and for evening port & sherry tastings (complimentary). There is also a small outdoor pool and lounge chairs although it was a tad chilly when we were there to make use of that. The restaurant serves meals throughout although we only took advantage of the included breakfast which was quite a treat. I would recommend the corn fritter/pancakes. Adjacent to the restaurant is a small bar, but ignore that and ask for directions to the one below ground -- that one has a large selection of whiskeys that you can order individually or more interestingly in flights of 3. That was quite a treat and reasonably priced as well. Locals may also be in the bar and we chatted with a group which was interesting for comparing notes about what it's like to live in Cape Town.
I don't think our travel books properly described what Cape Town was like. This section of the city is plucked straight out of Europe -- it has the feel of Amsterdam or similar, but cleaner. Overall, it was a great stay and wish we could have stayed longer!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled on a private quay between the working harbour of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the serenity of an international yacht marina, Cape Grace is a welcoming and gracious sanctuary of tradition, sophistication and contemporary comfort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Grace Hotel Cape Town Central
- Hotel Cape Town
- Cape Town Grace
- Cape Grace Cape Town, South Africa