On its own (quiet) quay in the V&A Waterfront - a short walk from the Victoria and Alfred mall and just a few minutes by car to the city's central business district. We even managed to fit in a morning run to and from the Sea Point promenade from the hotel - it's that perfectly situated.
Whether you choose a sea or a mountain view room, you'll be impressed with the gorgeous vistas at every turn. The rooms are elegant and sumptuous, begging you to linger longer and soak it all in. They are a comfy mix of classic and contemporary style with an undeniable South African flavour - we stayed in a ground floor room dressed with a giant mirror taking centre stage offset with chairs upholstered in pretty ticking - our terrace overlooking the yacht marina added to the luxe appeal. The all Carrara marble in the bathroom leaves no doubt to the hotel's five-star status.
The lounge is extensive and includes a more private library. There is also a wraparound waterfront-facing terrace and pool area.
Eating and drinking
Try Signal for modern interpretations of traditional South African food and flavours. By day Bascule Café serves up coffees and the like (and, in my opinion, the best gourmet bagels in the Waterfront) with a lovely yacht basin view; by night it transforms into Bascule Bar, a whisky connoisseur’s heaven, with hundreds of offerings available and if you've got the time, an excellent hour-long whisky tasting and food pairing with Bascule's whisky sommelier.
The top notch spa is an Afro-tinged delight and the outside deck with its mountain views, perfect for post spa downtime. There is also a gym and a pool terrace. The hotel has its own luxury motor yacht that can be chartered for jaunts in the bay.
Cape Grace has a service reputation that precedes it - the staff selection process is based on personality first and professional qualifications second and it shows. Greetings by name, thoughtful initiative taking and the notion that nothing is too much trouble sets them apart.
Who stays there
Business travellers, lovers of finer details, mature travellers on their once-in-a-lifetime holidays and celebs (Clint Eastwood reportedly booked an entire floor while in the city filming Invictus).
The prices here are in keeping with the high standards but there are excellent special deals on offer and not just out of season.
- Business Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Superb waterfront location
- Impeccable service
- The outside pool deck is on the small side