Situated in the heart of the V&A Waterfront overlooking a yacht-filled marina.
Hotelier Sol Kerzner has a thing about bigger bedrooms and takes his advice about bathrooms from his wife Heather - bigger is better. And that's exactly why I love checking in to this hotel. Mattresses are topped with thick down covers for extra softness, each room has a terrace overlooking the Waterfront, there's a 24-hour butler at your beck and call, the wardrobes light up when you open them (details make the difference!) and the smellies, in the hotel's signature fragrance, are generously sized.
The central lounge-lobby is where most of the action happens and it's abuzz from morning till late with coffee and later martini drinkers. Friday nights sees the Vista Bar transform into a nightclub of sorts.
Eating and drinking
Africa's first Nobu restaurant is situated in this hotel and true to form it's an impeccable Japanese dining experience with pared down interiors to match. Local celeb-chef, Reuben Riffel, has recently extended his much-loved brand to a restaurant based here (Reuben’s) and by all accounts it's a hit.
Spa-ing at this extension of international brand ESPA is a must-do experience and the trademarked Bastien Gonzalez medical manicures and pedicures are everything they're made out to be. A large pool and al fresco restaurant can be found on the villa island and is a popular all-day family hangout spot. They have an impressive kids' club area and programme and teen-only facilities too.
Elegantly attired and perfectly poised staff are an ever present feature - service is slick, friendly and top notch.
Who stays there
Celebs, statesmen, jet-setters, romantic city slickers and style-conscious travellers who have kids.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Celebrity spotting
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Central location
- Cosmopolitan offering
- The 'grounds' are limited to an outdoor deck and the pool area