Hotels on the V&A waterfrontA hotel by the beach, in the heart of downtown, or at the foot of Table Mountain would all be great locations for a stay in Cape Town…but to experience the best the city has to offer in a single shot, we stayed at Cape Grace. Set on the picturesque Victoria & Albert Waterfront with views to the mountain and the marina, it’s the ideal city escape…that’s only a few minutes walk from the center. The way the hotel infuses the Cape’s dynamic history into everything from the decor to cuisine without losing its 21st-century style makes it a perfect taste of the Cape.


Cape town travel tipsI’m a design nut so I went gaga for the hotel’s collection of antique Cape furniture—European-inspired pieces made in South Africa from 1700-1900—mixed with contemporary designs. The lobby sets the stage with a period painting of Cape Town, a patrician sofa, and a modern steel wing chair.


Cape town hotel designEach floor thoughtfully represents the main industries of the Cape’s heyday…mining, fishing, farming, and the high society that enjoyed its spoils. One detail I adored was how tools from those trades (antique fishing rods, ox yokes, etc.) were displayed like art along the hall walls. On the penthouse floor, you can see the silver candlesticks in mini glass cabinets leading your eye toward the spa down the hall.


Honeymooning in Cape TownThe rooms were quite spacious with a luxe marble bathroom, leather sofa seating area, and a grand tufted bed. Knowing it was our honeymoon, the staff welcomed us with champagne, chocolates, and a sweet note of congratulations.


Romantic Restaurnts Cape TownWalking into the Signal Restaurant for dinner, the space felt so chic and cozy under the glow of the crystal chandelier and candlelight. We chose the whimsical embroidered seats by the window looking out to Signal Hill but loved the modern option of the Louis Ghost chairs.


Cape Town RestaurantsWe enjoyed a few tapas as we browsed the Cape Cosmopolitan menu. The choices drew from the diverse cultures that passed though the peninsula– the French Huguenots, British settlers, Dutch and Asian traders. For a starter we enjoyed a seared ostrich apple-chile sambal and for the main we had a Cape Malay spiced rib-eye beef with butternut puree and almond crumble. Yum!!!


cape town design guideHaving a balcony looking out to the marina and Table Mountain calls for room service. We set our clocks for sunrise to make the most of the view and indulged in eggs Benedict, fresh fruit, homemade granola, and cappuccino.


Cape Town luxury hotelsAfter digesting a bit, we headed down to the pool. With the marina on all sides, time on the deck gives the effect of lounging on a luxury cruise liner.


Things to do in V&A Waterfront, Cape townWalking out of the front doors of the hotel, we were in the heart of the V&A waterfront with a million things to do—the Nelson Mandela Gateway museum, shopping at the Waterfront Craft Market, enjoying the waterside cafes, or listening to the rhythms of the street musicians.


Cape grace ammenitiesOne of our favorite features on our long list of Cape Grace’s hospitality home runs was the complimentary chauffeur. This hot new beamer would zip us to any place within 10k of the hotel—the boutiques in Woodstock, the cable car to Table Mountain, the bars on Long Street, and any other place we could dream of visiting in the city.
We think Cape Grace is fantastic but don’t take our word or it…just ask Travel + Leisure magazine, they’ll tell you they rated it the #1 hotel in Africa and the Middle East. Not too shabby.


Note: Cape Grace invited us to be their guests; however, all opinions are our own.


7 thoughts on “Cape Contemporary

  • August 27, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Beautiful hotel and nice pictures. The view from the balcony has to be priceless. Can I be the chauffeur?

    • August 29, 2012 at 8:06 am

      thanks Frankooo…really made us smile to see a post from you on here. How are you guys? We miss you three! Chauffeur, man we need a doctor on this trip…..hahahaha…not because we are getting sick, but just because you are awesome and you are a doctor!

  • August 27, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    no no no, pick me – I wanna be the chauffeur….(beautiful place).

    • August 29, 2012 at 8:07 am

      ok Kim, tell us your credentials. Are you able to sip Mimosas by a pool? Can you enjoy a hike ending in sundowners on table mountain? Are you able to shop till you drop? Please submit your CV. 🙂

  • August 28, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Ahh yes… To be pampered!! And the BMW is surely a lot more comfortable than riding in on horseback 😉

    • August 29, 2012 at 8:08 am

      oh to be pampered…it is very nice to mix in the pampering, you are right. And to have a BMW to chauffeur you around town was just amazing, I have never stayed at a place with that service. Simple, but OH so luxurious!


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