Enjoying a stellar location in the working harbor section of the Waterfront—and rightfully renowned for its excellent service—the Cape Grace is popular with American celebrities, including the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Decor at this storied hotel reflects the mélange of indigenous and foreign influences that have come to epitomize the Cape: hand-painted fabrics embellished with proteas, antiques like old cane fishing rods and Dutch china, and nautical murals make up the eclectic theme. With an excellent (if small) spa; charming library where you can take afternoon tea, enjoy views of the ships, or cozy up by a fire; and a world-famous whiskey bar boasting more than 500 whiskeys from 14 countries, this graceful establishment knows how to pamper its guests.
May 6, 2013
Ask anyone that knows Cape Town and they will certainly know of the Cape Grace. Located at the popular Victoria and Alfred Harbor, it is simply brilliant. On one side, you have the working waterfront itself and, on the other, a Marina in the foreground with Table Mountain and Signal Hill behind. The location and views are exceptional. Inside the hotel you will notice the murals, all hand painted by African Sketchbook, that reflect an African / nautical
theme. The hotel’s silk curtains are also hand painted with the names of old Dutch ships. All the iron work, chairs and lamps we are done by artist Conrad Hicks. I stayed in room 134 (a Table Mountain Luxury Room) which had a view of the marina and Table Mountain / Signal Hill. My bathroom had a large free standing tub and separate shower. No two rooms are decorated in the exact same way and each floor of the hotel has a color theme. Breakfast at Signal, the hotel’s restaurant, should be taken in the sunroom next to the pool. The Bascule is probably the largest and most unique whiskey bar I have ever seen, boasting 460 different types of whiskey. On the 4th floor, you will find a gym and the spa with sauna, steam rooms, and array of other complimentary amenities. Guests can of course book a wide selection of treatments as well. The location, view, posh elegance, and service is wonderful. However, this is not a good fit for the budget minded traveler. Overall a lovely 5 star property at the VA Waterfront – a great base for exploring on foot.
Aug 22, 2007
Front desk even provided us w/ gourmet picnic backpack to climb Table Mountain!