Those who have visited the Cape Grace hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, know that no description can fully capture the elegance of this property. Each room has French windows with a coveted view of the yacht marina, the Victoria & Alfred Harbor, or the iconic Table Mountain, and the hotel has easy access to the city center and other popular destinations.
The list of amenities doesn’t stop with the plush bedding and marble bathrooms. From the front entrance to the rooftop sun deck, the Cape Grace is full of thoughtful additions to make your stay truly unique.
Here are 10 reasons the Cape Grace is a hotel like no other:
Early Arrival: Don’t fret about your flight landing before check in – the Cape Grace allows day use of facilities for early arrivals, including shower rooms to freshen up so that you don’t miss a beat.
Jetlag Treatments: The Spa at Cape Grace offers an extensive list of massages, facials, and other wellbeing treatments. Perhaps most important for travelers from afar is their specialized jetlag massage to alleviate the aches and pains of long haul flights. Still tired the next morning? Ask for a wake-up call that arrives with tea and coffee.
Local Touch: Many businesses claim to put a value on local talent and products, but the Cape Grace outshines all the rest. Each room, from the lobby to the Penthouse Suite, has been uniquely designed by local artists with South African themes. Every fabric, material, and texture has been locally produced and procured. Local artisans are present in every detail: window treatments, light fixtures, faucets, and more. Cape Town-based company Charlotte Rhys even created a line of luxurious soap, lotion, and other toiletries specifically for the Cape Grace.
Kids Perks: Children can also enjoy the attention to detail that Cape Grace specializes in. Upon arrival, little ones can “check in” themselves and receive a welcome gift, as well as pint-sized robes and slippers. After a day of story-time in the library, swimming in the heated pool, and getting Princess Spa Treatments with Mom, they’ll be tucked in at night with a special turn-down service, including African stories and gingerbread men.
Complimentary Chauffeur: Dashing out for a bite to eat or a cable car ride up Table Mountain? The complimentary chauffeur is happy to provide transportation up to 6 miles from the hotel.
World Class Chef: Malika van Reenen is the Executive Chef for Signal Restaurant, and her creations are not to be missed. Ms. van Reenen is the winner of multiple competitions and awards, but doesn’t rest on her laurels; she jet-sets around the world to spark inspiration for her menus at the Cape Grace, bringing new and interesting flavors home to combine with her favorite traditional meals.
Whiskey Tastings: Bascule Bar has one of the largest collection of fine whiskeys in the Southern Hemisphere, and as a guest at the Cape Grace you can enjoy a select few. Whiskey tastings are held at Bascule Saturday through Thursday at 6pm. Enjoy your tasting with a small group and share the experience – or have the sommelier all to yourself with a private session.
Wine Experience: South Africa is quickly becoming a prime destination for wine connoisseurs. Get acquainted with the local scene before heading out to the Winelands with the complimentary Cape Wine Experience, or choose a bottle from the extensive wine cellar.
Library: Nothing beats sitting in a warm leather chair with a good book for Afternoon Tea – or port and sherry later in the evening, if that’s your style. Stop by the library for a collection of literature, refreshments, and pastries (insider tip: try the carrot cake!). If you need some quiet reading time, look no further than your own room – each has a rotating selection of hand-picked novels.
Flower Trolley: A roving flower trolley gives guests the chance to order a special arrangement or have flowers delivered to their room. Don’t miss out on the majestic King Protea flowers – the national flower of South Africa.
The Cape Grace goes above and beyond in every aspect of service, comfort, and hospitality. Contact Esplanade Travel to book your own stay at this inimitable hotel!