Cape Grace Hotel
What We Love
- People-watching at the waterfront Bascule bar
- The spectacular views of craggy Table Mountain
- Free sunset aperitifs at the handsome lobby library
- The heated outdoor pool with chic nautical decor
- Hydrotherapy treatments at the rooftop spa
What To Know
- This is a child-friendly property: there’s a babysitting service and even kiddie toiletries and robes!
- Complimentary chauffeured rides within a six-mile radius
- Guests can book private tours on a 56-foot yacht
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Backed by the iconic Table Mountain and surrounded by water, Cape Grace offers an idyllic setting within Cape Town’s lively V&A Waterfront. A recent renovation has brought in local character to this 120-room classic: South African designer Kathi Weixelbaumer chose rich leathers and noble woods paired with Cape Dutch antiques, traditional African artifacts, silk fabrics painted with words about Cape Town’s history, and murals depicting the waterfront as it was hundreds of years ago, while each of the guest rooms feature French windows opening onto balconies with views of the yacht marina or the working harbor. (Not to mention in-room fresh flowers and personally selected books, nice touches that speak to the very detail-oriented service found here.) Common areas include a rooftop spa offering a varied menu of treatments, a cozy outdoor pool, an award-winning restaurant, Signal, and a water’s-edge bar, Bascule, known for its library of nearly 500 whiskys from around the globe as well as a wide selection of regional wines (the hotel often hosts whisky and wine tastings).
In the Area
Set along South Africa’s oldest working harbor, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront near central Cape Town integrates Old World charm with modern attractions, having evolved into a top destination for shopping, dining, and sightseeing. Start your day with fresh pastries and loose tea (or something heartier) at the V&A Food Market, which houses over 40 vendors in a historical building off Nobel Square. Then head next door to Watershed, where you can browse some of Africa’s best craft and design stores under one roof. A few blocks away, Dalliance is a chic new eatery that serves fresh oysters, specialty beers, and a lot more. Keep your eyes out for Zeitz MOCAA, one of the most important museums of contemporary art on the continent set to open in Summer 2017 inside a transformed 1920s grain silo near the water.
How to Get There
We can’t say enough about the service at Cape Grace. The women at the front desk were more like your favorite aunts who wanted to make sure that we had the best plans for our stay in CapeTown. The car service was very convenient and the breakfast room service was awesome. The location is super close to the V&A Food Market which had a great range of local food choices. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. We stayed here on a private tour booked through National Geographic, they did a fantastic job of putting this trip together.
From the moment you walk into Cape Grace you know your at a special place. The entrance is as beautiful as it is inviting. The staff were all fantastic. High tea was great with a large assortment of options. Great location close to the wharf. Cant recommend enough.
We stayed and reviewed this hotel 4 years ago - we said then that we would return and we did, having recommended the hotel to anyone visiting Cape Town. The hotel remains top class but something special seemed to be missing this time. It could be that the staff are still friendly and efficient but they weren't quite as attentive. The hotel now seems to be hosting tour groups which might have altered their approach to service. It definitely impacted upon our stay as the groups got up for an early start, banging doors and talking loudly in the corridor. We had a similar Table Mountain facing room as last time, which was well appointed and had everything we needed including USB ports and an international plug socket. The concierge team was still excellent and went to great lengths to deal with an issue we had with overcharging at a restaurant. The complimentary chauffeurs were brilliant and of course the location remains superb. We took advantage of the complimentary wine tasting but were somewhat underwhelmed by the sommelier who just went through the motions and offered little in the way of information. Breakfast was good; both the continental and cooked. This time we are not as convinced that we would stay again on our return.