Friday, January 25, 2013


Cape Grace is a charmer, homely and yet classy in an arty and low key way, with a reputation for warm and discreet service. Placed right on the marina in the Waterfront with water on both sides, it has stunning views. Our clients LOVE Cape Grace…so did the Select team on our recent return visit.
Gorgeous views
The lobby is large and rambling with fascinating details and some quirky touches like a pile of pink suitcases. Funky design is Very Cape Town, reflecting the fun spirit of the gorgeously liveable “mother city”. At the same time the mood is classy and aesthetic, with art, handwork and antiques all over.

Lobby: Quirky and fun, arty and interesting

Roomy charm

Bright luxury room in pale, demure colours
The lead-in room type is a luxury room 35 sqm. And indeed though not especially large and in demure low key beiges and grey, our luxury room felt bright and welcoming. French windows can be left open for the salty breezes and the views over the marina to Signal Hill or Table Mountain.

We sat in bed for hours just watching the last rays of sun on Signal Hill and sunset reflections glancing on the water…as the lights of the city and the yachts came on mellow gold. Signal Hill is where they used to signal the sailing ships with cannon shots.

This lead-in luxury room category offers tea and coffee making (but not espresso machines), dressing room and bath and separate shower. Décor pleasant and trendy in neutral sand and beige with painted (artistically aged) furniture. It feels pleasantly lived in, fresh but not brand new.

Traditional marble bathrooms

For a balcony, upgrade to rooftop luxury rooms which are the same size. Rooftop terrace rooms (also 35 sqm) have a bigger balcony (10sqm). Superior rooms also have a balcony, are more spacious and suit families (50 sqm room area) with a sofa providing extra beds.
Superior room - larger with sofa
Balcony with view
Roof top luxury room with terrace

The apartment suites are from 90 to 200 sqm with 1 to 3 bedrooms. For a discerning couple who likes outdoor living, go for the Penthouse suite with a spacous 45 sqm terrace with dining area and Jacuzzi from which to admire the fab views, and a large bedroom (80 sqm) with sitting and dining area.
Spacious terrace with fab views in
3-bedroom suite
One of the 3 bedrooms in the  large suite

Dining at Cape Grace

Cape Grace is also a “destination” for Capetonians looking to dine at the Signal Restaurant  or revel at Bascule whiskey bar. In fact we were invited to the Bascule Bar to celebrate a birthday by a Cape Town resident

The atmosphere is fabulous, with the fresh smell of the marina, the sunset behind Table Mountain, and jazz playing to set a mellow tone and keep at bay raucous young adults. For 100 zar my friends one got to taste 3 glasses of expensive whisky (perhaps half tot in each). Only 50 zar for two tapas – each a sizable potato rosti topped with an ample circle of rainbow smoked salmon and horseradish sauce.

We liked them so much that we ate salmon tapas the next night too, when the poplar Bascule Bar was full, ordering from upstairs at the Cape Grace poolside bar.

Swimming pool and casual dining
The Signal restaurant makes the most of the fact that Cape Town is surrounded by clean seas rich in life and a warm Med hinterland perfect for fruit and vegetables: cuisine to reflect the heritage of the tip of Africa, where Dutch and British colonists, African, Malaysian and other Asian peoples have left their mark. South African “inventions” like butternut bobotie should be tried …

The library is another spot to hang out and enjoy atmosphere, cream teas (scones and cream) and teas and infusions where the floating leaves can be admired in a glass teapot. “Red gold” is rooibos herbal tea from high on the Cedarberg mountains.

In a nutshell

120 rooms & suites, 4 bars and restaurants (including a space devoted to eats and beverages in the library, a pool bar and the famous Bascule bar), spa.
The hotel is:
Individual, personal, peaceful, arty, trendy, classy
Beautifully situated on the marina at the Waterfront (a few minutes from shopping and other waterside restaurants)
Bascule whisky bar and Signal restaurant make it a destination in itself – Bascule is one of the” in” places by the marina with Table Mountain sunset view
Free transfers within 10 km radius (availability)

Bascule Bar is very popular so you have to get there early  (but you can order its eats in the pool bar). No espresso machine in luxury room. Luxury rooms do not have balconies unless entitled luxury rooftop or luxury terrace.

Who to stay

Discerning couples, and families who love trendy harmonious décor and views…right in the Waterfront

How to get to Cape Grace

25 minutes by car from Cape Town International Airport. Free luxury transfers within a 10 km radius, subject to availability. That could get you to many attractions including the Table Mountain cableway, Greenpoint, Camp's Bay.

Select added values

For a minimum 3 night stay, a bottle of wine in the room, early checkin and late checkout if space is available.

Afternoon - yachts in the marina
Seen from our room - sunset touches the water

Lights come on as evening falls over Signal Hill

Art and history - part of its Grace

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