Tuesday, June 9, 2015

HOTEL CHECK SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Grace

Our Select team visits Cape Town often, and keeps an eye on our favourite hotels. Here we return to a very special place...

Cape Grace never fades; it just matures like good Cape wine. This charmer sits on its own private quay facing Table Mountain,  Signal Hill and the reflections on the yacht marina. A stone’s throw from the bustle of the increasingly popular Waterfront, Cape Grace is a haven of peace and class.



At present the draw bridge to the rest of the waterfront is down to be fixed (to let yachts through) – so you have an extra 5 or 10 minutes’ walk from the shopping, entertainment and restaurants. That makes it feel even more exclusive, though as welcoming as ever. Décor inspired by Cape history gives a sense of place and a feel of quality,  while the service  remains warm and smooth, and presents the "rainbow  nation".

Bascule Bar, as delightful as ever, is still our favourite place  to sit watching the mountain's moods  - whisky tasting and/or eating tapas (still good value - now 80 zar – 2 years ago it was 50 zar) - jazz several evenings a week..

The waiter Nkosi had his fingers on the pulse when he pointed out that Sweden also produced whiskey.
 Cape Grace had it in stock  - here is -  Swedish MackMyra

But meanwhile the pool area has become adorable, really inviting. While the pool was made smaller, a waterfall has been added and the area around widened to house many more welcoming sunloungers and extensive sofas, with a generally attractive and relaxing al fresco feel.  It is a place you feel like lounging in whether choosing sun or shade. The old pool area was dull, despite the larger pool...

A cool dip in a cool place with loads of lounging area

Breakfast


In the Signal restaurant, one of the best breakfasts of our trip  – with a big spread on the buffet and eggs to order, including a South African breakfast plate piled with egg, bacon, sausage, beans, mushroom  and tomato…whatever. And of course, Champagne!



A tiny corner of the buffet

Dinner

Signal Restaurant is currently re-running meat and vegetarian tasting menus, based on the offerings of various vineyards.

Rooms

Same décor that I liked two years ago – striped wall paper and some classic decorative easy chairs and arty headboard.  Our Luxury table mountain  room was a place to meditate, to sip wine and celebrate with bubbly, eat our delicious cheese plate gift. And stare at the beauty as the reflections faded and the lights began to twinkle on Signal Hill. It is a magic spot.






Table Mountain view from a first floor Luxury Room


Birthday arrival amenities :) including delicious local cheeses and sweeties
Superior room is a bigger room with a sofa – can take a cot too. This cosy nest has a balcony with view of the working harbor and authentic, colourful  fishing boats.


Superior Room - the sofa can become a bed (extra charge)

Lots of colourful atmosphere with a  view of the  working harbour from a Superior Room

Most attractive for a family, the 2-bedroom apartment has a balcony with water views. There are 6 of them. Spacious bedrooms can take 3 beds.  Some face the yacht marina some working marina. Kids bedroom has x box. There is a  guest bathroom.


Lovely balcony of a two bedroom suite
Kitchen in the two bedroom suite

On the fourth floor no children are allowed – accommodations here are Penthouse suite, Rooftop Terrace, and Rooftop Luxury.


Afternoon tea with treats to order in the calming library

Cape Grace in a nutshell


The more hectic the Waterfront gets the nicer Cape Grace feels. Newly done pool area with waterfall and a plethora of sunbeds and sofas. Plenty of luxury rooms interlead to suit families. Superior rooms (balcony) can house a small family. Two bedroom apartment has kitchen and nice balcony. Spa, gym, afternoon treats in library. Rooms & suites: 120.

For more about Cape Grace see our website HERE.

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