The Cape Grace is one of the premium addresses in Cape Town. Located right on the V&A Waterfront, with Table Mountain in the background, you could not be more central if you tried. Yes, the waterfront is touristy. But it is still lovely to walk around, especially for families. Seals entertain crowds in the harbour, and there are a few charming little bars you can sit at and watch Cape Town go by. We also walked all the way down Bree Straat from the Cape Grace, and checked out some of wonderful bars there (read more here).
Cape Grace is an elegant red-brick building, which I first recognised from the film Blood Diamond. The service is second to none. The staff are so friendly and go out of their way to make you feel looked after and happy. The nautical theme throughout the hotel might not be to everyones taste, but it does feel grand and it is undeniably one of the best hotel options in Cape Town (along with neighbouring One & Only, Ellerman House and 12 Apostles).
We had a wonderful room with Table Mountain and harbour views. The windows were huge and opened wide, so you can sit by the window and it feels like your outside. Many of the rooms also have terraces. The rooms are very spacious, with palatial beds, the softest sheets and wonderful marble bathrooms.
We went for dinner at the wonderful Test Kitchen while staying here, so didn’t get to try their fine dining restaurant Signal (meant to be very good). But the breakfast here was incredible. I loved the corn fritters with bacon and avocado. A lot of locals also come for the excellent Afternoon tea. I was just in a permanent food coma throughout my holiday in South Africa.
While there is so much to do in and around Cape Town, should you wish to just relax at the hotel you can hang out in the beautiful library, or lounge around the (small) pool. In the evening their famous whiskey bar fills up and stays open until late, with a really good vibe. In short, if you can, spend at least a night here on your first visit to Cape Town. You won’t regret it.
W Quay Rd,
V & A Waterfront,
Photo credit: Cape Grace