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Cape Grace, Cape Town

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
South Africa, Africa + Middle East: Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town, with the Cape Grace hotel at center and
West Quay Road
V&A Waterfront
Cape Town
South Africa 8002
Tel: 27 21 410 7100's insider take:

Anxious about driving in Cape Town? This hotel's location on its own quay at the V&A Waterfront means guests have pedestrian access to the shops and restaurants there; in addition, a complimentary chauffeur service covers a five-mile radius—which will get you to the beach. Even better, request a packed picnic and get dropped at Clifton Beach in the morning. The 121-room hotel has a somewhat younger clientele than its main luxury competitor, the Mount Nelson, and prides itself on extremely personalized service. Hotel staff try to accommodate every request, so if you're keen on wine, the resident sommelier can accompany you to the winelands, for instance. Complimentary "Café Complet" (tea, coffee, juice, water, and pastries in the morning) as well as port and sherry in the evening are available to all guests in the library. The best views of the water are had from the fourth-floor terrace suites, also the location of the spa. Bascule, the hotel's happening bar, has the largest single-malt whiskey collection in the Southern Hemisphere, and is a great spot for a quayside drink.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 92.4
  • Design: 93.2
  • Food: 88.5
  • Location: 95.4
  • Rooms: 92.5
  • Service: 92.4
From this sandstone-colored hotel, "watch the daily life of the port" or "the fog cascading over Table Mountain at dusk." Richly colored rooms are individually conceived—"it's like staying in a collector's home." The restaurant Signal offers spins on local fare, ergo cumin-crusted ostrich, though cigarette smoke makes the terrace "uninhabitable at times." "Staff welcomed our children with a gift."

(121 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The Cape Grace's enviable location on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, matchless service, and rooftop spa notwithstanding, it was generally agreed that this 13-year-old hotel needed to overhaul its outdated interiors. Enter designer Kathi Weixelbaumer, who has radically refashioned the hotel, incorporating a delightful local provenance. Each of the 121 guest rooms tells an intricately researched story through the use of hand-painted fabrics, ship manifests, Cape Dutch antiques, handcrafted metalwork, and more. New, too, is Signal Restaurant, where guests can order 24/7 from the tantalizing menu that reflects the cultural groups which shaped Cape Town—French Huguenots, British settlers, Dutch and Asian traders. The brilliant breakfasts consist of individual orders of practically anything your heart desires, be it a single poached egg with a grilled tomato or a few local cheeses with Cape fruit preserves. The hotel's real trump card, however, is the new Spirit of the Cape, a 56-foot yacht for guests' private use—from onboard spa treatments to whiskey tastings to a trip to the Atlantic coast beaches.—2009 Hot List

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