This was our third stay at the Vineyard - and we found it just as lovely as ever. There's something really warm, welcoming and intimate about this hotel. Sitting on the delightfully tranquil garden terrace sipping a glass of fizz in the sunshine and looking out across the gardens on to Table Mountain - it's really hard to beat it!
We stayed in a junior garden suite and found the standard of accommodation to be as good as before. We loved the spaciousness of our suite and having the lounge area made it great for room service dinners. Disappointingly, the trees had grown up so much since we last stayed three years ago, we had more of a tree view than a garden view from our terrace. This also limited the amount of sun we got on the terrace.
We sampled breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner at the hotel at various times during our stay. Breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas (all eaten on the gorgeous terrace) were always top notch in terms of quality of the food. We were not so impressed with dinner in the Square restaurant where we found the portions to be far too huge for us and therefore a bit offputting. However, we enjoyed dinner in Myoga much more.
We spent a couple of days by the pool and really enjoyed relaxing in the sunshine in the peace and quiet (there were very few children around when we were there!). The pool area is beautiful and there is plenty of room and plenty of shade options.
So why have I used the description "idiosyncratic"? Well, whilst this hotel is a bit of an institution and clearly has a big fan base (including us), the staff working in it are variable. Some are great and obviously want to do their best but others give a poor service and don't really seem to care. Breakfast could be very disorganised which kept us amused but was sometimes irritating. We found the receptionists and pool area staff to be equally variable. We wonder why the best staff members aren't held up as role models for others - because if it was so obvious to us which ones are good, it surely must be obvious to the management.
Having said that, we will definitely go back - there is something so charming and irrisistible about the Vineyard that we're prepared to forgive its little foibles!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A preferred 4-star hotel for discerning Cape Town visitors, the Vineyard Hotel offers 208 luxury accommodation options, 2 award-winning restaurants, an acclaimed spa and fitness centre, indoor (heated) and outdoor swimming pool, free wireless internet, as well as a top-rated conference and functions venue. Set in an idyllic 7-acre garden estate on Table Mountain's eastern slopes, close to the airport, the city and the many delights of Africa's No 1 leisure destination. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Vineyard Hotel Newlands
- Vineyard Hotel And Spa
- Vineyard Hotel Cape Town/Newlands, South Africa
- Vineyard Cape Town