Although we unfortunately never did get a chance to meet owner Greg Boki while staying at his delightful boutique hotel, my wife and I were extremely impressed with the very highest level of service he personally provided by e-mail prior to our arrival as well as the outstanding service all of his staff provided to make our short (4 day) business-mixed-with-pleasure visit as productive and entertaining/enjoyable as possible. The penthouse suite and its views were indeed terrific, the breakfasts and room-service snacks and evening wines and hors d'oeuvres were also great, and the places Greg had recommended for dinner were all great, too -- but the service was the real stand-out aspect of the visit, from the very careful pre-visit planning by Greg for our needs, to the various folks who provided service at our room, to the several drivers with the hotel's car service. Although the weather was overcast and intermittently rainy for most of our stay, and though the temperatures certainly didn't permit use of the pool, we so enjoyed the accommodations and service (and excursions and dining) that we didn't mind these little uncontrollable downsides at all and considered ourselves to have had a great stay.
The stay was not what I would consider inexpensive, but given the quality of the accommodations and service, I would definitely say the rates were fair.
We can easily see why many guests, per their TripAdvisor reviews, have returned many times, and if our travels ever bring us back to Cape Town, and if at that time we can still afford Atlanticview, we, too, will definitely stay there again.
Finally, an entirely ancillary note about traveling to or from SA through Dubai on Emirates Airlines: our flights on Emirates were among the best flights we have ever had (and that's said in spite of our being consigned to coach for three out of the four 10-16 hour legs), and Emirates kindly provides, for customers facing long layovers in Dubai, its "Dubai Connect" program providing transport to, and meals at, an off-airport hotel so one can enjoy a much-needed shower and bed at the midpoint of what for most customers will be a very long trip. (Note: the program is not automatically included with ticket purchase and instead the customer must call Emirates immediately after online ticket purchase to inquire about eligibility for, and to make (free) reservations for, the program. I can't remember what minimum layover duration establishes eligibility for the program (it's findable on the web), but at 15 and 22 hours, our layovers easily qualified.) That all said, the "Arabian Park Hotel" in which we were accommodated both going to and returning from SA is (unsurprisingly, I guess; you get what you pay for) 3-star (at best). Although the buffet-style meals at the restaurant were decent enough, and though service from all personnel (at the hotel and with ground transportation services) was courteous and professional, the air-conditioning throughout the hotel was quite insufficient (the rooms we stayed in (both going to and coming from SA) could not be cooled below the upper 70s Fahrhenheit even at best even with all window blinds/curtains closed). The public spaces were scarcely better, and, with the "cold" water coming out of the tap at what I would estimate to be around 90F, one couldn't even take a cool (let alone cold) shower to try to cool down. Trying to clean up and relax after a roughly 20-hour stint of travel is difficult when one immediately resumes perspiring upon stepping out of the shower -- not to mention how unenjoyable it is to brush one's teeth with hot water. In the end, only at the Mall of Dubai could we find true respite from Dubai's heat, but the mall's benches aren't the most comfortable (or legal) places to sleep. Yes, these were picayune annoyances incurred on an overall delightful trip -- and let me be the first to express appreciation to Emirates for selecting us for upgrade (at no charge, for no reason we could discern) to business class on the return from DXB to DFW (no, we did not complain about the hotel either at the hotel or to Emirates) -- but these points nevertheless are not only opportunities for improvement for Emirates but also cautions to other travelers from climates cooler than Dubai who may wish to consider either avoiding long layovers in Dubai (and accepting the additional bodily punishment of a short layover on a very long trip) or arranging, independently of Emirates, for higher-class hotel accommodations during a long layover in Dubai.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 5-Star Graded Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel has 9 rooms and suites. This unique Cape Town Boutique Hotel is set high atop fashionable Camps Bay along the Riviera of South Africa. It has the most spectacular views of the sea and mountains. The position is perfect and convenient to all tourist attractions. Atlanticview Cape Town do not permit small children into the property. This is very popular with honeymooners and couples who wish to just get away with a bit of peace, quiet + relaxation. Well behaved teens and singles are welcome. This Cape Town Hotel has stylish air-conditioned, non-smoking rooms (three fifty to three ninety sq ft) and suites (six hundred to seven fifty sq ft). All with spectacular views, quality furnishings, all season goose down duvets (featherless available) and percale bed-linens. Master Bedroom, Penthouse, Infinity and Sunset Suites now have super king Tempur-pedic Mattresses for your maximum comfort and quality rest. Guests can have a work out in the gym, a dip in the pool, a relaxing massage or a run on the beach. Rates incl Taxes, Welcome Refreshments, Breakfasts, WiFi, use of the Gym, 2 Solar heated Infinity pools, Guests Computer plus a generous amount of Quality Wines with delicious home made Hors-d'oeuvres and Canapés every evening to celebrate the magnificent southern Atlantic sunsets.To serve you there are 18 young hotel professionals to 18 guests. Atlanticview Boutique Hotel Camps Bay has its own in-house fleet of air-conditioned Mercedes for airport and local transfers to the beach, restaurants or tourist attractions. There is a Range Rover for private tours to the Winelands or Cape Point or wherever you would like to go, all with a friendly face from the hotel behind the wheel. Atlanticview is the only Cape Town hotel of its size to boast this service as well as two Infinity pools for their guests to enjoy. Rates for the car service are little more than local taxis. It is excellent value as well as a safe, comfortable and convenient way of getting around. Camps Bay is one of the safest up market communities in Cape Town and is the only Atlantic Seaboard beach town with a promenade packed full of world class restaurants and bars. Reservations are all handled personally by the US owners. Cuisine Technology SA, the hotels sister company supplies all the top chefs and restaurants in the country making dinner reservations in the top venues possible. The owner is known for ringing the chefs private cell phones on occasion to get guests in. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Atlanticview Capetown Boutique
- Atlanticview Capetown Boutique Camps Bay
- Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel Camps Bay