We stayed 2 nights in the Cape Heritage Hotel, at the beginning of our trip to South Africa and one night at the end.
We have a toddler so it is best for us to have accomodation with cooking facilities, but this is the ideal hotel.
It has so much STYLE... Someone put so much love into it, as evidenced by the photographs of its renovation. Each room is decorated differently, mixing antique pieces such faded oriental rugs and African art in wire, wood and plastic. It celebrates Cape Town history with old photographs. It was built in an historic part of Cape Town in the 18th century and its restoration is really an act of love, and the staff are proud of it.
The first night I asked for a luxury room and we had a wonderful balcony and a fabulous bathroom with an enormous shower - all in sea green glass - and an enormous tub with feet.
The final night in our stay in South Africa we returned to Cape Heritage's "standard" room, and I was impressed by what "standard" means - LOVELY decor and an immense bathroom, in black and red tiling with a kitsch painting on the wall, a huge shower, and another footed bathtub.
Breakfast is in a pretty little kitchen. On our first night we had an early flight to Durban and the receptionist made us breakfast 1 hour or so before breakfast was supposed to begin. He really did not have to do that.
The staff is lovely and welcoming without being too family or intrusive (no bear hugs here - see my review of the ever infamous, La Petite Ferme). They are ready to help with organizing taxis, paying in cash for you and allowing you to charge. They were notably extremely kind to our little 16 month old daughter, playing with her and giving her toys. The receptionist desk has someone there 24 hours so you really do feel secure.
There's a really good bistro downstairs. We attempted to go there, but our kid acted up so the receptionist helped us to carry our food upstairs to our room. He was very understanding.
The area around it has some hip restaurants and bars - if you have someone to walk with, it seems fairly secure. It's about 15 minutes walking to Kloof Street and Company's Gardens and all the museums.
I recommend the Cape Heritage hands down, especially for people who get sick of the standardized characterless chain hotels. That said, Cape Heritage is clean and well-run enough to please even the pickiest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Heritage Square in the heart of Cape Town, the Cape Heritage is a boutique four star hotel that is historic and contemporary; intimate and lively; and stylish and cozy. Originally built in 1771, the hotel has 17 individually decorated bedrooms, which not only retain the charm of the past but are also equipped with an array of modern comforts. The hotel opens out onto a courtyard that houses the oldest living grapevine in South Africa ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Town Heritage Hotel
- Cape Heritage Hotel Cape Town, South Africa