For a city with such a magnificent coastline, there are surprisingly few five star hotels on the water’s edge, and even less that combine this with such convenient proximity to so many of Cape Town’s top tourist attractions.
From the balcony of your sea-facing room at the Radisson Blu Waterfront you can relax with a glass of bubbly while you watch the container ships coming and going in Table Bay, as well as numerous pleasure craft, from sleek yachts to pirate ships. Okay, one pirate ship; the Jolly Roger berths at quay 5 and can be hired for parties. If you’re an early riser you will see squadrons of birds flying in low formation over the water, going about their bird business, as well as early morning kayakers and jet skiers. The heated rim flow pool literally spills into the ocean and provides a world class bathing spot for guests and gulls alike.
To the left you’ll be able to look across Mouille Point to Sea Point, and to the right is the V&A Waterfront, which is just minutes away. On a Saturday morning you can take a leisurely stroll to the popular Oranjezicht City Farm market. As a visitor to Cape Town you probably won’t be shopping for fresh produce, but you can still pick up some non-perishable treats to take home, and you can definitely while away some time socialising with the stall holders or having something to eat from the various food and beverage vendors.
The hotel runs a shuttle to and from the V&A Waterfront every hour until 11pm. Besides all the shops and restaurants there, attractions include the Cape Wheel, the Two Oceans Aquarium, and the Springbok Experience rugby museum, as well as the gateway to Robben Island, helicopter flips, harbour cruises, and access to City SightSeeing’s topless buses and other services. From here you can connect easily via the MyCiti bus service to go into the city centre, or up Table Mountain.
Should you choose to spend your time at the hotel there is plenty to keep you occupied, whether it’s lazing by the pool with a cocktail in hand, sundowners on the deck with its magnificent view (and live music on Fridays and Saturdays), or dinner in Tobago’s Restaurant paired with fabulous local wines. The Amani Spa offers treatments for singles and couples, an oxygenating vitality pool and a fitness centre. The spa is not only for hotel guests, but a pampering escape for anyone who needs it and can be booked for groups as well.
Radisson Blu Waterfront has 177 rooms and suites decorated in crisp white with jaunty blue nautical accents. From a standard room to a business class suite, you can expect a fully stocked mini bar, bathrobes and slippers, tea and coffee making facilities, and free high speed wifi. At the upper end of the scale you will get VIP turndown service, a Nespresso® coffee machine, a daily newspaper delivered to your door, and the lavish breakfast buffet which is served until 11am. Checkout time is a very civilised 12pm.
With a prime location and all these amenities, the hotel is a great destination for visitors but what sets it apart is the truly magnificent staff. Each and every one of them makes you feel as if their sole purpose is to ensure your happiness, and nothing is too much trouble.
The Radisson Blue Waterfront is at 100 Beach Rd, Granger Bay, Cape Town. Telephone 021 441 3000 or go to www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-capetown for more information.