Three magnificent hotels in Cape Town where you can have a drink and eat, or be pampered during a summer stay in the southern hemisphere (November to March)
Cape Town has long been known as a coveted holiday destination. International visitors flock here during the Southern Hemisphere summer to enjoy the stunning scenery, hot summer days and golden beaches. Whether you choose to stay by the sea or further inland, you are in for a treat. And if you just want to visit to enjoy a sunset, these three hotels are perfect gems.
Cape Town’s city center buzzes after dark, which is why a visit to trendy Gorgeous George is a must. It is an ideal place to stay if you prefer to stay away from the crowds and enjoy the magic of the city center.
Gorgeous George is the result of the transformation of two 1940s-style buildings that have been linked for decades, one Art Deco, the other Edwardian Revival. This magnificent boutique hotel offers 20 rooms and 12 suites that manage to harmoniously combine the two styles of the building. The result is a creative mix of concrete and steel, a touch of Victorian elements, magical African influences and contemporary design.
The hotel’s spacious reception area is decorated in Delft-inspired hand-painted blue and white ceramic tiles, and the rooms feature a color palette of blues, whites, and mountainside greenery. On the rooftop, visitors can enjoy an inviting terrace and pool, set in a lush oasis that offers sweeping city views during the day and sparkling glory at night.
Decor is by renowned local interior designer Tristan du Plessis, who has managed to combine the styles of the two disparate buildings and the personality of the hotel into one Gorgeous George experience. The hotel is not only a great place to stay when visiting Cape Town, it is the place to visit for an amazing drink or meal.
Gigi Rooftop in Gorgeous George is where Cape Town and its visitors come to play. The 6 of the hotele The upstairs rooftop location is open all day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as sunsets and poolside entertainment. There is a second gourmet restaurant and the bar is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Gorgeous George is also very music oriented and offers plenty of entertainment; on the first floor, guests visit the Pink Room to enjoy live music, bands, movie nights, comedy shows, and art exhibits. And on the rooftop, DJs play music throughout the weekend starting Friday night.
The bay hotel
Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s most popular locations, with stunning sea and beach views. The Bay Hotel overlooks the sea and the famous beach, making it a popular choice for a vacation in South Africa’s mother city. But there’s more to The Bay than just the beach and the sea. The sunsets here are quite spectacular and a very good reason to stay at The Bay.
The hotel is also on the Camps Bay Strip, where there are many fabulous restaurants. So it’s a great place if you don’t want to wander – you have the beach across the road, and the Atlantic Ocean as well as great restaurants day and night (after dark, the Strip is full of vibrant nightlife). Then there’s the unbeatable sunset any day of the week, with magical views over Lion’s Head, the Twelve Apostles mountain range stretching towards Hout Bay and the back of the iconic Table Mountain.
The Bay is Camps Bay’s luxurious beachfront escape. It’s an exclusive hotel where regulars can become members, offering exceptional service and unbeatable experiences.
Membership is well worth the extra cost. The membership program offers great benefits which include coworking spaces, business facilities, a gym called Mint Wellness, sauna and steam room, and best of all, membership to the superb Sandy B Private Hotel Beach Club. It’s where guests come to enjoy that legendary sunset every night before enjoying a night out on the Strip or at one of the Bay Hotel’s four signature restaurants.
The Sandy B private beach club is chargeable. It’s a sophisticated venue where guests over 18 enjoy sunset views and light meals in exclusive privacy. Set on a wooden deck overlooking Camps Bay’s iconic Sunset Strip, it’s the perfect place to see and be seen while enjoying cocktails or bubbles.
You don’t have to stay at this iconic hotel to enjoy Sandy B Private Beach Club, but the choice of excellent accommodations makes it a winner all round. The Bay Hotel’s facilities are legendary and its idyllic beachfront location makes it a much sought-after place to stay.
Mount Nelson Hotel
Nestled at the foot of Table Mountain in the gardens, with its own glorious greenery to relax in, the magnificent Mount Nelson Hotel is a Cape Town landmark. Whether you stay here or just come in for a drink and a bite to eat, you will have an unforgettable experience.
Many international travelers call The Mount Nelson, or Nellie (that’s her nickname) their home when they visit the Fairest Cape. And for good reason. This hotel, part of the prestigious Belmond group, offers an exceptional luxury experience. Like its sister hotels around the world, Mount Nelson prides itself on its incredible offerings – the service is impeccable, the surroundings are exquisite, and the facilities are on a whole new level. If you are staying elsewhere, you must come and visit on an evening or afternoon. A visit to Nellie is a must.
Come and have the hotel’s legendary High Tea in the hotel lounge in the afternoon, or join the crowds for an aperitif or pre-dinner drink at the Planet Bar, which is timeless and elegant and a popular drinking spot. The views of the hotel’s lush gardens and magical Table Mountain are unparalleled, and you can succumb to the splendor of this stylish bar with its comfortable seating and luxurious drinks.
The Planet Bar is at its best during the summer months, when the rich and famous come to play, see and be seen. People-watching from the terrace is a popular pastime. You are likely to spot many famous faces here who have come to enjoy the sunset or get ready for a gourmet dinner.
If you decide to stay at this glorious hotel, you are in for a treat. Rooms at the Nellie are exceptionally sumptuous – Belmond is renowned for its lavish decor and luxurious fittings. The service is, of course, impeccable and the food is a delight, even if you only order from room service.