Cape Grace experience

Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

At a Glance

  • A real Cape Town landmark in the heart of the harbor

  • Great location on the V&A Waterfront

  • Opulent rooms and service

  • Superb restaurants, including the Signal

  • Wander out of the hotel to many of Cape Town's attractions - all within easy reach

  • Exquisite attention to detail throughout the hotel.

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Cape Town is a year-round destination. The summers are generally warm and dry, while winters tend to be wet and cool, the rains brought on by fierce north westerly gales. Neither season experiences extremes of temperature, thanks to prevailing winds. Summer (Nov-Mar) is the hottest with temperatures 20-40°C. Mid season (Apr, May, Sep, Oct) temps between 10-30°C. Winter (from June- Aug) is the low season with temps 0-25°C.

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Insider's View

The Cape Grace has the largest collection of whiskeys in the southern hemisphere!

Enjoy a complimentary glass of sherry in the library before dinner

Ask about the tussy mussy – a wonderfully quirky idea!

Children will enjoy having their own special toiletries and robes, created just for them!

Try one of the NeoQi hydrotherapy treatments in the Spa

There is a booklet in the room information with the history of the antiques that are displayed in the hotel

Enjoy the hot spa with sauna and steam room after a full day exploring Cape Town, free to all guests regardless of if you book a treatment!

A superb hotel that despite being large, has a very personal feel and the level of service is impeccable. The best aspect is the way they look after children so well.

Have a drink in the whisky bar on the marina side. All the locals come in and it has a wonderful atmosphere.

Try some wine and whiskey tasting in the Bascule bar which literally feels like you are onboard a ship

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Cape Grace Hotel

Description

The Cape Grace is a stylishly decorated hotel with 120 rooms, set on its own private quay within the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront. The hotel is surrounded on 3 sides by the bustling harbor and is in a fantastic location from which to explore Cape Town.

The recently refashioned Cape Grace hotel delivers all the creature comforts you would expect from world class luxury accommodation in Cape Town and lots of little extras too. Backed by the iconic Table Mountain, and surrounded on three sides by the busy working harbor, The Cape Grace epitomizes style and sophistication in an atmosphere alive with genuine warmth and hospitality.

All of the 120 guest rooms and suites have views of the V&A harbor or yacht marina with a Table Mountain backdrop. The Cape Grace is centrally located with quick and easy access to the airport, city center and other popular tourist destinations. The hotel also has one of the Cape’s best-known restaurants, The Signal Restaurant, which is within the Hotel, and serves food with a distinctively South African flavor.

"Spirit of the Cape" is the privately owned luxury yacht available for the exclusive use of Cape Grace guests. She is a 56ft Aicon fly-bridge luxury motor yacht with private access for hotel guests.The yacht holds maximum of 12 guests and two crew members. No children below the age of 5 years can be accommodated for safety reasons.

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Accommodation

Accommodation comprises 120 rooms and suites all elegantly styled and generous in size. All rooms have iPod docking stations and in the Suites and Penthouses there is an X-Box 360. They all have flat screen, high definition TV, satellite television channels and selected radio stations, a fully stocked private bar and mini-deli as well as tea and coffee making facilities. Rooms are air-conditioned with French windows, with views of the yacht marina or the working harbor, fresh flowers and personally selected books can be found in all the guest rooms.

Luxury Room

The 37 Luxury Rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child, under the age of 5, on a toddler bed. The rooms have a reading area and dressing area and a Juliet balcony overlooking the V&A working harbor.

Table Mountain Luxury Room

Each of the 43 Table Mountain Luxury rooms are 45 meter squared. Each has a reading area, dressing area and French doors opening to a Juliet balcony overlooking the yacht marina and Table Mountain. Each room accommodates 2 adults and 1 child under 5 on a toddler bed.

Superior Room

10 superior rooms with a dressing room, spacious living area, french doors opening onto a roomy balcony. Each room accommodates 2 adults and 2 children under 7 on a sofa bed or 1 child under 12 on a sofa bed.

Rooftop Luxury

The 8 Rooftop luxury rooms are located on the 4th floor. With french doors opening onto a breakfast patio. There is a reading area and separate dressing area.

Rooftop Terrace

The 9 rooftop terrace rooms are located on the 4th floor. They all have a spacious living area and reading area and separate dressing room. French doors open to a roomy balcony.

1 Bedroom Suite

There are two 1-bedroom suites both with their own separate lounge and dinning area. They have a large balcony with outdoor dinning area. Each suite can accommodate 2 adults and up to 1 additional child under 12, in an extra single bed.

2-Bedroom Suite

There are six 2-bedroom suites each with separate guest rooms with private entrances. There is a well equipped kitchen and dinning area, large balcony with outdoor dinning. These suites can accommodate 4 adults and up to 1 additional child under 12 in an extra single bed.

3-Bedroom Suite

There are three 3-bedroom suites with private entrances. Each have a well equipped kitchen and dinning area. There is also a large balcony with outdoor dinning space too. These suites can accommodate six adults and up to 2 additional children under 12 on extra single beds.

Penhouse Suite

There are two penthouse suites both located on the fourth floor. Each has their own spacious lounge, outdoor terrace with private jacuzzi and walk in closet. Canapes are served daily at 1800, along with complimentary sherry, port, whisky, congnac and mini bar selection.

Childcare

Children of all ages are welcome to come and stay and The Cape Grace prides itself on being very accommodating to families with young ones. They offer a special kiddies turndown, gingerbread decorating and African story time in the evenings is also available. Children get their own mini robes, bath toys and check in process.

Services

The Cape Grace hotel prides itself on the personal service given to guests, which includes a complimentary luxury chauffeur transfer service within a 20km/12 mile radius, day-use facilities for early arrivals and late departures and there is also 24 hour room service, as well as daily Cape Orientation and wine tasting.

Facilities

Facilities at The Cape Grace are fantastic and include a excellent Spa, fitness studio, a lovely heated outdoor swimming pool, private guest library and lounge, wi-fi connectivity in all rooms and public areas, as well as a daily Cape orientation and wine tasting there is also a communication center with 24-hour internet access.

Activities

Staff are always on hand to guide guests through the numerous choices of activity on offer in and around Cape Town, from the lovely beaches to Table Mountain or Robben Island. The hotel has a decadently beautiful motor yacht available exclusively for guests to hire.

Reviews

5

Meg Shepro (Staff)

The Cape Grace is an excellent base from which to explore the best of Cape Town. Located in the V&A Waterfront, you can easily walk to all the shops and restaurants or drive ten minutes to Kloof Street for Cape Towns trendiest restaurants. The Cape Grace offers comfortable accommodation, classic Cape Town views and world class service.

5

Louisa Ross-Taylor (Staff)

This was my second visit to The Cape Grace, which I loved and it is still a stylish hotel with a classic feel which has managed to bring the history of Cape Town and is pioneering residents into the hotel, with antiques and objects d'art.

All the staff were warm and friendly and we both felt instantly at home, with my husband testing the kitchens on a nightly basis as to the ice cream flavors they could produce for room service.

It was lovely to be able to either walk into the V and A waterfront for dinner or use one of the hotels complimentary cars to drop us into Camps Bay, so we didn't have to worry about driving.

4

Eliza Walker (Staff)

Aptly named, the Cape Grace is the epitome of grace, luxury and charm. There are classic touches such as the whisky bar with 530 different types of whisky available as well as 3 levels of whisky tasting you can partake in. The renowned restaurant Signal offers a 5 course tasting menu which changes every 6 weeks. As of September 2014 the new, improved and bigger pool will be opening with a shallow section for children. You really cannot go wrong with the Cape Grace to be honest, every detail is well thought out from the quirky chandeliers with teacups hanging off them as if they have recently been drawn out of a sunken ship to the X-boxes than can be provided in the rooms for teenagers. With a brilliant location right at the Waterfront this is a hotel that can be sure of a high guest return rate.

5

Anna Hearn (Staff)

We had high hopes as we drove towards the Waterfront to the iconic Cape Grace and we were not disappointed! A wonderfully colonial meets African chic hotel, the Cape Grace has pride of place in one of Cape Towns most bustling areas. Overlooking myriad superyachts in the Waterfront Marina, the hotel has large, high-ceilinged rooms, each floor having a different color scheme. As we walked around the hotel, the history of the building and area was evident from the brass and copper artifacts dotted about (and interspersed with the chandeliers a Cape Grace quirk) to the writings from old ships logs transcribed onto the silk curtains in the library. Eschewing Signal, the hotels signature restaurant, we opted to dine in Bascule where we were treated to a wagyu beef burger utterly delicious and well worth trying! A quick tour of the whisky vaults ensued, with our host pointing out the most expensive whisky, a 50 year old Glenlivet, a snip at 18,000 rand (approximately 1500) for a single tot! If your purse cannot stretch to that though, there are another 419 whiskies to sample and the hotel often runs whisky-tasting evenings.

4

Sarah Clegg (Staff)

The Cape Grace is another of the internationally respected and celebrated hotels in the V&A Waterfront area of Cape Town, with only 120 rooms it is not on the same scale as some of its larger neighbors. One side of the hotel is a busy working dock where trawlers sit in dry docks being prepared for the rigours of the South Atlantic, whilst on the other side, a quiet marina is home to the luxury yachts, motor cruisers and sport fishing boats. The Cape Grace does not have the same luxury of outdoor space as some of the other larger Cape Town hotels, the pool area is relatively small and secluded in comparison to others and either side of the hotel is a fairly bustling thoroughfare to and from the Waterfront. However, the hotel oozes charm and character. The service is exceptional and the rooms are comfortable. The 4th floor rooms are slightly smaller, but all have small balconies and are nice and private, great for couples looking to stay in this popular location.

4

(Press)

The Cape Grace's enviable location on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, matchless service, and rooftop spa notwithstanding, it was generally agreed that this 13-year-old hotel needed to overhaul its outdated interiors. Enter designer Kathi Weixelbaumer, who has radically refashioned the hotel, incorporating a delightful local provenance. Each of the 121 guest rooms tells an intricately researched story through the use of hand-painted fabrics, ship manifests, Cape Dutch antiques, handcrafted metalwork, and more. New, too, is Signal Restaurant, where guests can order 24/7 from the tantalizing menu that reflects the cultural groups which shaped Cape TownFrench Huguenots, British settlers, Dutch and Asian traders. The brilliant breakfasts consist of individual orders of practically anything your heart desires, be it a single poached egg with a grilled tomato or a few local cheeses with Cape fruit preserves. The hotel's real trump card, however, is the new Spirit of the Cape, a 56-foot yacht for guests' private usefrom onboard spa treatments to whiskey tastings to a trip to the Atlantic coast beaches.

Experiences

  • Bay Harbour Market - Hout Bay

    Bay Harbour Market is situated on the water’s edge in an old fish factory in Hout Bay Harbour. The market boasts more than 100 stalls selling a huge variety of local produce from arts and crafts to fashion, jewelry and authentic South African food.

  • Bike and Saddle Cycling Tours

    What better way to experience the varied landscapes of the Cape Peninsula than by bike? Bike and Saddle has six routes ranging from a three hour tour around Cape Town, to a full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, there is something to suit everyone.

  • Cable car trip to the peak of Table Mountain

    Table Mountain, at 1086 meters above sea level, forms the impressive backdrop to Cape Town. An impressive natural landmark with a 3km flat plateau at the summit, a cable car trip to the top is the best way to experience its breathtaking views.

  • Cape Peninsula - Family

    This guided day out is perfect for the whole family with treasure hunts in Kirstenbosch Gardens, fishing in Kalk Bay, stand up paddle boarding with penguins and game viewing in the Cape peninsula reserve.

  • Classic Car Hire in Cape Town

    Hire a classic car for the day and cruise the beautiful winding coastal roads of the cape.

  • Dinner at La Colombe

    La Colombe has relocated to the Silvermist Organic Wine Estate at the top of Constantia Nek. Enjoy sweeping views of the Constantia Valley and Hout Bay, and feast on head chef Scot Kirton's creations. Commonly called the best restaurant in Constantia.

  • Dinner at The Greenhouse

    Peter Tempelhoff, executive chef at The Greenhouse, stays on the cutting-edge of South African cuisine with ever-changing seasonal menus, showcasing contemporary cooking techniques and culinary styles.

  • Explore Long Street and Kloof Street

    Explore the City Bowl area of Cape Town along the streets of Long and Kloof. Kloof Street runs downhill from the lower slopes of Table Mountain to merge with Long Street and descend to the Waterfront area.

  • Family Private Cape Adventure

    Explore the Cape with a professional guide and private custom-built Adventure Utility Vehicle fully equipped with surfboards, stand up paddle boards, hiking packs and more for a day that combines adventure and sightseeing!

  • First Thursdays - Cape Town

    On the first Thursday of every month explore the art galleries of Cape Town until late. Museums and cultural attractions open their doors and allow visitors to spend the evening discovering the rich culture of the city.

  • Footsteps and township private tour

    Discover the tumultuous history of South Africa with a guided walking tour around Cape Town, and meet some of the residents, with a chance to learn about how they come together to create a strong community in the city's townships.

  • Full Day Cape Point Tour

    Your driver will collect you and drive you down the West coast of the Cape Peninsula. He will introduce you to the geography and cultural history, culminating at the Cape itself. You will drive back via Boulders Beach to see the penguins.

  • Full Day Cape Town and Table Mountain

    A full-day tour visiting Table Mountain for unforgettable views, returning to the city through the Malay Quarter, and incorporating a two-hour walking tour stopping at many of the city’s most important landmarks.

  • Great White Shark Cage Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Great White Shark Diving

    Great white shark cage diving is an experience like no other. To get up close to the ocean's number one predator in its natural environment is a humbling experience you will never forget.

  • Harley Davidson in Cape Town

    Is there a cooler way to explore the Cape and wider South Africa than hiring a Harley-Davidson and winding your way along the coastal roads or through the mountainous Winelands?

  • High Tea at The Mount Nelson

    Afternoon tea at The Mount Nelson hotel is a must do whilst staying in Cape Town. The Mount Nelson Hotel serves tea from 14.30 onwards, book for a vast variety of sandwiches, pastries, and loose-leaf teas.

  • Hike or Climb Table Mountain

    Why not do something a bit different during your stay in Cape Town, get outdoors and experience some of the best climbing and hiking in the world? Take a hike or rock climbing trip up Table Mountain whilst taking in the breathtaking views all around you.

  • Horseriding on Noordhoek Beach

    For a unique day out in Cape Town, take a horseback ride along the five-mile long, picturesque Noordhoek Beach. Noordhoek is the longest beach in Cape Town and has spectacular views of Table Mountain and the Chapman's Peak.

  • Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

    Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is acclaimed as one of the great botanic gardens of the world, and thought by many to be the most beautiful garden in Africa. Don't miss out on a visit to this magical treasure of Cape Town.

  • Paragliding over Cape Town

    For the adrenaline junky, paragliding over Cape Town is the ultimate way to witness incredible views of the city. Take off from Lions Head or Signal Hill and let your instructor do the flying while you sit back and simply take it all in.

  • Penguins at Boulders Beach

    There are few places on earth where you can enjoy an experience quite like this. Get up close to the breeding colony of penguins, share their little sandy beach and even paddle into the sea to swim with them.

  • Robben Island Trip

    A short ferry ride from the V and A Waterfront in Cape Town is the famous Robben Island, a cultural must-do when staying in Cape Town, this trip gives an insight into South Africa's difficult history, as well as brilliant views across Cape Towns harbor.

  • Seal Island

    Seal Island, is a small island, around 200 meters in length and a 15-minute boat ride from Hout Bay. The island has become a breeding colony for around 6000 Cape Fur Seals and several operators offer daily trips to the island.

  • Shopping on the V&A Waterfront

    The V&A waterfront in Cape Town houses over 226 shops and is an excellent place to visit for evening entertainment, shopping, cafés, and al-fresco dining.

  • The Garden at Babylonstoren

    Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.

  • Uthando

    Uthando South Africa is an award winning, international and innovative Non Profit and Fair Trade certified organization which raises funds for community development projects in Cape Town and South Africa.

  • Visit the dramatic Capes

    The stunning cliff scenery surrounding Cape Town is part of the dramatic South African coastline. Visit the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas for the beautiful views across the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, that meet at the most southern tip of Africa.

  • Walk in the Company's Garden

    Set in the City Bowl area of Cape Town, a walk around the Company's Garden is an introduction to the very origins of the city itself. Originally established in 1647, the Dutch East India Company used this garden to re-supply its ships passing the Cape.

  • Whale watching on the Western Cape

    Southern right whales visit the Western Cape from about June to December every year. These beautiful gentle giants congregate to the shores of Hermanus all the way along the coast line towards Plettenberg Bay.

  • Wine Tasting along the Constantia Wine Route

    South Africa is well known for its exquisite Winelands and Constantia was one of the first wine-producing areas in the western cape, dating back to the 1600s, spend a day visiting the areas famous vineyards as you take in the beautiful scenery.

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Location & directions

Cape Town, South Africa

The Cape Grace is nestled on a private quay between the working harbor of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the serenity of an international yacht marina.

How to get there

11-hours 50-minute British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Cape Town International Airport. The Cape Grace is approximately a 35-drive from the airport.

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