We stayed at the Taj Cape Town during November 2014, even though it was a our preferred choice to stay at the V&A Waterfront. Due to our last minute plan, however, all hotels were fully booked at the Waterfront and hence we chose this hotel as an alternative.
The hotel itself breathes superb Indian hospitality which the Taj group are renowned for and the decor and ambience go hand in hand with the universal Taj brand, very upscale and luxurious. Our welcome and check in were very smooth and friendly, our room was very spacious and comfortable with a magnificent view of the Table Mountain, the bathroom was almost palatial. They did not have our daughter's extra bed prepared upon arrival, however with true Taj service, this was organised in minimal time and without any hassle. We did not have time to make use of the indoor pool and spa.
The breakfast buffet spread and service were fairly good. We thoroughly enjoyed dining at the Bombay Brasserie downstairs which offered sumptuous Indian cuisine. We found the Concierge very helpful with updates on the Table Mountain cable car weather and with booking excursions to Cape Point and wine country. I would recommend guests to book through the hotel if not very familiar with the country etc.
Even though we did not stay at the V&A Waterfront, the complimentary multi-daily shuttles from the hotel worked, just a 15-20min drive away. The location in the city centre also worked for us as we were able to experience some of the historical part of Cape Town and walk in the streets around the area. A plus was access to several restaurants and food and craft markets. Whilst at the Waterfront, we took our daughter to the Two Fish Aquarium, the mall and tried out some restaurants. There is a modern craft market at the Waterfront for a unique shopping experience.
Overall, our experience at the Taj Cape Town was pleasant, comfortable and family friendly. In the end we were happy to be away from the mass tourist crowds and hustle and bustle of the Waterfront.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Taj Cape Town welcomes guests to the vibrant heart of the one of the world's most scenic and desirable cities, Cape Town. The hotel is a combination of rich history and elegant contemporary architectures. Originally home of the South African Reserve Bank and Temple Chambers and later the Board of Executors (BOE), it successfully combines the heritage of the old with the luxury of the new - a 100 years in history! This luxury hotel is perfectly located in the centre of historic Cape Town at the entrance of the famous pedestrian precinct, St George's Mall. It's prime location ensures a blend of fascinating history, exotic culture, soulful art, lively entertainment and delectable cuisine. - Within walking distance to most tourist attractions, monuments, museums, shopping, restaurants, markets and nightlife. Adding to this grand yet welcoming atmosphere are the two dining experiences, the Indian fine dine specialty restaurant, Bombay Brasserie and Mint, a relaxed all-day dining restaurant. Both are warm and welcoming and serve outstanding cuisine. Alongside this you'll find wonderful Champagne and tapas bar known as The Twankey Bar which is exceedingly popular with both locals and guests alike. Rooms are located in both the heritage buildings and the contemporary tower wing, but all continue to seamlessly merge history and modernity. Luxury Rooms have spectacular city or breathtaking mountain views overlooking the famous Table Mountain and the Taj Club Rooms and suites offer all the benefits of the executive Club Lounge including butler service, evening canapes, cocktails and private breakfast. One and Two Bedroom Suites are also available, perfect for the discerning traveller or for families. The award winning Jiva Grande Spa is one of its kind in Africa with unique and authentic wellness treatments and experiences. Also on offer is complimentary use of all wet areas, heated pool, and a high tech gymnasium. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Taj Cape Town Hotel Cape Town Central