Taj is a good hotel for a central city stay. Room was sizable, clean, well maintained, and comfortable bed and pillows. Typical higher end hotel experience (turn down, slippers, chocolate at check in, etc.) if nothing truly memorable or remarkable about hotel.
Pros: Free Wifi (though a bit slow), excellent breakfast, friendly staff, good location for city attractions (museums) and relatively close to waterfront.
Cons: Location (depending), hotel not particularly close to a lot of restaurants, downtown area (except for street with the hostels and backpackers) goes quiet at night, bathroom linens could use upgrade. (Not the hotel's fault but a severe drought meant no jacuzzi, steam room, or bath use).
Taj is a good spot if you want to be in the center of the city and stay at a luxury hotel for a fair price. Cape Town is very defined by its neighborhoods (and were Taj is generally lacks one, it's like being in the downtown of a midsize American midwestern city). Waterfront is the place to stay for food and shopping and high energy, though very touristy (it is a giant mall like Boston's Seaport), Clifton for the beach (similar to a South Beach vibe), Sea Point, Houts Bay similar, and Gardens for quiet and off the grid (semi residential). The Cape Town experience will be different in each of these, so recommend making a location choice and then hotel choice based on desired experience, but Taj is good for a central city experience.
- 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