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Well, here we are, the next day in Cape Town. I wake up this morning wondering if today's travels will be able to compete with the magic experienced yesterday. After moments contemplating whether this will indeed be possible a quick step out of bed, followed by a drawing of the curtains tells me that we are in with one hell of a chance. My day …
After six days in the safaris living in the wild, we were quite glad to go back to civilization in Cape Town. It is cozy, scenic, stylish, but also has a tint of old European undertone. We stayed at the Kensington Place, a small boutique hotel at the foot of the Table Mountain. We arrived at a time when there was a Jazzathon down at the Waterfront …
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Una joya en Cape Town
Las habitaciones son preciosas. Un gerente que no podría haber sido más servicial, hospitalario y agradable. Las vistas son estupendas. Un 10 sobre10
We stayed at Kensington Place for 5 nights in room 8 and we loved everything about it. It was the prefect start to our South African trip.
Please note that most of the images you see of the hotel are now out of date. The hotel has recently been redecorated and looks stunning.
Our room was accessed via external steps and we also had a 'front' door which was very useful as we could park our car right outside the room. It had a balcony the length of the room plus an outdoor terrace with table and chairs. Simple but stylish decor, fantastic bed, fresh linens, great toiletries and a modern bathroom. It also had internet access and a laptop together with lots of other mod cons which we didn't use!
The hotel is B&B but I believe an evening meal can be prepared on request. The breakfasts are great (the best we had in Africa).
The hotel staff are simply fantastic and are on hand to offer advice on where to eat in the evening and where to visit. I recommend you definately eat at The Showroom - The Chef Bruce Robertson is a brilliant chef and the food is divine - the restaurant is part of an upmarket car showroom. Do book in advance to guarantee a reservation - we booked one month prior to travelling. Haiku - the Asian Tapas restaurant is also great. For Lunch try Bread and Wine in Franschoek or Le quartier Francais. Both Fabulous.
Back to the hotel- the swimming pool is small but as they say perfectly formed and ideal for a quick dip to cool down.
A couple of times in the evening we returned to the hotel and would have liked a drink at the bar only to find it closed but this is a minor fault and certainly did not spoil our stay.
In summary we are so pleased that we picked this hotel and are glad we didn't opt for the larger ones on the waterfront.
Cape Town is a great city with so much to see and do and we would not hesitate to recommed this city and hotel.
An Elegant Boutique Hideaway
My wife and I stayed at the Kensington Place Hotel in Cape Town, SA from January 8th-13th, 2007. We were looking for a romantic and private boutique hotel for the first part of our honeymoon, far from the crowds and tourist centers but close to the action. Kensington Place proved to be an ideal choice.
Our room (#3) was sleek and stylish, with all of the amenities one could hope for... as well as a few nice surprises. A huge bed with the finest linens, lovely interior design and modern furniture. A flat screen TV, AC, iPod docking station, DVD player (which we never used) and a laptop with free wireless (which we did use- how unexpected and convenient!). Our balcony had amazing views of Table Mountain, the city center and the harbor. The bathroom had heated floors, a gigantic tub/shower, Moulton Brown bath products and overiszed towels. Every evening, ice water and butterscotch candies and lighted candles were waiting for us.
The service was friendly and helpful, without being intrusive. We were given recommendations for day trips, restaurants and clubs, etc., and all were right on the mark. Although reception closes in the evening, there is 24-hour security to let you in to the gated hotel grounds after hours Complimentary breakfast was delicious, and the wait staff was always on top of things. The chef (Sasha) prepares dinner only on certain nights of the week. We had dinner at the hotel one evening, and it was likewise terrific. Champagne and oysters were served on those nights that Sasha was not on duty.
There are only 8 rooms in the entire hotel, so we always had the privacy we desired. At times it seemed almost as if we were staying at a very luxurious private home. Kloof Street, lined with restaurants and outlets for night life, is walking distance away. Anything else of interest in the city is a short cab ride away (the hotel staff made sure cabs arrived in 10 minutes or less). Our only complaints (more like nitpicking) were the tissue box and tissues (not the best), the chairs on the balcony (a tad uncomfortable) and the hotel parking lot (very tight and hard to navigate into a parking spot even with a relatively small vehicle).
Overall, we highly recommend Kensington Place. It was truly a pleasure to stay there, and is a perfect retreat for couples looking for high quality facilities, competent and courteous service and quiet evenings.
I love this boutique hotel!
I can not fault this hotel!
It is in a brilliant location - right at the base of table mountain. From your balcony you can look up at table mountain, or down across cape town.
The staff are so friendly and helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for them - from discussing the days plans, to booking tables for supper.
The decor of the hotel is fantastic. It has everything you could possibly want.
If you go to Cape Town you must stay in this hotel!
A boutique hotel as it should be
The room was spacious, the service impeccable. We loved the decoration of the place. Well done.
A Gem in Cape Town
Beautiful rooms. A manager who could not have been more helpful, welcoming and friendly.
Views are great.
Beautifull and Well Located
This outstanding boutique hotel, centrally located in the Higgovale section of Cape Town at the base of Table Mountain, is a real treasure. It has received a number of awards since its opening and most recently I noticed that it was on Tatler's list for 2006 as one of the 101 best hotels in the world. As a guest at Kensington Place, which only has 8 rooms, you feel like you belong to an exclusive club. The rooms are all individually decorated and are the size of suites. We had room number one, located on the top floor, with panoramic views of Cape Town. There are two balconies off this room, one with a small cocktail table and chairs where we chose to have our breakfast one morning. The décor of this particular room is tasteful and funky with a separate seating area, a gas fireplace, plenty of storage space and a flat screen TV with DVD player. The bathroom is a beige marble, but according to Sasha, the manager/concierge, the hotel will be closing for 6 weeks in June and July to conduct some renovations and the bathroom in room one is slated for a re-do. The surrounding neighborhood is quiet and peaceful and I never heard a peep from any of the other guests in the room next door or below. What really makes this place tick is the incredible staff, most of whom I came to know by their first names. They make you feel so well taken care of and all their personalities exude tremendous warmth and caring. They even surprised us on our last night in Cape Town by sprinkling rose petals inside the bathtub. There is no fitness room on the premises, but they can provide you with passes for a gym a short cab-drive away in Green Point. So the secret is out now...when in Cape Town, you MUST stay at Kensington Place. You will definitely not be disappointed.
Boutique Charming Hotel
We stayed 4 nights here in Sept 2005 as part of our honeymoon. The hotel is truly boutique, converted from a large home into an 8 room hotel. It is located in an upscale residential neighborhood, a different experience than staying at the waterfront. Just down the street are all the restaurants of Kloof St. We received a complimentary bottle of wine for our room and there were complimentary appetizers each night. When we arrived the foyer was sprinkled with rose petals, as was our bathtub.
The included breakfast is pastries, granola, yogurt, bread, juices/tea/coffee and the only warm selections are omelettes/eggs. You can have the breakfast on your terrace which is great - the views are of the city and Table Mountain. We had a private guide so we didn't get to consult with the staff as much, but they were very nice and helpful, as if you were a guest in their home. There is a free internet connection, but the connection is spotty. The only downside of staying in a home is that you hear the sounds of people in the halls as if you were in a room in a home. The bathroom in room 6 was poorly designed so you could not adjust the temperature of the shower without already being under the shower stream and the sink splashed water everywhere. But these were minor inconveniences and I would certainly stay here again and recommend it.
My husband and I stayed at Kensington Place on our honeymoon. We loved everything about it- the decor, the staff, our room, the views, and the location. It's in a lovely, high-end residential neighborhood just above town. You can do a great walk up to the cable car to go to Table Mountain or down into town. They arranged everything for us, including easy drop off of a rental car and reservations at great restaurants. Fabulous breakfast on outdoor patio by a lovely pool.
If you are a hiker try the hike from Kirschenbosch Gardens to the Top of Table Mountain. It is killer but you'll never forget the scenery and views.
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A wonderful place
We stayed here for three nights and loved it. The hotel is at on the raod leading up to Table Mountain about ten minutes drive from the Waterfront. We arrived at around 10am after an overnight flight expecting to just leave our luggage but we were greeted enthusiastically, a cup of tea arrived within minutes and 5 minutes later we were shown to the most gorgeous room with views across the town from the balcony. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The booked meals for us, arranged tours and generally made us feel very special. Breakfasts were great too - taken on the terrace or in the garden. All in all a very special place.