Written by Lauren Maker
Explorer Safari Travel Planner Lauren recently visited Taj Hotel Cape Town, situated in the centre of the city bowl, and overlooking Parliament and magnificent Table Mountain.
Here is her feedback on a night away in the city.
Although I love living on the Cape Peninsula, with its statuesque mountains, ocean views and close-to-nature feeling, being from Johannesburg, I miss the hustle and bustle of the city! I recently spent the night at the swanky five-star Taj Hotel Cape Town, situated in Wale Street.
On arrival, the valet service welcomed me and whisked me away to the reception where I checked in efficiently. The staff were so friendly, and everyone greeted you as if you were part of the family.
The rooms are super luxurious, and you have a generous amount of space and beautiful views over the city with Table Mountain as your focal point. Your view becomes truly magical as the sun sets and the city lights up! The Taj suites offer a romantic setting, with large bathrooms, and you can sit in your bathtub with a view of the city! The bed was so soft and comfortable, and I slept like a baby.
Before we head down to dinner, I recommend stopping and have a custom cocktail at the Bombay Brasserie Bar. This popular bar is frequently visited by the locals and is a vibey spot to enjoy an Indian styled G&T.
Heading down to the Bombay Brasserie Restaurant, you’re in for some truly mouth-watering contemporary Indian cuisine. Choose from an array of small plate dishes, giving you the chance to taste every flavour! The restaurant is trendy and beautifully decorated. It will tantalize every sense and you will feel transported into the heart of India…
The Mint Restaurant & Terrace is where I was served breakfast. It is a lovely unpretentious dining room that offers comfortable seating, with a very modern bistro feel, which is perfect for a light lunch, quick dinner and of course the famous buffet breakfast.
I highly recommend the delicious Indian pancake called Masala Dosa.
I love the history of Taj Cape Town, right down to the original marble floors in the Lobby. The hotel occupies two historic buildings, the meticulously restored original South African Reserve Bank and the old BoE Building, formerly the Temple Chambers, which was built in 1890. The Lobby Lounge has beautifully plated cakes, lavish canapés with tea, coffees, and a full bar with a separate Cigar Lounge.
Taj Cape Town also has an opulent spa, called Jiva Spa. On the second floor, you take the lift, and walk into pure heaven! This unique and authentic Indian spa is based on your wellness – body, soul and mind. I treated myself to a relaxing facial and was impressed at the exceptional service and loved every minute of my treatment. This city hotel also has an equipped fitness centre, large indoor heated pool, sauna, and steam room.
Never underestimate choosing to stay a few nights in the heart of the city, it has an atmosphere that is both electrifying and satisfying! I so enjoyed my stay at Taj Cape Town, true luxury with everything at your fingertips.