Travvy Awards Winners Spotlight: Table Bay Hotel
It’s not hard to see why travel agents picked Cape Town’s Table Bay Hotel for the Travvy Award for the Best City Hotel in Africa and the Middle East. Cape Town, which came in at the top of the New York Times’ list of places to go in 2014, is a place everyone wants to experience.
When you are in Cape Town the one place you have to go is the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, where the ferries take off for Robben Island. And when you are at the V&A Waterfront, the most prominent building you will see is the glorious Table Bay Hotel, standing over the harbor over the twinkling city lights reflecting in Table Bay and Table Mountain looming in the background.
The V&A Waterfront is lined with colorful restaurants and shops, the giant Victoria Warf mall. Visitors come from all over the world to stroll the walkways and enjoy the street vendors and performers. The five star Table Bay Hotel is the perfect headquarters for visiting Cape Town.
Table Bay is a property of Sun International, one of South Africa’s most prominent hotel groups. The grand hotel was opened in 1997 and is still looking brand new. The location is unsurpassed. The views of the harbor, the city, the ocean and the mountains are sublime. It towers over the waterfront, with its grand entrance lined with tall palms wrapped with colored lights.
The property has eight floors, 311 rooms and 18 suites with views of the harbor, city and mountains on one side and the ocean on the other. The furnishings are impeccable, the décor is elegantly coordinated down to the smallest detail. The artwork in the lobby, the restaurants, lounges, hallways and rooms is all of fine quality, the kinds of things that catch the eye and hold it.
At the top end of Table Bay’s accommodations are its two presidential suites, the Lion’s Head Suite and the Table Mountain Suite, named after Cape Town’s two most prominent peaks. Both are broad expansive, luxuriously furnished accommodations with serene views, and the Table Mountain Suite has its own grand piano.
The property has a heated outdoor pool and an in-house gym. You can have a luxurious spa experience at the Table Bay Hotel Camelot Spa, or dine at the Camissa Brasserie. Shuttles will take you to one of Cape Town’s famous or one of the more secluded beaches, to one of many golf courses or to many more of Cape Town’s tourist attractions. All of Cape Town’s must-see places are within a short taxi ride, or a walk from the hotel.
Buffet breakfast is served every morning at the Camissa, along with fine dining for lunch and dinner. The Camissa has a separate room for wine tasting. High tea, as well as breakfast and light meals are served in The Lounge.
Other restaurant/bars on property include The Atlantic, The Pool Bar and the Union Bar, each with its own character and ambience to fit your mood at the time. The property is also well equipped to handle functions and conferences for up to 300 participants in high style and in the incomparable setting of the Cape Town waterfront.
There is no better place to visit than Cape Town and there is no better place to stay while you are there, than the Table Bay Hotel. It’s an easy call.
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