For our second trip to the Mother City we stayed at The Westin Cape Town. We have often stayed at Starwood properties… sorry Marriott properties (can’t get used to that one!) and Westin has always been one of our preferred brands. I like their well-being side, heavenly beds and their distinct white tea smell in the lobby and through out the hotels. This is one thing Starwood was always very good at: their strong unique points as brands! a lot of other hotel groups could learn a lot from them.
About The Westin Cape Town
The Westin Cape Town is located just at the border of the historic centre of the city at the bottom of Long Street and a 15 minute walk from the V&A Waterfront. It makes it a great spot to easily discover both sides of the city. It also comes with great views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and the Waterfront.
The hotel has 483 rooms with 3 different room types and 3 suite types – including a 292m2 Presidential Suite – that looks stunning (of course!). I wasn’t that lucky though, we had a Deluxe room located on the 11th floor. A very Westin feel to the room – with their signature bed: the all-white Heavenly Bed – it is one of the most comfy beds out there, with gorgeous linen!
The room was of a nice size for 2 persons – with all the usual of a business hotel of this standard: tea/coffee making facilities, newspaper delivery, turndown service, flat screen tv etc. The only thing I wasn’t too sure about was their very green walls… I was Skyping with our kiddos and even they asked me why I had such a green wall behind me: they don’t miss one thing! The bathroom was also of a very nice size: double sinks, shower and bath.
There are quite a few drinks and dinning options at The Westin Cape Town. The 1st evening I had an early snack/dinner on the terrace outside the hotel – Louis B’s Car and Lounge is located on lobby level and has indoor and outdoor sitting space. A part from that I had a room service and breakfast at the hotel. The choice for breakfast was extensive and the quality was good. Many well-being options, with fresh fruit juices, hot and cold buffets… and also some naughty things such as candy toppings for the pancakes!
There are a few more food and beverage options at the hotel. The Club Lounge if you choose to get a club room – I did look at it, and the price difference wasn’t that big really – if I had knew that the weather was going to be so-and-so I might have paid for it; Raleigh’s Cigar Bar, offering a selection of cognacs, whiskies and the finest cigars. The ON19 Restaurant – a fusion restaurant located (funny enough) on the 19th floor. The restaurant has panoramic views over the city of Cape Town – the restaurant offers simple food, bold flavours with a healthy lifestyle twist.
They have a great gym, open 24hours to help you maintain fit while you are away from home! They even lend gear, should you have forgotten your trainers, they have local running maps at your disposal you can download. Physiotherapists, bicycle rentals, infinity pool – no excuse not to be a little bit active during your stay!
The signature and award winning Heavenly Spa by Westin is also located on the 19th floor and is a gorgeous area. They have 15 treatment rooms (including couple rooms), a sauna, a hot tub, the pool with beautiful views of the Foreshore area.
The Westin Cape Town is also a conference hotel and has 19 meeting rooms, it is attached to the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
The have a free shuttle that runs to and from the V&A Waterfront – they also have stops for the the hop on hop off bus tours right in front of the hotel – I used it to go to Table Mountain and I thought is was very convenient.
Water Shortage in the Western Cape region
Cape Town’s region is currently experiencing an unprecedented drought and The Westin Cape Town has been working towards reducing their water usage through different programs. They have also built a desalination plant at the hotel that should be finished this March – this will convert sea water into clean and purified drinkable water. It will also supplement the water supply of the hotel – taking less from the city’s systems.
This quite scary wall feature shows how serious the water shortage is in Cape Town at the moment. When we were there in end February, Day Zero was moved from mid-April to early-May. This date has now been moved to July. Hopefully rain will come on time this year and will fill up the reservoirs abundantly.
We had a very nice stay. The service through out the hotel was mostly very satisfactory and as I like to walk around a bit, I really liked the location. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back. Hotels In Cape Town are on the pricey side and I thought this gave a great value for money experience.