Robyn, Richard and I took some time out yesterday to visit a few Cape Town hotels, Mandela Rhodes, Les Cascades de Bantry Bay and lastly Ellerman House, as part of our get to know our backyard better programme!
Located right in the heart of the city, Mandela Rhodes is a character building that has been completely modernized inside, and stone, steel and minimalist decor have become the order of the day. It’s one of those properties that you either love or hate certainly not my style but Richard and Robyn could see the appeal especially for the younger crowd. Mandela Rhodes is essentially a serviced apartment block which is managed by a hotel group, so has all the services associated with that. They have a range of apartments, from studios to one and two bedrooms and then penthouses (the best being apartment 1103!) and all are very spacious and perfect for people that want to spend a while in Cape Town and who want their own space. Overall, perhaps not a first choice but certainly not a bad one for the right people who want a home from home (New York loft style!), in a young trendy area.
Les Cascades de Bantry Bay
The almost always full Les Cascades offers a winning formula, a fantastic upmarket guest house with great views and good prices! Set against the mountain in Bantry Bay, the eleven bed roomed house cascades over three levels with Superior Rooms in the upper floors and the more private villa rooms just above the pool. All are sea facing, with floor to ceiling windows and balconies. The rim flow pool and built in love seats with Moroccan style cushions make it perfect for honeymooners and romantics in general! The rooms are a pretty average size but with all of the amenities you could need, they are fairly masculine but certainly not overly so. Overall, an excellent option if you can get in there.
Save the best for last? Ellerman House is in a different league to most hotels in Cape Town. Also in Bantry Bay, it offers some of the best views of the Atlantic that I have yet to see! The main house is old school elegance, with plush carpets, pastels and plush deep-set couches whereas the four bedroom villa is modern with touch screen technology to organise everything from closing your curtains to choosing a movie or soundtrack to watch or listen to! Ellerman is eye-wateringly expensive and there is always the argument as to whether it is worth it or not? in our opinion, with the views, the service, the space and the overall class make it one of those places where your first time is never your last! An absolute winner for the right people.
If you’d like to discuss any of these Cape Town accommodations in more detail, why not contact us.