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Short stay: Table Bay Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

The 5-star Table Bay Hotel, a Sun International property set on the breakwater wall of Cape Town‘s historic Victoria & Alfred waterfront, is a contemporary architectural treasure with 329 rooms that either overlook the bay to Robben Island, where Nelson Madela was for a long time famously imprisoned, or – as in the case of our room – across the harbour and the city to Table Mountain. Table Bay Hotel entrance The welcome We were met at the airport by representatives of the hotel and chauffeured to the V&A Waterfront in one of their air-conditioned minibuses. A recent addition to their veihcles has been in-car WiFi – a really useful offering, particularly when since we’d just been without access to emails for the best part of half a day. Table Bay Hotel foyer The room Our room was beautifully presented, had a wonderfully comfortable bed and a seating area with a sofa with a pull-out bed. Small, personalised goody bags for each of our children had even been placed at the foot of our bed. There was also a desk area, ample storage for clothing and luggage, and a balcony with a small table and chairs. Table Bay Hotel room The view from the balcony was shrouded in mist when we arrived but that later cleared to reveal the unmistakable outline of Table Mountain, with the V&A Waterfront in the foreground. Table Bay Hotel balcony view The bathroom Our bathroom was a good size with marble-topped vanity unity, separate walk-in shower and Molton Brown toiletries. Table Bay Hotel bathroom Molton Brown toiletries The facilities The hotel boasts many facilities such as an outdoor heated pool (closed for Winter at the time of our visit), gym and The Camelot Spa. One of the unique features of the hotel is its direct access to the waterfront. Whilst the hotel does have three restaurants and two bars of its own, you also have access to many others in easy walking distance, our personal favourite being the glass-fronted Harbour House restaurant with some excellent fresh fish options. Table Bay Hotel bar The buffet breakfast at the hotel was excellent, with a wide range of choice that include everything from orange juice to oysters. Oysters for breakfast Other nice touches Our experience of the hotel was full of many thoughtful extras, from the bottle of Champagne on arrival to lovely little extras for our children and fresh flowers in our room. Table Bay Hotel Champagne Table Bay Hotel flowers One recommended add-on that’s available from The Table Bay Hotel (and from other Sun International SunLux properties) are special family excursions. Through a collaboration with SANCOB (The South African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) you can go on an exclusive Penguin Experience and learn about the sea bird rehabilitation programme in South Africa. The adventure includes a visit to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach to not only see these beautiful birds in their natural environment, but also swim alongside them, before returning to the hotel to allow children to take part in related arts and crafts activities. Penguins at Boulders Beach We didn’t do this specific experience because we were already scheduled to go on a tour that took in Boulders Beach, but would have jumped at the opportunity otherwise! Cost Luxury king rooms at the Table Bay Hotel start from around £350 per night. A superior luxury family room with a mountain view starts from around £540 per night. The final verdict Table Bay was opened with much fanfare in May 1997 by former late President Mandela and has been a landmark hotel on the V&A Waterfront ever since, with a friendly staff and attention to detail both very much at the fore. Oscar the Seal Disclosure: The above formed part of a luxury trip to South Africa sponsored by Hayes & Jarvis, specialists in personalised, luxury holiday itineraries for discerning travellers to over 55 destinations worldwide.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. Looks like a lovely hotel and the extra touches you mention make all the difference between a good hotel and a great hotel. I have to admit, though, I’m rather distracted by the excursions you’ve mentioned. I would dearly love a Penguin Experience.

  2. Wow! Looks great. We stayed over at the Lawhill by the Marina, but walked by this one several times and wondered what the rooms were like. And we went to the Boulders on our drive of the Cape Peninsula (it was great!). Thanks for sharing.

  3. Great location! My husband has stayed here – I recognise that balcony view from Skype! The V&A area is buzzing and this looks like a relaxing spot nearby – great service too. Love Cape Town -Vaughan Johnson wine shop is a must at the V&A, he packages the wine up in hold-friendly boxes!!

  4. I never heard about Table Bay hotel, it looks very nice! Love also the Harbour House restaurant, that colonial style.. Is there a pool in that property ?

  5. Hi Francois

    That picture is the bar at the hotel, not the Harbour House restaurant, but there will be some pictuers of the food at Harbour House in my next post, due to be published in the next few hours.

    There is a pool (it’s actually mentioned in this article) but it was closed at the time of our visit…

    Thanks for dropping by,


  6. Hi Anna

    Glad it brought back memories! I didn’t go to Vaughan Johnson on this occasion, but have been there before and it’s a great little spot. There’s so much to see and do at the V&A that it’s hard to do justice to it all! :)


  7. Ah Paul, I am so glad you tweeted about this amazing post and the oysters included in your breakfast. Once I had sampled the champagne and oysters, and relaxed in the lovely setting – I would so very definitely want to go on the Penguin Experience.

  8. In-car WIFI…already a 10 for starters (toys for boys). South Africa is still highly ranked on our to-do list. Looks like the perfect place to stay. Great that you also mention some excursions. Nina is already convinced…thx to the oysters :)

  9. I stayed there many years as a gift from two friends of mine. Incredible hotel, I’m thinking of booking it again for the next trip to Cape Town – just for one night of course, it doesnt come cheap!!

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