I know Cape Town pretty well, and I booked Cascades on 52 in the happy expectation that I would wake up each morning to a sun-drenched room with that amazing view of the Atlantic seaboard over Bantry Bay and Clifton.
When I arrived the lovely Justin showed me to room 10 ('deluxe') which was like a darkened box, very nicely finished but with a sliver of daylight from a sliver of a window in the corner of the room. This was not the superb view of Bantry Bay which the website of Cascades leads you to believe you will be enjoying. In retrospect, would I have been better to have called the hotel and asked the owners about each room and each view? I didn't think I had to, given the pictures on the website. Frankly, the name Cascades rather suggests that the rooms cascade beneath each other and each will have a full view of the ocean. Most, it would seem, do. Mine did not. It was dark and depressing with low level lighting which didn't help, and the window needed a good clean. It did have a very nice bathroom, separate shower, oversized TV and a very comfortable bed, but it failed for me on the view (why else be in Cape Town?) and also the rather small plunge pool (infinity but not a lap pool by any means) which always seemed to have a film of suncream and bits of nature on its surface. That needed more attention than it was given.
I'm told that the property two doors down will have an enlarged pool when it is finished, and it is also Cascades, so perhaps that is a future solution. The location of Cascades on 52 means that driving is a must - it is on one of the highest roads in the city, hence the great views from the terrace. But it is a bit out of the way, neither in the city nor in Camps Bay, perfect for a residential home away from the hustle and bustle but less than ideal for this single traveller. It is expensive for what it is.
The best thing about 52 are the staff: Justin and the lovely ladies who look after the guests so well for breakfast and laundry. And try the french toast - that was amazing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The 52 De Wet is superbly positioned in windfree Bantry Bay, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in a most dramatic way. The hotel is a showcase of ultra-modern design, bright and exuberant. Frontal panoramic sea views from all six double suites. In addition the hotel offers a grand two-bedroom suite with private pool, again with frontal sea views. 5 star TGCSA accreditation ... more less
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- 52 De Wet Bantry Bay, Cape Town