We stayed at the Hotel President for 16 nights in November 2011. It was our first visit to Cape Town and we loved the hotel and its location.
Bit of a mix up with our room, but this was sorted very quickly. Breakfast was absolutely lovely! As was the pool area with its infinity pool and views out to Bantry Bay.
We ate a couple of times in the evening at the hotel and the food on the buffet selection was nice enough too and quite good value. Slightly more expensive was the A la Carte option, but the food was worth the money. Room service was also very good value for money. We ate out most evenings and there are a variety of nice places near the hotel within strolling distance. La Perla is a couple of streets away, as is Spurr steak restaurant.
The City Bus tour picks up at the corner of the hotel and my other half was feeling ill one day so I went out on the tours on my own. I felt extremely safe and really enjoyed it.
The hotel bar was being refurbed but it was still pleasant in the bar at night. A little quiet for my personal taste however. A few relaxing drinks in the bar chatting with the very friendly bar staff then over to Brians Bar across the road sorted out the evenings very nicely.
My only negative would be the taxi service from the hotel. We paid to go to Table Mountain and the driver didnt return to pick us up as promised. That put us in the position of having to take a chance on hiring an unlicensed vehicle. The one we were forced to take after waiting for over an hour, and texting the driver as discussed, smelt of petrol and the windows wouldnt close. On the whole the reception staff were usually very good but on the occasion we voiced our concern over the taxi, the reception staff on duty fobbed us off, telling us that the drivers never say they will pick up at a certain time, and that most of the drivers are not actually attached to the hotel. I got the distinct impression that some hotel staff didnt deal with complaints very willingly. Particularly after promoting the excursion/taxi services in the hotel foyer by telling guests how 'unsafe' it was to go with any other firms.
There were no ther concerns however during the entire stay and when we return to CT we will definitely return to the President.
- Also Known As:
- Protea Hotel Bantry Bay
- Protea President
- Protea Hotel President Bantry Bay, Cape Town
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The atmosphere of this magnificent sea-side 4 star hotel in Cape Town’s Bantry Bay area is relaxed, yet professional. For business or leisure there is no better choice of venue. Surrounded by the stunning Lion’s Head Mountain range and Atlantic Ocean, the hotel’s spacious rooms offer all the facilities that one would expect from a world-class hotel. One can enjoy a cocktail in the Senate Bar or a sundowner on the terrace, overlooking the magnificent rim-flow pool to the ocean. Once you have taken in the spectacular view you can let the Islands Restaurant tantalise your taste buds with its sumptuous cuisine. When you are not visiting the famous Clifton Beach, the V&A Waterfront or Table Mountain why not pamper yourself at the Amber Hair Salon, or take in the sites of Cape Town with a tour on the hop-on-hop-off Cape Town Site Seeing Bus. Not only can you purchase these tickets from the Travel Desk but you can also use the bus stop situated right outside the hotel as your starting point. Once you have discovered its remarkable variety of facilities, impeccable service and consummate luxury, you will agree that there really is no better choice of venue than Protea Hotel President, and it’s without a doubt the most eminent Cape Town hotel on the Platinum Mile. ... more less
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