I was a little doubtful about staying in the City Bowl (downtown) as I ridiculously gave in to fear mongering and hearsay about dangers of the city leading up to my recent trip to S Africa. This place is a gem! I really felt like I was in the heart of a vibrant up-and-coming city. Small scale, friendly, and renovated only a year ago, one's first impression is of a slick, smart urban retreat. My room was very comfortable, clean, and simply but tastefully appointed. If air conditioning is a must then consider elsewhere; I was so happy to escape an English winter that the heat and effective ceiling fan were fine. There is a delightful small roof terrace and jacuzzi, offering an excellent view of Table Mountain and the city centre. The buffet breakfast served in the ground floor Patat restaurant, included in my room rate, was massive and was a cheery way to start the day; the terrace doors onto the street were open whcih provided great people watching. Patat does an excellent Afro-centric buffet lunch and dinner which represents excellent value. As a bonus, the entire property is NO SMOKING... hooray! Overall, staying here is a superb way to enjoy the richness of central Cape Town.
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- Also Known As:
- Cape Town Diamond Hotel
- Cape Diamond Hotel Cape Town, South Africa