This five-star hotel is situated in the city centre, walking distance from the Company's Gardens, parliament and buzzing Bree Street bars and restaurants. Upon our arrival (car whisked away and luggage taken to our room) the maitre'd was courteous and friendly and secured us a booking at the Haiku restaurant which is around the corner in Upper Church Street - a fabulous fusion of Asian cuisine which not to be missed for the foodies.
This specific apartment (unit 906) is on the corner of the building and offers beautiful city views including Table Mountain, Lion's Head and the foreshore from its long balcony. The furnishings are plush and decadent and patrons have a long list of luxurious pillow offerings available from reception should the Cape Town winter prove too cold to venture outside. The unit offers two televisions, a full kitchen unit, a small office, large lounge, Nespresso machine and a large well-equipped bathroom. Being a coffee consumer, the Nespresso machine and sufficient pods proved to be a nice touch.
We spent the early evening having drinks in the bar area on the ground floor where you have an almost-exhaustive choice of cocktails and premium wines on offer, in addition to the normal run-of the mill offerings. There was also a pianist playing the grand piano which tipped the atmosphere in the direction of old-world, hushed charm with the expected influences from the East. Adding thereto was the exquisitely apportioned cigar lounge replete with high-back chesterfield armchairs and a fully stocked humidor with Cuban- and other offerings.
Post-dinner our evening was concluded at the trendy Twankey bar for a nightcap where the staff were attentive and friendly. The bar also offes a bistro menu for those of us prone to develop a late-night appetite. The food was superb.
As is expected of a hotel in this range, slippers, robes and other nice-to-haves were waiting for us before we retired for the evening.
For the early risers the second floor of the hotel offers a gym with heated, indoor pool (accessed with your room's key card), sauna located in the changing rooms of both genders, some fruit, bottled water and reading material to begin the day in the proper way. It also houses the TAJ Club where one can enjoy a buffet-style breakfast and in the evenings a vast array of drinks are also on offer. The TAJ Club is a must if the bar area on the ground floor does not appeal to you or if your taste requires an even more luxurious atmosphere or extensive wine selection.
Lastly I would recommend a mud bath or other splurge from the equally extensive list of available treatments at the Jiva Spa on the first floor. These ladies are expertly trained and offer a world-class range of Spa services which would satiate even the most fussy of customers.
Outstanding stay in one of Cape Town's most luxurious hotel residences at a very affordable winter rate. One of a kind. We will certainly come back. Great room service as well.