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The Table Bay Hotel
Ranked #16 of 111 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Reviewed August 19, 2012

We stayed for a week. The staff is extremely friendly, the included buffet huge and delicious, the rooms comfortable, and the location excellent. For first time visitors to Cape Town I would certainly recommend staying on the waterfront - great safe place to have as your base. The concierge here is wonderful and even though we had done much research, we had them help us fill in some gaps on our trip and they were so helpful. The lobby is incredible and it is also right next to the mall which has everything you could ever need, including great restaurants. It is a 3 minute walk to the ferry for Robben Island, as well as several other smaller attractions. By the end of the week the staff knew our names and treated us like friends. Great place to stay!

Room Tip: We had a mountain and harbor view which was amazing. I'm sure the ocean view would be nice too t...
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 15, 2012

Hotel is beautiful and is situated righ by the sea and connected to a shopping center.
Rooms have either the sea view or table mountain view depending on which side you are placed.
If you want a nice view, do ask for rooms on a higher level. We were given a lovely room but unfortunately at the second level, all were over looked were the roof tops and just a meer peek of the waters. For the shoppers, the second level is ideal as this connects direcly with the mall!

Butlers, front desk staff are exceptional. They are welcoming, friendly and genuienly helpful. Commendation to Renee and Wesley.

Rooms are huge and beds are comfortable!
Bathrooms are spacious and I like the seperate sections for toileting and showering.
Rose petals are always placed around the room during turn down service and there's compliemtary water. TV guide is thoughtfully turned to the correct page for your ease of reference.

Breakfast was divine! The spreads were awesome! Love the range of fruits, nuts, salads and the thoughtfulness for dibetics- a less sweet secion was provided for them.
Restaurant staff were not impressive however. ONly a few hard workers were seen. There was a male manager that was hands on and working the floor and setting an excellent example. Majority of staff (including other managers) were chatting, leaning agasinst tables and not attentive- noticed tea cups missing from tables, plates not cleared etc
BUt the array of food and beautiful view could possibly serve as a distraction from the bad service.

Overall a great stay!

Room Tip: Rooms on the higher floor assures a better view
  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We only stayed one night at Table Bay hotel and wished we had stayed more nights. Fabulous location and hotel architecture. We were upgraded to a suite and had a beautiful view over the waterfront. Staff are fantastic and the most amazing buffet breakfast so make sure you have breakfast included. Not sure I have seen so many choices of juices in one selection. Highly recommend the experience.
See more photos at http://smu.gs/Nfwaiy

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

The breakfast buffet is AMAZING. Make sure your rate includes breakfast as this is not to be missed. From tailor made minute steaks- cooked just the way you like them to the fresh sushi, to the banquet hall of buffets. It is worth every penny just to eat breakfast.

Hotel staff, are so polite- almost too helpful.

The prices for room service- so reasonable by US standards.

Rooms impeccable. The service staff always leave a tasty treat when turning down the bed daily.

Thoroughly recommend.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

I love this hotel, directly at the seaside, excellent view, close to the pubs and bars. Best breakfast in the city!!

Room Tip: In the lower floors are rooms with a terrace... Good for the smokers.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

...this is the kind of place you have in mind!
There's no other definition better than outstanding. I stayed here for about two weeks during a work trip and I found it perfect: service is top class from in room breakfast or dining, to the spa and to the afternoon tea. They offer any service or comfort one may need or require really no need to go into details!
My room was super spacious with an enormous bathroom and a well spaced walk in closet: decor is very classic, while I prefer modern decoration, but it's personal taste and I can't honestly find any fault in it. The room was spotless and they turn it down for you every night.
The view over the harbor area (and the seals!) was a welcome sight every morning.
The position of the hotel is excellent: right attached to the Victoria Wharf shopping mall, which is one of the best in town, but only five minutes taxi away from long street downtown.
I dined both in the hotel and in some of the restaurants inside and outside the mall: all was excellent.
Whether for pleasure or work you'll enjoy your stay here!

PS one of my colleagues thinks she got some money stolen from her room. The money were laying down on the desk...it's true, these things shouldn't happen is these kind of hotels, but SA is ax extremely poor place and you should be careful with your belongings (I had an important camera, a laptop and an ipad and I kept them in the safe when I was away, together with money and passport: I had no problem at all).

Room Tip: All the rooms with harbor view are fantastic!
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

There’s something special about arriving in Cape Town at night ... it is unforgettable.

When you throw back the curtains of your hotel window in the morning, the impact of seeing Table Mountain crouching over the bay for the first time will stay with you forever.

It’s a vision which is made all the more enjoyable if you happen to be staying at the Table Bay Hotel like I did during the Mining Indaba behemoth expo.
The elegant harbour-side hotel (part of the Sun International group) has perfect views of the ever changing Table Mountain and its surrounding micro-weather systems.

My corner suite was generously proportioned, with plenty of room to store all my conference-going gear, hook up the laptop (there’s complimentary Wi-Fi in every room), and enjoy a tasty treat each night left for me at dusk. There’s a decided colonial feel to the hotel, a fitting reflection for the city’s position as one of the most important historic trading posts in the world.

Gracious public buildings sit next to glorious public parks, while newly invigorated areas such as the V&A waterfront make this a great place to enjoy

Africa, lite. It makes sense of course to be aware of your possessions at all time – there were reports of daylight muggings during my stay – but I have to say I felt safe, unthreatened and overwhelmingly impressed by the level of friendliness and camaraderie experienced on Cape Town’s streets during my stay.
This might be in some small part down to one man’s contagious passion for his city – Nathan Johnson, my driver for a four hour tour of Cape Town’s lesser known highlights.

Nathan, an ex-ANC member, gave me a hugely informative short history of the nation, its struggle with apartheid and the impact that struggle had had on him and his family.
He took me to the notorious District Six, a now cleared area of ground which used to be home to some 55,000 mostly black residents (including Nathan’s family) in 1966.
Thanks to the area’s great views, says Nathan, the land was deemed by the then government as a white neighbourhood and a systematic destruction of a teeming, thriving community began. Whole extended families were uprooted and rehoused, sometimes miles away from each other. Playgrounds where once Nathan and his siblings had played, were now off limits.

“I remember my father not wanting to tell me why I could no longer play on the swings I’d played on all my life,” he said.
A few churches were left in situ but despite the clearances, new houses were never erected, the white community that had been planned for this prime spot of real estate never eventuated.

“One day we may return to claim our land,” said Nathan, the event still raw even after all these years.
He took me to the Bo-Kaap area of the city, a mainly Muslim enclave with street after street of charming vibrantly coloured houses, now one of the trendiest residential spots in the city.

Hot spot: Cape Town's Bo-Daap (above) is one of the trendiest residential areas in the city.

“I used to live here,” he said, pointing to one particularly beautiful example, “until the landlord sold it for millions of rand.”
We wandered through the Company’s Gardens, a public oasis of ancient trees, statues and cheeky squirrels looking for acorns, as well as a swift tour of the South African Musem and Planetarium with its eerie blue whale room, complete with whale song. Naturally, Nathan also took me up to the Table Mountain cable car station, a must for any first time visitor to the city. The statistics around this tourist hotspot are impressive. Open since 1929, the Cableway has revolving floors which niftily allow each passenger to have a 360 degree view of the city and mountain as it rises swiftly up to the top.

Once there, visitors are encouraged to sit at various vantage points and enjoy the incredible views, as clouds vanish and emerge, fog gathers in canyons and the blue sea sparkles in the distance around Robben Island, the prison home for so many years to Nelson Mandela.

Amazingly there are as many plant species on Table Mountain as there are in the entire United Kingdom, and yet it is the smallest, most diverse floral kingdom in the world.
As we fairly plummeted back to the base camp, I spotted an intrepid climber taking the less easy path up the mountain, without the use of a safety net. Gulp.

Just before we returned to Table Bay, Nathan took me up a hugely steep road to a cul de sac, beneath a jolly Lebanese restaurant.
My final view below was breathtaking, the curves of Cape Town’s coast spreading out as far as the eye could see, a fitting memory for such a wonderful afternoon.

Back at the hotel, it was time for some retail therapy at the shiny new shopping centre at the V& A Waterfront, and a fish and chip lunch in the shadow of some of the many yachts and pleasure boats docked in the harbour.

There are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from here, all vying for the mining community’s custom while I was there, all great value for money with the strong Aussie dollar in our pockets.

It’s impossible not to love Cape Town – it’s unique geographical position, it’s optimism and above all, it’s people, who, like Nathan, are its greatest asset.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled on business
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Address: Table Bay Hotel | Table Bay Breakwater Blvd, Quay 6, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#7 Spa Hotel in Cape Town Central
#10 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#16 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
#16 Romantic Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range: $297 - $806 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Table Bay Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 329
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Table Bay offers the ultimate in 5-star luxury hotel accommodation in Cape Town. One of the Leading Hotels of the World, this sophisticated Sun International property was opened in May 1997 by iconic former South African president, Nelson Mandela. As part of the Sunlux Collection, The Table Bay continues to set its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury. Situated on the historic Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, The Table Bay hotel is perfectly positioned against the stunning backdrop of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean and provides easy access to the top places to visit in Cape Town. ... more   less 
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