We stayed at the Peninsula on a time-share exchange. We'd normally avoid such 'tower block' type hotels, but this was great! Being right on the sea front we spent much time looking out to sea over crashing waves and a couple of beautiful sunsets. The Peninsula is an excellent base from which to explore the Cape region. Most staff appeared most courteous and helpful.
Our unit was equipped to a very good standard, with everything needed for self-catering, although we used the restaurants in and around the hotel. The restaurant provides excellent meals, although the menu is rather limited. If regularly having breakfast inhouse, it's worth getting one of their breakfast packages (Continental or full English). They provide a very acceptable free meal for it's time-share guests, one evening a week.
We'd highly recommend the Casa Nostra Italian Restaurant, a short walk from the hotel. A small friendly, family run restaurant, out to please it's clientele. Lovely food, very reasonably priced. For a special treat try the La Perla, on the sea front and again within walking distance of the hotel.
The hotel pools (indoor and outdoor) are small and the gym was rather ''run-down'.
The tourist assistant was extremely helpful, advising on places to visit and how to get there.
Must visit Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope, and Boulders (penguin colony) on the way. Boulders Beach Lodge was great for breakfast.
Spiers Vineyard ... wine tasting, bird of prey centre (excellent interactive display) and cheetah centre
Lion's Head ... a challenging walk to the top but well worth it. We did this as the Table Mountain cable car was closed for maintenance, but were delighted we did. Great views from the top.
If planning to go to Robbin Island (Nelson Mandela was imprisoned here), book well in advance. Unfortunately, our trip was cancelled due to a very heavy swell, and there were no vacancies on the following dates.
The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is good to wander around. (though it is tourist focussed and hence prices reflect this). The blue and white building in the centre is a must visit ... full of ancient African artefacts for sale. But great just to look around.
Go to Hermanus and take a Whale Watching trip. Expensive, but worth it if you can catch the whales 'breaching'.
The views along the coastal roads to and from Cape Point are spectacular, especially along the West Coast at Sunset. (Though Chapman's Point road has been closed for some time .. re-opening date not known)
Given the opportunity, we'd have no hesitation in staying at The Peninsula again.
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