I first came across Taj Hotel Cape Town on my (unending and soul-destroying) search for my wedding venue, some 3 years ago now. While the Taj wasn’t to be it, it was only because I needed something a tad bigger.
When I walked into the Taj recently on a surprise weekend to Cape Town, I felt much the same as I did back then. Once the old Reserve Bank, much of that beautiful architecture has been preserved and polished. The marble, triple volume ceilings, dark wood and leather couches have a few Eastern touches scattered in between and scream “welcome, get comfortable, you’re home”.
- I loved everything about our room. I really believe space is the ultimate luxury and our room was spacious (bigger than the average 30 square meter hotel room and even my 1st bachelor apartment!). It was super plush with a bed that felt like I was sleeping in a cloud that had sucked me in for hours at a time even when I only planned to have a nap!
- I liked the luxurious touches like the pillow menu and the double volume walk-in shower made me want to have at least 3 a day! It’s obvious that a lot of thought has gone into the room, like the small jewellery box inside the safe so that your valuables don’t just float around in there and the speakers & glass window pane in the bathroom overlooking the bedroom so you can soak in the tub while watching TV.
- The location of this hotel in the city centre was a huge bonus for me and if you know Cape Town, it’s on Wale Street right across from St Georges Catherdal and the entrance to the Gardens. What I liked though is that it’s a relatively quieter corner of Cape Town CBD but well within walking distance to the rest of the city & cool coffee shops etc. (there’s a Motherland Coffee right across) while it’s a 5 minute drive to the Waterfront or to get onto the highway. Location, location, location…
- I love that the Taj makes it their business to show off Cape Town and while most hotels purport to, The Taj have put some real thought and effort into it. In our room I found city maps and endless list of suggested activities, for singles, couple and families for a variety of budgets with tips on distance and do’s and dont’s alongside. I loved that they offered all guests a free walking tour around town. Very nice.
- Whether it was the concierge bringing the car around to the front of the hotel, room service or the porter, the service was polished and by the end our 1st day, they were referring to us by name.
- We had to queue for about 10/12 minutes to check in as the desk was quite busy when we arrived. If I wasn’t tired from the flight & early start I probably wouldn’t even be mentioning this. When our turn came, the service was super efficient.
- On the 1st morning at breakfast (served at the Mint Restaurant) the staff were a bit overwhelmed (it was a long weekend). No one was on hand to seat us on arrival so we showed ourselves to a table and then struggled to get served. That said, a staff member (the restaurant manager we think) proactively brought this up at breakfast the next morning and things ran perfectly then.
View from our room…
Creamy scrambled eggs with salmon – easily one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in Cape Town
Two nights was just too short to enjoy Cape Town and explore the hotel fully but we did pop into the spa (Jiva Spa Grande) just for a peak and I have to come back for that. We opted for room service and you have got to the try the spicy calamari (order fries on the side, it’s a bit of a smallish portion). Their award-winning Bombay Brasserie Restaurant also still remains on my
to-do to eat list.
If I ran the place
- Hardly major, but I actually look forward to a hotel’s turn-down service in the evenings and I would add a choccie of some sorts to the pillow.
Need to know
- From Fashion Weeks to art exhibitions or major sporting events, the Taj Hotel’s blog is a pretty good way to keep up to date with what’s happening in Cape Town.
- There are several dining options from Mint Restaurant, Twankey Bar to Bombay Brasserie (booking is a must), you can check their menus and special offers here.
The Taj is a great 5 star option in Cape Town that’s well priced for what’s on offer. Hope to be back (and for longer) soon!
Wale Street, Cape Town
+27 21 819 2000