Our five favourite places to stay in Cape Town

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We love Cape Town, and each local will have their fair pick of favourite luxury hotels to head to whenever you find yourself looking for accommodation in the Mother City. Our international (and other South African local) guests are often asking us where we would recommend them to stay while they visit our beautiful city – so we have put together our list of our favourite five places to stay.

1. The Ritz Cape Town

The Ritz Hotel undergoes a R110 million makeover, spearheaded by recently launched Shimmy Luxury Collection, and is set to be fully operational in time for season by 1 December 2016.

The hotel will boast a restaurant at the Top of the Ritz, influenced by concept chef, Bertus Basson a Switch Playground Gym and an exciting new nightclub with multi-award winning DJ, Black Coffee, in an exclusive residency for both Shimmy Beach Club and the The Ritz Hotel.

Location: Cnr. Main & Camberwell Roads, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa

Contact: reservations@theritzcapetown.co.za / +27 21 439 6010


2. The Bay Hotel

Our top Cape Town pick is nestled between the folding Twelve Apostles mountain range and Camps Bay beach, The Bay Hotel is perfectly situated in the heart of the glitzy, cosmopolitan hub. The spa is fit for royalty and offers a wide variety of lux facilities, including a sauna and steam room. Our patrons love the modern 78 rooms, the dog friendly cabanas and the glamorous lifestyle of the poolside day beds, sipping on cocktails and people watching on the beach of the palm-fringed Atlantic Ocean.

Location:  69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay

Contact: shimmy@thebayhotel.com / +27 (0)21 430 4013 for exclusive rates

The Bay Hotel

3. The One&Only Hotel

The seven-storey, ultra-luxury resort, with parts of it built on its own private island, is set in one of the most beautiful, picturesque destinations in the world – the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Overlooking the V&A Waterfront Marina and Table Mountain, the modern One&Only Hotel has been voted one of the top hotels in the world. Shop the international designers such as Matthew Williamson and Christian Louboutin in the Neo Boutique, or unwind and rejuvenate in the One&Only spa. We love the South African style and absolute opulence that pours from every corner of this beautiful world class resort, and we love that they are kid-friendly.

Location: Opposite Two Oceans Aquarium in Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront

Contact: reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com / +27 (0)21 431 5888

One and Only

4. The Westin Cape Town Hotel

The glass façade of the Westin Cape Town showcases a 360 degree view: which allows you to take in sights of the iconic Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and allows you to take in the full spectacular that is Table Bay. Conveniently located at the CTICC, this hotel is the best option for business travellers looking for some opulence on their trip to the Mother City. Balance your mind and body with the facilities they offer, by starting your day off in the WestinWORKOUT Gym, that hosts panoramic views of the city.  Awaken your senses in the Heavenly Spa, with a wide selection of treatments to fit your every need.

Location: Convention Square, Lower Long Street

Contact: +27 (0)21 412 9999


5. Southern Sun The Cullinan

As a part of the Tsogo Sun group, you expect nothing but perfection! Southern Sun The Cullinan offers a premium hospitality destination, in the heart of the Cape Town CBD. It’s just a cab ride away from some of the local favourites, such as Long Street, the V&A Waterfront – and of course, Shimmy Beach Club. Stay in one of 390 en-suite spacious rooms or suites, and you could spend your evenings sipping champagne looking out over the city bowl. We recommend being pampered at the pool side Magwanani Boutique Spa – it’s the relaxation you deserve. And you can request your treatment to be done in the privacy of your own room.

Location:  1 Cullinan Street, CBD

Contact: +27 (0)21 415 4000

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Cape Grace, V&A Waterfront

Staying at the Cape Grace is a Cape culture experience in itself. The boutique hotel, situated in the V&A Waterfront, overlooks the working Cape Town harbour. As one of the world’s leading hotels, Cape Grace is committed to reducing the environmental impact the hotels in the area have, and strives to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible while still giving their guests every indulgence they deserve. We suggest you visit the Spa at Cape Grace to revitalise the body and mind, as it was voted ‘The Top Hotel Spa for Africa and The Middle East’ by Travel and Leisure in 2015. You can enjoy a sherry, while sitting in the library in the evenings or take advance of the short complimentary chauffeur driven ride to come on over to us for a cocktail.

Location: West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront

Website:  www.capegrace.com

Contact: info@capegrace.com / + 27 (0)21 410 7100

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Let us know which of these Cape Town hotels is your favourite by tweeting us @ShimmyBeach and join the conversation.

To book a table in our restaurant, call us on 021 200 7778 or email info@shimmybeachclub.co.za for more information.

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