Two weekends ago, I had the pleasure of staying over at the beautiful Radisson Blu Hotel in the Waterfront.
What makes this hotel a standout (well for me at least) is definitely its location and the uninterrupted ocean views. I mean waking up to the sound of waves crashing outside is just the most incredible experience, one I wish I could experience every day…
We stayed in one of the hotel’s Business Class Rooms which is approx. 55 – 75m2 in size and can accommodate 2 adults OR 2 adults & 2 children under 12 OR 2 adults and one teen thanks to the sleeper sofa located in your lounge section. (Rates for these Business Class rooms start at R4800 per room per night – but varies depending on demand/season. They suggest calling the hotel directly for the best rates.)
The room comes with its own private balcony, a Nespresso® coffee machine, a daily newspaper, free WiFi, and a Super Breakfast Buffet.
I loved the the plush bed, the subtle nautical decor, the slick modern touches like double plasma TVs, and the biiiig bathtub…
And of course the views, well they speak for themselves…
The hotel interior kinda feels like you’re inside a luxurious cruise liner – a play on the Atlantic Ocean positioning I guess, but thought it was quite cool.
Then for drinks & dining, the hotel’s Tobago’s Restaurant & Bar is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily as well as for drinks from 11am to midnight.
We decided to kick our evening off with some sundowners out on the deck (which they keep heated in the colder months). My hotel partner-in-crime, Leigh, fell head over heels for their Afropolitan cocktail (only R40) with brandy, peanut butter, Amarula, choc syrup and cream. I’m not usually one to deviate from my wine, but I have to admit, it was bloody delicious.Just as a side note – for those looking for a private function venue, they have the Tobago’s Plasma Section which can accommodate 40 guests. It’s a space right beside the Tobago’s bar with great ocean & pool views. While we were there they were hosting a baby shower for example – so maybe keep that in mind for future reference…
After drinks we headed inside for dinner. Now I will say that of course you’re inside a hotel, so it’s hard to get away from that “hotel restaurant feel”, but that deck & those views make it a must on a warm winter’s day (and of course right throughout summer).
Their menu covers both local and international style dishes. I decided to kick things off with their Masala Spiced Tomato Soup, then moved onto their Chalmar Beef Ribeye, and then I can’t remember what that dessert was (it’s from their new menu which isn’t on their website just yet), but it was de-lic-ious.
I would happily recommend all 3 dishes. What they may be lacking in atmosphere (if you sit inside), they definitely make up for with the food… I really couldn’t fault anything.
After dinner it was off to a DSTV movie binge and a fantastically relaxing night’s sleep… And then waking up to this gorgeous sight:
For breakfast they do a hot & cold buffet, or they can prepare items like French Toast and omelettes as per order as well.Overall this was a lovely getaway, even though it was still within the city. I think if you’re coming to Cape Town and you’re wanting ocean views with a central location, this hotel is a really good option.
The only thing to take note of if you’re planning on driving up to Cape Town or renting a car is that there’s a R90 parking charge per day. This is something I found quite strange, but apparently a lot of hotels do charge for parking these days, even though you’re staying at the hotel. Like I said strange, but it is what it is I guess. Just something to keep in mind as I don’t want you guys getting a nasty surprise at the end of your stay.
I’m going to give my Radisson Blu stay a score of on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale. It’s a beautiful hotel in a great location and I can see why it’s a popular choice for both local & international travellers.
Now listen up, because they’re running some noteworthy winter specials. On the food front, they’re offering the following deals until 31 Aug 2016:
- Heart-warming Winter set-menu: R195 for 2 courses & R295 for 3 courses with a complimentary glass of wine (Mon – Thu 18:30 to 22:30)
- Curry Lunch: R175 pp (Mon – Fri 12:30 to 15:00)
- Sunday Lunch: R325 pp – pensioners get 20% off on presentation of ID (Every Sun from 12:30 to 15:30)
To make a reservation at Tobago’s, you can contact them on:
Tel: 021 441 3414
Then if you’re looking to stay over, do take note of the following deals:
- STAY 2 AND SAVE UP TO 20%
Stay 2 nights and save up to 20% off weekends with the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
- STAY 3 AND SAVE UP TO 10%
Book 3 nights and save up to 10% with the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront
To book please contact the hotel on:
Tel: 021 441 300
To wrap up I have to say a very big thank you to the team at Radisson Blu for making our stay such a lovely one. I’ll be back for sunset drinks and those incredible views, that’s for sure.