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Cape Town's exciting new hotel properties are ideal for your next holiday in South Africa's most beautiful city
By Jo Kromberg  ·  2017-05-03  ·   Source:

Cloud 9 Boutique Hotel - opened October 2016

Grading: Four-star

Number of rooms: 47

The old Leeuwenvoet guesthouse has been connected with three other heritage properties in Tamboerskloof, to form The Cloud 9 Boutique.

Hotel facilities include an elevator, 24-hour reception, security, parking, sun decks and plunge pools. Three on-site restaurants, a contemporary African art gallery and an intimate library complete their offering.

Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, some with fantastic Table Mountain views, others with beautiful fireplaces or pressed ceilings. Modern amenities include complimentary high-speed fiber WiFi, Ultra HD 42" TV with extensive channel selection, Nespresso machines, large rain showers, double glazing, electronic safes, air conditioning, fridges, phones and designer bathroom amenities.

The Grey Boutique Hotel - opened December 2016

Grading: Four-Star Number of rooms: 13

The Grey Boutique Hotel featuring 13 double rooms with en-suite bathrooms - including two rooms with a private balcony overlooking Table Mountain - free high-speed WiFi and a minibar, opened in De Waterkant, Green Point, in December 2016. The 19th century heritage house with various courtyards has a rooftop bar called Pink Parrot where guests can relax by the pool, sip on unique house cocktails or experience small tapas-style dishes from Shios restaurant while overlooking the majestic Table Mountain and sapphire blue Atlantic. For music lovers, the famous piano bar is available to spend evenings listening to live jazz and blues concerts while enjoying cocktails and mini burgers. Rates start at only about $60 per person per night.

The Ritz - renovations done February 2017 Grading: Four-star

Number of rooms: 212

Shimmy Luxury Collection, now sole operator of the new Ritz Hotel which opened February 2017 has been undergoing an extensive make-over to reinstate Cape Town's landmark as the place to be for locals and visitors. The iconic hotel has 212 luxury bedrooms, conference facility that holds 1,000 guests, spectacular champagne bar with breath-taking view of the Atlantic Seaboard, an exclusive basement nightclub adding vibrant Cape Town nightlife and plush pool area with open plan to the restaurant. The Ritz also partnered with a celebrity chef Bertus Basson to create innovative and extravagant dining experiences.

The Silo Hotel - opened March 2017

Grading: Five-star

Number of rooms: 28

This place is by far the hottest ticket in town. The Silo Hotel is built in the grain elevator portion of the historic grain Silo, occupying eight floors above what will become the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in the V&A Waterfront. The hotel opened on March 1, 2017, and is run by The Royal Portfolio. Renowned industrial designer Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio, London is the architect of the modern hotel design. The five-star hotel has 28 luxurious rooms with different sizes and facilities.

Each room is beautifully designed and decorated by the stylish wand of Liz Biden, using colorful and eclectic pieces that contrast the modern and industrial architecture. By night the hotel is transformed into a glowing lantern or beacon in the harbor. Rates start from $925 per room so it's not cheap...

Radisson Red Hotel - opened March 2017

Grading: Three-star

Number of rooms: 235

The Radisson Red Hotel V&A Waterfront will form part of the new Silo District of the V&A Waterfront that will also be home to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. This three-star hotel will be operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group. Its developers are the Carlson Rezidor and V&A Waterfront and opened its doors end of 2016.

Features include paperless check in and 24/7 deli & bar. Besides the 235 guest rooms which include Studios, Studio 4's and Studio Sweets, the Radisson Red will offer a "Redeli" and a "Ouibar" where tempting taster plates, wine & beer and bottled cocktails will be available 24/7. Business travelers will benefit from five meeting event studios with an area of 460 square meters. And after a long day of meetings or sightseeing in Cape Town, guests can relax in the Red Face fitness studio and rooftop swimming pool or enjoy a sunset cocktail with DJ performances at the hotel's rooftop garden terrace and bar. The site is also located within walking distance of the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) which hosts all major meetings and events in the city. The V&A Waterfront is easily accessible by car, train and helicopter and is 20km away from Cape Town's International Airport.

Tsogo Sun Hotel Complex: StayEasy and SunSquare - opening September 2017

Grading: Two-star and four-star

Total number of rooms: 504

This hotel complex is situated on the corner of Strand Street & Buitengracht in the bustling city center. The new hotel complex will consist of 504 rooms in total, 202 at SunSquare and 302 at StayEasy. Included in the complex will be banqueting and conference facilities, Tsogo Sun's trendy and fast growing casual dining offering Vigour & Verve, retail space and approximately 300 underground parking bays. The hotel is expected to open in September 2017. Tsogo Sun already operates three full service hotels in Cape Town - The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront and Southern Sun Cape Sun - as well as the recently refurbished SunSquare Cape Town in Gardens. Also on offer at the SunSquare is a stylish bar on the 18th floor situated a few meters from a large volume enclosed pool deck which opens up onto an outdoor patio overlooking Cape Town harbor and Lions Head. The Gym on the 19th floor boasts panoramic views of Cape Town's Table Mountain and city scape. Website is not available yet.

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