1. Mount Nelson
Built in 1899 this is the grand old lady of the Cape Hotels, painted blush pink in the 1920s, with a rose bred to match the paintwork for her centenary in 1999. The “Nellie”, at the top end of the city centre, is a much-loved institution, famed for its gardens, its afternoon tea and the Cape Oasis restaurant. Now part of the Orient Express group, it is also a superb hotel, adding that rare blend of efficiency and charm.
2. Radisson Blu Waterfront
Right on the edge of the breakwater on a private marina next to the V&A Waterfront, this luxurious modern hotel literally has its feet in the Atlantic surf. A great location, spectacular sunsets, an excellent restaurant, Tobago’s, a hi-tech gym spa, and free broadband all add up earn the hotel its spot in my top 10.
3. Cape Grace
Incredibly conveniently located, on a private quay in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, this lavish 5-star hotel really can become an office away from home, with useful perks for travelling business folk such as complimentary use of the hotel boardroom by hotel guests. They also have their own yacht for charter, a spa and excellent dining, so if you are looking for high level corporate hospitality, this is a good place to start.
4. The Westin Cape Town
Part of the global Starwood chain, this sleek Westin hotel offers superb facilities, from the Cigar Bar to the spa and the Executive Club and excellent conference facilities. In fact, it has won the World Travel Award for Africa’s Leading Meeting and Conference Hotel and been nominated as one of the best in the world. Enough said.
5. Protea Hotel North Wharf
Within walking distance of both the V&A Waterfront and the Convention Center, this is a comfortable hotel, ideal for those who are making a slightly longer stay in the city and want the flexibility to make themselves at home. All rooms have self-catering facilities, although the complex also has an in-house restaurant and as well as a gym and pool and the pizzeria opposite also has an arrangement for meals and room service with guests.
6. The Townhouse Hotel & Conference Centre
Set right in the historic town center, close to Parliament, this is an ideal business base with attractive modern rooms, free wifi, a 250-person conference centre, great breakfast buffet and relaxed in-house restaurant. The hotel operates various community projects and activity pursues a green environmental policy.
7. Taj Cape Town
If any building deserves to be a business hotel this is it – it used to be the South Africa Reserve Bank! Now one of the city’s most lavishly upmarket hotels, right in the historic city centre, it is a new hotel that has managed to recreate an age of colonial splendor, complete with modern amenities and technology. It has a fitness suite, Club floor, spa, conference facilities and several excellent restaurants including some of Cape Town’s finest Indian cuisine.
8. Circa on the Square
An all-suite hotel in the Foreshore district, every apartment in this chic boutique property has designer furnishings, plasma TV and a self-catering kitchenette. The Bizerca Bistro is one of the city’s best, and the V&A Waterfront and Convention Centre are both within walking distance.
9. Blackheath Lodge
For those who prefer a home away from home, this lovely Victorian lodge at the foot of Signal Hill offers a great combination of cosy comfort, great efficiency and relaxation. Staff are happy to go above and beyond the call of duty to help facilitate your business needs, breakfast is great and best of all, you have and the chance to relax on the verandah or in the garden by the pool.
10. Cape Heritage Hotel
A fabulously restored historic house in downtown Cape Town, built in 1771, this is now an imaginative boutique hotel that has decorated every room individually and with real flair. It combines the building’s history, using antiques with modern chic and African art to create something very very stylish. You can dine at the hotel (with organic and wheat-free options) but as it’s set on Heritage Square, there are plenty of other local options available.