The Table Bay is owned and operated by Sun International, a company with a great reputation in the hospitality, entertainment, and gaming sector. The hotel was opened in May 1997 by former SA president Nelson Mandela, and since then it has welcomed many a dignitary, celebrity, and head of state. Presently it holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! The accommodation is usually booked on a B&B basis, including parking and Wi-Fi. The hotel is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The hotel can be accessed via 25 minutes’ road transfer from Cape Town International Airport. It’s situated on a peninsula north of the V&A Waterfront, with a backdrop featuring not only the harbour but also Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean!
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT THE TABLE BAY HOTEL:
Guest accommodation consists of 238 rooms and suites, in no fewer than 13 categories! All combine Victorian charm and contemporary elements. At entry level, there are four Luxury Room options, featuring king-size bed or twin beds, bedside storage units and lighting, a writing desk and chair, an en-suite marble bathroom, and gorgeous sea or mountain views! Amenities include air conditioning, black-out curtains, flatscreen satellite television, telephone with voicemail, tea-and-coffee station, mini-bar, electronic safe, Wi-Fi, newspapers on request, hairdryer, 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping, and laundry. The Accessible Room is similarly appointed, with wide entrance into the bathroom and a wheelchair-friendly shower. Next up are the Superior Rooms, among them a room suitable for families. These rooms are sufficiently spacious to offer a separate lounge area. Finally, there are five types of Suite – Junior, Executive, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, and Table Mountain. Boasting larger living areas still, the suites are recommended for travellers seeking exceptionally lavish accommodation. Lion’s Head Suite includes a Jacuzzi bath, while Table Mountain Suite offers a telescope and a baby grand piano!
Communal spaces at The Table Bay include a number of sumptuous lounges. These generally feature formal settees and armchairs around expansive coffee and occasional tables, beneath sophisticated lighting. One such area, known as The Lounge, is the setting for the hotel’s famous high tea – guests can tuck in to a fine assortment of afternoon treats while marvelling at harbour views through floor-to-ceiling windows! There’s also an exciting variety of restaurants. For example, Camissa Brasserie provides authentic Cape cuisine and The Atlantic offers exquisitely presented breakfasts. Two bars – Union Bar and Pool Bar – draw in the crowds with a fantastic atmosphere and superb range of beverages. These and other spaces within the hotel may be booked for events and business meetings. Keep-fit fans will appreciate access to a well-equipped gym, while anyone in need of a little pampering can head to the spa for massages, mani-pedis, and more. And there’s a very inviting swimming pool, with plenty of sunloungers alongside!
ACTIVITIES AT THE TABLE BAY HOTEL:
Once you’re ready to explore Cape Town from The Table Bay, you can pop to the hotel’s Travel Desk. Here, friendly staff will help you decide how to spend your time in the exhilarating Mother City! Here are just a few examples of things to see and do:
V&A Waterfront- Specialising in luxury retail, this well-known attraction entices shoppers from all over the world to enjoy the ultimate in retail therapy. A private shopper service is available.
Robben Island- This is where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 18 years, and today it’s a respected heritage site accessed via ferry ride from the V&A.
Table Mountain Gateway- Ride the cable car to the top of Cape Town’s majestic mountain and marvel at the amazing views!
Cape Town’s Beaches- These include glamorous Camps Bay, secluded Clifton, and the scenic spots along the southern peninsula. You could easily while away a few hours relaxing on the sands.
Two Oceans Aquarium- If you’re interested in marine life, this popular attraction will thrill!
Company’s Garden- Highly recommended for the green-fingered, this site contains some intriguing museums and galleries too.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden- One of the Mother City’s greatest hits, the garden boasts a breathtaking assortment of indigenous flora and it’s a lovely spot for a picnic!
Cape Winelands- If you have time to travel farther afield, you could certainly consider an excursion to the wonderful Winelands, for vineyard visits, tasting tours, and more.