If you enjoy world-class service that anticipates your every request, customized experiences, which include rare whisky pairings, luxurious spa treatments and suites that fuse modern comforts with traditional Cape culture – we invite you to Cape Grace. There is no better place to soak in the very essence of Cape Town living!
Located immediately next to Cape Town’s bustling VA Waterfront and the Robben Island ferry, Cape Grace offers an excellent location for exploration in this captivating city. The hotel is designed to resemble a grand ship. When viewed across the harbor, it stands proudly alongside the yacht marina, backed by the amazing silhouette of Table Mountain standing sentry and towering over the hotel.
Entering the hotel, one discovers the beautifully decorated reception area oozing with sophistication and brilliance. There is a nautical theme running throughout the hotel with long corridors resembling the inside of a cruise liner, a deck area outside the restaurant and an intimate whiskey bar tucked away down a narrow stairway that has the appearance of the hull of a ship.
A History lesson in every room!
Each of the 120 rooms is completely unique, with the décor inspired by popular designs between the periods of 1700 and 1900. Despite the size of the property, the staff seems to know everyone by name. Fresh coffee is delivered with your wakeup call and there is complimentary port and sherry served all evening in the library.
For those traveling as a family, entertainment for the children includes African story time and gingerbread painting, so parents can enjoy some adult time. There is a free hotel chauffeur available on demand to drive guests anywhere within a six-mile radius.
When it’s time to dine, walk down the hallway engulfed in orchids and spectacular chandeliers leading into the Signal restaurant, which promises an unforgettable dining experience. Diners can expect six perfectly sized courses, such as seared salmon with a shellfish broth and coconut and curry leaf rice. Follow that up with a melt-in-the-mouth raspberry and pistachio slice.
Great attention is paid to the creation of the exquisite tasting menu. From the selection of the produce to the detail in presentation; the spotlight shines brightly upon the South African farming community. Standout dishes include the delicious sautéed prawns and the grilled hake. The prawns are meaty and succulent, complimenting the texture of the crisp popadoms, whilst the curry emulsion provides a beautiful accompanying flavor that is accentuated by the sweet notes of the wine pairing. The hake follows suit with beautiful presentation and cooked to perfection. The acidic accents of the apple and lime cut through the velouté to form a great pairing.
If you are not ready to eat and simply would like to relax after your long flight, then book a visit to the spa for a selection of relaxation treatments for your tired body. If you want to stretch or work out those kinks, another feature to note is the state-of-the-art fitness studio, where a workout overlooking the mountains and waterfront can be just as relaxing.
At Cape Grace Hotel, guests are surrounded by stunning grandeur, including views of the iconic Table Mountain. It is simply a beautiful slice of Cape Town’s luxury, offering a perfect destination for exploring all the Mother City has to offer.
A stay at Cape Grace Hotel is a rewarding and special experience that will remain with guests long after their departure.
Cape County Furniture caters to the more conservative tastes of a country gentry.
By 1700, early travel writers who visited the Cape began commenting on the unique Cape style of furniture. The local furniture tradition continued to evolve for the next 300 years. The most pertinent stylistic influences were derived from Europe, and three main categories can be identified: Patrician Furniture, Country Furniture and Folk Furniture. Examples are chip carved frames and Batavian chests
Folk furniture was made in remote locations and out of necessity.
Ox yokesm, pins and ropes, the Riempies Bank, The Wa-Kis, Imari Porcelain of the cape, The Cape Settee, Cape Timbers, The Stnkwood Armoire and Blue & White Porcelain at the cape
Around the governor and other top officials of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) a patrician society soon started to express its own standards and tastes. This resulted in the development of a Patrician Furniture, popularly referred to as “town” furniture. It was made for and used by the wealthy officials and “burghers” who lived in 18th and early 19th century Cape Town.
Despite the ethnic diversity of Cape Town society and its exposure to the styles and tastes of the East, a preference for the fashions of Europe prevailed. Many of the early cabinetmakers working here would have received their training in Europe. Not only were they acutely aware of the latest fashions, they were capable of producing sophisticated, complex pieces that conformed to European trends – albeit with a local flavor added.