Cape Grace Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

Virgin rating

The hotel

Part of the Cape Town social scene, this iconic hotel attracts discerning locals and travellers to its vibrant Bascule Bar. Known for its whisky, wine, and cocktails (and tapas), sundowners in the bar are just one of Cape Grace’s dining and drinking experiences, with others including daily wine orientation with an excellent sommelier in the award-winning Signal Restaurant which is extremely impressive. Sat on it’s own quay between the working harbour and the yacht basin, with stunning views of Table Mountain; this luxurious hotel gives a personal and quality service that is epitomised by it’s individually decorated rooms. Each room has it’s own “story”, with local artwork and rare antiques to complement the theme, and deluxe amenities that form the quiet luxury of Cape Grace. The chauffeur service is ideal for visiting Table Mountain, or for evening trips out to local restaurants - of which there are plenty nearby.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool

Where is it

Situated on a private quay between Cape Town’s bustling V&A Waterfront and the tranquil yacht marina. Transfer time from Cape Town Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

120 luxurious guest rooms and suites, each uniquely designed and inspired by the charm of of the hotel’s Cape heritage. All rooms include air-conditioning, WiFi, tea/coffee machine, mini-bar*, separate bath and shower, towelling robes and slippers, iPod docking station, satellite TV and local radio, international plug points, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock and in-room safe. PlayStation 4’s are available on request (subject to availability).  

Luxury Rooms feature French doors that open onto a Juliet balcony overlooking the V&A working harbour, sleeping maximum 2 adults.


Table Mountain Luxury rooms offer views of the yacht marina and Table Mountain from the Juliet balcony, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Superior Rooms are larger in size, with a spacious seating area, and features a balcony that overlooks the V&A working harbour as well as a sofa bed; sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Table Mountain Superior rooms are the same as Superior rooms, but with views of the yacht marina and Table Mountain; sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child.

Rooftop Luxury rooms are situated on the 4th floor, with French doors that open onto a small patio; sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Rooftop Terrace rooms are located on the 4th floor with a larger balcony, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

One Bedroom Suites have a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a large balcony with outside dining area; sleeping maximum 2 adults and 1 child. 

Two Bedroom Suites consist of two separate guest rooms with private entrances, well-equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as a large balcony with outside dining area; sleeping maximum 4 adults and 1 child.

Three Bedroom Suites consist of three separate guest rooms with private entrances, well-equipped kitchen and dining area, as well as a large balcony with outside dining area; sleeping maximum 6 adults and 2 children.

Penthouse Suites are located on the 4th floor, with a spacious lounge, outdoor terrace with private jacuzzi and walk-in closet. The room features complimentary mini-bar, port, sherry, whisky and cognac and sleeps a maximum of 2 adults.

Free 24-hour secure parking. Complimentary chauffeur transfers within a 10km/6 mile radius (subject to availability and booking required, excludes airport transfers).

Signal Restaurant (Cape contemporary fine dining, open for breakfast and dinner). Bascule Bar (all-day bar serving light lunches and drinks). Traditional afternoon tea served daily in the library. 

Cape Wine Experience: an introduction to local wines, hosted daily in Signal Restaurant (subject to availability, booking required). Port and sherry in the Library between 6-10pm. 

Swimming pool. 24-hour fitness centre. Spa with sauna, hair salon*, nail bar* and a range of spa treatments*.

Complimentary WiFi. Library with daily national and international newspapers. 

* Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Cape Grace Hotel - fabulous location with an amazing team

Feb 27, 2024 JB64London London, United Kingdom

Located at the V&A Cape Town waterfront, this newly renovated hotel is in an ideal spot to explore this amazing city. Arrivals through the security are announced to concierge team to expect your imminent arrival. The welcome is so warm from all the team at Cape Grace, nothing is too much trouble and the smile and enthusiasm is truly heart felt.… Read more
Located at the V&A Cape Town waterfront, this newly renovated hotel is in an ideal spot to explore this amazing city. Arrivals through the security are announced to concierge team to expect your imminent arrival. The welcome is so warm from all the team at Cape Grace, nothing is too much trouble and the smile and enthusiasm is truly heart felt. The front desk is so warm with the welcome, the hospitality team in the library and restaurant are awesome. Attention to detail from housekeeping is magic. We intend to visit Cape Town again and for us The Cape Grace will be our hotel. Congratulations to the Team at Cape Grace on the launch and the undoubted success it will bring. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating The Cape Grace - WE JUST WANT THE MONEY

Oct 5, 2023 adfasdfasdfewrweqr33 Washington DC, District of Columbia

This is simply a warning: Late in 2022 I had booked five nights at this property through Tablet Hotels for a trip in the first few months of 2023. Upon arriving in Johannesburg, I found an issue with my eye; after visiting an ophthalmologist, and then retina specialist, it turned out that I had to return home for emergency surgery. The day I was… Read more
This is simply a warning: Late in 2022 I had booked five nights at this property through Tablet Hotels for a trip in the first few months of 2023. Upon arriving in Johannesburg, I found an issue with my eye; after visiting an ophthalmologist, and then retina specialist, it turned out that I had to return home for emergency surgery. The day I was supposed to fly to Cape Town check into the Cape Grace, I ended up flying home. As soon as I realized that I had to depart ASAP, I contacted Tablet Hotels to let them know that I had to leave S. Africa due to an emergency; I did NOT want to cancel, but simply re-book at a later date (I was already returning the next month). Repeat: I did NOT want a refund, I simply wanted to move the date. Tablet Hotels contacted the Cape Grace, who informed that they would not even consider re-booking me, and that they would be keeping my money and I would not have the room later. Which is nice for the hotel, as they would be able to resell the room a second time. Two lessons: 1) Book a room at the Cape Grace at your own risk. I was out several thousand USD*, and it was a bit surprising and a lot disappointing. 2) If you DO book the Cape Grace, do NOT prepay and...DO take out travel insurance. Because they don't care about reasonability, they only seem to care about taking as much money as possible in whatever way possible. This is typical of S. African banks, but I expected more of a hotel of this "caliber." You've been warned. A much more budget-conscious alternative would be the V&A Waterfront hotel - many rooms have simultaneous views of the harbour AND Table mountain, and you can even wave over to the Cape Grace! :) *Sure, if I could afford to book this property, I could afford to "lose" the money, but it was just surprising that it would be lost due to greed, as there was no way the hotel wouldn't have been able to resell my room, at a HUGE markup from what I had booked months in advance. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely Hotel on the Waterfront

Jul 3, 2023 Ann A Westford, Massachusetts, United States

Beautiful hotel on the waterfront in Cape Town, loved the location! Can walk to so many things. Hotel is lovely, sadly though they were closing right after we left for a huge renovation. I'm sure it will be lovely but was sad to hear from a few of the staff that they would be losing their jobs and not sure when they would reopen to get their jobs… Read more
Beautiful hotel on the waterfront in Cape Town, loved the location! Can walk to so many things. Hotel is lovely, sadly though they were closing right after we left for a huge renovation. I'm sure it will be lovely but was sad to hear from a few of the staff that they would be losing their jobs and not sure when they would reopen to get their jobs back. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating SUPERB LUXURY HOTEL - RELAXED, FRIENDLY WITH IMPECCABLE SERVICE

Jun 17, 2023 Annie H Nacton, United Kingdom

Our third visit stay in Cape Grace. Luxurious, impeccable service. Food - awesome. Lovely friendly staff. You get what you pay for and MORE. We hope to return in 2024 when the prices come out. Our favourite destination in the World. Quayside Location is superb, away from the hustle and bustle but within a minute or two's walk to everything. … Read more
Our third visit stay in Cape Grace. Luxurious, impeccable service. Food - awesome. Lovely friendly staff. You get what you pay for and MORE. We hope to return in 2024 when the prices come out. Our favourite destination in the World. Quayside Location is superb, away from the hustle and bustle but within a minute or two's walk to everything. The breakfasts are to die for and The Signal restaurant out of this world.....I could write a book. Rooms as you would expect from a 5* hotel with loads of "add on plusses". Superb hotel Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great - made our first days in Cape Town easy after the long flight - shame it's being closed and changed to Fairmont

Jun 2, 2023 Oinick1959 Chattanooga, Tennessee

Very classy, upscale hotel. Beautifully decorated. Excellent staff — all of them from reception, to wait staff, to room stewards. Bar and dining room really good. Rooms large, clean, comfortable. Terrific location - within walking distance of harbor attractions including restaurants and bars. Excellent price for the level of accommodation.… Read more
Very classy, upscale hotel. Beautifully decorated. Excellent staff — all of them from reception, to wait staff, to room stewards. Bar and dining room really good. Rooms large, clean, comfortable. Terrific location - within walking distance of harbor attractions including restaurants and bars. Excellent price for the level of accommodation. Unfortunately, we learned during our stay that we were some of the last guests before the hotel (has now) closed before renovations and addition to the Fairmont brand. A real shame. Truly, one of the best places we have stayed, and we have stayed at nice places all over the world. Read less