Two weekends ago I was invited by the lovely folks at The Westin to come and experience the ultimate luxury they have to offer… yes, yes, I know, life as me can be really tough some times.
The Westin is connected to the CTICC and therefore they service quite a lot of conference/business travellers. But something I didn’t know going into this visit, was that they also have some amazing dining options (not just for the guests) and an incredible spa, high up on the 19th floor (but that deserves it’s own post – hence this being a part 1 post).
We’ll kick things off with a mini tour of the hotel:
We stayed in one of their deluxe rooms, all the way up on the 17th floor, which meant we had a pretty insane view of the city:
The room itself was really great. Fresh colours, lots of space, fully equipped – and when I mean fully, I mean fully… for example, the room came with it’s own ironing board & iron (love that! My clothes are always super wrinkled, even if I use that stupid rolling-of-the- clothes tecnique, which so does not work) and it also came with a printer/scanner/fax machine in case you needed to get down to some serious business.
Oh and possibly most importantly, the room comes with a fully stocked mini bar:
Just before we headed out to dinner, we got a little sweet surprise with our turndown service:
Dinner was up on the 19th floor, at the Westin Executive Club Restaurant. This restaurant boasts some amazing panoramic views of Cape Town and I have to say has quite a romantic atmosphere. (And that was before any wine…)
The food was quite a taste experience. A lot of attention to detail, complex flavours & fresh ingredients. I really couldn’t ask for anything more and can highly recommend this spot for your next date night (just make sure you ask for a window seat).
Price wise you’re looking at about R210 for 2 courses and R260 for 3 courses.
Their executive chef, Johann Breedt, is actually currently competing on kykNET’s KOKKEDOOR cooking show. So you can see him in action there as well.
With full & happy bellies, Bjorn and I headed back to our room, where our Heavenly bed totally sucked us in (these beds are specially made for the hotel and they are true to their name). Waking up the next morning to this, I have to say, was pretty damn cool:
Breakfast was yet another bad-for-your-bum experience. But oh so good for your soul.
Just check this buffet which has pretty much everything your heart could ever desire, even oysters & sushi and just about every fresh fruit juice on the planet:
For only R160, you too can experience this treat. That price includes free rein over that buffet, plus a glass of bubbly AND your choice of hot breakfast. Hell, I didn’t even make it that far. So I advise arriving wearing stretchy pants.
Now I’m going to share with you a little hidden gem not a lot of people have seen… I got to go up to their rooftop garden where they farm all their own fresh herbs and stuff. Check it out:
We had an absolutely amazing stay and I left there feeling totally relaxed and weighing in at about 5kgs heavier. But it was so worth it.
If you know of someone who’s coming to Cape Town and looking for a luxurious treat (or if you are that someone), here are some current accommodation specials that I can share with you:
- ENJOY UP TO 30% OFF WHEN YOU BOOK IN ADVANCE
Book by August 24, 2013, for stays up to August 31, 2013.
Stay 3 nights and save 20%
Stay 5 nights and save 30%
- 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – BOOK OUR RATES FROM 10 YEARS AGO
Book your room with rates from 10 years ago when we opened our doors the first time for you. For just R1350 single or double occupancy, book your Deluxe Room early and receive:
- Upgrade to Westin Executive Club Room (based upon availability)
- Bottle of Bubbly in the room upon arrival
- Breakfast included
- Offer only valid for August
- DO YOU NEED A BREAK? DISCOVER CAPE TOWN
Explore the city’s attractions and landmarks at your own pace from the comforts of the Hop-on Hop-off City. Our package includes:
- Rates from R2360 per double room (Deluxe Room)
- Daily breakfast buffet per person
- One Day ticket for two to utilize on the Hop-on Hop-off bus
- ROOM WITH A VIEW
You’ll witness the city of Cape Town awaken, come to life, and gracefully retire for the night from your very own room, accompanied by views of the beautiful Cape Town Stadium, Robben Island, the famous V&A Waterfront and the Cape Town Harbour.
Guarantee your view – Rates start from ZAR 1,940 per room per night.
- GOURMET GETAWAY FROM R2800 PER DOUBLE ROOM
Relax, escape and indulge during a 3 course dinner at The Westin Executive Club on the 19th floor. Your package includes:
- Deluxe Room
- Daily breakfast buffet per person
- 3 course dinner with a glass of wine at The Westin Executive Club for two
Or if you’re concidering something to eat (or drink) at the Westin Executive Club to experience that view, there’s also a few restaurant specials to take note of (booking is essential):
- The Sunset Sushi Special
Every Wed, Thu & Fri between 3pm and 7pm: Sushi and a complimentary glass of bubbly. Platters include Sashimi, Nigiri, California rolls, Maki, Fashion sandwiches and Salmon roses for only R125 for 16 pieces.
- The Sun downer
Every Thu &Fri between 5pm and 7pm: Enjoy a variety of canapés and a glass of local wine for only R75.
- Dinner and Wine
Every Wed, Sat & Sun for dinner: 3 course dinner (from their Dinner with a View set menu) and a complimentary glass of wine per course for only R260 per person.
- The Business Lunch
Mon to Thu: 2 course meal with a non-alcoholic cocktail or soft drink for R195. This will be served within 45 minutes. They offer free secure underground parking and complimentary bottled mineral water for the table.
For reservations, contact The Westin Cape Town on 021 412 9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.