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Enjoy Personal Attention At The Cape Heritage Hotel In Cape Town, South Africa

June 26th, 2007 · 6 Comments

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Barreling down the freeway in the opposite lane from what I’m used to, I turn to Travel Boyfriend.

“I feel like we’re home again.”

“Me too,” he agrees.

The feeling that I am coming home to South Africa was not something I ever expected. Me being American and all. But here I was in Cape Town heading back to the Cape Heritage Hotel with the same contented excitement usually reserved for a trip back to my parents’ house in Ohio.

It was my second visit. And only a week since my first. This second stay was to only be one night as we were returning from a week in Namibia and set to fly back to San Francisco the following day.

As our cab pulled up to the familiar façade of Heritage Square, we were greeted with genuine smiles and inquiries regarding our trip-within-a-trip. The staff we’d grown so fond of during our previous 10-day stay was there to welcome us back and show us to our suite (a complimentary upgrade, no less). A cozy living room led into the spacious bedroom, which led into the modern bath, each room containing its fair share of strewn rose petals. It is thoughtful little touches like these that set boutique hotels apart and make for fond memories and glowing recommendations. (fledgling hoteliers take note!)

The charm and details leftover from the gunsmiths and bakers and undertakers of the 1780s who once occupied the spaces in Heritage Square don’t hurt either. The Cape Heritage Hotel is the perfect blend of history and modernity. The yellowwood and burnished hardwood floorboards groan under your weight, while the bathrooms gleam. Showers separated from the tubs (as it should be). Water pressure surging as you gaze out the modest wood-framed windows held open with blacksmith’s hardware. In fact, no shower in my life ever felt as sumptuous as the first I took upon our arrival after over 20 hours of flying from San Francisco. Thoroughly lagged, I stood under stream wondering if the gauzy, hazy dream world could be real. Three days later, when I finally recovered, I blinked a few times and looked around again and discovered it was!

If the unique, timeworn building and emphasis on historical restoration aren’t enough, then the service will make you go fetal. The owner, Nick engages you upon check-in before putting you in the capable hands of Sam, who takes care of you like family. The rest of the staff is personable, thoughtful and so attentive that after my first night there as I sheepishly descended the stairs for an afternoon debut, the staff laughed at me and said, “We were giving you until 1 o’clock before we came and woke you.” I ask you, in what kind of chain hotel would they have known I was even staying there, much less trapped against my will in the deep sleep of jet lag?

It’s easy to feel lost and alone on the other side of the world, even in a place as beautiful as Cape Town. But the Cape Heritage Hotel truly steps up to remedy that. Originally it was Travel Boyfriend’s work that brought us here, but it is the feeling of home that will bring us back.

Some of the highlights you’ll discover should you have the privilege of being a guest at the Cape Heritage Hotel:

-Nick and especially Sam and basically any and all staff-members (they are ALL delightful)

-Delicious breakfasts featuring croissants and eggs and cheeses and fruit and oatmeal and basically anything you’d care for

-Insightful recommendations for restaurants and tour guides

-Two sitting areas with fires a-crackling and free beer and soft drinks

-Staff waiting by the door with an umbrella to lead you in from the rain

-Fork distance away from Savoy Cabbage, Simply Asia, Africa Cafe, Caveau, and Porcini restaurants

-Crisp clean sheets and fluffy comforters to encase you nightly like a breakfast burrito

-Bottles of complex white and red South African wine set out in your room (a small extra charge, but convenient nonetheless)

-Home to the oldest living grape vine in South Africa, planted in 1781

-Skeleton keys (my all-time favorite kind of key!)

Travel Betty Basics

Cape Heritage Hotel
Heritage Square, Cape Town
Standard, Luxury and Suites available
from $120-$320
(if you’ll be staying for awhile, ask if a discount is available)

Tags: Lodging · South Africa

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  • 6 responses so far ↓

    • 1 lisa q. // Jun 28, 2007 at 9:59 am

      sounds so lovely! :)

      thanks so much for stopping by!

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    • 2 Travel Betty // Jun 28, 2007 at 10:34 am

      Thank YOU, Lisa!

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    • 3 Adria Balgassi // Jun 29, 2007 at 3:48 pm

      Your blog is fantastic! I love to travel. :)

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    • 4 Travel Betty // Jun 30, 2007 at 10:11 am

      Thanks, Adria! Good luck with your awesome photo blog project.

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    • 5 Pierre // Jun 18, 2008 at 3:56 am

      Hey there – thanks for an interesting blog. I’m particularly pleased that you enjoyed Cape Town and the Cape Heritage Hotel so much – it is great to see such positive feedback as opposed to the gloom & doom about SA which is so often found on the Web.
      Greetings from a rather chilly Cape,
      Pierre

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    • 6 Travel Betty // Jun 18, 2008 at 9:13 am

      Welcome to Travel Betty, Pierre! Glad you liked the post. I have nothing but positive memories of Cape Town. Well, except that chilly weather you mention :)

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