Tsogo Sun, The Cape Sun

Words: Julie Velosa

Capetonians will be familiar with the iconic Cape Sun Hotel on lower Strand Street, which has been a part of the landscape since 1982. The building is characterised by its lifts which operate on the outside of the building and can be seen whizzing up and down the building’s exterior.

As one of the long-standing matriarchs of the travel scene in Cape Town, it boasts one of the most central and convenient locations in town and with that, incredible views over and around the city. From our room on the 32nd floor, a panoramic view of the whole of Table Mountain and the city bowl was ours to enjoy. It’s a dizzying height to be above the city, but gives you a real bird’s eye view of the cityscape below and off into the horizon as far as the eye can see.

A complimentary bottle of Shiraz in our room was the perfect excuse to sample room service fare, so we ordered a basket of Cape Malay treats that included samosas, spring rolls and chicken strips. All were golden, crispy and freshly fried. The combo was an ideal way to watch the sun set over the city.

The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment and has been upgraded with several new facilities to accommodate both leisure and business travellers. Our suite, which was part of the executive rooms, was functionally furnished with modern amenities and everything that one would need. The addition of an oversized, throne-style chair was ideal to curl up on with a good book. The room really needs very little adornment with the view providing a sweeping backdrop, made even more beautiful as the sun sets and the twinkling lights of the city come to life.

Dinner is served onsite at Riempies restaurant, which is Cape Dutch inspired, with Malay influences and offers visiting tour groups and travellers a gimpse into delicious Cape-style cuisine. On the evening we visited a buffet was on offer and was sumptuous, in true Tsogo Sun style. We enjoyed beautifully roasted and succulent beef from the carvery, as well as a plethora of salads, hot sides and other options such as freshly made stir-fry, pastas and more.

After a good night’s sleep high above the sights and sounds of the city, we enjoyed yet another signature hotel buffet for breakfast. Again a huge spread is put on, as only a big hotel group can, with every breakfast item one could possibly desire. Homemade yoghurt drinks, freshly baked muffins, pastries and scones, cereals, eggs, fruit and even pancakes. All served up by friendly hotel staff and accompanied by hot cappuccinos, lattes and teas.

For tourists heading out for a day of sightseeing, the Tsogo Sun Cape Sun is perfectly placed and offers everything the savvy traveller would need. The hotel is also adept at hosting large functions, groups and conferences with ease and there is always a presence of staff and management evident, ensuring that everything runs just right. And from a team as successful as Tsogo Sun, we would expect nothing less.

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