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‘My Favourite Hotel’ review – The Vineyard hotel, Cape Town

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Today, our ‘My Favourite Hotel’ review is from Cape Town.

We are currently running this reader-written feature to provide some positivity and inspiration to Head for PointsYou can find all of the ‘My Favourite Hotel’ reviews so far by clicking here.  This was scheduled to be a series of about 25 hotels, but a good response from readers means that we have commissioned another batch and are continuing the series.

Today’s hotel is The Vineyard hotel in Cape Town.  It is reader Helen’s favourite hotel and here is her review:

Overview

Nestled under Table Mountain, the most beautiful mountain in all the world, you find The Vineyard hotel in Cape Town. Its classic and understated charm provides a tranquil and gorgeous spot for a wonderful trip to “the Mother City”.

The Vineyard Hotel Cape Town

Our favourite part of the hotel are its magnificent gardens (eight acres!) which are large and abundant with gorgeous greenery and flowers. A family of tortoises roams freely through the gardens and there is a sweet river which flows at the bottom of the property.

One can spend hours getting lost in the gardens, which feel more like a magical forest. There is always something special to see, from amazing South African florals to exotic birds and butterflies.

The Vineyard Hotel Cape Town

Location

The Vineyard is situated in the Claremont area of Cape Town. It is a great location for exploring Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Muizenberg Beach and the city centre.

Getting to The Vineyard hotel

We travelled with British Airways and rented a car at the airport with Hertz. Parking at the hotel is free and I would definitely recommend renting a car to explore the city, the nearby wine lands and the beautiful scenery. If you don’t want to rent a car, the hotel can organise a taxi for you and Uber is widely available. There is also a private car service, which is more expensive, but can be booked at the Travel Desk, near the reception area. The hotel also offers pick-ups and drop offs to the airport and a complimentary shuttle bus which goes to the nearest shopping mall called Cavendish Square.

Facilities

To the left of the main house is the swimming pool, which is large and sparkling clean. Here you can order drinks and food to your sun lounger from the Splash Café. The menu at the Splash Café is pretty extensive, from salads, sushi, hamburgers to milkshakes and ice-creams. Unfortunately we found the service slightly on the slow side.

The Vineyard Hotel Cape Town

There is also a small indoor warm-water pool and a gym. The gym is well equipped and overlooks the swimming pool. It is always a treat to have a work-out with the fresh air coming in and looking out onto a beautiful view.

I booked regular personal training sessions with the gym instructor at the hotel which was amazing and a great start to my day. I would suggest booking sessions way in advance because the instructors get booked up quickly especially during peak season.

We also had one of the gym trainers take us on a guided walk of the mountain which was really wonderful as it was nice to have a knowledgeable guide showing us the way and explaining the history of the area.

The Vineyard Hotel Cape Town

The hotel also has a spa which is part of the international Banyan Tree brand.  It offers therapeutic massages, facials and a variety of lovely treatments by trained therapists, using natural ingredients and aromatherapy. I had a facial and a pedicure and my husband had a massage. Both were extremely relaxing and I would definitely have more treatments, if I return. They are not on the cheap side though, so we limited ourselves!

Rooms

The bedrooms are luxurious and spacious, with lovely interiors and spotless en-suite bathrooms and sheets. The beds are large, and the hotel can accommodate roller beds and cots for families. Most rooms have recently been renovated and some have magnificent views across the gardens and of the mountain.

We travelled with my extended family so had a range of ages with us. My partner, my children and I stayed in a large mountain facing room on the first level, called a Mountain Deluxe Room. We had a large king-sized bed and there was also room for a small single bed for our toddler and a cot for our baby.

The Vineyard Hotel Cape Town

We had our own private patio area outside which had a small table and chairs and a sun lounger. This was lovely to sit on when our children had afternoon naps. Each room has a Nespresso coffee station and obviously a gorgeous en-suite with both bath and shower.

My younger brother stayed in a courtyard-facing room, in the standard option, overlooking a green courtyard. His room was on the same level as ours. His room was a very good size and also had a lovely en-suite bathroom with shower, bath, and ample cupboard space.

The Vineyard Hotel Cape Town

My parents stayed in a deluxe suite on the north side of the property with a spacious balcony overlooking the gardens and mountain scape. It was really beautiful and well worth the extra money.

Food and drinks

The food in the main restaurant was five-star and I find myself dreaming about the breakfasts, overflowing with fresh mango, granadilla, granola, yogurt, pastries and of course eggs. For later in the day, there is a wide variety of food on the menu from both The Square, but also the Garden Lounge and the on-site restaurant Myoga.

Afternoon tea under the trees is very unique and the scones with cream and jam are lovely. The hotel was extremely helpful in regards to helping us feed our children and baby. We ordered food off-menu, particularly kid’s meals. They also cleaned and sanitised our baby’s bottles and helped make up milk. In general South Africa was extremely kid-friendly and welcoming.

The Vineyard Hotel Cape Town

Importantly, the hotel has a good environmental ethos, especially in regard to saving water and using ethically sourced ingredients. I was excited to learn that the hotel has 80 solar panels which are supplied with green energy from the Darling Wind Farm and that they recycle 98% of their waste!

The best thing of all are the smiling staff who have worked there for years who are always friendly and warm. It is a family hotel and you get the sense that you are part of a large happy family whenever you stay there.

I would highly recommend The Vineyard hotel and am looking forward to my next trip as soon as possible.

How to book

We booked directly with the hotel, who were extremely helpful. Our breakfast was included in our rate.

If you want to find out more, the hotel’s website is here.


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Comments (18)

  • flyingbee says:

    Lovely to read a review of the Vineyard hotel. We stayed there for our honeymoon many years ago. It was a favorite hotel and recommendation from a family member who made many repeat trips there.

  • Andrew says:

    The price?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      This “price?” stuff is getting pretty boring

      Click the link to the website enter some dates and find out!

      • ChrisBCN says:

        Why show any pictures then when we can just ‘click the link to the website’? Giving a general idea of the price should be a standard part of these articles!

      • Andrew says:

        It’s a review. It’s supposed to give me enough information to decide whether this hotel is somewhere I’d consider staying. For example at £1000 per night I wouldn’t care how exceptional breakfast and the pool are, it wouldn’t be for me. That’s not to say I wouldn’t read and enjoy the article but I, and I suspect a few thousand other readers, wouldn’t waste my time going to their website.

        One person from the hfp staff can do that search or a few thousand readers can. If Rob has a good reason as to why the latter is preferable and why including a price wouldn’t make these reviews more useful then I’ll shut up and won’t comment again about a missing price.

        • Charlieface says:

          Agreed. Although to be fair, I take for granted these types of hotels are beyond my means.

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Putting the stays start at rate right now is absolutely pointless because no hotel anywhere is operating under business as usual rules

          This hotel is open to business travellers only for example right now so the rate reflect that.

          • ChrisBCN says:

            Neither is the service the same, but it’s still mentioned. I really don’t know why you are against showing a simple starting price or range!

  • Gary Hill says:

    The Vineyard has been my home from home hotel in cape town for the last 20 years and i must have stayed there > 80 times. Although the hotel has changed and improved over that time, the friendliness and care shown by the staff hasn’t and it remains a delightful & convenient place to stay, if you don’t need or want to be in the heart of the city. It has been through a rolling room upgrade over the past 3 years and this has meant some daytime noise and dust, and the aircon is not always that efficient on some floors. The mountain facing rooms are always in demand but they do get the afternoon sun and can get pretty warm as the day goes on, good aircon definitely needed in the summer months! Pool and fitness areas to me are the best in CT, long may it continue to offer just good facilities at a quite reasonable price, especially in the off-season.

  • Also says:

    I always cringe when something is described as “very unique”.

    • Rob says:

      Apologies, I should have removed that during editing – I missed it. It wouldn’t normally get through 🙂

  • Sean says:

    Stayed here 20 odd years ago. Visit was the reason i joined BAEC as was on Business Class flights to Cape Town for work. Specail offer on BAEC at the time was to do (i think) 6 LH Business class flights within x months and get a free flight on concord.

    The only things I can remember of the hotel are the mountain views from the lounge and ordering “another case of castle please Alfred”.

  • Nic says:

    I stayed at the Vineyard for a month when I moved to Cape Town and then visited it regularly to eat when my first base was nearby in Newlands. Truly a magnificent hotel, in a city with a number of incredible hotels – the Mount Nelson, the Cape Grace, The Bay, Ellerman House. I miss going there for work!

  • james leslie says:

    Stayed here 2 years ago. Wonderful hotel, and for those asking about price it was around £200 per night (that was in June 2018 – so winter)

  • Novice says:

    Good review. Persuasive and personal. The hotel looks great. I’m feeling wanderlust for Africa now. What I would give to go on a safari right now….

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