wine & brewing heritage
The Constantia Winelands, praised by Europeans from Napoleon to Jane Austen, are over the hill from the Hotel. Estates like Klein Constantia afford a chance to discover classic vintages and Cape Dutch homesteads, and are the ideal ‘alternative’ for time-limited guests unable to visit the Stellenbosch region. Josephine Mill, 10 minutes from the Hotel, is an opportunity to experience South Africa’s original beer and Brewing history.
Suburban Cape town boasts entertainment galore. The Baxter Centre (10 minutes drive) hosts top drama, dance, music and comedy. Maynardville Open-air Theatre (10 minutes drive) presents annual Shakespeare and ballet seasons in January/ February. Kirstenbosch’s Summer concerts offer top local/global music acts on its lawns from November to end-March. Nearby Cavendish Square also has a large cinema complex.
No visit to Cape Town is complete without a visit to world famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (10 minutes drive or 25 minutes walk from the hotel). It showcases the Cape Floral Kingdom,the most species-rich on earth and South Africa’s varied biomes. A staggering aerial tree-canopy walkway is just one of its many attractions, which also include open-air concerts on the lawns in summer.
Sport-lovers are within strolling distance of the famous Newlands Cricket and Rugby stadia which both host a variety of local and international and test fixtures seasonally. The Vineyard often hosts top sporting celebrities and entrants to major events like the famous Two Oceans Marathon and the Argus Cycle Tour. Three top-rated urban Golf courses are 15-20 minutes away.
The Hotel is less than 5 minutes walk from the heart of the major shopping hub of Claremont. Its most well-known retail centre is the upmarket shopping precinct of Cavendish Square, which offers exclusive local and global outlets that offer everything from designer apparel and accessories to top local design, interior, travel, IT, foreign exchange outlets and more. Almost every guest retail need is easily available here.
local arts & craft
There are a variety of local fine art and craft facilities in the southern suburbs. One of the loveliest is the Montabello Design Centre, located within walking distance of the Hotel. Synonymous with some of the roots of Cape art and design, it houses fine art, ceramic, jewellery, craft and other working studios as well as a restaurant and nursery. Locally made art, crafts and gifts are for sale. An art-lovers ‘must- see’.