Cape Town is a great place for tourism and vacations, but business people know it as the setting for world-class conferences including the World Economic Forum on Africa and the yearly Mining Indaba. Should your business bring you to this beautiful city, here are some business hotels in Cape Town, handpicked with business travelers in mind by Africa.com.
The Cape Grace sits on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in the historic heart of Cape Town’s working harbor. The waterfront is South Africa’s most-visited destination and is just a few minutes away from the main city center. The hotel’s boardroom can seat up to 14 guests, and visitors can request secretarial assistance at meetings. Additional business center services, like photocopying, faxing, 24-hour complimentary Internet access and courier services are available. For an after-work sweat session, the hotel’s top-floor fitness center is a treat with panoramic views of the harbor. For guests’ convenience, the Cape Grace offers free citywide transfers within a six-mile radius.
Endearingly called “Nelly” or the “Pink Lady” by locals and regulars, Mount Nelson is an elegant hotel that sees a lot of foot traffic from day visitors because of its gorgeous amenities. The business center meets every imaginable need from basic secretarial services to equipment such as projectors and flip charts for presentations. Room service is available but the hotel also features two impressive on-site restaurants: the casual Planet Restaurant and the more sophisticated Oasis Bistro. “Nelly” is famous for its grand afternoon tea. There is a fully equipped fitness center, two outdoor swimming pools, and a personal trainer, tennis instructor, golf instructor and swim coach available upon request. A free shuttle is available to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Cape Town International Convention Center.
Located in Bantry Bay, this luxury oceanfront hotel is intimate, with just 11 rooms, two suites and a private villa complete with a private chef and a hospitality team. The hotel has two lounges, a library, spa, pool and fitness center.
Part of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group, Table Bay Hotel proudly lists former South African President Nelson Mandela as a guest. Its location on the the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is convenient for business travelers, and the hotel’s business center is almost unparalleled with private cubicles and full secretarial services. The onsite dining venues are all rated five star, and a complimentary shuttle takes guests anywhere within a three-mile radius.
Perfect for the business traveler hoping to fit in a little relaxation, the One & Only falls under the category of a resort rather than hotel. The staffed business center boasts a 12-seat boardroom that can be rented for the day, but if guests prefer to do business in their rooms, in-room business services are available such as fax and computer hook-ups and three phone-two line communication systems. The property features a fully equipped fitness center with a rubberized track and yoga pavilion.
Sitting just across from the Cape Town International Convention Center is this trusted name in hospitality. The hotel offers conference facilities with almost a dozen separate venues that together can seat up to 600 guests. There are several dining venues, both formal and casual, for dinner meetings including the exclusive Westin Executive Club Restaurant and the more laid-back Raleigh’s Cigar Bar. The hotel has a fully equipped gym and personal trainers upon request.
Another familiar name, the Radisson Blu Hotel has a gorgeous shore-side location. The hotel has a 24-hour business center with all basic office services such as computers and photo copying services. All guests have access to complimentary high-speed and wireless Internet throughout the hotel, and the property is a short trip from some of Cape Town’s best shops and restaurant. The hotel is also equipped with a fitness center and spa.
The Holiday Inn Express in Cape Town is one of the best the chain has to offer, with a great location in the heart of the city. The business center is fully equipped with printing and faxing services, and each guest gets 30 minutes of complimentary Wi-Fi daily. There is no onsite restaurant however a free breakfast buffet is included in the stay, and the hotel is within walking distance of several restaurants.
Not quite on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront but near it is this budget-friendly hotel within walking distance of the city’s business district. Wireless Internet is available throughout the hotel and guests have access to boardroom facilities and basic business services such as photocopying and fax. The hotel has a fitness room and swimming pool.
If you want to get away from the action when you’re done with your workday, the Vineyard Hotel & Spa is a great choice. It’s not right in the city center, but you can get there in a 10-minute car ride. Sitting on the Liesbeek River surrounded by six acres of gorgeous gardens, this is a great hotel to unwind at after tense business meetings. There is an onsite business center and a large conference center which can accommodate up to 500 people. Each room has free Internet access and the hotel offers a free shuttle to nearby Cavendish Square shopping center. There is also an impressive health and fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools.