With so many people traveling to Cape Town for its many tourist attractions (breathtaking coast, mountain peaks, wineries, cuisine, history, etc), it’s easy to forget that Cape Town is also one of Africa’s most important business and medical centers. Thus, not all hotels are geared towards tourists or located near tourist attractions.
The DoubleTree in Cape Town’s Upper Eastside is one of those hotels. While the hotel is comfortable, and provides many of the amenities one expects from a leading hotel chain, it isn’t located in Cape Town’s City Bowl. Instead, it is conveniently located near Groote Schuur Hospital, the UCT Medical School, and Vincent Pallotti Hospital.
We stayed at the DoubleTree Cape Town after an overnight flight, before catching up with a safari tour. The strong shower water was perfect for washing away the 24 hours of grime on our bodies, and the soft beds made for an excellent rest as we adjusted to a new time zone. Thus, the rooms are very comfortable no matter what your travel itinerary is – business, pleasure, or a quick layover.
The rooms are also very large with plenty of room to spread out your luggage and other belongings. Furniture is rather sparse given the sheer size of the room. You can play a soccer match between the bed, desk, and chairs. Included with the rooms is a coffee maker and courtesy safe. While the rooms do not have balconies, many do enjoy a view of either the ocean or Table Mountain. Room rates start at 1,595 ZAR (95 USD a night).
DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside
Address: 31 Brickfield Road, Woodstock
Airport shuttle Property is cleaned by professional cleaning companies CCTV in common areas Private parking Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays Breakfast in the room 24-hour security Themed dinner nights
Convenient amenities located on premises
The hotel is located in a shared business, retail, and residential space. As you enter the building, you walk past a beauty salon, kitchen store, lunch counter, private gym, and a coffee shop. While at first this seems awkward, the extra amenities provide great convenience. Like most hotels, food and drink at the DoubleTree is expensive. The coffee shop and lunch in the foyer are affordable options for breakfast and lunch.
The hotel does have a gym, but it is tiny. If all you’re looking for is a treadmill, stationary bike, or elliptical machine, then the fitness center will meet your needs (if the big freaky wall mural doesn’t scare you away…). If you are looking for a workout with free weights or weight machines, the hotel has worked out a deal with the private gym in the building foyer. For 50 ZAR (3 USD), you can use their facility.
Located near Woodstock – one of Cape Town’s hidden gems
The hotel is located down an alley that many guests find off-putting – especially if you arrive at night. Daylight reveals the funky Woodstock neighborhood, which some might describe as hipster. It’s definitely a neighborhood worth exploring.
Craft beer fans will be happy to find Devil’s Peak Brewing only a few blocks away. A bit further of a walk is the Old Biscuit Mill. While the entertainment complex is best known for its Saturday market (artists, food purveyors, etc), it’s definitely worth a visit any day of the week. The Old Biscuit Mill is filled with many interesting art galleries, shops, and restaurants. I recommend Saucisse Boutique Deli for a delicious breakfast or lunch option. If you’re budget can afford it, the Old Biscuit Mill is also home to Test Kitchen, a San Pellegrino Top 50 Best Restaurants of the World. The set menu costs 975 ZAR (58 USD), or 1375 ZAR (82 USD) with the wine pairing.
A unique look at Cape Town
While the DoubleTree Cape Town may not be in the tourist center of the city, it does provide a unique look at the up-and-coming Woodstock neighborhood. For those looking to access central Cape Town, an Uber only costs 84 ZAR (5 USD) for a 20 minute ride. Other attractions like Table Mountain will cost more. The low cost of transportation makes the hotel an affordable option even if your travel needs don’t center around the medical center.