For some, Cape Town is a hopping off point to further exploration of the Southern African continent. For many, it’s the destination itself whether the travel plans are for business or leisure. Whatever your plans are for Cape Town, The Westin Cape Town’s central location and ample luxuries with a high tech touch create the perfect stay.
Of course, that high-tech luxury does come with a price. Room rates for The Westin Cape Town start at 3,382 ZAR (242 USD) a night, which is quite high for Cape Town compared to what you can find just slightly outside of city center. So what does that price point get you?
The rooms at the hotel have a much more modern look and feel than the classic Westin-style décor. The finishings feature polished tiled floors with lots of charcoal gray, smoked glass, and splashes of red to add some pizzazz. An ample use of under cabinet mood lighting brightens up the room. Like all Westins, the room design helps you relax after a day of work or sightseeing. Except for the bed. Where is the Westin Heavenly bed that I’ve come to know and love?
Some unique touches of technology add to an even more comfortable stay. Of the five hotels I stayed at in Namibia and South Africa, the Westin Cape Town was the first to offer a coffee maker. It wasn’t just a coffee maker; it was actually an Espresso maker. The bathroom is equipped with heated floors to add warmth to the cold tiles, and the windows are fitted with blackout shades for those looking to sleep in.
A central location
While the hotel is centrally located, not much is actually walkable other than the Cape Town International Convention Center, which is attached to the hotel. Because the hotel is surrounded by a highway on one side and heavily trafficked roads on the other, a taxi (or Uber ride) is required to access the many nearby attractions. For those looking to visit the V&A Waterfront, Africa’s largest shopping and entertainment center, the hotel does offer a free shuttle multiple times a day.
Other nearby attractions include Deva Domain’s hiking and biking trails, District Six, Green Market Square, and Table Mountain. A ferry to Robben Island is accessible from the V&A Waterfront as are other water activities.
Extra Westin spoils
Beyond the rooms, the hotel provides many extra comforts. For those fortunate enough to have access to the executive floor, either as a Starwood Preferred Guest or an upgrade, the lounge has spectacular views of Cape Town (many upper floor rooms boast a similar view though) and offer complimentary breakfast and happy hour snacks. The free breakfast includes a continental breakfast. A warm breakfast is available at only 98.26 ZAR (6.95 USD). The upgrade really isn’t needed, as the continental buffet was the most lavish continental breakfast I’ve encountered.
Another unique feature of the hotel is the rooftop swimming pool. While many reviews complain that it’s indoor, that’s expected of a rooftop pool in Cape Town. The wind would be too strong for an outdoor pool making it unusable. Besides, you’re not in Cape Town to waste the day away at the pool. Instead, the pool operates as a retreat for an hour or two when you need a break.
Is it worth the money?
That’s a good question. The central location, high-end furnishings, and first-class customer service would say yes. However, the super firm bed might feel as hard as the floor resulting in a rough night of sleep for guests who are used to softer mattresses.
In addition, do note that a taxi is required due to the hotels cramped location between roads and highways that are not safe for pedestrians to cross.