Brian Berkman stays in a luxury hotel in the heart of historic Cape Town literally bathed in premium wines and spirits.
If you would bathe in Champagne if you could, there is a room in this Cape Town hotel that will suit you perfectly.
The four Signature Pods at the five-star The Capital 15 on Orange hotel, at the foot of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain, and in the most historic part of the city, are each branded by and decorated in the style of premium liquor brands – Moet & Chandon Champagne, Hennessy Cognac, Hendrick’s gin and Glenmorangie whisky.
And, as part of the package in staying in one of these premium-priced rooms, comes the product concerned as well as themed canapés to enjoy. These four rooms, located on the hotel’s third floor, further stand out as they have a large picture window that looks into the vast multi-volume atrium. This gives people occupying these rooms a view of the public areas below and onwards to the cityscape through the hotel’s exterior wall of windows.
There are many other categories of rooms and if you are billeted in an Executive Room, Mountain Facing, you will have the most staggering floor-to-ceiling views of Table Mountain.
Within a few paces of the hotel, directly adjacent to The Iziko South African Museum and its Planetarium entrance, is The Company’s Garden. It was planted by The Dutch East India Company, known as the VOC, in the 1650s to provide succour to ships passing by. The South African National Gallery, The Slave Lodge Museum, The Houses of Parliament and other landmark churches, synagogues and mosques are all within the Garden precinct where 15 On Orange is located. This makes it perfect for on-foot exploration. Long, Bree and Kloof Streets, now well known as hip and edgy hot spots for nightlife and cuisine, are easily accessible on foot. A free shuttle bus to the shopping and lifestyle-focused V&A Waterfront, about 10-minutes away, is also offered.
Today, The Company’s Garden is a popular destination for families on a picnic or day out who will often be seen buying peanuts and feeding the squirrels and birds.
The Capital 15 on Orange is part of a growing group of properties with a lean and responsive management team who are able to move quickly without the sometime strictures of corporate hotels. This means that as a guest you may be pleasantly surprised to find an experience tailored just to your tastes.
While the apartments at 15 on Orange have fully functional kitchens and complimentary laundry for guests, the hotel has an excellent restaurant, The Emerald Lounge Restaurant & Bar, where a stellar breakfast buffet is served. All rooms are equipped with Nespresso machines, a mini bar, and a kettle.
15 on Orange also has a full power backup generator so even when South Africa’s power utility is not utilitarian, hotel guests are none the wiser.
All the standards we have come to expect from five-star hotels are in place: pool, spa, gym and so on. There are 129 rooms, suites, and apartments at 15 on Orange and all are decorated in a contemporary, elegant, and comfortable style. All rooms have fast, free and unlimited internet access and smart 140-centimetre-wide TVs that come with Netflix and other built-in channels.
It is worth investigating the group’s La Famiglia loyalty program for discounts and exclusive offers.
Tell Me More About The Capital 15 On Orange Hotel
Capital 15 on Orange Hotel, Corner of Grey’s Pass and Orange Street, Cape Town 8000, Western Cape, South Africa,
T: +27 (0)21 469 8000. E: 15onOrange@thecapital.co.za
An Executive, Room Mountain Facing, for one night on August 27 will cost R 2970 (about £150) including breakfast. La Famiglia loyalty programme members pay 15% less.
A standard luxury room for the same night is R 2220 (about £108) including breakfast. That night, in the Moet & Chandon Signature Pod, is R 4630 or about £234.