I headed to Cape Town for my first ever taste of Western Cape and for some serious exploration. Given my packed schedule and rather ambitious sightseeing plans, I needed a good place to relax in a perfectly central location, and the Strand Tower Hotel in the picturesque Cape Town district truly delivered.
Nestled at the corner of Loop and Strand street, the hotel is spectacularly easy to find. It is close to major tourist attractions, including the popular Table Mountain, V & A Waterfront and not to mention Long Street with dozens of quirky cafés and restaurants. If you need any recommendations you can ask the staff.
Speaking of the staff, they completely made my stay at the Strand. Polite, attentive, and incredibly friendly, the staff throughout the hotel were fantastic, particularly at reception. On both days while I was there, John-Ross at reception remembered my name every time we spoke – in spite of the fact that this is a fairly large hotel with a lot of guests. Everyone always made sure to ask me about my day and offer assistance, so coming home to this stylish hotel was a really personal and welcoming experience every time.
My room was absolutely beautiful with a spacious bathroom and walk in shower, 32 inch TV with DSTV, two single beds and a soft colour scheme in red and gold, comfort was the name of the game, but the real highlight was the view of Table Mountain. The hotel also has fast uncapped WiFi (another thumbs up from me).
They serve a breakfast, lunch (R195) and dinner (R225) buffet, open to guests and the public. The service is good enough to fit the elegant setting of the Strand but friendly enough that I felt very much at home. The hotel also has a 24/7 gym and spa that closes at 5pm.
Overall my stay at The Strand was spectacular resulting in me calling this hotel my new home away from home when in Cape Town.