The African travel destination known as Mother City attracts thousands of business travellers and tourists from all over the world every year, but what is it that makes so many people from so far away fall in love with Cape Town in South Africa? Some of the greatest allures of this South African metropolis are found in the historical site of Robben Island, the streets of Camps Bay neighbourhood, its port and the popular Victoria & Alfred Waterfront but, most importantly, in its culturally diverse way of life and population.
Those who travel for the purpose of attending international congresses and events may fly into CPT to take part in a gathering at Cape Town’s International Convention Center, whereas incurable globetrotters and adventurers dream of spotting sharks while they surf, dive or go kayaking in Boulders Beach, or of visiting the local penguins at Table Mountain National Park. Whichever the group you think you fall into, continue reading to find out how to get to Cape Town and where to stay during your trip.
Flying to Cape Town in South Africa
The main international airport serving the city is Cape Town International (CPT), from which worldwide-renowned carriers operate scheduled flights to and from both domestic and overseas destinations. Its terminals are conveniently located twenty kilometres away from the downtown, a distance that can be covered by car, taxi or shuttle bus in order to commute from the airport to your hotel in Cape Town upon landing. In the future, it is expected that travellers will also have a railway network connecting the terminal buildings to the city centre at their disposal.
While many international airline companies fly on a seasonal basis to this destination, the following ones offer regularly scheduled flights to Cape Town all year round: Air France (from Paris Charles de Gaulle), Air Mauritius (Mauritius), Air Namibia (Windhoek), British Airways (London Heathrow, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeh), Emirates (Dubai), Ethiopian (Addis Ababa), KLM (Amsterdam), Lufthansa (Frankfurt), Qatar Airways (Doha), Singapore Airlines (Singapore), South African Express (Durban), TAAG Angola Airlines (Luanda) and Turkish Airlines (Istanbul). Moreover, from December 15th, 2019 onwards, United will start linking Newark International airport in New York to Cape Town with seasonal flights.
Where to stay in Cape Town
Below you will find a brief selection of some of the finest hotels in Cape Town for your trip to South Africa. Situated in the heart of the city, choosing one of these establishments for your stay will guarantee that you are within short walking distance of the main landmarks in town as well as taken good care of while away from home.
The Grey hotel in cape Town, South Africa
This boutique-style hotel is located within short distance of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the downtown, in such a way that guests may take a nice stroll towards the area in order to enjoy the views and the dining offer. The airport lies seventeen kilometres away and they can be both picked-up and dropped-off for a surcharge. Some of the ample, cosy rooms of this hotel in Cape Town, which are classified into standard and deluxe at different nightly rates, feature a private terrace, although as a guest you will also be invited to spend time at the piano bar, the sky bar and the open-air swimming pool with views. Continental breakfast is available every morning.
La Splendida hotel on the beach front (Cape Town, South Africa)
Superbly located on the beach front, La Splendida provides guests with 3-star premises and amenities which include an onsite Mediterranean restaurant & lounge, units affording beautiful ocean views, room service and airport transfers, all of it within short walking distance of a nearby tourist bus top and in one of the most tranquil areas in the downtown. Inside the rooms of this hotel in Cape Town, guests enjoy complimentary WiFi, tea and coffee maker, mini bar and satellite TV, from some of them you can get a view of Robben Island in the distance. Among other extras, we count parking spaces, concierge, babysitting and laundry services; a short drive separates this spot from the cable cars transporting visitors to Table Mountain.
The One & Only 5-star hotel in Cape Town
For a luxury experience, you may consider making a reservation with this luxury establishment by the Victoria & Albert Waterfront which even affords panoramic views of Table Mountain. It is a family-friendly hotel featuring an open-air infinity pool, a spa centre with an extensive menu of treatments, free high-speed WiFI, a private garden ideal for kids and two restaurants specialising in South African and Japanese cuisine respectively. Guests staying in their rooms and suites are entitled to a breakfast buffet with options to suit every taste and all dietary needs: gluten-free, halal, kosher, English, Irish or continental. Most units have a private balcony, a shower and a separate luxury bathroom, aside from tea and coffee amenities and a DVD player. The One & Only hotel lies two kilometres away from Cape Town International Convention Center, which makes it a great choice for those travelling for work, but once you have attended all your appointments in the city, you can get your own personal trainer for a good workout, enrol in a city tour or join the organised activities; ask the front desk staff for further info.