Ok...So over the last 12 years I have stayed at this hotel 16 times and probably is the most familiar hotel in the world to me
First of all, the location is great as every review will say so....right on the sea front, crashing waves, great views regardless of which room you are in. Very much a nautical themed hotel and a great mix of business and pleasure guests. Great outdoors area, infinity pool, and patio for dinner drinks
There are a few downsides of course...
They have 'refurbished' their standard and superior rooms. If you stayed here before you may be familiar with the gold/yellow/brown decor of the rooms before. They have gone more towards a grey/blue/white theme. However its not a refurbishment, more a lick of paint, new light fittings and painted the old furniture white...yup...the old woodwork is just plastered with a lick of white paint, the desk, the tv cabinet/minibar unit and the skirting boards, all the same, just given a coat of white paint....still not enough power outlets in the room....as usual..if you have more than one appliance you have to get on your hands and knees unplugging the minibar/tv/bedside lamps just to use your ipods/blackberry/ipads/strawberries/hairdryers/laptops etc.... when will hotels start to realise that us travellers need power sockets...not just one on the desk....but 3 or 4??
The bathroom also had a refurbishment and boasts a new shower, bath and tiles, but they decided to stop there and keep the old sink, taps and marble worktops/inset sink units..how odd?! 90% done and not bothered with the rest
As usual, the staff are friendly and polite, but like to huddle in their groups chatting and laughing loudly whilst ignoring guests....something you get used to in SA...seems a lot of employees come to work to hang out with their friends. At dinner tonight in the restaurant there is certainly no shortage of staff, but they are so busy chatting amongst themselves they seem to forget they are at work and guests need serving...I had to order my drinks from the bar as in the restaurant I got fed up of waiting 10 mins to get served.....no wonder the restaurant is always empty here...but the food is good.....service here is just like the rest of SA , slow, and unattentive, but polite and friendly..you do get a balance...choose whats important to you though
I am a gold member and despite the Carlson Club promises, I still cant get a late checkout without checking in the morning (why?? surely hotels know how many people are leaving and arriving on a set date?) Overall I like this hotel, and have stayed here many times and will continue to do so....I just think and feel for the R3500 a night they ask on the website, well....its not worth that anymore...not now... but its a good hotel....
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Uniquely located on the glittering azure waterfront of Cape Town, the hotel has the majesty of the legendary Table Mountain soaring behind it and every shopping and eatery delight beside it. It’s also a heartbeat away from Cape Town’s pulsing business centre, an easy stroll (or complimentary shuttle) to the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its myriad of world-class shops, restaurants, cinemas and colourful working harbour, or a short hop to Africa’s most beautiful beaches and the call of our lush and ancient winelands beyond. The state-of-the-art Cape Town International Convention Centre is a mere 5 minutes away.The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront provides the finest service, setting and comfort making your stay always one to remember and certainly one to repeat. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Radisson Cape Town
- Cape Town Radisson
- Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town South Africa