Even though I’m 100% born and raised in South Africa, I still thank my lucky stars daily to be living in one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. Cape Town, however, is by far my favourite city. No matter how many times I’ve been there, I’m still in awe of the beauty of it all. The mountain, the lush greenery, the exquisitely blue ocean that rocks the soft, white sand shores. It’s breathtaking.
During my recent stay in Cape Town, I was lucky enough to spend a night at the Protea Hotel by Mariott Sea Point on Arthurs Road. Upon arrival, the staff were friendly, accommodating and quick to help with the millions of bags we had. They also didn’t know initially that I was staying as a review guest, which means that’s how they treat all guests. I often find that at hotels, managing staff can be quite abrupt but this wasn’t the case at all.
Upon arrival, the staff were friendly, accommodating and quick to help with the millions of bags I had. They also didn’t know initially that I was staying as a review guest, which means that’s how they treat all guests. I often find that at hotels, managing staff can be quite abrupt but this wasn’t the case at all.
I was lucky enough to be upgraded to a Junior suite (click on the link for more pictures) which was absolutely stunning because I had a view of both the ocean and Lion’s Head mountain.
There were a few special touches that I really appreciated, like the fact that the room had a gorgeous bouquet of flowers waiting for me, as well as one of my favourite magazines, Cosmopolitan, on the coffee table. The thoughtfulness of going the extra mile really meant a lot!
We called reception/housekeeping on two occasions, once for bottles of water and the second for an iron. Both times they were knocking at our door within 5 minutes, which was fantastic.
At breakfast, the manager on duty was extremely helpful, and she would constantly see to all tables and check if everyone was okay and if they needed anything. In general, I found the staff’s friendliness and helpfulness above average.
There are two things I judge the greatness of a hotel room on: If they have a long mirror, and if they have 2 pin adaptors. It may be a very mediocre criterion but you’d be surprised at how many hotels don’t have this. Thankfully this hotel did, with extra touches like a bathtub with a tray so you can have a cup of tea and read a book without worrying about it getting wet (I desperately wanted to have a luxurious bath, but with Cape Town’s water crisis, I simply couldn’t).
They also have a coffee machine ready with pods to use at your leisure, which is a great extra feature.
I didn’t have an issue with cleanliness at all. The bathroom and bedroom were both absolutely spotless.
We did have a really nice, wholesome breakfast of toast with baked beans, some fruit and yogurt and a cup of tea to finish it off, but I gave the breakfast a 6, merely because of the lack of vegetarian/Halaal options.
If you’re taking an UBER, the street isn’t busy so you can be picked up from the front of the hotel. Parking is easy if you’re hiring a car, or if you’re keen to walk the beach is less than 5 minutes away and the restaurants on the promenade are endless.
All in all, it was a pleasant hotel to stay at with beautiful views, a more than comfortable room and a great location.