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A one-time ‘coolest bolthole in the Cape’ according to Tatler magazine and a personal favourite of ours, Kensington Place is an intimate, modern boutique hotel situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Higgovale, on the slopes of Table Mountain. From here, there are great views over Cape Town and the Atlantic.
There are just eight luxurious suites, each decorated in a contemporary style with original artworks and private balconies, iPod docking stations and laptops. The marble bathrooms have under-floor heating for the winter months. Some of the rooms are on the ground floor and have their own little garden, while those on the first floor have fabulous views but are a bit smaller.
The hotel is surrounded by lush gardens dotted with orange trees and elegantly lit at night by lanterns. There is a plunge pool and a terrace where guests can relax surrounded by billowing swathes of fabric to provide shade while the staff serve impromptu slices of watermelon. Indoors there is a lounge with a fireplace, plus a cocktail bar and dining room.
The concierge can organise massages, sports activities and a variety of day trips including guided walks up Table Mountain, with the hotel's famous all-day breakfast waiting on your return. Speaking of good grub, the trendy bars and restaurants on Kloof Street are a short walk away.
- As soon as your reservation is confirmed, Austin (the wonderful owner), will make a reservation at Cape Town's best restaurant, the Test Kitchen, which books up months in advance. We can always cancel the reservation, but strongly recommend against it!
Tom, Original Traveller