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Choice Cape Town CBD staycations

Choice Cape Town CBD staycations

by Simangele Mzizi
31 May 2022

Sleeping over in the ever-vibrant Cape Town CBD need not be a boring affair. If you’re here for one night or 30, you’ll be spoilt for choice with where to rest your head.

There are a plenty of posh hotels in downtown Cape Town. But if you’re looking for more casual accommodation, exciting options abound. These spaces have all the basics covered and the bells and whistles for local and international travellers looking to visit for two days or up to six months. The offering rivals that of some hotels if not better.

The fact that the apartments are in the heart of the Cape Town CBD and close to top restaurants, coffee shops and historic attractions adds to their allure. Apart from luxe interiors and breath-taking ocean and mountain views, they’re equipped with work desks, fast internet, and Smart TVs.


16 On Bree

With security a big consideration for travellers, these buildings have advanced safety features. What’s more, the presence of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) Public Safety Officers further enhances crime prevention in town. The flexibility to make your own meals, have an impromptu party or just chill with friends while sipping sundowners adds to their appeal.

Charlene van Zyl, General Manager of ITC Hospitality Group ,which supplies and manages upmarket self-catering apartments in sectional title buildings to CBD visitors, says a lot of Capetonians are enjoying staying over in town of late. “A lot of local visitors are exploring the CBD. Recently a couple from Kenilworth stayed in town for two nights to celebrate their anniversary. He requested a bottle of champagne and roses in the bedroom before they arrived, and that evening, they dined at FYN Restaurant in Parliament St. The next day, they did a walking tour of the city centre, spent time in the Company’s Garden and then returned home.”  


Mutual Heights

Aside from local travellers, Van Zyl says “bleasure” (combining business with pleasure) is gaining traction and Cape Town is a top destination due to its beauty and alignment with Britain and European time zones. “With the advent of remote work, clients are flying into Cape Town and staying here for six months, working remotely while exploring the city; I recently had “bleasure” guests from America working from 15h00 to 03h00,” she explains.

ITC Hospitality Group manages around 100 apartments in downtown Cape Town. The company is just one of many that offers spectacular short-term lets in town. The others include Booking.com, Airbnb and LekkeSlaap. Van Zyl says competition is stiff and Covid-19 has seen new companies coming on board. With over 19 years of experience, her business offers a full concierge service and apartments graded between 4 and 5 stars by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.

"We meet our guests in person for check-in and thereafter there is always someone available, whether it’s to assist with a restaurant booking or finding a road", she says.


The Icon

At the height of Covid-19, Cape Town’s tourism sector was decimated, with the hospitality sector among the hardest hit. However, the tide is turning. “From November, there has been an upturn in occupancy and the rates have increased and stabilised, whereas during Covid, they were pushed down due to the market being so saturated with apartments for rental”. This change is supported by the latest visitor numbers to the Western Cape.

A SLICE OF WHAT’S ON OFFER

CARTWRIGHTS CORNER PENTHOUSES
Three of the more than 30 apartments managed by ITC Hospitality in Cartwrights Corner are penthouses ranging from one- to three-bedroom apartments. These have spacious dining and lounge areas, open-plan kitchens, guest bedrooms and small Juliette balconies. The elegant interiors are designed for comfort and have rich textures and colours to ensure guests feel right at home.
19 Adderley St

16 ON BREE
Business and leisure travellers to Cape Town can enjoy the buzz of Bree St from 16 On Bree, believed to be the tallest residential building in the Cape Town Central City. ITC Hospitality manages over 20 apartments in the building, which was completed in 2021 and cost R860 million. The accommodation ranges from luxury studios to one- and two-bedroom apartments. The apartment layouts differ from floor to floor, creating unique styles to cater for all tastes.
16 Bree St

MUTUAL HEIGHTS
ITC Hospitality has one- and two-bedroom apartments available for flexible accommodation rental at Mutual Heights, the Cape Town Central City’s renowned art deco building. The loft apartments’ double-storey bay windows in the lounge and dining areas allow for plenty of light and commanding views of the city centre, Table Mountain and Devil's Peak.
14 Darling St

ICON
A stay in an apartment at the Icon Building at the bottom of Long St offers the ultimate convenience – and beautiful views of Table Bay Harbour, Signal Hill, the V&A Waterfront and more. The building also has a Food Lover's Market outlet on the ground floor. The building is close to a MyCiTi bus station, and the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), De Waterkant and V&A Waterfront are within walking distance.
24 Hans Strijdom Ave

CAPESTAYS PENTHOUSE SUITES
CapeStays Penthouse Suites are on the 10th floor at 4 Loop St. Options range from studio apartments, lofts and two- and three-bedroom units. Amenities include a flat-screen TV, WiFi,  private parking, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a dishwasher, coffee machine, and a microwave. Some units include a seating area and/or a balcony.
4 Loop St

MAMMA BA PENTHOUSES
The Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence has three large luxurious penthouses available for short-term letting. The penthouses are managed by MAMMA BA on behalf of Stonehill Property Fund. High up on the 23rd floor of the hotel, they come complete with private butlers and chefs. The largest penthouse is 300 m² in size, with three bedrooms and two balconies.
22 Riebeek St

VISITORS TO THE WESTERN CAPE

According to Cape Town Tourism and Wesgro’s March - April 2022 Research Overviews respectively, Cape Town’s tourism sector is on the mend:

  • The number of passengers passing through Cape Town International Airport in March saw a 72% recovery in domestic arrivals and 62% in international arrivals. In April, the domestic recovery numbers increased by 4%, alongside an impressive 12% jump in international arrivals.
  • Hotel occupancy in Cape Town and the Western Cape grew from 39.8% in March 2021 to 66.6% in March 2022, representing a recovery rate of 89% when compared with March 2019.
  • In the first three weeks of April 2022, visitor numbers recorded over the 2022 Easter Weekend improved, with domestic passengers passing through Cape Town International Airport amounting to 77% of all visitors and international passengers amounting to 23%.
  • In another positive development, Air Belgium will introduce two flights to Cape Town per week from 14 September 2022. Virgin Atlantic has also announced that daily flights between London Heathrow and Cape Town International Airport will resume from 5 November 2022.

IMAGES: ITC Hospitality

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