Review – The Westin Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town had been high on my list of places to visit for years.  There are so many great things to do and see there.

For the eight days I was in Cape Town the Westin hotel served as my home.  Although there were a couple of issues that will be covered below, on the whole I think this was a very good hotel.

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Westin Cape Town lobby

Other posts about my Cape Town adventures:

Pictorial Trip Report — Robben Island Tour, Cape Town, South Africa

Trip Report – Cape of Good Hope and Cape Peninsula Tour, Part 1

Trip Report – Cape of Good Hope and Cape Peninsula Tour, Part 2

Cage Diving with Great White Sharks – Dyer Island (Shark Alley) Gansbaai, South Africa

SPG Platinum Benefits

I greatly value the Starwood Preferred Guest benefits of my Lifetime Platinum status. These include an upgrade to the best available room at check in (standard suites included), free breakfast, lounge access, high-speed internet, and late check out (4pm) plus an extra starpoint per dollar of eligible spend.

In addition, staying more than 75 nights in Starwood properties in 2016 gave me SPG75 Platinum status for 2017.  SPG75 benefits include one extra starpoint per dollar of eligible spend and most importantly Your24, being able to request check in at any hour of the day with a corresponding checkout time at the same hour.

Location

The Westin Cape Town is located in downtown Cape Town.  It is connected to the convention center.  The hotel is 20 minutes from the airport by taxi.   You can find several restaurants within about a five-minute walk or take the complimentary hotel shuttle to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Mall with numerous shops, restaurants and fast food spots.

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Victoria Wharf Mall
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Waterfront entertainment
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Dozens of restaurants and bars

Executive Suite 

When I arrived at the Westin, the clerk advised that I had been upgraded to a suite!  I received a corner executive suite.  This suite is 689 square feet with a living room and bedroom with a king sized bed.

The entryway leads to the living area and has access to the bathroom on the right and a potential second bedroom through a connecting door on the left.

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Entry and living area

The living area has a couch, 32-inch HD TV, a small dining table, and the refreshment center.

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refreshment center, TV and dinning table
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Fridge well stocked with snacks and beverages
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Coffee and tea
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Welcome note and treats

The living area has a work space with a desk, printer/copier/fax, lamp, electrical connections and phone.

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Work area

A sliding wood door separates the living area and the bedroom.

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King size Westin Heavenly Bed

The bed was quite comfortable although I needed to request that housekeeping change the sheets.  The bed faced a large closet, another 32-inch HD TV and a recliner.

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Robes and slippers.  A safe large enough to accommodate a laptop is in the adjacent closet.
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One wall consists of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Table Bay, the waterfront and the convention center.

I thought the bathroom was the best part of the suite.  It had heated marble floors, separate shower and tub, dual vanities, and a bidet and toilet.

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Entrance to bath from bedroom

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soaking tub
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Large marble walk-in shower
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White Tea Heavenly amenities

Club Lounge

The club lounge is located on the 19th floor.  It is sort of the waiting area of the On 19 Retaurant.  Complimentary breakfast for Platinum members is served in this restaurant.  Evening drinks and canapes are served in the lounge.  The lounge and restaurant have  great view of Table Mountain and Table Bay.

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Table Mountain and downtown Cape Town from On 19 Retaurant.

Platinum members and guests with club lounge access can order breakfast in the restaurant from the menu in addition to being welcome to the continental buffet.

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Continental buffet items
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Breakfast a la carte menu

Breakfast entrees were terrific.

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Eggs Benedict Royale
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Buffet items with complimentary champagne

In the evening, the lounge offered drinks and canapes.20170720_213553_resized

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The restaurant is right next to the lounge making it easy to move there after some wine and snacks.  When I was there, the restaurant had a special offering 15% off for platinum members.  Unfortunately, this was only advertised online and had to be used when paying the check.  Retroactive credit was not allowed.

Fitness Center

The fitness center, lap pool and spa are also located on the 19th floor.  I did not use the spa, but the fitness center and lap pool were very nice.20170720_212259_resized20170720_212738_resized_120170720_212836_resized

The fitness center shares a locker room with the spa so the facilities are top notch.20170531_203313_resized_120170720_213002_resized

Other Services

The hotel has a concierge, of course; however tours are arranged through the on-site travel agency.  I used it for several tours including a private city tour and a Cape Peninsula tour.  I arranged a cage diving tour myself when the agency was unable to do so.

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My excellent guide on the Cape Peninsula tour.

Overall Impression

The location, evening drinks and breakfast in the club lounge were outstanding and executive suite and the fitness center were also very nice.  A problem with the way the stay was coded for starpoints was finally resolved after the stay and I wish that I had been notified of the restaurant discount in the restaurant.  Still, I would stay here again and recommend this hotel to others.

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