The Westin, for those unfamiliar, is the large hotel situated adjacent to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the grandiose building seen as you leave the highway and head into the city. It’s a hotel largely known for catering to delegates visiting Cape Town and attending events and conferences at the CTICC. We however had the opportunity of experiencing it as locals, and were awed by the excellent food, hospitable service, luxury accommodation and tender attention to detail. Its close vicinity to the city, V&A Waterfront, beaches, esteemed restaurants and public transport services makes it an ideal destination to call home if you’re visiting the Mother City.
The hotel restaurant, ON19 aptly named for its occupancy on the 19th floor (just imagine the views!) serves tapas and cocktails to guests from 5 pm, an unrivalled way to watch the sun set over Signal Hill and the distant Atlantic. We naturally opted for bubbly and toasted out visit. The panoramic vistas, tasty snacks and friendly staff made our one night’s stay a comforting retreat from the regularity of life.
Dinner was a stylish three course dinner overlooking the city’s lights. Noteworthy for its sweeping views and fine cuisine, I cannot recommend dinner at ON19 highly enough. Open to locals as well as visiting guests, it’s both stylish, elegant and comfortable. The Westin, despite catering to businessmen and five-star travellers, has a homely feel to it and the dishes served by chef Chris Mare exemplify this.
After a lie-in with morning views of Signal Hill, we went back up to ON19 for breakfast, included in your overnight stay. Served from 7 am, breakfast was a sight to behold! Choose from cold continental options or a hot breakfast made to order. With your morning cuppa and the weekend paper, you might be in the heart of the city but feel a million miles away.
PS. The spa was closed for refurbishment during our visit but opens again late October. After rave reviews and high recommendations, we will certainly be returning for a pamper session or two.