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Top Design Hotels: The Contemporary Table Bay Hotel in Cape TownSunday 6 August 2017
Set on the historic waterfront, The Table Bay Hotel does not only pay a tribute to this world-famous bay but also sets its own standards in international service, cuisine and luxury. This five-star Table Bay is magnificent, straddling the antique breakwater with a style that is both innovative and entirely in keeping with its surroundings. Its contemporary architectural treasure, its design and execution are the final result of trans-continental co-operation.
Each room either overlooks the bay to Robben Island Prison, home of South Africa’s former President Nelson Mandela for the greatest part of his 27 years of political incarceration, or across the harbour and the city to Table Mountain. The hotel was opened with much fanfare in May 1997 by President Nelson Mandela himself. A long driveway sweeps from the main gates to the hotel entrance. At the towering porte cochère, cars are valet parked as guests make their way into the lobby by way of a glass walkway which pierces the stone breakwater wall inaugurated by Queen Victoria’s son Prince Alfred in 1869 and is now incorporated in the architectural features of the hotel.
Since its inception, The Table Bay has remained unwaveringly true to its roots as a proudly South African hotel, with its history inextricably linked with that of the country’s history. The interiors and décor tell a story of the country’s colourful cultural heritage, colonial and maritime history as part of the spice route.
The Table Bay hotel is a premier conference centre and has a stellar record as an event venue for international and local corporations. It was voted The Best Address in Cape Town Secure & direct access to Cape Town’s renowned shopping destination, the Victoria & Alfred Shopping Centre.
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The Table Bay is also renowned for the fact that people are at the heart of creating the warm, authentically South African experience for which The Table Bay is renowned. And by creating thoughtful experiences, the hotel introduces its guests to a myriad of activities and experiences that are not only quintessentially South African, but unique to the hotel.
The restaurant, Camissa Brasserie, takes its name from the Camissa Springs – an underground water system that rests beneath Cape Town, which is of vital ecological importance to the city and also of historical significance. Camissa, ‘the place of sweet waters’.
As part of its promise to deliver a genuine South African experience, The Table Bay emphasises the use of locally sourced produce and products – from fresh and seasonal produce for use in its kitchens, to locally produced bathroom amenities.
In addition to ensuring that the guests receive a distinctly South African experience, this emphasis on sourcing locally produced goods and services also supports small and medium sized, locally based businesses to ultimately promote a vibrant, diversifying and growing tourism sector.
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Source: The Table Bay