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Cape Grace

Staying at Cape Grace is an experience in itself, melding the modern comforts of a Cape Town luxury hotel with traditional Cape culture. And there is no better position for a V&A Waterfront hotel than with Table Mountain standing sentry and towering over the hotel, a working harbour to one side and a multi-millionaire yacht basin on the other. It’s a heady mix of tantalizing experiences, which makes time spent at Cape Grace something to remember forever.

The word ‘GRACE’ meaning undeserved favour, is the foundation on which Cape Grace is built. Cape Grace opened its doors in December 1996 as a small boutique hotel and from the outset; the vision was to create a hotel experience that was as ‘unlike’ any other hotel  

The Cape Grace mission statement and operating philosophy were drawn up as guidelines for the business and remains the core foundation of the way we work. Over the years, Cape Grace has extended its inventory to include the addition of 17 Rooftop Terrace Rooms, 2 Penthouses and an African-influenced Spa. 

Breaking through lower sea-level gave rise to Bascule Whisky Wine and Cocktail bar with custom-built whisky lockers and a wine cellar.  Over the years, Bascule has established itself as an industry leader for whisky enthusiasts whilst capturing ‘a slice of Cape Town social energy’ with its many additional beverage offerings.

In 2008 Cape Grace undertook an extensive refashioning of the entire hotel. Work included 120 individually custom-decorated rooms and suites, all featuring exquisite furniture, rich fabrics and intriguing detail all reflecting  the charm of the Cape. 

The final element in the transformation process was the hotel restaurant, formerly named one.waterfront.  Renamed Signal, after Cape Town’s iconic Signal Hill, which can be seen through the room’s wall of French windows. The restaurant features aged Yellowwood furniture, eccentric hand-crafted chandeliers and a 100-foot, hand-painted wall tapestry depicting Table Bay in the 16th century.  Signal restaurant sets the tone for a new level of hotel dining, creative Cape cuisine that is fresh and inviting.


The Fitness Studio adjacent to the Spa opened at the end of May 2012. Located on the top floor, it offers views of the colourful V&A working harbour, offering state-of-the-art equipment to guarantee a good workout. 

May 2013, ahead of ‘World Whisky Day’, Bascule Bar unveiled a new look.  Consultant team, Design 360,  artfully achieved a contemporary twist on the bar’s interior design, whilst preserving the hotel’s rich Cape heritage and cherished old world charm. 

Ahead of the 2014 summer season, Cape Grace launched two new function venues for business and social events and a newly refashioned, luxurious Pool and Outdoor deck. Reminiscent of a glamourous Mediterranean yacht, guests will revel in an elegant and relaxing outdoor experience in the opulent Waterfront Yacht Marina with views of the majestic Table Mountain in the background.

Complete with a sunken lounge, rim flow pool and stylish bar, the space is in keeping with international design trends, whilst subtly retaining Cape Grace’s old world charm and distinct Cape Town flavour, for which the hotel is renowned.

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