South Africa was a whirlwind trip for me. It was one of my insane trips which was planned around a mistake fare.
I traveled for days and days to finally reach Capetown, which was a lifetime dream for me. I loved it and I hope to continue that dream and see more one of South Africa one day soon.
I spent four nights in Capetown, the first two at the magnificent Radisson Blu Waterfront, and the latter two at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome, in the Sea Point area of Capetown. The Radisson Blu Waterfront is such an outstanding hotel that it is hard to put it next to the Le Vendome and compare the two. Le Vendome is a bit of an older property, relatively recently acquired by Club Carlson, that could use a renovation and is a bit away from the famed V & A Waterfront Mall. Having said that, there are many positives about the Le Vendome.
First, though an older property, it is clean. Second, the staff is as nice as can be and goes that extra mile for the guests. There’s the gifts in the room and the wine in the lobby. Third, the hotel is right by the boardwalk where it’s great to run, or an easy (and very inexpensive Uber) ride from just about anywhere. Fourth, like any other place in Capetown, you can look up and see Table Mountain. Fifth, the price of the hotel is 1/2 to 1/3 of the Radisson Blu Waterfront and 38,000 gold passport points rather than 70,000 per night. So, it is a very economical option for a very good hotel, that I would still say is way above average.
The elegant lobby.
The room was large and comfortable, with a terrace. The decor was from another time, perhaps something I might describe as colonial. In some ways, I thought I was in a fancy children’s room, in others, I thought Martha Washington could have lived here. The room was very large. Oh, I said that!
In addition, there was also a refrigerator and Nespresso machine (Oh, how I love those Nespresso machines!), and the cutest little Parmalat single-serve milks.
I could see the ocean!
The bathroom was likewise old fashioned but grand!
This was such a thoughtful welcome amenity!
I had the breakfast buffet one morning. I’ve never seen a real honeycomb at a meal!
There was a nice selection of fruits and yogurts and cereals.
and breads and pastries.
and meats and cheeses.
and more yogurt!
coffee and tea station.
hot breakfast items.
You could additionally order from a menu.
My breakfast. It was quite good.
The dining room was very pretty.
the mezzanine area of the hotel was regal.
Though ready for a renovation, the Radisson Blu Le Vendome was simultaneously regal and grand. I felt like I was transformed to another time. The property itself is lovely, and the employees couldn’t be more caring. For all of these reasons, I recommend the hotel.