Happy Place – Taj Hotel, Cape Town

I am still day dreaming about my short but sweet trip to Cape Town, which included being greeted every morning by a splendid view of Table Moutain from my beautiful suite at the Taj Hotel. If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you’ll know I was lucky enough to stay in some pretty amazing hotels over the past few years (just click the “travel” tab to find out if you are new here). With that in mind, you would probably expect me to be quite blasée about the whole thing. Well… a) I am not at all and b) I literally gasped when I entered my room at the Taj. Then I believe I did a little dance and pressed my face against each of the ten windows of the room and said “hello” to Table Mountain. That had nothing to do with the fact I had spent the previous 14 hours in planes and airports and was slightly delirious. 
The building hosting the Taj Hotel used to be the old Reserve Bank Building and was designed by renowned South African architect James Morris, inspired by the Palazzo Pitti in Florence (completed in 1932). The location of the hotel couldn’t be more perfect as it is in the heart of the historical and cultural area, so pretty much within walking distance of many of the things you would want to see while in Cape Town. A lot of the restaurants I visited during the trip were no more than 10 minutes walk from the Taj.
The rooms have a very European feel to them, which made me feel instantly at home and allowed me to ease myself in what was about to become one of the biggest culture shocks I’ve experienced so far. The decor is plush without being too chintzy, with just the right amount of frou-frou to make you feel like a princess without emasculating your partner. Also, waking up to the sunrise on Table Mountain and seeing it all lit up at night were the most magical things – I could even see it from my bathtub.
The staff is so friendly you just want to sit down and chat with every single person you meet, which is usually pretty rare. I was particularly impressed with the wonderful Craig at the front desk who sorted everything out for me when I arrived, bleary eyed and dishevelled after my long journey. I can’t recommend this hotel enough – a true gem.
Traduction – Lors de mon séjour à Cape Town, j’étais logée au Taj, un hôtel magnifique avec une vue imprenable sur Table Mountain. Je vous le recommande vivement.

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Getting there: South African Airways offers return flights to Cape Town from London Heathrow from £841.49pp. Prices includes tax, surcharges and APD valid for departures until September 2013.

Guided tours: Escape To The Cape offer a variety of tours of Cape Town. 

General Info: Consult the Cape Town Tourism website to know what is happening around town during your visit.

Stay: The Taj Hotel is ideally located and offers wonderful views of Table Mountain. Prices from £115 per night incl. breakfast

Mademoiselle Robot was a guest of South African Tourism