Although Cape Town is known as of the top places for leisure tourists in Africa, it’s also a place to get down to serious business. Business travelers do enjoy the scenery, recreation and dining that the city offers, but they are also concerned with having top-notch facilities to get work done. Fortunately, there are plenty of hotels that put business travelers first, without sacrificing on style and service. Here are our picks for the best business hotels in Cape Town.
The Westin has a fantastic location as many of the major office towers are just a short taxi-ride away, and the international convention centre is a few steps away, too. And that’s going to be fantastic for business travelers looking to get the most out of their time in the Mother City. Almost every one of the 483 rooms and suites offers fantastic city views thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. They’re decorated in a modern style that might not be all that memorable, but certainly ticks all the mod-con boxes for business travelers. For dining, Thirty7 and the adjoining sushi bar are best for simply grabbing a quick bite after a long day, but if you’ve got clients to entertain the top-floor Westin Executive Club Restaurant is likely to impress with its fantastic views. There are also several conference rooms on location for hosting large meetings.
Southern Sun – The Cullinan
This hotel sees a lot of business travelers — what you’d expect considering it’s located opposite the Cape Town International Convention Center, which has capacity for 10,000 conferees. It also has its own conference facilities with a capacity for 300 people in seven conference rooms. For guests wanting to make other trips around Cape Town, the V&A Waterfront isn’t far, and the hotel offers a shuttle service to the area. The 394 rooms are immaculate, especially if you get one of the 18 suites. Porter service and private butlers are also available upon request.
African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
While it isn’t located in the city center, this hotel definitely has a reputation of catering to business travelers. It has a sizable business park and the hotel’s conference facilities are excellent. In total, there are 13 event rooms on the premises, along with over 11,000 square feet of event space. All of the rooms offer speedy WiFi connectivity and executive desks for demanding corporate travelers. Cocktails on comfy couches around the pool are great for relaxing after a long day, and there is a nice bar in the lobby that’s great for entertaining clients. The hotel’s restaurant is also great for entertaining and features an open-plan and makes you feel like you’re dining out in the lobby. Adjoining the hotel is Knife, a well-respected steak house inspired by American eateries.
If you’re on a moderate budget and looking for a no-frills business hotel in the center of the city, you can’t go wrong with the Townhouse. It’s situated in downtown Cape Town in an area mainly made up of offices, and offers a conference center that can be setup as a cinema or multiple classrooms. Staff are particularly friendly and helpful, and even though there are 107 rooms in the hotel, you don’t get the feeling that you’re just another anonymous guest as you do in other big hotels. Rooms are compact without being poky, and feature minimalist furnishings and comfortable beds. While there is a small bar and restaurant on the property, it’s probably better to head out to Long Street or the V&A Waterfront for entertaining guests.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Upper Eastside
Popular with business travelers, this hotel has an overall polished, corporate feel, and has excellent conference facilities. It has everything a business traveler is looking for: it’s good value for money, it has great breakfasts, and it offers all the services you’d expect from a Hilton anywhere else in the world, from a gym to room service, to a complimentary 250mb of WiFi. The Hilton Doubletree forms part of an ultra-modern steel-and-glass residential/office development, which houses restaurants, a hairdresser, spa, a gym with an indoor swimming pool (entrance to which is charged for) and coffee shop. It also has its own bar and restaurant which is perfect for entertaining clients. With its budget prices, the hotel isn’t in the best area, but it offers complimentary shuttles to the V&A waterfront.
Taj Cape Town
Last but not least, if you want the ultimate in luxury in the city center while accommodating your business needs, it’s hard to pass up a stay at the Taj. Formerly the headquarters of the South African Reserve Bank, the marble floors and grand chandeliers of the lobby hint at the old money that once flowed through here. The Heritage Luxury rooms offer high ceilings, sash windows and a taste of old Cape grandeur, although the Taj influence from India is never far off. The Bank Hall on the ground floor hosts up to 390 guests in a lavish cocktail party or can be optimized for corporate events to cater for up to 295 cinema seated, or up to 170 guests seated in a school room format. The Twankey Bar and the Bombay Brasserie are also great for having clients over after a long meeting. An internet-enabled television, a work station with a multi-media hub and complimentary WiFi are also standard.