Protea Hotel by Marriott Cape Town Sea Point

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Arthur’s Road, Sea Point, Cape Town Central 8005, South Africa


Air Conditioning, Airport Transportation, Babysitting, Bar/Lounge, Beach, Business Center, Cable Television, Concierge, Conference Room, Dry Cleaning, Family Rooms, Fitness Center, In-room safe, Internet, Kids Activities, Laundry Service, Meeting Rooms, Non-Smoking, Parking, Reduced mobility rooms, Refrigerator in room, Restaurant, Room Service, Satellite TV, Shuttle Bus Service, Suites, Swimming Pool, Wheelchair Access, Wifi


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    Oct 2014 · Dana Sanchez

    I doesn't get more convenient than this.Located on one of the main arteries in Sea Point, the Protea Hotel on Arthurs Road...

    I doesn’t get more convenient than this.

    Located on one of the main arteries in Sea Point, the Protea Hotel on Arthurs Road sees many happy returns in the form of repeat customers.

    A block or two from the famous Sea Point promenade and swimming pool, and within view of Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, the hotel is walking distance to banks, restaurants, grocery stores and entertainment.

    These all help make it a hangout for domestic and international travelers.

    Some visitors insist on getting the same room year after year, said General Manager Katherine Lewis.

    From January to August, the majority of guests are corporate. Of the hotel’s international guests, most are from the U.K. The hotel is also popular with Germans and Italians.

    There has been an increase in guests from the U.S. since Marriott Hotels purchased Protea Hotels, according to hotel administrator Jeremy Govender. The Sea Point property is also the administrative headquarters for Marriott South Africa.

    One of the hotel’s smaller rooms, my room had a cabin feel. It had everything I needed: a small desk, a hair dryer, a comfortable bed and a spacious shower.

    There was no separating wall between the shower and the bedroom, and no chance of privacy other than what steam provided. But the hotel has larger rooms with separate showers. Be sure to ask for one if that’s important to you.

    When I stood on the extreme right-hand side of the window in my hotel room, I could see Lion’s Head and the cable car station on the top of Table Mountain, a sign that there was good viewing from the summit. But seemingly great weather conditions can change fast on Table Mountain.

    In addition to mountain views, you may be able to see the Atlantic Ocean from the hotel’s 64 rooms that face Arthurs Road, the hotel management told me.

    I really wish I’d had time to sunbathe on the hotel’s pool deck, which has a small pool but big views of mountains and the sea.

    This hotel has a long history. Before it was a Protea hotel, it was the Arthurs Seat, and before that, the Karos Hotel — site of ballroom dances, weddings and fine cuisine at a time when Sea Point didn’t have a lot of hotels, Govender said.

    Closed for three months, the hotel was renovated and reopened in December 2013 with a beach-house theme.

    The hotel management sought guest input for the renovations. Some of the rooms were left unchanged based on guest feedback. “They said they loved it the way it was,” Govender said.

    As you enter the hotel lobby, you’re met with displays of beach sand, surfboards and sandals. The point is for guests to feel instantly relaxed. “You can check in, put down your luggage and chill,” Lewis said.

    The lobby walls feature lots of black-and-white photos of Sea Point past, including one showing guests arriving at the Queens Hotel in 1902 in horse-drawn carriages.

    A copy of a 1900 brochure advertises railway and electric tram service every 10 minutes.

    The hotel restaurant has breakfast daily, but it’s not automatically included with the room. Guests can order room service until 10 p.m. from the onsite Spur restaurant, part of a popular burger chain.

    The so-called interactive hotel lobby includes a nine-meter table with multiple computers for guests. Guests get 500 megabytes of free Wi-Fi. The table sits on an 11-meter carpet and its design includes guest comments from TripAdvisor — a totally fun and interesting decor idea that I may not have noticed if Sabine Kuhn, the hotel’s marketing coordinator, hadn’t pointed it out to me.

    Protea has owned the hotel for 12 years but some of the original staff is still there, such as Gladwin Mziki, a bartender who has worked there since 1986. “Some of the guests recognize me before I recognize them,” Mziki told me.

    Once a red light district with underground casinos, Sea Point is one of Cape Town’s most improved areas, Lewis said. You’ll find people out on the promenade at 9 p.m. with baby strollers and jogging at 4 a.m., she said.

    You can walk or jog or stroll the 11-kilometer promenade all the way from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, past Grainger Bay, Mouille Point and Sea Point to Bantry Bay, Clifton and Camps Bay.

    And it’s just a few steps from the hotel.

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