The Mother City, as Cape Town is known, has many excellent hotels

The Westin is an ideal one for business people, conference delegates or families seeking convenience

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The hotel has its own parking lot with easy access to the lobby. I managed to get a bay every time I returned from exploring the nearby Waterfront, a five-minute drive away. The check-in process was very smooth, with numerous staff and no waiting time at all.

I must say, the rooms are fantastic. Recently revamped, they look very modern and slick with an African element in the artwork and bedding. I could immediately feel relaxed. The bed was very comfortable and there was a large desk in the room with a lamp for work. This is not too close to the bed, so the light is not invasive if you’re travelling with your partner. With stronger wifi than most hotels can offer and a coffee station, including a Nespresso machine,  I could make myself a quick coffee after arriving and finish off some urgent work. The wifi was even fast enough to download the media I needed to include in my meeting slideshow.

The bathrooms were very practical, with the toilet having its own small room to separate it from the shower. There was a really nice bath in the room – it made me regret the water crisis in Cape Town and make me wish I could run a bubble bath and put on some music. Maybe next time! Instead, there is a massive shower. If you were there for a romantic weekend, it’s certainly big enough for two.

On the 19th floor of the hotel is a great spa facility and fitness centre. The gym is quite basic and compact but had only one other person in it so I could use all the equipment that I needed. The spa reception is very helpful, but getting a booking was practically impossible, such was the demand. I soon found out why!

Eventually, they squeezed me in for a 45-minute full body massage with Samantha. As someone who regularly has massages, both luxury ones, and cheaper deals, I can confidently say that this was amongst the best I’ve ever had. The therapist both managed to completely relax me, but also use very firm pressure. The facilities are also really comfortable offering lockers, a comfortable gown, snacks (fruit and small oat cookies) and plenty of drinks, from herbal teas to fruit juice and water. After my massage, I sat in the comfortable loungers for a while with some water, before heading off for a quick shower and then a swim in the heated pool overlooking the harbour. I also spent a few minutes in the jacuzzi.

Overall, the spa felt like a luxury experience. I would suggest booking your room and then immediately securing an appointment at the spa to avoid missing out. There was also an outdoor pool but I preferred the heated indoor option for the great views. Few hotels in Cape Town can offer both options and had the weather been hotter, I would have found some time for tanning and swimming outdoors.

The Westin’s on-site restaurant is called Thirty7. On the evening that I was there, the restaurant was fairly quiet. As I walked in, I saw the chef busy preparing Pavlova and it looked incredible and fresh. I was sure to order it when dessert came around. The food was very good, but the service was excellent. All of the staff were happy to help my table to ensure no time was spent waiting. With plenty of well-prepared vegetable options to go with the lamb and pork dishes I had, I left feeling very satisfied. 

However, although the dinner was very good, the breakfast buffet was extraordinary. The Westin’s morning fare has been mentioned to me before as a must-try and it meant I had very high expectations.

With hot and cold options, a smoothie bar and even an Asian-inspired section, I could have spent two hours there trying everything on offer. With a meeting to get to, I regrettably had to limit my breakfast to 40 minutes and checked-out in a speedy and efficient fashion.

Overall, this was a very enjoyable stay with a good balance between facilities, location and opportunity to both work and unwind. I will definitely be back to try different menu items at the restaurant, to spend a lot longer at the breakfast table and to enjoy another massage at the spa. Oh, and to reluctantly drag myself away from the hotel to my work meetings.

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