Set along the Liesbeek River,
the Vineyard Hotel is known for its historic charm and esteemed restaurants.
Its sprawling garden grounds are planted with grape vines that actively supply several local wineries. Far from downtown
and the waterfront, the property is in a pleasant residential area and most of its rooms are large and luxurious with extras like espresso machines. Still,
beware of older rooms that haven’t been updated. Like at so many hotels in Cape
Town, Wi-Fi is limited to a daily allotment, but breakfast and wonderful views
of Table Mountain are free.
Built in 1799 as the home of Lady Anne
Barnard -- whose journal illustrations are displayed in a little hallway
gallery -- the hotel's carefully restored buildings sit on seven acres of
beautifully landscaped grounds laced with paths and bridges over Liesbeek
River. Two old ships' cannons greet visitors beneath three arches in
the bright entryway. Inside, period details and antiques remain on display in
the terracotta-tiled halls and sitting parlors, with easy chairs and additional arched
doorways complementing the spacious lobby.
Found in Cape Town's southern suburbs, though not far from cultural attractions
Located in the quiet Newlands neighborhood,
the Vineyard Hotel is within walking distance of the shopping and restaurants found at
Cavendish Square. It's a 15-minute drive from the city center and Victoria & Alfred Waterfront's vibrant tourist scene. Table Mountain National
Park, the Newlands cricket and rugby grounds, and the wineries which
the hotel's vineyard supplies are all within 45 minutes from the property by car. Cape Town International Airport is about a 20-minute drive west.
Some dated, some modern -- with espresso machines and minibars
rooms here have mountain, courtyard, or river views, and some come with private patios
or small balconies. The contemporary decor combines neutral, grey, or beige
carpets and walls with natural wood and chic black lamps. Sitting areas have
designer chairs with attractive glass tables that double as work desks.
Automatic espresso machines and minibars can be found on light-wood shelving next to ample closet space. Many of the modern bathrooms have tiled walk-in
showers and separate soaking tubs with their own handheld shower heads. There
are also older rooms in need of renovation that have dated amenities.
Beautiful gardens, full spa, two pools, and restaurants with outdoor patios
The hotel has several acres of gardens to explore, complete with friendly
turtles who wander around the grounds. Completing the scene are an outdoor pool and
a small indoor pool in a fantastic atrium with natural light. The hotel's well-liked
restaurants have innovative menus that attract locals to the inviting
atmosphere and outdoor seating. Myoga serves international fusion cuisine with
a large wine selection from the on-site cellar. The Square focuses on
sushi under a glass ceiling with live piano accompaniment. And a free breakfast
is served in the Garden Lounge & Patio, where guests can also take afternoon
Angsana Spa has a rain-mist relaxation room and ten treatment
rooms with a full range of massages, facials, scrubs, and body polishes available. The
fitness center is in a bright space with floor-to-ceiling windows, free
weights, treadmills, stationary bikes, and cardio machines. The hotel's
dedicated conference center spans two floors, with state-of-the-art equipment
and rooms capable of hosting events for 280 people.