Cape Grace

Waterfront, nautical, charm

0C West Quay Road, Cape Town 8001, South Africa

(27) 21-410-7100

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At a Glance

In one of the city’s best locations on the Waterfront, the Cape Grace has a high-end clientele but a low-key ambience.

Indagare Loves

  • The waterfront location
  • The personal, intimate vibe of the hotel
  • The ground-floor whisky bar, Bascule
  • Malay cuisine at Signal restaurant


The Cape Grace underwent an extensive renovation of all the rooms and common spaces, which was completed in early 2009. The beautifully handcrafted design takes its inspiration from Cape Town's history. Memorable details include sumptuous silk curtains painted with names of old Dutch ships, collections of antique porcelain on display throughout and unique chandeliers designed by a duo of Cape Town-based artisans that are made with a mix of crystal and artifacts. This type of decor continues in the 121 rooms, all of which are unique, with a mix of antiques and reproduction furniture, hand-painted fabrics and whimsical decorations, like large wooden chests and wrought-iron lamp stands (that were made in a nearby atelier).

Occupying what is arguably the best location in the V&A waterfront, on a slender island in the center of the harbor, the Cape Grace looks like an elegant ocean-liner from the outside. Harbor-side bar Bascule is a fabulous spot for a cocktail, and the restaurant Signal is a good place to try Cape Malay-inspired cuisine. The hotel also offers a house car to transport guests off-property.

It has an attractive spa, and a quayside whiskey bar that lures a young and festive crowd, but its courtyard swimming pool and comfortable lounges are low-key and appealing.

Who Should Stay

Cape Grace is a good choice for families or couples looking to be based at a property with lots of character and history in the central V&A Waterfront.

Written by Simone Girner

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