There’s a touch of Old World glamour to the Cape Royale—the imposing facade, the dramatic lobby, the bellmen in top hats—but just when you start to wonder if the whole experience is going to be resolutely old-school, you’ll find yourself pleasantly surprised by the sleek rooms. They feature contemporary furniture, stainless-steel kitchens, and a soothing palette of mostly grays and whites with the occasional punch of lime green or scarlet. It’s also the site of one of Cape Town’s liveliest restaurants, so be prepared to rub elbows with local movers and shakers at the Banting Kitchen.
The city’s best beaches and nightlife—not to mention the dazzling Greenpoint Stadium, erected for the 2010 World Cup and now the site of many a mega-concert and local soccer match—are minutes away.
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Greenpoint is a bastion of trendy dining spots and bars, and even the odd celeb sighting or two—Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem have been seen at Gelato Mania next door. It’s also perfect for the active traveler, given its easy access to the Seapoint Promenade (a waterfront stretch ideal for a jog) and the beautiful Greenpoint Urban Park, the best spot for an outdoor workout. The central location means guests are close to the beaches of Camps Bay and Bantry Bay but also the action at the V&A Waterfront and the Central Business District.
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Rooms: 42 one-, two-, and three-bedroom suites, and two rooftop villas. From $207. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Capetonians are big on the Banting lifestyle these days—the low-carb, high-fat diet popularized by South African professor Tim Noakes—and the Cape Royale boasts the Banting Kitchen, the world’s first restaurant dedicated to the phenomenon. Graze on grilled lamb loin, wild mushroom “caulisotto,” (cauliflower risotto), and oriental-spiced cream cheese chicken supreme, and leave with your diet intact. Afterward, retreat to the hotel’s Sky Bar for cocktails with Atlantic Ocean views. Spa and gym details: Aside from five luxe treatment rooms and a range of rituals to choose from, the Equinox Spa also has a fitness center and pool.
Who it’s best for: Families and groups can’t get enough of the roomy suites with full kitchens. Our favorite rooms: The three-bedroom duplex suites have panoramic vistas over the Atlantic from their Juliet balconies. Good to know: Book ahead at the popular Banting Kitchen, or end up jostling for tables with carb-deprived Capetonians.