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African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town
Walk into sheer luxury and style at this city centre-based establishment
Many of us have probably walked or driven past African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel. While the establishment boasts a bold architectural exterior, true opulence is seen once you walk through the hotel’s glass doors.
The moment I step in, I’m enveloped by sheer luxury and sophistication – not the stiff kind, but the welcoming sort. The interior boasts a stunning haute couture style and the further I walk into the building, the more excited I get to see what else waits for me. Friendly faces greet me and point me in the right direction: the reception area on the first floor where I am to check in for my overnight stay. I’m behind a man who confidently expresses that he is a returning guest, and I also overhear that SA celebrities Somizi and Unathi (Idols judges) are overnight lodgers too. In fact, according to assistant marketing manager Samantha Abrahams, celebrities, casting agencies and Hollywood production houses seem to have made this spot a “home away from home,” proving that the five-star hotel is certainly doing something right.
Its appeal might have something to do with the fact that it forms part of bespoke accommodation brand, African Pride. Formed in 2001 in response to the need for more charming lodgings on the African continent, the company has spread its name far and wide –from Century City and Hermanus to Johannesburg and beyond- in the name of giving folk a one-of-a-kind experience that holds opulence and impeccable service as the cuff that binds everything it has to offer.
During my stay, I’m lodged in a deluxe suite with views of the city (I can see Signal Hill and the Company’s Garden from my window). The room boasts a modern and clean design, with pops of colour in surprising places (the bathroom basin has a nifty LED light) and also features everything that a five-star hotel comes with. The other 128 rooms in the establishment are made up mainly of deluxe rooms (some city facing and some mountain facing), standard rooms, two-bedroom suites and universal rooms – meaning that guests can choose a room to fit any need, be it a business trip for one, or a family vacay for four. Speaking of family holidays, 15 on Orange takes it a step further and customises rooms (as per request) to feature extra touches like shampoo for kids and miniature gown and slippers for little ones, so that everyone feels nice and snug – a big win for guests.
The other winner is, of course, the location. The hotel is stationed right next to the Planetarium, the Company’s Garden (Samantha jokes and says that is their personal garden) and is also a stone throw away from Cape Town’s iconic party hub, Long Street, and culinary hipster streets Kloof and Bree -making it the ideal lodging to not only get a comfy night’s rest on king size beds, but to, if you are visiting the Mother City, tick off every city centre-based activity on your bucket list. And if you have no idea where to start, the concierge is more than willing to assist with information, travel brochures and everything in between to make sure that you make the most of this pretty city.
But even with the plethora of activities on offer near the hotel, I can’t help but want to stay inside because the establishment is a destination in and of itself. The atrium area is home to Savour Restaurant, an extravagant eatery that changes their menu seasonally to suit available produce and people's palates. Foodies can also grab a nibble at Murano Bar (which has a beautiful lounge upstairs), a coffee shop, a boutique shoe store and the Judges Lounge (where you can also play pool). A gym (open 24 hours), a business lounge, a sound room – are all available and they're just downstairs. On the rooftop are the fully decked out Suntra Spa and a pool and sun deck that treats guests to jaw-dropping views of Table Mountain and surrounds. The establishment unravels itself the more I explore, giving me the impression that there is always something new to discover within its walls.
Luxury Conference Venue
Taking the location into consideration, it is no surprise that 15 on Orange also flaunts the fact that it is a prime location for bleisure (business meets leisure) guests. Samantha draws my attention to the variety of options that the hotel offers in terms of being an ideal conferencing venue. “A lot of people don’t know that we’ve got a mini Cape Town Convention Centre going here,” she says. That is, the conference centre boasts five state-of-the-art boardrooms, four large meeting rooms, and a gigantic conference room which can seat up to 200 delegates. Each option can be tailored to suit specific business needs, again proving the point that at the helm of 15 on Orange’s impeccable offering is a five-star service experience.
“How did you sleep?” asks Samantha the next morning when we meet at the Cinnamon Coffee Shop after my more than comfortable night’s rest. The satisfied smile on my face answers her question. “That’s what we like to see because we strive to be on an unparalleled scale of luxury to compete with some of the best brands in the world. That’s our aim,” she continues. And this is something you feel from the moment you check-in to the moment you leave – a distinct sense of sophistication echoes throughout its various offerings and the friendliness and warmth of the staff truly makes a difference to your stay. And as I make my way out of the building (since I’ve reached the end of my experience), I can’t help but already make mental plans for my return in the near future.
Tip: 15 on Orange offers a comprehensive venue hire service where folk are able to tailor events with the help of the staff. For more information, email [email protected] or contact +27 (0) 21 469 8000.
The Bill: For a detailed listing of rates for the different rooms available and to make a booking, email [email protected] or contact +27 (0) 21 469 8000
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