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Taj Cape Town is historic, luxurious and opulent
And did you know you don’t need to stay there to access what it offers?
Last updated: Thursday, 21 April 2022
From the textures and cuisine right down to the excellent service, Taj Cape Town is without question one of the city’s most luxurious hotels. Steeped in rich heritage, the hotel is opulent: It has marble columns, wallpaper with gold accents, beautiful brass details, sparkling crystal and blown-glass chandeliers, and 176 refined rooms.
Explore the city from Taj Cape Town’s doorstep. It’s located in the centre of the old city, within walking distance of some of Cape Town’s most famous sights. Image: Taj Cape Town
YOU’LL LOVE ITS UNIQUE SENSE OF PLACE
Taj Cape Town is situated in a prime and historic location just outside Company’s Garden Arch entrance and within walking distance to some of South Africa’s top landmarks, as well as Cape Town’s many shops, restaurants and excellent galleries.
The Grand Presidential Suite extends across two levels and has spectacular views of Table Mountain from all areas, including the upstairs balcony. Image: Taj Cape Town
Its spacious and opulent rooms come with iconic views of Table Mountain or the sparkling city skyline and will suit your needs whether you’re travelling for leisure or business. The 5-star hotel also has world-class function rooms in gorgeous landmark heritage buildings, with business facilities and services that will allow any meeting to run seamlessly.
ENJOY ITS LUXURIOUS AND REFINED STYLE
Its distinctive Indian style is what sets Taj Cape Town apart, from the award-winning Jiva Spa, where reviving treatments begin with a beautiful cultural ritual, to the Bombay Brasserie, arguably one of Cape Town’s top Indian restaurants.
Located in the Heritage Wing, these luxury rooms offer large sash windows that overlook the famous Table Mountain. Image: Taj Cape Town
Everything about this iconic hotel is a feast for the senses. In the Jiva Spa, there are hot compresses made out of Indian herbs, and silky milk rinses. The Bombay Brasserie serves authentic Indian cuisine, and the country’s national bird, the peacock, graces the walls in rich blues and greens and golds.
YOU’LL GET A VIEW FROM EVERY ROOM
All one-bedroom suites at Taj Cape Town have floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that lead out onto private balconies overlooking charming views of the city. These are contemporary, decorated in rich, warm tones, and have extra-length, king-size beds, as well as a separate living room and an area to work in. There are plush carpets underfoot and the bathrooms are clad in marble, with large walk-in showers and roomy bathtubs.
The gorgeous rooms are opulent, with panoramic views of the city’s world-famous landmarks. Image: Taj Cape Town
The Luxury Heritage Rooms have a charming feel, with large sash windows, leather headboards and a vintage feel. These rooms also overlook the iconic and impressive St George’s Cathedral.
FEEL AND SEE THE RICH HERITAGE
Taj Cape Town is built on two opulent heritage sites: The original South African Reserve Bank and former lawyers’ rooms, the Temple Chambers, as well as the Board of Executors. These have been seamlessly integrated with Taj Cape Town’s luxurious modern additions.
The original grand Bank Hall, The Reserve, allows for a variety of event formats within its marble interior and high ceilings. Image: Taj Cape Town
The lobby was formerly the Reserve Bank’s banking hall. It has retained the original barrel-vaulted skylight and the marble columns have been immaculately restored. The Chairman’s Office now serves as an elegant cigar lounge (or can function as a classy break-away room). The Reserve is the city’s most iconic venue for business functions, with numerous rooms to accommodate events of any size, from banquets to conferences.
BOOK A MEETING ROOM FOR A DEAL OF A LIFETIME
The smaller meeting rooms in the former Chambers are very popular already, and have all the modcons, including super-comfortable and supportive office chairs. All the rooms also have interesting historical memorabilia, from framed photographs of “old” Cape Town to fascinating articles on important personages. Book it to work from or to make that business deal special.
The stylish small meeting rooms are great if you're on a business trip. Image: Taj Cape Town
EXPERIENCE THE TAJ WITHOUT CHECKING IN
There are numerous ways to enjoy Taj Cape Town without having to stay. You can dine at the Bombay Brasserie, which is without a doubt one of Cape Town’s finest restaurants (read more about it below). There’s also Mint Restaurant & Terrace, which is a bright and inviting option for a business lunch or to meet with friends for a light meal.
The Lobby Lounge and Bar is the perfect place to unwind with cocktails, or tea and coffee with a slice of heavenly cake. Image: Taj Cape Town
There are occasionally live music performances in the Lobby Lounge and Bar, where Capetonians love to mingle over pukka cocktails such as gin and tonics and whisky sours, as well as more innovative concoctions. You can also book at the award-winning Jiva Spa, which is surprisingly affordable.
BOOK AT BOMBAY BRASSERIE, 1 OF 3 IN THE WORLD
The Bombay Brasserie is one of only three in the world, the others being in London and Dubai. It offers fine-dining, international cuisine suitable for any palate. The menu includes an array of small plates, exquisitely spiced bites – for instance, mustard-marinated broccoli florets that have been roasted in the tandoor oven (we never knew broccoli could be this good), or beautifully tender tandoor chicken.
There are loads of delicious options for vegetarians and vegans. Find out more about the Bombay Brasserie experience.
Motifs of the peacock, India’s national bird, adorn the walls of this gorgeous, internationally recognised restaurant. Image: Taj Cape Town
FOR A LIGHT LUNCH, TRY THE MINT
There’s also Mint Restaurant & Terrace, which opens out onto St George’s Mall. On sunny days tables are placed outside, and you can eat roast spring chicken with chips, or saucy chicken wings with a healthy side of broccoli under shady umbrellas.
Mint Restaurant & Terrace is also where staying guests have breakfast; try the masala dosa with spiced potato, fresh tomato chutney and coconut sauce – so light and delicious.
Mint Restaurant & Terrace opens out into St George’s Mall and is an inviting space for lunch, while the mezzanine level is perfect for tea or coffee and delicious cake. Image: Taj Cape Town
BOOK FOR A WORLD-CLASS MASSAGE
At the award-winning rejuvenating Jiva Spa, all treatments begin with the nurturing ritual washing of your feet in a big, brass bowl. Massages, facials, pedicures and manicures are all on offer and you can book a unique experience, such as Indian cupping or a supremely relaxing Indian foot or head massage. Also, there are many unique treatments on offer, such as the special Soma couple’s experience.
Rejuvenate at the award-winning Jiva Spa, where you can indulge in authentic Indian treatments based on ancient wisdom. Credit: Taj Cape Town
YOU CAN GET MARRIED HERE
If you’re looking for a magical venue to get married or hold a significant celebration, look no further than The Reserve, Cape Town’s luxury meeting space. It is made up of many venues, from The Vault, with its original massive safe door and wrap-around wine cellar, to The Bankhall, a glamorous space that is ideal for any function from a lavish cocktail to a grand banquet.
The Reserve is the ideal venue for a world-class and unforgettable wedding reception. Image: Taj Cape Town
WHEN + WHERE TO GO
Taj Cape Town is open: Daily
Find it: 1 Whale Street | Corner St George’s Mall | City Centre | Cape Town
To book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact it on: 021 819 2000 | Instagram: @tajcapetown | email@example.com | tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/taj-cape-town/
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