I spent a night at The Capital Mirage Hotel

If you live in Cape Town long enough you learn to know the value of a view. If a flat has even a sliver of ocean spotted from the furthest corner of a balcony the size of your shoelace, you can expect a fat rent increase. Find one with a full city view and you’l probably need to sell parts of your liver to afford rent. And most of us are more than happy to skimp on groceries if it means looking out on Table Mountain because we really do live in a very pretty city. So when I visited the Capital Mirage Hotel I instantly fell in love, mostly because of the 360 degree view of the Mother City from their 15th floor restaurant.

The Capital Mirage is one latest extended stay or apart hotels to launch in Cape Town, opening its doors in De Waterkant. The idea of an apart hotel is to kit rooms with kitchenettes, washing machines and ample room so that guests can move in for longer periods, say for instance a December holiday. You have the convenience of an apartment combined with the comfort of a serviced hotel.

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The hotel has 65 rooms which include studios as well as one, two or three bedroom apartments. I think they have done a great job at creating a space that is modern, sophisticated and comfortable, with tastefully decorated interiors. My studio-apartment style room had a spacious feel, enhanced by the high ceilings made up of concrete blocks. These look as though they have been recycled from old building sites, with some blocks still sporting spray paint tags, though I’m not sure whether it is real upcycling or created like that for a faux grunge feel. Either way, it really adds to the space.

The rooms have been kitted out with full kitchens that include stoves, ovens, washing machines and tumble dryers (though they also offer complimentary laundry), They have a gym, free parking, and you can hook up to free Wi-Fi (though the front-of house forgot to tell me how it works so make a point of asking) or tune into some HD TV showing a full bouquet of channels. They also offer free scheduled shuttles so that you can travel around the city. And to up the comfort level, you’ll find extra length beds and underfloor heating.

I also appreciated their attention to detail in the rest of the hotel. Where hotel hallways and open spaces are often neglected (or perhaps halfheartedly decorated with a bland painting), they transformed open areas into homely living rooms, brightened by splashes of colour. My room opened to a large mural extended over three stories, lit by hexagon mesh lights that created a impressive central feature. This was, however, only an appetizer for what we would find when we ascended to the 15th floor.

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The Vue skybar is situated on the hotel’s rooftop, serving as a restaurant and bar at night, and the breakfast room in the mornings. They have also added a swimming pool outside where guests can cool off in summer while taking in views all the way from the Bo-Kaap to the Waterfront. And you only have to walk to the other side of the restaurant to see the foreshore with the Northern Suburbs and mountains in the distance.

The hotel’s launch party included dinner at The Vue skybar, and while the dishes were tasty I would perhaps opt for one of the neighbouring restaurants in De Waterkant and Sea Point. You should, however, definitely head up for a drink – according to Leigh from Lipgloss is My Life their tomato cocktails are the business.  Apart from the top floor restaurant they also house a Cattle Baron, the Gin & Snooker lounge, as well as in-room dining.

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On first seeing the view that evening I was completely enchanted by the city lights blinking from all directions through the large glass windows but the next morning at breakfast I could really appreciate the full impact of their location.

You really are in the perfect spot to appreciate Cape Town from all angles, with the big wheel of the V&A Waterfront on one end and the Bo Kaap on the other, a colourful strip of houses leading to Table Mountain.

I would head honestly head back here just to see that again.

If you are looking for a spot to stay in Cape Town I think The Capital Mirage is well worth considering. The apart-hotel concept means more room and you can lower the costs of your trip by cooking “at home” every now and then. And if that doesn’t sound very appealing, rest assured you are also surrounded by several excellent restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance. Try Beijing Opera for some delicious Asian, Café Manhattan for yummy pub grub, and Loading Bay or Origin for a perfect caffeine fix.

Winter Launch Special

The Capital Mirage has introduced a winter special where you can stay for R1,530 per room per night subject to availability. It can be booked online at thecapital.co.za (quote winterspecial) or contact the hotel directly on 021 200 5100 or mirage@thecaptital.co.za .

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