Last week saw the launch of The Verge Aparthotel in Sea Point, Cape Town, a new type of accommodation that combines the luxury of a hotel with the independence you get from a self-catering city apartment. It is a particularly clever option for people who are planning to stay in the city for a while and need a temporary home away from home.
We spent a night in their Two Bedroom Superior unit. This is what I thought.
The lobby has been done in a modern, elegant style. I found the reception staff friendly and helpful, and the check-in process was quick and efficient.
Once you’ve checked in you get the keycard for your room as well as a remote for the parking garage and a tag to get in at the front door. You can’t get into the building without this tag or someone at the front desk opening for you, which is great for security reasons.
On entering the apartment you walk through a small but decent kitchenette that has been kitted out with all the basics including crockery, glassware, cutlery and all the cookware you need. They have also supplied a large fridge-freezer, a glass top stove and oven, and a coffee machine that works with coffee pods – also supplied.
The kitchen also has a washing machine, which will come in handy if you’re staying a while.
The living room features a large modern three seater and two chairs, all modern and pretty if a little hard to sit on. They have also added a selection of books and a HD television with a limited DSTV bouquet that includes a couple of movie channels to choose from.
The living room in our unit led out to a large balcony, separated by sliding doors. The patio has a four seater table, the gas braai and two deck chairs that you can flip open to catch some sun.
All the windows in the living room have been double glazed, which helps to substantially lower the noise level. In fact, if I kept the doors closed I hardly caught any street noise at all.
One thing I found a bit odd is that the dining table area only had space for two people despite this being a two bedroom apartment, so if you are four people staying together you would need to add chairs from the living room or patio.
Our unit had two bedrooms, with one king size bed and one queen size bed. The smaller bedroom enjoys a view of Lions Head while the larger looks out towards the ocean. The site advertises a sea view, but while you do get a glimpse of sparkly ocean you have more of a cityscape view than sea.
I really liked all the ultra modern finishes. The beds were soft and comfortable, and I loved snuggling up under the fluffy duvet. The rooms are snug, but not so small that we felt cramped. You would have to unpack your suitcase though, there isn’t much floor space to leave a bag.
Both bedrooms have built in closets with a fair amount of space. The hanging closets have a few hangers but not a lot so consider buying a couple extra if you’re staying for more than a few nights.
They have supplied two point plugs by the bedside so that you can plug your phone in next to you. This is something I often miss in hotels so I was glad to see it here.
While the windows have been double glazed to curb the noise level, I did find that you still caught some noise at night. I could faintly hear a car driving past of muffled conversations between party-goers heading home. It wasn’t something that really bothered me – you are still staying in a city after all. If you are sensitive to noise, though, it might also help to ask for a room that faces towards the mountain – the view is prettier and you’ll get less noise from the street below.
There is airconditioning in the living room but not in the bedrooms, these only have fans. This was fine when we stayed over – and it was quite a warm evening – but in the height of summer it might become too warm. Because of the street noise you don’t really want to open the windows so I think proper airconditioning in the rooms would help.
Our room had two bathrooms, each with a shower, toilet and basin. Once again I liked the modern finishes and I thought they had utilized the space well. The larger bedroom also has a slightly larger bathroom with more counter space next to the basin, but otherwise they are more or less the same.
I enjoyed the shower, which had enough space and good water pressure. The bathrooms have been stocked with Charotte Rhys toiletries and they have supplied fluffy white towels. I did feel there wasn’t enough space to hang up wet towels after using them.
Your room is also allocated one parking bay in a secure underground parking lot. I’m not sure what you do if you are staying in a two bedroom unit and sharing with another couple. You only get the remote for the parking gate once you’ve checked in, so on arrival you can park in one of the allocated bays in front of the building – look out for the orange traffic cones.
Once checked in you can then move your car inside and access the lobby from the lifts. The process was simple enough though there are limited parking spots out front so it might become tricky if it’s very busy. I also felt there could have been more signage in the underground parking lot pointing you to the hotel lifts.
The rooms have high speed Wi-Fi, which connects with a code that you’ll get when you check in. It was quick and easy to connect and the internet was nice and fast. I did find there was a stronger signal in the living room area compared to the bedrooms.
One of the hotel-style perks is daily housekeeping, laundry, dry cleaning and an ironing service.
The building is a stone throw from the Sea Point promenade, a popular spot to go walk, run or just soak up the view.
Take note that it is self-catering only. There are no room service, breakfast or hotel dining options.
I think this is a brilliant accommodation option if you are visiting Cape Town. You are in the heart of Sea Point and right by the ocean. The prices are incredibly reasonable, with the two bedroom superior unit going for R1790 per night – a steal if you’re splitting it between four people.
Since it’s self-catering you also don’t have to eat out every night, which will help with that travelling budget.
The units are beautifully finished, comfortable and everything is still brand new. I think you have everything you need to make your stay really comfortable.
For more information and to book, visit thevergeaparthotel.com