After our safari in Kruger we flew from Nelspruit to Cape Town. Nothing special about the flight. We landed, collected our luggage, picked up our rental car and was off to find the Park Inn, Cape Town Foreshores where we booked two rooms with our points. Blogger Hubby booked one room and I booked the other – a suite which I paid $30 USD for the upgrade. This was perfect since we had a baby who slept in the living room portion of the suite. We did ask for a crib for the baby and we received a really nice Pack ‘n Play with a crib size down comforter in a duvet for the baby to sleep on and a baby size pillow.
The hotel as in a great location close to Long Street known for its shopping. We were close to all the highways that we needed so it never took us far to get anywhere. The hotel had a very modern feel to it with an inside atrium on all the floors. The rooms were very nicely appointed. Since we were gold elite with Club Carlson by virtue of us having the Club Carlson credit card, each room received a bottle of South African wine and a plate of dried apricots, nuts and jelly beans. Our room, the non-suite, even had a balcony with chairs so we could sit outside, drinking our wine and watch the clouds over Table Mountain. Did you know that when the clouds descend and settle on he top of Table Mountain it is called a “tablecloth”? Needless to say, we were really happy in our room.
The hotel does urge you not to go out at night and walk around. There is a hotel shuttle that will take you and pick you up though we found that it took a while and we ended up paying $3 for a cab to bring us back from dinner.
A recurrent theme that we were finding is that hotels do not seem to offer you drawers to put your clothes in. We each had one smallish drawer. You can see it sticking out from behind Blogger Hubby in the last picture. It is floating against the wall. Next to him in the floor cabinet is the refrigerator which holds the bottles of water that the hotel gives everyone gratis every day – much appreciated.
The hotel had a really interesting Rooftop Terrace bar with the swimming pool up there and at times at DJ. Not sure I would want to go swimming with all the drinkers around but it sure was pretty with all the colorful lights and again the view of Table Mountain.
They offer a wonderful breakfast though double check to see if it is included with your room. I did ask at check-in time and they told us it was but after the first morning we found out that only one room (the Business Class room on points) had the free breakfast and not the suite that we paid points and cash for. Nevertheless we ate there every morning. Since I had questioned it and they couldn’t tell me why one room had it and the other, they took the charge off the bill. Parking is available at $5 USD per day but it is not for the faint of heart. You enter from a small parking area and go straight up quickly. The you turn oh so carefully and go up again. Your space has your name on it so no one else can park there which is nice and you don’t have to go looking for a space.
The best part about having a Club Carlson credit card (and I am not paid in anyway to say this, just my honest opinion) is that when you use points to book a room, your last night is free. You do have to spend two nights in order to get this benefit. We saved over $200 USD, received wine and goodies in each room and have free internet. We were delighted with our accommodations and would recommend it to anyone.