Hotel check: The Commodore Hotel

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BACKGROUND

This 4-star property is a member of the Legacy Hotels & Resorts group, which has hotels, resorts, lodges, executive suites, and golf and residential estates across South Africa, Namibia, Ghana and Nigeria. The Commodore and the adjacent PortsWood Hotel are Legacy’s properties in Cape Town.

WHERE IS IT?

At the foot of Table Mountain at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the heart of Cape Town’s working harbour. The hotel is centrally located, with the CBD just a few minutes’ drive away, as is the Cape Town stadium and the suburb of Green Point, which has a number of top class restaurants, including in the trendy area of De Waterkant. The Commodore is 22 kilometres from Cape Town International Airport and enjoys spectacular views of Table Mountain, Robben Island, the harbour and the Atlantic Ocean.

ROOM FACILITIES

The hotel has 236 rooms, made up of 165 luxury standard rooms, 57 business class rooms, 10 executive rooms, one Imperial suite and three wheel chair accessible rooms. There’s a nautical look and feel to the hotel and this theme is continued in the large rooms, which have standard amenities in the form of air-conditioning, flat-screen TV (in the bedroom), mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities, and a bathroom with separate bath and shower. Our room had a separate living area and what I quite enjoyed was that there were two bathrooms, with one being the en-suite. I also enjoyed the sixth floor view from the balcony and the rather comfortable bed in which I slept like a baby! The hotel’s rooms are also equipped with direct-dialling telephones and Internet access via complimentary Wi-Fi and Internet cable plug-in.  

MEETING AND BUSINESS FACILITITES

The America’s Cup Room can accommodate 150 people and is suitable for banquets and conferences. The Blue Ribbon Room can seat 60 people, whilst the Legacy Boardroom seats 12. Conference aids include whiteboard, flipchart, data projector and screen, DVD player and video conferencing. Additional AV equipment can be arranged at an additional cost. Complimentary Internet access is available throughout the hotel.

LEISURE FACILITIES

For the business traveller looking to spend some leisure time in and around the hotel, there’s the Wellness Centre which offers the standard pedicures, manicures and massages, which I unfortunately didn’t get to sample. Alternatively, guests can enjoy lazing around the swimming pool, which is located near the terrace. There’s also a fully-equipped gym and sauna.  

RESTURANTS AND BARS

With a capacity of 150, the hotel’s Clipper restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge offers a buffet breakfast and all-day a la carte menu. We had a couple of toasted sandwiches and hamburgers, which were excellent, although we did have to wait a while for our food and drinks. That being said, we didn’t mind too much, as the atmosphere was fairly relaxed. It terms of clientele, the restaurant appeared popular with the business crowd, with many laptops on show. Guests are also able to access the adjacent PortsWood Hotel and its Quarterdeck Restaurant and cocktail bar. With a few dozen restaurants at the V & A Waterfront just a stone’s throw away, not to mention 24-hour room service and the nearby Green Point suburb and its restaurants, guests aren’t hard-pressed to find a great meal or inviting drinks venue.   

VERDICT

Great setting, location and accommodation, whilst the complimentary Internet obviously makes it a good business travel option. Just a warning – there’s a R75/day parking fee and there isn’t much option but to park at the hotel, except in a dedicated section for visitors to the Commodore in the V&A Waterfront parking.  

CONTACT

Address: Portswood Road, V&A Waterfront, +27 21 4151100, thecommodore.co.za

Nina Harms

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