Top 10 conference venues in Cape Town

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Cape Town offers a wealth of extraordinary conference venues with world-class facilities, impeccable servicen and precise attention to detail. Whether it is a meeting with a view of the ocean, a corporate event with Table Mountain in sight, or enveloped in the heart of the Mother City, Cape Town has it all.

01 The Taj Hotel – Cape Town

Situated in the cultural and historical centre of the city, the Taj is spread across three edifices, and retains the original architecture of the historic Temple Chambers or Board of Executors building built in 1890, as well as the South African Reserve Bank Building. The Taj’s new tower dramatically rises above the city skyline. On offer are 177 elegant guestrooms, suites and residences.

Location: The Taj is ideally located in the historic and civic heart of Cape Town. It offers taxi and limousine transfers to and from the airport, which is a mere 20 minutes away.

Facilities: All rooms are complemented by state-of-the-art technology. There are seven meeting rooms, the largest of which is able to comfortably host a banquet for up to 80 guests. Two others can accommodate up to 40 guests each and two smaller rooms can seat 20 and 30 respectively. In addition there are two boardrooms and a business centre.

Perfect for: Meetings, conferences, dinners, luncheons, breakfasts, weddings and special events of virtually any size and nature.

Contact details:

+27 21 819 2000, tajhotels.com

 

02 Westin Grand Cape Town

Arabella Quays

The Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays is widely considered to be the finest conferencing and banqueting location in

South Africa. With ample meeting and events facilities and state-of-the-art technology, it’s the perfect place to mix business with pleasure. The conference facilities are supported by some of the most sophisticated communications technology available in South Africa, including IT hotspots on each level in the lobby, which has wireless connection for laptops. Business booths are available with full High Speed Internet Access and international plugs. A business centre on the ground floor includes secretarial services, binding, faxing, copying, and cellphone rental.

Facilities: Directly linked to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), the hotel is able to host conferences for up to 600 guests in the Grand Ballroom, with an additional 10 meeting rooms between two floors that can seat from eight to 60 delegates. The Grand Ballroom can be subdivided into Ballroom East and Ballroom West, each side seating up to 200 guests banquet-style.

Location: Situated at the foreshore in Cape Town, The Westin Grand is close to all major attractions and important landmarks. Cape Town International Airport is 22 km away and the Cape Town Soccer Stadium a mere two kilometres away respectively.

Perfect for: Large conferences and banquets. However, there are six boardrooms that can seat 12 to 20 guests and are perfect for intimate meetings. The hotel not only offers a superb range of venues for conferences and conventions, but also has the infrastructure to support events of just about any size or description.

Contact details:

+27 21 412 9999, westingrandcapetown.com

 

03 The Pavilion Conference Centre

The Pavilion Conference Centre focuses on a ‘conference experience’ that combines a beautiful and flexible facility and service excellence. The centre has some unique selling points that make it an ideal venue for conferencing. High-quality AV equipment, flexibility to configure venues to suit client needs, natural light in all venues, plus excellent technology infrastructure and an auditorium that could serve either as a venue for presentations or product launches.

Location: Only 20 km from the airport; access to all the major highways and a mere five-minute walk from the Cape Town Stadium.

Facilities: The Pavilion’s conference facilities are flexible and they offer various-sized venues tailor-made to suit the clients’ needs. These include a cocktail party for up to 500 delegates or a small corporate meeting in the boardroom for 10 delegates. In total they offer five meeting rooms, some of which are interleading for bigger groups. The Pavilion also offers a world-class auditorium that can host up to 300 delegates.

Perfect for: Conferences; meetings; special events

Contact details:

+27 21 419 7661, www.thepavilion.co.za

 

04 Lagoon Beach Hotel

Lagoon Beach hotel has 200 sophisticated en-suite bedrooms, numerous holiday apartments, eight conference venues, two world-class restaurants and a magnificent Table Mountain view. With Cape Town’s central business district only minutes away, not only do you have the beach on your doorstep, but also the eclectic vibe of city life. As the only hotel in Cape Town to offer a rooftop and beachfront pool deck as hosting venue, you and your guests will be spoiled with spectacular views of the ocean, Table Mountain and Robben Island.

Location: 25 km from Cape Town International Airport, seven kilometres from the CBD and eight kilometres from

V&A Waterfront

Facilities: Eight venues of various seating capacities; all the venues are fully airconditioned; technical and audiovisual support on site; a variety of conference packages; themed functions and conference capacity of up to 550 delegates, and banquet capacity of up to 350 people. The Atlantic suite can be used as one large venue or divided into two smaller ones. The full Atlantic Suite can host a maximum of 550 delegates. The Courtyard Suite can host a maximum of 160 delegates. The Lagoon View is ideal if you are looking for more privacy, and can host a maximum of 100 delegates. The Winston Room and New

Haarlem rooms can host a maximum of 35 guests and the Undercover Room can serve as an intimate boardroom for ten.

Perfect for: Whether it’s for 10 friends or 550 of your special guests, Lagoon Beach can help you host the perfect event, conference, banquet, special celebration, wedding or informal corporate gathering.

Contact details:

Telephone: +27 (0)21 528 2000

 

05 The Peninsula Hotel

The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel excels in the conference and business arena. The Peninsula offers exclusive location, wonderful packages and uncompromising service, while assuring flexibility and commitment to providing an exceptional and memorable event. Location: Situated on Cape Town’s Platinum Mile, it is 25 km from the airport and three to the city centre.

Facilities: The Executive Boardroom seats 15 and the Society Room can cater up to 80 for a banquet. The Faces Lounge seats

30 for business meetings and flows onto a private patio. Standard conference equipment includes a flipchart, white board markers, screen and overhead projector. Data projector and other equipment can be hired on request at additional charge.

Perfect for: Board meetings, gala events, weddings, buffets, and cocktail parties

What’s new: A new edition is the Sunset Deck situated above the Sunset Restaurant suitable for intimate cocktail parties, small weddings and pre-gala dinner/wedding drinks, offering stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Contact Details:

+27 21 430-7777, peninsula.co.za

 

06 Mount Nelson

The Mount Nelson Hotel is the most iconic luxury hotel in Cape Town, an urban sanctuary with a unique sense of style, and a commitment to unparalleled service excellence. When one is travelling for business, the Mount Nelson Hotel is an elegant oasis in a world where privacy is the new luxury and pleasure is all about peace and serenity.

Facilities: The Ballroom accommodates 80; The Ballroom East 36; The Ballroom West 36; the Garden Room seats 40 and the Union Castle room seats 14 for a banquet venue and as a boardroom. Several meeting rooms including Vasco Da Gama, Bartholomew Dias, Marco Polo, Sir Francis Drake, Robben Island, Prince Edward Island, Seal Island, Schappen Island, Dassen Island and Marion Island and seat between 12 to 66 people.

Location: The hotel is located approximately 15 minutes by car from the V&A Waterfront development, and approximately five minutes from the city’s cultural centre. Complimentary transfers are available to and from these areas, and anywhere else within a ten kilometre radius of the hotel, throughout the day. Cape Town International Airport is 19 km away.

Perfect for: The combination of grace, grandeur, modern facilities and exceptional location allows the hotel to cater for a range of functions both large and small – from major trade and corporate conferences, audio-visual presentations and exhibitions, formal banquets and weddings, to smaller board meetings and intimate cocktail parties. The banqueting department also offers a ‘one stop shop’ where service providers such as photographers, decor companies and event managers can be recommended.

Contact details:

+27 21 483 1000, mountnelson.co.za

 

07 Cape Town International Conference Centre

The seventh year of operation by the CTICC has seen the business continue to develop into one of the world’s leading global business tourism venues – not only contributing economically and socially to the region, but also successfully continuing to raise the profile of Cape Town as a highly desirable international tourism and business tourism destination. Thanks to its innovative design with meticulous attention to detail, its comprehensive array of world-class services, five-star accommodation facilities, and dedicated staff with a proven passion for service excellence, the CTICC consistently delivers an unforgettable experience.

Location: Served directly by numerous international airlines from across the globe, Cape Town International Airport is a mere overnight flight from most European and American cities, and one or two hours from the other major South African centres. Once at the airport, a short 20-minute drive is all it takes to get to the CTICC which is conveniently located in the business hub of the city

Facilities: CTICC provides a state-of-the-art meeting facility with 11 200m2 of dedicated exhibition space, two raked auditoria seating 1500 and 620 delegates, a 2 000m2 ballroom and an integrated 483-room, five-star Westin Grand Cape Town Arabella Quays Hotel. In addition, the Roof Terrace Room with an open space also includes a dedicated interior and exterior terrace for flexible use of this popular venue. The meeting rooms are spacious and sub-divisible, of varying sizes, each accommodating up to 330 delegates and can be set up to suit a variety of functions or presentations. There are thirteen distinguished Meeting Suites varying in size, equipped to comfortably accommodate up to 25 guests each.

Perfect for: CTICC is perfectly suited to host both large and small international and local conferences, trade shows, consumer shows, banquets, concerts and any special events. What’s new: To ensure that the centre is on par with international standards of best practice, the centre underwent a R7- million refurbishment last year. The latest refurbishment extends to the upgrading of the control centre and server, public furniture, toilet areas, and infrastructure such as the building’s huge loading doors and conference chairs.

Contact details:

Tel: +2721 410 5000, cticc.co.za

 

08 The Twelve Apostles Hotel

Ideally located between the mountains, the Twelve Apostles is a 70-bedroom luxurious hotel which combines an atmosphere of African chic and continental service and sophistication. Renowned for its ethos of excellence and personal service, this conference venue offers state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms.

Location: Located five minutes’ drive away from Camps Bay, 20 minutes from Cape Town city centre and 45 minutes from Cape Town International Airport

Facilities: Offering a selection of fully air-conditioned rooms which are as diverse as the occasion. The Lions Head accommodates up to 48 people and is suitable for elegant private functions or business meetings. The Milkwood room is the largest meeting room and can accommodate business groups of up to 90 participants in a theatre-style layout. The Conservatory is reminiscent of a Victorian Tea Room and seats up to 20 people. The Atlantic Terrace Marquee is an 80-seater capacity venue and is perfect for a product launch.

Perfect for: Business meetings, conferences, weddings, special events, any gathering

Contact details:

+27 21 437 9052, 12apostleshotel.com  

 

09 Grand West Casino and Entertainment

Set against a backdrop of the majestic Cape, this Sun International conference venue has uncompromising standards when it comes to the comfort and well-being of conference delegates. Big or small, adventurous or conservative, lavish or simplistic, the Sun International has it all. Boasting state-of-the-art Las Vegas-style gaming coupled with world-class entertainment, Grandwest transports one to a place of unlimited possibility, fantasy and variety.

Location: Located 20 km from the airport and approximately 35 km from the city centre.

Facilities: The Goodhope Suites venue has a pre-assembly foyer area, which may be used for registration, refreshment breaks or pre-dinner drinks. This is an intimate and secluded venue ideal for corporate functions and conferences. The venue may also be divided into two separate rooms. It is able to accommodate 40 to 105 delegates for a Conference. For dinner dances and weddings they are able to host between 50 to 80 guests. The Market Hall is the main, multi-function hall and is the ideal venue for dinner dances and weddings of between 200 and 600 guests.

Perfect for: Meetings, conferences, corporate functions, weddings, dinner dances

Contact details:

+27 21 5057557, suninternational.com

 

10 Radisson Blu

The Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront has, arguably, the best position of any hotel in Cape Town. Being this close to the water adds an extra dimension to one’s stay that you will want to experience over and over. In short, everything you need for business or pleasure.

Location: Situated right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the hotel is ideally situated: close to all of Cape Town’s main tourist attractions and beaches, a fiveminute drive away from the CBD and the Cape Town International Convention Centre, and within walking distance (or complimentary shuttle) of the famous Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

Facilities: Three banqueting and meeting rooms have been designed to accommodate a wide range of business and social functions. There are two modular air-conditioned conference rooms (Granger I and II) equipped with the latest audio-visual and technical equipment, each catering for up to 70 delegates. The two rooms can also be opened up into one large room. In addition, the Harbour View room, overlooking the hotel’s private marina, is a function room ideally suited to hosting events ranging from wedding receptions to cocktail parties and banquets. This is one of the few event rooms in Cape Town to boast an exclusive seaside boardwalk. The Harbour View room can accommodate 120 guests for banquets and up to 300 guests for cocktails.

Perfect for: Conferences, meetings, banquets, cocktail parties, and wedding receptions

Contact details:

+27 21 441 3000, radissonblu.com