Review: The Westin Cape Town Junior Suite
The night prior to my Ethiopian Airlines flights back home to Brussels, I stayed at The Westin Cape Town where I relaxed a bit after 5 exciting & fun days in the city.
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Room rates at The Westin Cape Town were around €160 per night during the week, but only €120 during the weekend, which is quite a good deal. If you plan on staying longer, there’s also a “buy 3 get one free” deal which seems to offer a nice discount, even compared to pre-paid & non-refundable rates.
The hotel is adjacent to the Cape Town International Convention Centre, so obviously attracts more business people during the week which would account for the slightly higher rate then. It is also perfectly located in the city center and within walking distance of V&A Waterfront, Castle of Good Hope and Long street. You also have a great view over the surrounding area from the gym, sauna & swimming pool (and the room), but more on that below.
I parked my rental car in the hotel’s underground parking and took the elevator up to the ground level where I was welcomed by several hotel associates and informed that as a SPG Platinum member, I had been assigned a Junior Suite on the 17th floor.
The Westin Cape Town Junior Suite
Junior suites at The Westin Cape Town hotel are spacious and cover approximately +-55m², so not really ‘junior’ by most standards.
Entering the room, the bathroom and a seperate toilet were on the right, I liked that the toilet had two doors: one to & from the entryway, and the other one to the bathroom, haven’t seen that setup before.
The living area was partitioned off from the bedroom by a wall and the room was nice & bright thanks to the abundance of natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
From the corner junior suite I had a great view over the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town stadium, Signal Hill, the city and even Table Mountain.
Waiting for me in the room, was a fantastic welcome amenity/amenities: Biltong (beef jerky) & mixed nuts, Gin & Tonic, fresh fruits, bottle of chilled white wine & red wine and my drink of choice: Coca Cola Light. LoyaltyLobby reported getting a similar welcome amenity not so long ago, including Amarula as a nightcap. Fabulous!
The wall dividing the living area & the Westin Heavenly bed had large 32″ mounted TVs on both sides. Personally, I rarely watch TV while travelling, but if you do, it’s nice that you can choose where to do it.
The minibar was well-stocked with soft-drinks, small liquor bottles and sweets/snacks (Pringles, KitKat, etc).
Guests staying in a suite receive Westin Club Lounge access which includes complimentary evening canapés and continental breakfast. Because of the early morning flight I wasn’t able to have breakfast at the hotel, but instead I had ordered a breakfast box to take with me and had the following: egg muffin (item of choice), jungle mix nuts, cupcake, apple, cheese, chocolate bar and a sugary pastry.
Consistent with the rest of the junior suite, the bathroom was… spacious (sorry for using the same word so often, but it is what it is). There was a large tub, two sinks, walk-in shower (no picture) and I already mentioned the toilet. Interestingly, the marble floor was heated! I just love heated floors!
The bath amenities were White Tea by Westin and there were also 2 bottles of complimentary water – courtesy of SPG.
The Westin Cape Town hotel
I’m not going to use the word spacious again to describe the lobby, but it was… grand, stylish & inviting.
I really like how the hotel (& the Westin brand) focusses on the well-being of its guest, whether it be the SPA facilities, sauna or the Westin run in the morning. As an active & sporty person, it’s something to appreciate and what I really care about (more than the 32″ TV). I could never have a relaxing holiday, if there wasn’t a nice gym at the hotel.
Well-being at The Westin Cape Town:
- Sauna & gym with an amazing view
- Two swimming pools & jacuzzi (I didn’t use the Spa facilities for massages and such)
- Westin & New Balance partnership: “Westin has partnered with New Balance to provide athletic shoes during your stay, for a nominal single fee of €5.00 for the use of the items. The socks are brand-new and yours to keep. The shoes are fresh and clean.”
- Westin Workout Routemap (5km or 10km)
- NEW: KTM Ultra Fun bikes for rent, 250 ZAR per hour
For more information about Westin Workout & gear lending, check http://www.westincapetown.com/en/gearlending
Other pictures from The Westin Cape Town
One level up is also a cigar lounge, I didn’t enter (I don’t smoke), but people seemed to be enjoying a nice cigar.
The Westin Cape Town review
I think that most of the pictures speak for themselves, I enjoyed my short stay at the hotel and the welcome amenity was just wow.
I absolutely love the focus on wellness and “mens sana in corpore sano”, being able to borrow/rent New Balance shoes for only €5 for the duration of your stay is just awesome, especially if you’re living the “carry-on life”! It’s also available at other Westin hotels – fyi.
The Westin Cape Town is a great hotel, good location, spotless, focussed on well-being with friendly & professional staff. Would love to return.