One of the Mother City's most striking hotels. Photo Expedia
By Nadia Krige
While many may consider staying in a hotel with a gorgeous and serene sea view the ultimate luxury, spending a night in the very heart of one of the world's most beautiful cities can be equally exhilarating.
This is what I found when I recently stayed at Cape Town's gorgeously renovated Inn on the Square. Located right on the busy and bustling Greenmarket Square, the hotel is the epitome of convenient and cool urban chic.
My room was located on the 6th floor and overlooked the famous curio market, allowing me to have a bird's eye view of the vendors' end of the day ritual. As the sun set, I watched them packing up the stalls, and listened to the excited conversations exchanged as combis and bakkies pulled up to take on the evening's load. I couldn't help but feel my heart swell at the oh-so-Capetonian scene playing itself out, and hoped that in the surrounding rooms travellers from afar were finding it equally intriguing.
The spell was soon broken when a big, fat pigeon did his/her best impression of a crash landing right on the very windowsill I was peering out over. Ah, well, show me a city in the world that doesn't have these, and I will eat my hat. Turning my attention back to my room, I decided to do something useful and make a quick exploration: en-suite bathroom complete with shower and bath, delectably lavish double bed, TV, coffee making equipment... and to crown it all free wifi. Seeing it was almost time for our supper at in house restaurant, Dish, I decided not to get too involved in any television watching and opted for a foray into the other communal areas of the hotel instead.
Then felt sorry about the fact that I hadn't applied myself to the task earlier. What did I find? An awesome rooftop swimming pool , a sun deck and a sauna. Sadly time didn't allow for a quick splash and a sweat, but being an unusually warm evening, I put it at the top of my post-dinner to-do list.
But first it was time to meet my date for the evening and indulge in some of Dish's delicious cuisine. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the restaurant spills out onto Greenmarket Square via a generous verandah complete with comfy couches and French café like tables. Unable to resist the gorgeous night, we opted for this outside dining experience, combining a delicious bottle of Stellendrift Shiraz with a Springbok Sirloin steak. All the surrounding restaurants and coffee shops were also filling up fast, and soon the sociable buzz of a peaceful evening out could be heard rising into the air.
Apart from all the great things the hotel itself has to offer, I would say that's its convenient location is by far its strongest asset. Within walking distance you will find the tourist meccas of Long Street, St George's Mall, and Adderley Street, while the V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay and Clifton are only a few minutes' drive away.
So, whether you're heading to Cape Town for business or pleasure, but want to experience it in all its bustling glory, I can highly recommend making yourself comfortable at this inner city haven.