As we drove directly from the airport to the hotel, we kept wondering what to expect. A hotel in Woodstock – perhaps it may be a little arty, perhaps a little swanky ? All we knew was that it would be fabulous no matter what as we had previously experienced the splendour of Double Tree in London and if that were anything to go by, this one would no doubt be just as stunning.
The initial appeal though was the location. Woodstock has become one of the trendiest parts of town and we could only imagine the number of excellent dining opportunities we would be able to indulge in, pretty close to our hotel. What we were not expecting is the sheer decadence of the hotel.
From the outside it looks pretty much like any other hotel, but once you enter, wow! Is the only word to describe the immediate reaction.
The Double Tree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside hotel is slightly different from many hotels as it offers both residential and hotel type accommodation and has a shopping mall in it’s midst, creating an overall feel of comfort and familiarity.
The combination of high ceilings and fabulously opulent decor, from the fabulous staircase that takes pride of place in the lobby to the combination of blue and red overstuffed chairs, create a space that is both welcoming and luxurious.
The stylish bar is where we wished we could languish in stylish decadence, sipping exotic wines from the hotels collection for the rest of our days.
And if we weren’t sold on ‘first sight’, the deliciously warm and gooey chocolate chip cookie, a signature at the hotel, on arrival was enough to soften even the toughest heart (it was so good we were very tempted to ask for another).
But wait, there’s more….the stylishly appointed rooms feel like a warm embrace from the minute you open your door. We’re always about the ‘bathroom’ and this one was beautiful. Spacious and elegant, with all the thoughtful amenities that accompany a satisfying soak: like a fluffy bathrobe, slippers and luxurious handsoaps and creams.
We really could have spent more time in the room, especially with the wifi on offer, there should not have been a reason to leave, but the call of the aromatic coffee in the piazza style lobby lounge was too strong as well as the many activities not only in the city but right here, around the corner.
But should you not wish to venture too far or just want an evening in, then you really have to try the legendary handmade burgers at the glamorous Liberty’s restaurant and the truth is, not only are the burgers too die for, the rest of the fusion menu is equally as good.
Overall, The Double Tree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside is impressive. It overlooks the Cape Town harbour and has the stunning Devil’s Peak as a backdrop, a true snapshot of the Cape experience. But more than this, is the warmth of the staff, the gorgeous decor, the close proximity to anything and everything you want to see and visit that makes a stay here either for business or pleasure a thoroughly enjoyable one.
MORE REASONS TO VISIT:
• Complimentary 10 minute shuttle ride to the famous V&A Waterfront
• 15 minutes from Cape Town International Airport
• Complimentary fitness center on-site
• Did we mention the chocolate chip cookie and the burger
Oh! And remember to keep your mobile fully charged as you will want to instagram every beautiful corner of the hotel.
31 Brickfield Rd, Woodstock, Cape Town, 7935, South Africa
TEL: +27 21 404 0570