It’s been about 3 and a half years since I was last in Cape Town and boy, did my heart miss it. I lived there for a few months when I finished university and enjoyed every minute there! I had an amazing weekend there with Irina and wanted to fill you in on everything we got up too.
We flew on the Friday night after work and had booked our accommodation at the Mojo Hotel for that night – it’s such a budget-friendly place and was perfect for us to crash there after landing late in Cape Town, and even more perfect after the disastrous time we had with Thrifty Car Rental. Just a heads up from our personal experience, don’t use them – they gave us so many hassles and we’re still waiting for a refund from them after a million phone calls and emails. However, we weren’t going to let that ruin our weekend!
Before I get into what we got up to, I do just have to remind everyone that Cape Town is going through a very serious water crisis. I made sure to pack wet wipes; hand sanitizer and dry shampoo so that my short visit wouldn’t make an impact. I’m extremely conservative with my showers (I always use a bucket) so I wasn’t worried about that at all. If you’re planning on visiting anytime soon, please just remember that water is so scarce there – be water wise!
On the Saturday and Sunday, we got to call the Radisson Red our home. Located in the sought after Silo District, the Radisson Red is a millennials dream. Minimalistic; tech-friendly and with incredible views, this hotel is perfect for bloggers and those on the go. The rooms are stylish and functional; there’s all day breakfast (or if you have to leave early for your flight they will pack a breakfast box for you); it’s vibey and super trendy; plus there’s even a ring light in the bathroom for when you apply our makeup!
The staff are incredible – they are so helpful and even kindly moved us to another room after we asked as there was live music at one of the nearby locations and it was so loud. I love that the hotel is also very conscious about their water usage even though they have their own small desalination tank, plus there are reminders everywhere for guests to remember to be water wise.
My only gripe about the hotel was that they don’t have their own allocated parking, so you have to use the Waterfront’s parking which equals to R120.00 per day and since we rented a car, we had to work that into our budget. I feel like they should either work it into the hotel rates or chat to the V&A Waterfront for a better deal? Another issue was that even though the rooftop bar and pool have an awesome vibe, on the weekends it’s really popular and was so busy when we tried to go so we, unfortunately, didn’t get to hang out there much.
Prices start at about R1700.00 for two people (off-peak season) and the location is to die for – so it’s definitely worth it and I highly recommend you think about planning to stay here for your next Cape Town trip.
On Saturday we spent the day at the Spice Route Destination, which was incredible, you can read more about that on my blog post over here and for dinner that night we headed to Life Grand Cafe by the V&A Waterfront. I love that you can just take a stroll down to the Waterfront, plus the food at Life Grand Cafe was so delicious!
On Sunday, before we headed to Leopards Leap in Franschhoek for lunch (read about that here), we popped into the absolutely magnificent Silo Hotel to have a look. It has a gorgeous view over Cape Town and the pool is every mermaid’s dream! The decor throughout the hotel is stunning. I immediately added it to my bucket list as soon as I walked through the doors. Hey, a girl can dream, right?
During our short visit, we even managed to pop in by Bo-Kaap to have a look at the beautifully colourful houses that line the streets. How cute!
There are just so many things to do in Cape Town, I think I actually need to plan another trip down again soon – I also want to explore more of the Winelands, if you have any suggestions, let me know?
ps: Did you see my vlog on our trip to Cape Town? You can watch below.