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The Cellars-Hohenort in Cape Town, South Africa
In the heart of Cape Town's Constantia Valley, the Relais & Chateaux-affiliated The Cellars Hohenort unifies two great traditions. The magnificent 18th-century Klaasenbosch wine cellars and the splendid manor house of the Hohenort have both been restored at this divine member of The Collection by Liz McGrath. Understated South African elegance sets the tone in romantic bedrooms, suites and the gracious, Cape-style Madiba Villa. The 9-acre estate also embraces gardens, a vineyard and the Cape Malay restaurant, showcasing the region's unique cuisine.
Right on the grounds, you can practice your shots on a Gary Player-designed putting and chipping green, enjoy a calming treatment at Carchele Spa or sip a local vintage at The Vine Bar. You might also stroll next door to the celebrated Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Farther out--but not too far--attractions such as the Constantia Wine Route, the scenic Cape of Good Hope and 11 golf courses are sure to satisfy your every holiday desire.
Location of The Cellars-Hohenort
Nearest Airport: CPT
Amenities for The Cellars-Hohenort
- General Information
- 53 Guest Rooms
- On-Site Amenities
- Beauty Salon
- Spa on Property
- Spa Services
- Cultural Classes
- Wine Tasting
- Business Center/Services
- Meeting Rooms
- Food & Wine
Reviews for The Cellars-Hohenort
We were privileged to take a weekend away at The Cellars-Hohenhort. The grounds are beautiful with centuries old trees that surround grand and cosy heritage buildings. Our room was classical, serene and plush. Amenities were thoughtful and generous, and the service was of the 5 star level you'd expect of a property of this calibre. Breakfast was delicious and varied in a gorgeous garden setting. Greenhouse is a must, but we ate there during a previous visit to the city. We enjoyed being based in Constantia to explore Cape Town. It allows you to rest and have a holiday while still experiencing this cosmopolitan, beautiful city. I would highly recommend this hotel - one of my favourites to date!
Jodi N - Johannesburg, South Africa
It is truly rare to experience such a level of professionalism from the staff. The place is magical - Gardens, pools, restaurants, the bar... One can dine by the pool - which in summer is just wonderful. It is slightly difficult to navigate through the facilities- finding the other pool was a bit of a mission. Perhaps a little plan of the property would be helpful- as one doesnât utilize its potential not knowing that there are other places to discover. The garden is like a fairy tale. Weekend away - dinner or a business trip - perfect place to be.
This hotel is in the top-tier of world hotels, but being in South Africa, very affordable. The staff are very hospitable and the place is well organised, possibly with the exception of the reception/concierge services, where I think the lack of space and lack of seating immediately in that area can make things look a bit uncomfortable when its busy. However thatâs mostly offset by the attentiveness of the reception desk staff The facilities and rooms ( we stayed in a suite ) were superb. Drinks at the pools could be ordered by phone, and arrived quickly, though personally I prefer staff to be permanently on duty in situ, and occasionally walking around to ask if anything is required. There was plenty of room for everybody at the pools, if everyone behaved sensibly, but as they don ât always do that, a few more sun-beds and parasols would have been useful. Here, again, someone permanently in attendance would have helped. There is a main hotel restaurant, the conservatory, where the food and service was excellent. Breakfast in particular was very enjoyable, with a very nice indoor and outdoor dining areas. The standard lunch and dinner menu had plenty of things that appealed and every day there were âspecialsâ, e.g. cuisine of different nationalities. All superbly well done. The other restaurant, the gourmet-standard âGreenhouseâ is excellent and even if you donât stay at the hotel, you should visit. Overall a very enjoyable stay in a beautiful location with welcoming service, and top-class food, but not without one or two wrinkles that could be easily smoothed out. I only mention these small points as the hotel, I sense, aspires to perfection. It is but a few short steps from being internationally absolutely outstanding. So, five stars, but should âlook to itâs laurels.â
GuidoForks - Rugby, England, United Kingdom
There is no question about the main hotel - well situated in a secure and quiet location and convenient for all Cape Town amenities. Two main buildings each with a restaurant. We only ate in the Conservatory and enjoyed every meal particularly those where we were able to sit outside in a warm temperate climate. We found all the staff to be friendly, helpful and courteous without being obsequious. That smacks of careful selection and good training - well done. The areas of disappointment were connected with our room. It was on the ground floor and approached down a long corridor with some stairs. They didn't cause us a problem but would have done for an infirm person. On first sight our room should have been fine - the door opened into a small lobby with cupboards and then a separate door to the bathroom and another to the bedroom. The cupboards were cheaply made out of MDF or plywood and had been over-painted. One of the hinges was loose which I tightened up with a screw driver I always carry with me. The bathroom was all right, it was clean but fairly basic and nothing special. It did not have any sort of luxurious feel which for the overall quality of the hotel should have been there. The bedroom was the best part and this was of a higher standard. A door opened off to access a small patio which was very disappointing. The ground had brick paviours some of which were uneven creating trip hazards. A small metal table had clearly seen better days with chipped dark green paint. There were two sun loungers with the white plastic discoloured through age and we certainly didn't want to sit or lie on the padded covers which had dirty stains and dried mildew on them. Finally the area was graced with two large terra cota plant pots. One had a plant so dead it was beyond hope. The other showed some signs of life and taking pity on it I gave it several glasses of water from the bathrom. A final downside was a path that ran close to our bedroom windows so care was needed to ensure curtains were closed when undressing. Overall the room and patio facilities are just not in the same league as the rest of the hotel and have accounted for our overall rating being downgraded from a potential excellent to average.
Monty341 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
This hotel is in a great location to explore Cape Town and the surrounding areas if you want to be away from the hustle and bustle. Itâs very close to the excellent botanic gardens. Uber works really well and you can get in and out of the city centre fairly easily but you will get stuck in traffic if you pick the wrong time to travel. There are some superb local restaurants and the food in the hotel itself is great. You have to book their prestige restaurant well in advance. We allowed two weeks but found ourselves on a table in an area separate from the main dining room that felt a bit like a corridor. I havenât stayed anywhere else in Cape Town so itâs difficult to like for like review but compared to other relais et chateau properties it is a little off the mark. That said we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and would definitely return.
Baedeckers - London, United Kingdom