The Clarendon, Banty BayUsually on a Cape Town trip I stay in a city centre hotel, and I may as well be in Joburg for all I see of the sea.
Now I’ve discovered the Clarendon at 158 Kloof Road in Bantry Bay, with knockout views of the ocean every time you lift your eyes up from your laptop. Ask for a room with a view, because a couple of rooms at the back don’t benefit from this mesmerising scenery.
It looks and feels more like a large private house than a hotel, and I checked in over coffee and a cup cake in the airy lounge and dining area.
The rooms are spacious and incredibly white, and a few splashes of colour would add some zing. They have under-floor heating, a large screen TV, a fridge and a bathroom with a generous shower, twin sinks and a bath. Each room has a decent size lounge area and a working area with a desk and free Wi-Fi.
Sliding glass doors lead to your balcony where sun loungers are ready for the sunset that happens right in front of you. There’s a pool in the garden too, although it’s unheated and way too chilly in winter for a wimp like me.
Breakfast is buffet style for fruits, cheeses, cereals and pastries with a hot menu to order, and afternoon tea is served on the terrace. Technically it’s a bed and breakfast place, but you can pre-book dinner if required.
A big attraction is that the Clarendon is a short walk from the beach, with a good Spar if you need anything on the way. A foreign family was staying at the hotel when I was there, and seemed to be enjoying the unstuffy atmosphere and safe space for the kids to play.
The road to the beach also leads to the MyCiTi bus station on Queen Street, and it’s cheap and easy to catch a bus to Camps Bay for cocktails, into the city centre, or to link up with the airport bus route.