My bestie and I (Karisa from CTmylove.com) were recently offered a night’s stay at the ultra stylish The Capital Mirage hotel so we decided to be each other’s hot dates and do they stay over together. If you haven’t heard of this luxe little hotel just yet that’s ‘cos it’s brand spanking new and fabulously situated in the heart of De Waterkant. Close enough to hit up the town as well as the beach in an Uber at a price that isn’t going to make your wallet bleed.
Upon checking in (an easy, seamless process), we were struck by the friendliness of the staff who were quick to tell us about all the perks. A complimentary laundry service on the Mon, Wed and Thur… a free shuttle to the CTTIC and V&A… free parking… (you’d be surprised how many hotels charge you!) and, most exciting of all… free UNCAPPED high-speed Wi-Fi! As much as your li’l device can eat!
While I wouldn’t describe The Capital Mirage as a boutique hotel, it’s got a pretty exclusive feel and just 65 en suite rooms and serviced apartments. Each of these is nice and big and you could easily ‘live there’ for a while if you were from out-of-town and wanted a place to stay that felt like a slick city pad as opposed to a hotel.
I liked that our studio-style room had a lounge and kitchen area that felt separate from the bed and its own proper bathroom. None of that hideous ‘shower right in the room’ malarky. If I’m staying over with a hottie I don’t want him to have to watch me wash my hair, thanks. Other highlights included an ENORMOUS flatscreen TV and a giant super-soft, extra-length bed (perfect to jump on) with both our gowns laid out on it.
Rooms aside, the real gem of The Capital Mirage is it’s sky bar, The Vue.
While the hotel felt incredibly quiet, The Vue was pumping, filled to the bring with a mix of cosmopolitan peeps as sexy as the view. I’ll happily return to this spot on a beautiful summer’s eve when I feel like a cocktail with a killer vista and really enjoyed one of their signature drinks – Mountain Vue (R65), a sweet, tangy mix of Bacardi, Triple Sec, Blue Curacao and pineapple juice.
This particular spot, which opens up onto terrace with a pool, would also be a great venue for a function like a birthday or product launch.
Food-wise, we looked at The Vue’s tapas menu and while it offered a nice selection of snacks Karisa and I were craving Mexican so we walked on over to San Julian, our favourite Mexican restaurant in Bo Kaap, which was literally a few steps away. Like I said, The Capital Mirage is fabulously located. For the record, it also has a an Active Sushi and Famous Butcher’s Grill sitting at its feet should you feel like sushi or steak.
The next morning, I still had half a jug of margarita coursing through my veins so hotel breakfast was most welcome as well as an opportunity to sit just to the side of that fabulous sky bar once more.
The Capital Mirage do a great flat white, made even better by the fabulous view of the city drenched in sunlight, and serve up all the usual brekkie suspects including salmon rolls up, a simple cheese platter and chocolate croissants.
You can also order eggs to order and Karisa enjoyed hers on sour dough toast, declaring it delish.
If you’re looking for a seriously chic inner city spot, be it to stay or play, put The Capital Mirage on your radar.