Checking the view (and rearrange the interior if I think it’s not feng shui enough, but that might be a topic for a different post) is one of the first things I do when entering a hotel room. Well, the One&Only Hotel in Cape Town certainly kept the room-with-a-view promise. Even more so: Table Mountain view from the bathtub. Check!
This 5* urban chic resort is an oasis of tranquility given the fact that you’re close to the vivid Victoria & Albert Waterfront. A solid, luxury base to explore the lovely diversity of Cape Town and surroundings.
The One&Only (bath) Room
Despite the fact that this is quite a large, luxury hotel – part of the One&Only luxury resorts chain – I experienced the atmosphere as if it was a boutique hotel. The staff was relaxed and friendly, like a family run hotel. We had a room in the main building, the Marina Rise. With, as I already mentioned, quite some views of the (working) harbour and Table Mountain.
The Marina Room is large (63 square metres), has a small terrace with ceiling-to-floor glass sliding doors, kingsize bed, crisp linen and a very spacious bathroom. Yes, the one with the view. Apart from the view and the egg-shaped bathtub there’s a seperate walk-in shower, regular size (not the dollhouse sizes) amenities by South-African brand Charlotte Rhys and the extended list of to be expected 5* goodies as in supersoft enourmous towels and more.
Daily refilled tea/coffee maker (Nigiro herbal teas and Nespresso) and mineral water in glass bottles in stead of plastic. That’s how it shoulde be, ocean waste wise. The safe was large enough to store a Macbook (and a Chanel bag) as was the wardrobe. Enough space to hang all and enough – wooden – hangers, no need to negiotate for the last one with mr. B.
The One&Only Breakfast
Let’s talk breakfast. In short: moi – the breakfast snob – had no point of critic whatsoever and absolutely nothing to wish for. No need to bring my home-made sugar-free organic granola to this chic shack. There were more super foods at (the far right end) the extensive breakfast buffet than I had ever seen lined up before. Name any seed, grain, dried fruit, fresh fruit, nuts, green juice, choice of (soy) yoghurt and it was there. Stressing choices!
Even more so on the à la carte breakfast menu: egg-white-with-goatchees-herbs-and- tomato-omelete for instance. Take a seat outside and enjoy the Table Mountain view, but be aware of smokers. They might spoil the breakfast fun.
Nobu at the One&Only, mwah
We only tried the NOBU restaurant in the hotel (there’s also the Reubens) and to be honest this was a bit of a disappointment. The food was good – as always at Nobu – but the service and attitude of the staff was kind of arrogant. The first and only time we experienced this during our South-African road trip. I am sure that the loud welcome yell from all (!) the staff for every new guest arriving, Ira-shai-ma-se meaning welcome to our home, comes undoubtedly from a good heart but became quite disturbing after the 20th time.
The One&Only SPA & Pool
The huge infinity pool, surrounded by palm trees, is the perfect hideway after strolling through the city. Immediately leaving everything behind and enjoy the tranquility in this urban oasis. Though the rest of the hotel is quite traditional and classic in design, the pool and spa area’s is more contemporary, a mix of African and Asian style. Young happy staff brings fruit, towels and spf.
Before entering the Pool area island, hotel guests only, you’ll find the entrance to the Spa Island on your right. Stepping into an even more quite world with only the zen sound of a trickling fountain. Advisable to book a treatment in advance. I did.
Location, Service and Space makes this chic urban resort a perfect luxury landing base to start exploring the rest of heartwarming South Africa. The one and only.