The Doubletree Cape Town Review is part of the Trip Report: The $77,000 Trip Heard Round the World which covers 5 Continents, 13 Countries, and 17 Cities.
- Tokyo, Japan
- Melbourne, Australia
- Wellington, New Zealand
- Sydney, Australia
- Colombo, Sri Lanka
- Saigon, Vietnam
- Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- Hong Kong
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Knysna, South Africa
- Durban, South Africa
- Johannesburg, South Africa
- Doha, Qatar
- New York, New York
- Helsinki, Finland
Getting There: While the hotel isn’t close to the major attractions of Cape Town, it is a 15 minute tax from the airport which according to the hotel’s website should cost 320ZAR or $23.
The Doubletree Cape Town Upper Eastside is not in a good location. It is far from the waterfront, far from the beach, and far from any taxi driver’s recollection of how to get there. That is a huge negative. The positive is that it was available for New Years at a rate of 20,000 HHonors points a night when the going rate was $250/night.
The Upper Eastside is a neighborhood undergoing revitalization. However, apart from the hotel, there were no restaurants nearby and I was advised not to walk in the surrounding areas. Instead, I could either take the complimentary shuttle to the waterfront or take a taxi. If you missed the shuttle, you had to wait a half hour. If you called for a taxi, you had to wait for a half hour.
The staff was more than accommodating. I arrived on New Year’s Eve and the front desk made calls to see which parties were still available and offered a complimentary driver to take me to pick up the ticket.
My last day there the tour bus was supposed to take me for a wine and penguin tour (mutually exclusive). There was a mix up and the bus didn’t show. The hotel called every private tour company available until they found a driver to show me around. They even split the cost of the tour with me. It doesn’t get better than that.
The buildings around the Doubletree are run down but the hotel itself has been renovated. It is modern and clean with a great bar and nice breakfast area. The breakfast buffet was excellent.
Room service is the tourist trap of all tourist traps. It’s often a rip off and despite the allure of not leaving your cozy bed, the food isn’t as delicious as we romanticize it to be. This is not the case at the Doubletree. The food is very affordable and of top quality.
This was one of the smallest rooms I’ve seen for a Hilton but it did the job.
The hotel’s location isn’t a deal breaker but it is awfully inconvenient. No taxis knew where the hotel was making coming and going a laborious task. But the price and service, make it worth checking out if you aren’t SPG or Club Carlson points rich.