Some people like the big, grand hotels. Large foyers, multiple reception rooms and restaurants, big facilities to handle a swarm of people. Some, and I fall into this category, prefer small intimate hotels when they travel. Places where they know you by name and can handle your requests at very short notice and know your needs. If you fall in the latter category, welcome to Kensington Place in Cape Town.

Tucked away in the old established suburb of Higgovale on the slopes of Table Mountain, Kensington Place is both close enough to walk to the hots spots of central Cape Town and still remote enough to offer a certain tranquility.With only eight rooms and double the number of staff, you will experience high levels of service in an unhurried and natural environment. Like most buildings in this area, it was a grand old Victorian dame which has been successfully adapted to twenty first century standards of comfort and design.Urban chic is the phrase which comes to mind for the interior with rich velvets and bronze giving off a sensuous feel. The exterior and garden is more organic with indigenous Cape vegetation, stone pebble walkways and teak decking around an intimate swimming pool area. There exists a certain harmony here with the owners intention of creating a Zen like atmosphere successfully established.

It is the little things which make the difference. With a permanent chef, you can order what you like (there is no menu) when you like. The staff manage professionally and cheerfully all your requests: in house massage and beauty treatments, personal gym instructors or any sporting or activity professional you desire.

To me, this is the future of good hospitality. Creating that cliched phrase “home from home” but where it really does mean something. This little gem of a ***** hotel has won many awards over the dozen or so years it has been created; none are undeserved.

Kensington Place Cape Town by Nicolas Edwards

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