Review: The Commodore Hotel

Commodore Hotel
This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series South Africa

A part of the chain of hotels by the Legacy Hotels & Resorts (Pty) Ltd, the Commodore Hotel, Cape Town is strategically placed in the heart of the V&A Waterfront area. It gives the travelers a quick access to the Cape Town Conventional Center and the rest of the city in front and the historic sea port and the commercial hub behind. With its modern amenities and commitment to water and energy conservation, the stay in Hotel Commodore was a remarkable experience. Here’s the insider review on my stay experience with the hotel. 


The Location: How to Reach

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The Commodore Hotel although is at 20 km from the Cape Town International Airport, but it is worth the travel, as you are moving towards the mainland attractions of the city. Most of the important historic places are within a radius of 5 km from the hotel. The area is a busy commercial district that remains active until late nights and is well-connected by public transport and local taxis.

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The Commodore Hotel Sneak peek

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The Entrance Area to the Commodore Hotel

Commodore Hotel

Most of the buildings in South Africa retain their traditional Dutch Colonial Architecture and The Commodore is no different. A rich blend of stone masonry outside and wooden interiors, its architecture speaks volumes about its class and style. The central lobby area extends further into the dining spaces, seating area with a chic bar on the inside and the outdoor dining areas on the left.

The Commodore offers 236 elegantly furnished standard rooms and suites of which 3 rooms are wheel-chair accessible rooms. The hotel extends over 6 floors and has amenities such as the swimming pool, restaurants and bar, spa and wellness area,gymnasium private tours and concierge services, 24 hour front-desk, conferencing facilities and business centre, on-call medical facilities, foreign exchange and valet  services.

The concierge services sit opposite the front desk and it is a great idea to get hold of the local map from their table, so that you can quickly orient yourself with the area. They also give a handful of information brochures on sight-seeing and things to do which I recommend getting hold of.


The Rooms

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The Room Entrance View
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The Deluxe Rooms

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The Commodore Hotel rooms come in five categories – Luxury, King Suites, Family Rooms, Executive and Deluxe Rooms. The rooms have a classic combination of greys, whites and beige that is akin to the most European color combinations. All rooms are equipped with powerful air-conditioning, tea and coffee facilities, the local DSTV Services, complimentary Wi-Fi network, and direct dialing phones. The deluxe room size is spacious 25 sq m and comes with a characteristic dim light ambiance.

One of the practices that appealed to me the most was their commitment to water preservation. The hotel has gone a long way to understand the water supply crisis in the city and has implemented changes not only themselves in their plumbing systems but also go a step ahead to make sure the travelers understand the gravity of the situation. 

Tip: The Electrical Plug size standards are different in South Africa than India. Consider carrying an International extension to fit in. You can also ask for it at the hotel reception, although that might not work with rest of the places.

Restaurants and Dining Areas

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Dining Areas

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The Clipper Restaurant is a sprawling dining area designed for that perfect dining experience. The restaurant serves buffet breakfast and a range of à la carte menu to choose from. You have all the time to tingle your taste buds here. Must trys are the apricot with strawberry yoghurt, omelette varieties, the fruit salads and cappuccino.

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The Admiralty Bar
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The fireplace

At the Admiralty Bar, you can enjoy some delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including cocktails. When you do order that drink, do not fail to sit by the warm fireplace in the lobby area.


Commodore Hotel: In the Vicinity

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Sea-gulls by the VA Waterfront
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Panorama V&A Waterfront

There is lot you can do to here and still miss out on. The Victoria Wharf Mall in the vicinity makes the area ‘happening’ all the time. You can enjoy watching the sea-gulls by the harbor, as they cheerfully move through the crowds, or take your time exploring the multitude of restaurants, shops, cafe’s, bistros, and lounges.

Walk the opposite side of the road to catch up with the Springbok Rugby Museum and go further ahead to explore the Two Oceans Aquarium. This is also the place from where you can take the City Bus Hop On Hop Off Tour to venture out historic Cape Town.


Commodore Hotel – In Pictures

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The Outdoor Seating Area
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The lobby area
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The Swimming Pool View
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The Floor Areas

 


Review: The Commodore Hotel

In terms of connectivity and quick access, this hotel is in the best location you can ever think of. The hotel has the adequate facilities you need and makes sure you are comfortable all the way. Here’s my review of my experience with the Commodore Hotel.

  • Location – 10/10: It can’t get better than this of course! Although the hotel is far from the airport, you can trust the road connectivity and go for it. There is no better way to get access to the city attractions than this. 
  • Pricing – 8/10: On the higher side considering the luxury.  
  • Check-In and Reception – 8/10: Smooth service.   
  • Food – 9/10: Serves a range of choices for all meals. 
  • Transport Availability – 9/10:  There are abundant taxi services available in the vicinity and you can bargain with them. Do not forget to collect the city map from the hotel concierge desk. Great news! Uber works here as well, and comes reasonably cheap. So you can still use the app, while you are here.  
  • Room Service – 9/10: They are like clockwork. Always around doing something. The rooms never stays unattended.  
  • Overall- 9/10: Ideal for a luxury family stay.

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