Taj Cape Town

Heritage Meets Luxury: Unveiling The Timeless Elegance Of Taj Cape Town

In the heart of Cape Town’s historic St George’s Mall stands a gem that gracefully blends the past with the present – The Taj Cape Town.


  • The hotel offers a range of luxurious accommodation, including opulent rooms and suites as well as Luxury Residences.
  • Culinary excellence is at the heart of Taj’s reputation, and the hotel lives up to the legacy with some outstanding restaurants.
  • Embracing the essence of Indian hospitality, The Taj Cape Town continues to elevate its reputation for good service, hospitality, and signature offerings in the heart of Cape Town.
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With the arrival of the warmer months, Cape Town, South Africa’s most cherished destination, graciously welcomes both local and international travellers. Voted the Greatest City on Earth in the 2023 Telegraph Travel Awards, Cape Town offers everything from fine dining establishments to luxurious accommodation.


Eager to unveil the city’s essential attractions, The Sandton Times undertook an insightful journey, made seamlessly possible by LIFT airlines, renowned for offering up to 10 flights daily to the Mother City. This exceptional frequency, coupled with unparalleled flexibility and onboard service, provided us the golden opportunity to embark on an exploration that promises to unfurl the vibrant tapestry of Cape Town’s allure.


Opened in 2010, this prestigious hotel has earned the moniker of the city’s oldest new hotel due to its exquisite transformation of an iconic building dating back to 1890, and formerly the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) building. There are few hotels which ooze as much charm and history as The Taj Cape Town, boasting some spectacular city views on a sunshine filled day.


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The spectacular view of Table Mountain and the Cape Town city centre from the balcony of The Taj Cape Town suite. Image: The Sandton Times

Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, established in 1903, is a celebrated group of hotels renowned for warm Indian hospitality, world-class service, and modern luxury globally. With 65 hotels in 45 locations across India and 15 international hotels in esteemed destinations worldwide, Taj’s commitment to excellence shines through in its portfolio of Grande Palaces, idyllic beach resorts, and modern business hotels.


Welcomed back to the hotel after a stay last year, it was great to enjoy a room with a Table Mountain view, luxurious bathroom and bed, as well as a generous welcome bouquet. Situated centrally in Cape Town, it’s easy to catch an Uber or call ahead to have your valet parked car brought to the entrance, to head out and explore the city and its surrounding winelands.


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The hotel seamlessly integrates its historic heritage building with modern amenities, showcasing meticulous restoration of the lobby’s massive skylight and marble columns. Image: The Sandton Times

The 176 rooms cater to diverse tastes, with the Heritage Rooms exuding old-world grandeur and the Tower Rooms providing contemporary luxury and stunning city and mountain vistas. At the top floor resides the Presidential Suite, a two-bedroom, split-level sanctuary equipped with massage and steam rooms, a gym, a fully equipped kitchen, and a spacious deck for outdoor entertainment.


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Mint, an all-day dining restaurant, serves innovative international and local cuisine as well as breakfast, complemented by an outdoor dining terrace. Image: The Sandton Times

Undoubtedly, a standout feature within The Taj Cape Town is the prestigious Bombay Brasserie, an international extension of the renowned London eatery, nestled within the hotel’s historic banking quarters. The setting offers diners an inviting atmosphere enhanced by distinctive decor, harmoniously paired with an exquisitely revamped menu.


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This culinary fusion seamlessly marries the culinary treasures of the East and South, encompassing both authentic Indian delicacies and the rich tapestry of South African Indian cuisine. Image: The Sandton Times

The delectable flavours, which have propelled the Bombay Brasserie to fame, are expertly complemented by attentive service and impeccable presentation, creating an exceptional dining experience that resonates on every level. For a more laid-back ambiance, The Twankey Bar offers a delightful selection of South Africa’s award-winning wines and fresh seafood. To cater to connoisseurs, a Cocktail Bar and Cigar Lounge provide the finest cocktails and limited edition cigars.


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The Taj Cape Town offers seasoned whiskey drinkers and beginners alike a chance to learn more about this famed liquid at an intimate Whiskey Pairing. Image: The Sandton Times

What sets the Taj Cape Town apart is the introduction of Jiva, the esteemed Indian spa brand, making its debut in South Africa. The Jiva Grande Spa offers an authentic Indian wellness experience within six organically designed treatment rooms. In addition, guests can enjoy a well-equipped gym and a heated indoor pool for complete relaxation and rejuvenation.


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Never left wanting, The Taj Cape Town bathrooms are fully equipped with all a business or leisure traveller could ask for. Image: The Sandton Times

The Taj Cape Town is a captivating testament to the fusion of history and luxury, set within a precinct steeped in heritage. From its neighbouring historic Parliament Precinct to St. George’s Cathedral, the hotel stands as a testament to the city’s past while offering an exceptional experience of art, culture, cuisine, and entertainment at its doorstep.


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