There is no better way to take in a one of Africa’s most beautiful destinations than to stay right in the heart of it. Conveniently situated in the Waterfront, the Queen Victoria Hotel is a luxurious five-star haven which is the perfect place to experience the Mother City from.
Hidden from the hustle and bustle of this prime location, the Waterfront’s sounds fade into the distance the minute you walk in. The QV, as it is affectionately known, is recognized as one of the top 25 luxury hotels in South Africa and has its own designer fragrance lingering through the foyer. Every single detail – the triple-volume foyer with a dramatic spiral staircase and glass lift, crystal chandeliers, marble clad-walls and floors, bold burgundy and white high back couches – offers a picturesque moment and oozes sophistication and opulence. The friendly and willing personnel delivers impeccable service with all the bells and whistles that you would expect from a premium pick.
If you can leave the hotel (I doubt you will thanks to the full-service spa, outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi and bed linen made from luxurious 300-thread cotton), walk over to the V&A Waterfront where you’ll literally shop ‘til you drop or enjoy a drink at one of the pubs or restaurants. Walk to the Silo District to explore the area or take a short drive to Table Mountain, the city centre or the many beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay.
The QV comprises of thirty-two rooms and three suites. I enjoyed a stay in the Premium mountain facing room which offered an uninterrupted view of Table Mountain, a balcony and a cozy interior. Equally stylish and spacious, every room is glamorously designed with romantic interiors, adorned with Victorian furnishings and upscale designer amenities by Molton Brown, and features a large drawing of Queen Victoria to remind you of the hotels name.
Mirrored doors open up to a grandeur bathroom with marble finishes and 3 showers: 1 over the soaking bathtub and 2 in the shower.
Minimally styled, the Queen Victoria’s aesthetic resonates with distinguished luxury, where classic elegance meets contemporary design. A nice touch were the macaroons welcoming me to the room.
Dash is the QV’s in-house restaurant and bar. Named after the late Queen Victoria’s favourite pet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dash features furniture crafted by local designers and a marble-clad fire place which separates the restaurant and bar. Offering fine dining at its best and a menu that is structured around classic French cuisine, the food here is a bit of an event to the point where you just want to stare at it and not ruin the Chef’s artistry. I was treated to a delectable three-course dinner next to the fireplace and had the pleasure of meeting the Chef who explained the kitchen’s preferred use of seasonal, and where possible, locally-sourced ingredients. Enjoy the Candied Beetroot Tarter for starters, have the Herb Crusted Venison Loin melt in your mouth as your main and spoil yourself with the Chocolate Gelee Mousse for dessert.
Breakfast is displayed on a striking silver table, flowing with fresh fruit, cereals, yoghurts, compotes, breads, cold meats, cheeses, nuts, salmon complimented by capers and lemon. In addition, an a la Carte menu is available. Be sure to try the Salmon Trout Bagel.
Naturally, the high tea is a highlight. With a delicious selection of savoury options like Seared Prawns, Broccoli Tempura and Oxtail Croquette and their mouthwatering sweet treats paired with the flavour-bursting Forrest Berries tea, this is one experience you do not want to miss.
Photography by Uyapo Ketogetswe
Contributing photography by Jared Ruttenberg