A mini getaway 15 minutes from home is just as good, and sometimes better, than one that is 3 hours away. So, when we were invited to spend a night at the Cape Milner Hotel in Tamboeskloof, we jumped at the opportunity and started getting excited for a little local exploring.
The Cape Milner Hotel is situated in the super trendy Tamboerskloof – a hop, skip and a jump away from all the vibey restaurants and bars, while still managing to be tucked away just far enough to feel cut off from all the hustle and bustle.
The boutique hotel is made up of 57 rooms (2 suites, 10 luxury and 45 standard), restaurant, bar, lounge area, conference centre, gym, pool and undercover parking facilities.
We arrived shortly after lunch, checked in, made our way to our room and settled in with a glass of bubbly, before heading down to the restaurant for tapas. Our room was spacious and comfortable with beautiful views of the Cape Mountains and came fully equipped with an en-suite bathroom (with both a bath and shower), air-con, wireless internet, tea/coffee facilities, hairdryer, mini safe and DSTV.
The hotel has 2 restaurant offerings – the first being The Glass Lounge (featuring cocktails and tapas) is where you want to be if you’re looking for a vibey, elegant and relaxed setting. The restaurant/bar is modern, chic and oozes comfort with lush couches, beautiful flowers and soft blue lighting throughout. The second is 2 on Milner which is situated just off the Glass Lounge and is a more formal dining area serving breakfast and dinner. The menu is a mix of both local and international flavours and the setting is a little quieter and more intimate than the lively Glass Lounge next door.
We headed down to the Glass Lounge for a few drinks and tapas and had a really great time. We drank wine and beer and tucked into chilli poppers, onion bhajis, cheese and truffle croquettes and nachos and settled in for the most relaxing couple of hours. The cheese and truffle croquettes were amazing – I honestly had to stop myself from ordering them for breakfast the next morning and the chilli poppers were paired with sweet dipping sauce that was so different to the norm – and very tasty.
With full and happy bellies, we went for a little walk about. Park Road was a very pleasant 2 minute walk from the hotel and was heaving with activity. We hopped from pub to pub, acting like tourists in our own city, taking full advantage of being in the thick if it all without having to worry about driving or taxis. Every restaurant and bar we walked past was packed with tourists and locals alike. Everyone having the best time. This is what’s nice about locals visiting local hotels – you get the chance to experience feeling like a tourist in your own city. It’s wonderful, and something so many of us take for granted.
After a few hours of living it up in the city, we were hungry again and in search of somewhere to eat… which was near impossible. Saturday night – in the cbd – without a booking – will get you nowhere fast. We decided to head back to our hotel for dinner at the Glass Lounge. If our tapas taster was anything to go by, we were in for a treat. The restaurant was buzzing and had such a great atmosphere and we were happy with our choice. We chose a corner table, ordered red wine and steaks with chips and veggies and enjoyed an evening of laughter and fun. The Glass Lounge is not your usual quiet, stuffy hotel restaurant and we really loved that about it.
We woke up fresh and early on Sunday morning. We had a glorious night’s sleep and were ready to tackle the day. But first, food. Breakfast was served in 2 on Milner and was a generous display of continental and hot buffet breakfast options including fresh fruit, baked goodies, cheese, cereals, juice, tea, coffee. We both went straight for the hot buffet and piled our plates high with bacon, sausage, eggs, hash browns and more. Nothing beats a full cooked breakfast on a cool Sunday morning.
We had a lovely night away and left feeling full, happy and a little more relaxed than when we arrived. Thank you to the very friendly and professional team for looking after us.
The Cape Milner Hotel
2a Milner Road, Tamboerskloof
Tel: +27 (21 426 1101