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Effortless Elegance In The City: AC Mariott Cape Town

Within close proximity to the Cape Town CBD, the AC Mariott exudes simple luxury with its minimalist feel and stellar service.

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AC Mariott Cape Town

 

Located near the bustling V&A Waterfront and a mere 25-minute drive from the Cape Town International Airport, the AC Mariott offers ease of access for visitors to the Mother City paired with effortless elegance, making it the ideal escape for family or work trips. 

General Manager of the AC Mariott, Michael Liffmann explains that the ethos behind the brand is rooted in attention to detail. 

'At AC Hotles, we overthing your stay, so you never have to. Every momnet has been designed, refined, crafted and considered to create a comfortable, elegant and unobstrusive experience that lets you maximise your enjoyment and efficiency,' he said. 

 

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'This is echoed at at every touch point at AC Hotel by Mariott Cape Town Waterfront as we have put effort into the details and experiences that really matter, from the cleverly integrated USB ports for seamless charging in the rooms to the perfectly curated cocktails from out G&T trolley,' adds Liffmann 

Walking into the hotel, you are greeted by the warm and friendly staff who are are available at your beck and call to enusre that you have a seamless and relaxed stay at the AC Mariott Cape Town. With a high overlay ceiling and a timbered reception area, guests are providing a small taste of the minimalist feel and design approach implemented at the hotel. 

Guests are advised prior to checking into the hotel to  bring a form of identification with for security precautions. As you enter the hotel, one of the most unique features of the hotel can be spotted in the lobby - the 24 hour AC Market provides convenient grab-and-go snacks and refreshements for guests. 

 

The Rooms 

Eager to unwind, we kicked back and relaxed once we had settled into our room. Opening the curtains, we were greeted by unparalleled views of the city and the nearby canal where kayakers can be seen along with the canal cruise.

The rooms have a subtle elegance as they features simple yet classy finishes, including tones of grey, brown and silver. A range of materials have been used to create a sanctuary that is both stylish and relaxing.

 

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Equipped with all the bells and whistles, the hotel room has a television, coffee and tea stand and mini bar fridge. 

The hotel offers 188 spacious rooms along with suites that provide incredible views of Table Mountain and Signall Hill. As a family-friendly hotel, guests have ease of access to the Two Oceans Aquarium as well as Cave Golf and other nearby activites fit for their kids. 

 

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Activities

With a 24 hour open gym, guests are able to stick to their exercise routine while enjoying their stay. Other ammenities include a swimming pool, flexible meeting rooms and a boardroom.

 

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With a warm day ahead of us we decided to take a much-needed dip in the swimming pool and lounge on the deck and pool chairs. 

 

AC Mariott Cape Town

 

Guests can make use of the complimentary water taxi to the V&A Waterfront, it is a scenic 15-minute cruise through the canals and runs every 15-20 minutes to and from the hotel. 

 

AC Mariott Cape Town

 

Attention to detail can be found throughout the hotel, from the on-call concierge service to the 'make your own lavendar bag' for a peacefull nights sleep. A 'peaceful sleep station' is posted at the ground floor and guests are able to scoop dried lavendar leaves into a small bag which can be placed under your pillow, lulling you to sleep. 

 

Dining 

After spending the day in the sun and lounging by the pool, we had worked up an appetite and were excited to dine at the AC Lounge and Bar, which offers a Spanish inspired lunch and dinner with an a la carte menu. 

Seated at the restaurant, which is located at the ground floor of the hotel, we were provided with a welcome G&T cocktail prepared by the talented mixologist, Liam. With two options available, the earthy and citrus flavour or the refreshing cucumber, we opted to try one of each..

 

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If you are not in the mood for a cocktail, the extensive wine list includes a number of award-winning wines. 

With just one sip, we were lulled into a 'holiday mood' and gazed at the menu. The menu offers a number of options for various diets. We decided to opt for the creamy hummus, prepared with roasted almonds, lemon oil and confit tomatoes served with toasted flatbread and vegan spinach pot stickers filled with exotic mushrooms, tofu and spicy ponzu for starters.  

 

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Hummus dip as a starter dish is served with pita bread

 

For mains, my partner, who is pescetarian, opted for the  grilled calamari prepared with chili, garlic and chimchurri butter and I, the vegetarian, decided to try the  green pesto tagliatelle with goats cheese, confit tomatoes char grilled zucchini and baby spinach.

 

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Neither of us were disaapointed by the options that we had chosen and ate till our hearts content. 

 

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Grilled calamari served with chili garlic and chimchurri butter

 

The waitress advised us that the hotel offers guests a buffet European-style breakfast which is served from 6.30am - 10.30am. Breakfast includes eggs, toast, croissants, cold meat platters, fresh fruit and more. 

 

Sustainability 

Liffman explains that eco-concious projects have been implemented to ensure that the hotel maintains a high standard of sustainability. 

'At AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront we are committed to introducing green intiatives to help save our planet and conserve it for future generations.' 

Some of their green measures include a desalination plant, population sensor lighting to save power, heat pumps to supply hot water which elimated the use of heat elements along with biodegrabale straws and packaging used in the hotel. 

 
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