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The Portswood

Nestled in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront, The Portswood seamlessly blends historical significance with contemporary luxury, creating an unrivalled destination for holidaymakers. Steeped in history, this iconic hotel is built on the original site of the holding cells for prisoners en route to Robben Island, yet today it basks in a reputation as an opulent haven for discerning travellers. Offering unparalleled chic cosmopolitan styling and a premier position, guests are just moments away from top-tier dining, dynamic entertainment, and a lively atmosphere. The Portswood’s very own Quarter Kitchen Restaurant tantalises taste buds with authentic Cape Malay cuisine, while the Terrace provides an inviting space to enjoy light snacks and crafted cocktails. With its elegant poolside pleasures and sophisticated ambience, The Portswood is not merely a stay but an evocative journey into Cape Town’s soul, promising an unforgettable escape with every visit.

Holidays to The Portswood

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, The Portswood offers holidaymakers an unparalleled blend of history and modern luxury. Once a part of the city’s storied past, this unique resort beautifully preserves its historical roots – it is built around the original holding cells for prisoners bound for Robben Island 300 years ago. Today, its coveted location attracts enthusiastic guests eager to explore a rich array of dining, drinking, and entertainment options just a stone’s throw away. The Portswood itself spoils visitors with chic cosmopolitan decor, an inviting outdoor pool, and the sophisticated Quarter Kitchen Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, which serves tantalizing Cape Malay cuisine. Guests can unwind with light snacks and delightful beverages on the terrace, indulge in the best of local flavours, or simply enjoy the top-notch amenities, including complimentary WiFi and 24-hour room service. The Portswood not only offers a luxurious retreat but also serves as a perfect base for delving into the many wonders of Cape Town.

Eating & Drinking at The Portswood

Immerse yourself in the exceptional dining experiences at The Portswood, where history and modernity merge seamlessly. Nestled in the vibrant V&A Waterfront, this storied hotel guarantees not just a stay, but an enriched Cape Town adventure. Savour the refined atmosphere of the Quarter Kitchen Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, where Cape Malay influences blend to create a tantalising culinary experience that’s both unique and unforgettable. Opt for light dishes and refreshing cocktails on the terrace or unwind by the stylish outdoor pool. The Portswood’s prime location places you moments away from Cape Town’s renowned eateries, where holidaymakers can indulge in diverse local flavours and international fare. From waterfront dining to hidden gems in the city, the culinary scene around The Portswood is irresistible, promising a journey of taste and discovery at every turn.

Nestled in the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront, The Portswood seamlessly connects guests to the city’s legendary past and dynamic present. Built around the historic holding cells for prisoners destined for Robben Island, this chic hotel offers a gateway to an array of captivating experiences. Guests can immerse themselves in the cosmopolitan charm of The Portswood, enjoying exquisite Cape Malay cuisine at the elegant Quarter Kitchen Restaurant & Cocktail Bar or unwinding by the outdoor pool. With a prime location, just a short stroll from the bustling waterfront’s array of dining, drinking, and entertainment options, The Portswood provides an ideal base for exploring Cape Town. The nearby Casuarina Wellness Centre offers rejuvenating treatments, while complimentary WiFi and 24-hour room service ensure comfort and convenience. From the hotel’s own attractions to the lively neighbourhood it’s situated in, The Portswood captures the full essence of Cape Town, making every stay a memorable journey through history and modern luxury.

Located within the bustling V&A Waterfront, The Portswood hotel seamlessly blends Cape Town’s rich heritage with modern sophistication, and its swimming pool perfectly embodies this fusion. Imagine a tranquil oasis set against the backdrop of a vibrant cityscape; the outdoor pool at The Portswood beckons guests to unwind in style amid lush surroundings and elegant loungers. Each swim offers not just refreshment, but a sensory experience that echoes the cultural allure of Cape Malay influences found throughout the hotel. The charming terrace nearby enhances this aquatic haven, inviting you to savour light meals or a refreshing cocktail from the Links Bar while soaking in the invigorating Cape Town sunshine. Whether you’re seeking serenity or a stylish social spot, the swimming pool at The Portswood promises an unforgettable slice of Cape Town’s allure.

Nestled in the heart of Cape Town’s iconic V&A Waterfront, The Portswood is more than just a sanctuary of comfort—it’s a destination rich in history and vibrant experiences. This esteemed hotel, with its origins entwined with the storied past of Robben Island, seamlessly blends historical intrigue with modern luxury. Guests are immersed in a variety of stylish accommodation options, each designed to evoke a sense of chic cosmopolitan elegance. The embrace of Cape Malay cuisine at the sophisticated Quarter Kitchen Restaurant and the casual delights of The Terrace offer a culinary journey as diverse as the city itself. The outdoor pool beckons for a refreshing dip, while the Links Bar provides the perfect setting for evening reflections with a crafted cocktail in hand. With complimentary WiFi, 24-hour room service, and proximity to Cape Town’s bustling dining and entertainment scenes, every stay at The Portswood promises an enriching and unforgettable experience.

The Portswood, exquisitely nestled in Cape Town’s vibrant V&A Waterfront, offers a seamless blend of historic charm and contemporary luxury. Conveniently located just a 20-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport, guests can quickly immerse themselves in this iconic area brimming with world-class dining, shopping, and entertainment. The swift transfer times enhance the appeal of The Portswood, making it the perfect base for both business and leisure travellers. Awe-inspiring landmarks, chic cosmopolitan styling, and unique amenities including the Quarter Kitchen Restaurant & Cocktail Bar with its delightful Cape Malay menu, await just moments from your arrival. Experience the captivating journey from past to present at The Portswood, where Cape Town’s rich history and modern vibrancy are right at your doorstep.

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