Nestled in the quiet but central suburb of Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, is The Cape Milner Hotel. Known for being a chic city boutique hotel for business travellers, we were pleasantly surprised to discover that it’s family-friendly too

By Gillian Gernetzky

As it was my husband’s birthday the week before, we decided to celebrate with some down time in the city.

After discovering secure undercover parking behind the hotel, we breezed through reception and were ushered up to our sumptuous luxury suite. We were delighted to discover complimentary beach balls and toys, as well as colouring books and crayons – carefully selected to appeal to our pigeon pair – for the kids, and a bottle of Miss Molly bubbles on ice for the parents.

We polished off the Miss Molly and headed down to the gorgeous swimming pool and deck before dinner. The kids had a ball even though it was too chilly to swim, and before we knew it, the time had come to eat. As part of our stay, we were treated to the delicious summer menu which, at R230 for a two-course meal, or R280 for three courses including a complimentary glass of Leopard’s Leap wine of your choice, is fantastic value.

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The summer menu was delightfully summery

I had an unusual but delicious guava and red pepper gazpacho, while hubby ordered a delectable lemon and rosemary chicken salad to start. He tucked into a generous surf ‘n turf main and I really enjoyed the grilled tuna with a mouth-watering combination of roasted cherry tomatoes, basil pesto and peppadew salsa.

Even though the staff was amazing at keeping the kids engaged while we ordered and ate, by the time we’d eaten our main course the twins had had enough of pretending to be well-behaved, so we took the dessert back up to our room. Needless to say, sharing a deliciously refreshing trio of sorbets and a baked cheesecake topped with summer berries and macaroons with the kids in a king-size bed adorned with crisp, fresh sheets felt delightfully indulgent and decadent.

After their complimentary nightcap of warm milk and a treat of homemade chocolate chip cookies, they went to sleep in a state of total bliss.

The next morning, we managed to sleep in, as the block-out curtains ensured that the kids slept about two hours longer than they usually do. Heaven…

The rest of the stay progressed pretty much as on the first day and night. Scrumptious meals, staff stepping in to help when they could see that the (increasingly less) frazzled parents were ready to throw in the towel, and visits to the pool. We made enjoyable excursions to the Camps Bay and Green Point beaches, a trip to the V&A Waterfront, and the twins had their first ride in the cable car to the top of Table Mountain – all of which are less than ten minutes away from the hotel.


Overall impression: The Cape Milner was a surprisingly family-friendly hotel, and with the festive season special*, it’s a no-brainer – this is the place to book if you want to visit Cape Town with the family in December.

*From 15 December 2018 to 7 January 2019 kids under 12 stay free if sharing a luxury room with their parents. Kids under six stay free in adjoining rooms to their parents, children aged six to 12 enjoy a special kiddies’ rate of 50% off.

Rates include breakfast, a welcome gift and the special kids’ turndown every night. Kids under the age of 12 eat free in the restaurant when ordering from the kids menu. Rates start at R4 610,00 per luxury family room per night and include breakfast.

For bookings and more info, go to or phone 021 426 1101

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