The Park Inn by Radisson in Newlands is conveniently located in Cape Town’s leafy green southern suburbs
Within walking distance from the cricket and rugby stadiums, it’s ideal for sports fans, and also central enough for those planning a business trip or needing value for money holiday accommodation.
The sleek modern design of the 122-room hotel is in keeping with their next generation concept.
With large open spaces, meeting rooms and lounges, its clean lines and breathing room make it suitable for planning interviews or conferences, and also for catch-ups or playing board games.
Comfortable rooms with king-sized beds and modern fittings
While our room’s en-suite bathroom didn’t feature a bath, the large rain shower head and spacious shower was lovely, along with the Dove shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Everything was of a high standard, underlining Park Inn’s drive to give you exactly what you need without being ostentatious.
The room is nicely supplied with gowns, slippers and towels – and even a razor and shaving cream if you’ve forgotten to bring yours along.
The king-size bed, warm duvet and firm mattress make for a good night’s sleep, while the amusing neon headboard bed light gives your dreams a different shade of colour. Modern light fittings, bed lamps and plug points ensure you’ve always got just the right setting and can recharge, while a kettle and coffee or tea supplies make the odd cuppa a pleasure.
Grab a bag of complimentary popcorn while you’re in the downstairs area, or if you’re feeling like a snack between meals, you can buy something from the Food Kiosk.
Geared towards the business traveller
The hotel is geared towards business, and as such, the rooms are comfortable, but not designed for lounging about with a focus on working or holidaying with a place to sleep comfortably at night. Designed for the global Gen-Y traveller and getting you out of the bedroom and in to the trendy public spaces on the ground floor, which also has plug points wherever you choose to sit.
It’s perfect for watching TV in bed, thanks to the LG screen and a bouquet of DSTV channels.
Our room was on the fifth floor corner of the building, and opened onto a view of the horizon punctured by the floodlights of the cricket stadium. The balcony is a nice touch, adding a greater feeling of space and giving you a chance to get a morning stretch in with your cup of coffee.
Everything was immaculately clean, and the interiors have a simple, minimalist feel with enough light streaming in to make you feel welcome. The dishes of sweets, olives and peppadews made us feel even more welcome!
Park Inn Newlands is disability friendly, and so committed to creating an inclusive workspace that they employ deaf and hard of hearing people, who make up 30% of the hotel’s staff. Their red badges ensure that guests are aware that they are lip-readers or communicate through South African Sign Language (SASL) and require guests to face them when communicating. To ensure that there are no communication gaps between guests and staff the hotel has a fully employed interpreter.
Our overall impression was that the staff are pleasant, friendly, attentive and willing to go the extra mile. Most of our interactions were in the restaurant and reception, and everyone was friendly and willing to help.
Eloise and Damian at the front desk deserve a special mention, as do waitrons Eileen, Ntombi and Warren.
Pool and free Wi-Fi
In terms of facilities, there’s a relaxing outdoor area with a splash pool where you can kick off your shoes and get a bit of sunshine, or have a drink after a long day. Parking is a breeze with underground bays available to guests.
They make free wireless high-speed Internet available to guests, which is accessible throughout the hotel. There is also a gym to help guests keep up their fitness regime.
The Live-Inn restaurant was a big plus for us, even though we didn’t get to see the weekly live music show.
The buffet breakfast offers an array of options to start your day. A hot breakfast of beef or pork sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms and toast is available for those wanting an English breakfast. Then, if you’re looking to go Continental, you can feast on croissants, muffins, cinnamon twirls cold meats and cheeses.
Or, if you’re looking for something healthier, enjoy a wide selection of cereal, nuts, goji berries, seeds and fruit topped with yoghurt. Want something fresh to drink? Look no further than the DIY carrot and orange juicers.
Broad and delicious dinner menu
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, the dinner menu is broad and filled with everything from pizza, pasta and burgers, to salad, seafood and grill options. Try crumbed calamari with spicy harissa mayonnaise for starters.
My hubby found the sirloin with jus to be simply delicious, and happily washed it down with a Forrester’s draught. The chefs were wonderfully understanding when it came to catering for my vegan tastes and I’d like to thank them for the delightful concoctions that they came up with for me – John made appetising zucchini fritters and a prettily presented veggie and rice stir-fry on the first evening, and Julia put together a lovely salad followed by a particularly yummy veggie and wheat-free pasta dish on the second evening.
Close to other eateries and shopping centres
If you’d like alternative eateries during your stay, the hotel is close to a number of solid Newlands restaurants like The Italian Kitchen, Knead and Barristers. For shopping, Cavendish Square is just around the corner and offers a wide range of banks, cinemas, stores, salons and restaurants if you need to pick up a few odds and ends. If you need to get into town for a meeting or head to Muizenberg for a surf, you’re less than a kilometre from the Newlands train station or can have a shuttle service arranged via the hotel. Otherwise, nature lovers can visit Newlands Forest and the Table Mountain National Park.
For more info go to http://www.parkinn.com/hotel-capetown-newlands
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