The One and Only – 5-star hotel was our first stop in Cape Town. I have to say it is definitely the right place to start your vacation if you are searching for a luxurious hotel with a breathtaking panoramic view of Table Mountain and the option of several dining areas.
Service & facilities
The Hotel boasts a sleek modern design. Comprising of 91 rooms and suites in the main hotel plus 40 island suites; talk about 5-star. Outdoors you can expect to find an infinity pool with sunbeds and cabanas providing the perfect atmosphere for relaxing; complimented by the Spa and Gym, for those who want to treat themselves that extra bit.
The Gym is very spacious, well equipped with quality machinery and weights. For all fitness lovers, be sure to find everything that you need here.
The Hotels Spa was beautifully tranquil and offered a wide variety of body treatments, massages, and facials. After you have relished in the SPA service of your choice you may enter the private relaxation room where you can drift away into the mellow atmosphere. Be sure to make use of the Jacuzzi & sauna facilities as well.
Upon entering our couple bed suite, we found a flawlessly clean room with a generously sized bed which had adorable shaped chocolates on the pillows for us. The beds themselves were as though sleeping on a cloud they were so comfortable and it is obvious that your comfort is their priority as even the pillows were great.
Even though the room was impressive at first glance, the bathroom is where the suite really got me. Large with a minimalistic, oval bathtub and a separate shower. The hotel and designers spared no expense as in addition to the large room is also a big terrace with a stunning view of Table Mountain.
Food and Drink
Breakfast at Reuben’s is outstanding with a fantastic choice of fresh squeezed juices and even includes oysters (it seems to be very popular thing to include the Five star hotels of Cape Town!) Fresh gluten free bread and a la carte menu with a wide array of choices, whilst maintaining a very high standard in both quality and service. What I would do to eat here every morning!
The One and Only Hotel offers one of the most extensive High Tea times as there is a staggering selection of tea & coffee accompanied by an excellent sweet section of mini macaroons, scones, cupcakes, baked cheese, one of the best cheesecakes I have ever tried and so much more. Everything was delicious, and they did not slack when it came to presentation. The High Tea is from 14:30 to 17:30 but you are welcome to continue sitting there for a bit longer.
In my opinion, the One & Only serves one of the best High Tea’s in Cape Town, typically costing about R295.
The Japanese cuisine Nobu restaurant was marvellous and one would describe as a great experience. I highly recommend a visit for all you oriental food lovers. Something I thought to make them stand out was their creative and unique sashimi dishes.
We enjoyed the Reuben’s (breakfast restaurant) so much we returned for dinner and it certainly did not fail to maintain its high standard of food. I found the pricing to be very fair for what you are getting as well.
Great Location – Very central for those wishing to explore the food markets, V&A Waterfront and not too far from Green Point (where the 2010 Football World Cup stadium stands) and Sea Point (a higher end community with plenty of activities along the coast). Very safe to walk and explore around this side of town as there are public guards patrolling the areas regularly. Good for couples, friends, families, or even business travellers.
Ask for a mountain view; as you will benefit from having the option to enjoy a beautiful sunrise from the balcony.
Good to Know
One&Only is just a 2 km walk from the Cape Town International Convention
Centre and 22 km from Cape Town International Airport.
Island Villas are more for families and don’t have a view of Table Mountain
The hotel is 10 minutes on foot from the touristy but very famous V&A
Waterfront and only 5 minutes from the food market
The outdoor pool shown on the website is the Private Spa Island pool, and the Infinity Pool is only available to guests in the Penthouse suites.