Cape Grace is, in our opinion, Cape Town’s ultimate hotel. First there is its location, on its own pier in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, offering views over the marina and harbour, or of the iconic Table Mountain. Then there is the décor, which manages to be striking yet understated at the same time, evoking the heritage of Cape Town with bold patterns and designs allied to classic, muted tones. Finally there is the service. This is a more subtle effect, when, after a day or two, you suddenly realise you feel completely at home here: everyone knows your name, there is no pretence at formality or stuffiness, and you look forward to getting back to the comforting arms of the hotel at the end of your day out. Cape Grace also boasts two of Cape Town’s defining evening venues: the Bascule Bar, with its remarkable array of fantastic whiskeys, and the Signal restaurant, serving proudly South African (and Cape) cuisine of the highest order. Put simply, if you can, you should stay at Cape Grace.