“One of Cape Town's most stylish small hotels, an ultra-chic townhouse set on the slopes of Table Mountain”
There are just 8 luxurious guest rooms, all large and each with a balcony offering wonderful views across the city. No expense has been spared in the furnishings - heavy draped curtains and dark wood furniture combine with fresh flowers, crisp linens, Calvin Klein blankets, sisal flooring and African prints and textiles.
All the rooms have a different feel. Room 6 is the only Standard Room - it has lots of raffia and is open-plan. Of the Superior Suites, 7 and 8 have a contemporary feel; 3 and 4 are more traditional and 1, which is on the corner, is light and airy, commanding both mountain and sea views. Suite 2, where we stayed, has a long terrace with views over the city harbour - watching Cape Town’s lights gradually twinkle on in the twilight was a delight.
Bathrooms are spacious with natural marble and wooden decking. The power showers have sleek minimalist chrome fittings, and the towels are thick and soft. All the Superior Suites feature either a sunken or freestanding custom-made bathtub.
All rooms are extremely well-equipped: satellite TV, DVD players, electronic safes, air-conditioning, minibars/fridges, iPod docking stations, skype phones and laptops with free WiFi. Little noise filters from one room to another - you may not know you have fellow guests until they drift in to breakfast.
Breakfast is served all day at Kensington Place - we didn’t test whether it was any better at 4pm but we certainly enjoyed it at 11am. Fresh yoghurt, muesli and fruit, plus creamy scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, are served on the airy terrace.
For other meals, many good restaurants are within walking distance from the hotel - we waited to get an outdoor table for lunch at Café Paradiso but the chilli calamari linguini made it worthwhile. The hotel has an extensive list of restaurant recommendations, but if you fancy something light, there is room service. We opted for this one evening and enjoyed a supper on our private terrace of smoked chicken Caesar salad washed down with our complimentary bottle of white wine. Sometimes the simple things are the best - especially if they include a sunset view over Table Bay.