“Cool, Cape and very More-ish apartments in a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the city's hippest downtown areas”
Nicol Street runs up to meet with the life and buzz of Oranje-Kloof but has the feel of a sleepy backwater: the reason is that every cottage in the cul-de-sac (except 1) forms part of More Quarters.
Various first- and second-floor apartments have been slotted in to 6 pastel-coloured cottages which run along either side of Nicol Street. One-Bedroom Apartments and Two-Bedroom Apartments all come with a lounge, kitchen and balcony or courtyard. The latter are great for families, or for 2 adults who want a bit more privacy, since both bedrooms have their own ensuite bathroom. Alternatively families can book a pair of interconnecting One-Bedroom Apartments (one up, one down). If you're coming a deux, apartment number 10, the honeymoon suite, has a sexy double shower and a large egg-shaped bathtub in the middle of the bathroom.
All the apartments feel really spoiling thanks to their spare good looks and a predominance of pristine white paint, blinds, bed linen, formica surfaces and sparkling floor tiles. This serves as a perfect counterfoil to an occasional splash of colour: an orange beaded cushion, a close-up photo of a multi-hued bird of paradise, a jazzy purple fauteuil or a single pink rose in a perspex vase. Chairs and sofas, night tables and dressers are clean cut, right angled and placed for max aesthetic appeal in a kind of Conran-meets-Sweden-meets-Zen fusion.
Bathrooms are in the same bright-white vein, with eye-catching stuccoed walls, sparkling bathtubs, sassy sinks and taps. Additional treats come in the form of big soft bath towels, robes and slippers together with a full range of Charlotte Rhys bath salts, body creams, conditioners and shampoos. A lack of surface space for our sponge bags and toiletries was only a minor irritation.
There's plenty of bedroom hardware: a dock for your iPod, a telephone, a flat-screen TV, an iron and ironing board, a hairdryer, hot and cold air-conditioning and masses of wardrobe space, along with big look-at-me mirrors. You'll sleep long and deep thanks to the enormous beds (they're zip-linked twins) and comfy-as-pie mattresses.
More Cape Cadogan
If you don't need an apartment, More Quarters' big sister is a stroll away. Here the mood is far more Cape-classical: its panelled drawing rooms, period banisters and fireplaces and airy bedrooms feel deliciously Bloomsbury. We'd recommend booking the Superior Luxury Room or one of the Luxury Rooms rather than one of the Standard Rooms - they are larger and come with patio or balcony. Our favourites were numbers 4, 6 and 8 (in ascending order).
If you're coming with a group, there is also a 4-bedroom, 4-bathroom house with a pool which is available for 9 months of the year - when the owner of More Quarters is not living there.
Each apartment at More Quarters has a perfectly equipped kitchenette where you'll find a stainless steel hob, a microwave, an oven, a sink, a percolator and a kettle, as well as gleaming crockery, cutlery and enough pots and pans and instrumentalia to magic up your meals. Cape Cadogan's Superior Luxury Room also has a kitchenette, and works well for those want the best of both hotel and apartment living.
If you're thinking drink-and-a-snack, you can raid the minibar where you'll find peanuts and pringles, biltong and pretzels along with beer, bubbly and a big stash of miniatures and mixers.
But with breakfast on offer and Kloof Street's bars and restaurants just a shake away, the kitchen might go almost unused, especially if you've only got a couple of nights in Cape Town. A more appealing option might be to order a takeaway - Italian, Greek, Thai, Chinese, Cape Malay - which in Cape Town is as easy as blinking.
We'd certainly recommend the M.Q. breakfast in the breakfast area above the reception. Rob and Brit have fine tuned their buffet for several years at Cape Cadogan and have created one of the best spreads in town. This includes cold cuts and cheeses, yoghurts and cereals, all kinds of fresh and dried fruits as well as a fresh fruit salad, several different breads, croissants and homemade muffins. Tea and coffee is served at your table, and a hot breakfast order is also taken. The sounds of Kloof Street drifting in through the high French windows, coupled with soft chill music and the sight of clouds licking round Table mountain, make this a great way to start the day.
When it comes to lunch and dinner, let yourself be guided by the Mores' list of their favourite eateries. On Kloof Street we'll happily endorse their Italian favourite, Zucca, which is cheap, friendly and cheerful. A little further into town Melissa's is a great place for a veggie lunch or early supper whilst Saigon has a name for excellent Vietnamese cuisine. If you prefer your dinner to come with an ocean view, Blues in Camp's Bay or Harbour House in Kalk Bay are currently top of the seafood list; for great sushi and a fabulous seaside panorama, check out Wakame at Mouille Point. Finally, if you've got something really special to celebrate Aubergine is hard to beat. Specialising in seafood and game, this city centre restaurant has one of the best wine lists in town as well as a top sommelier to guide you in your selection.
More Quarters is a great option for families who want to stay in Cape Town - luxurious, relaxed and in the centre of things. Visit the excellent site Cape Town Kids for ideas on family-friendly fun in the city.
The Two-Bedroom Apartments are perfect for families of 4. Alternatively you can book a pair of interconnecting One-Bedroom Apartments (1 up, 1 down). Of the One-Bedroom Apartments, 2 have a sleeper couch (suitable for up to 2 kids) in their lounge.
Larger families should ask about Redcliffe House which sleeps up to 8 in 4 double/twin bedrooms. At Cape Cadogan Hotel, no children under 10 are allowed, and as there are no extra beds, any older children must take an additional bedroom.
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Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Apartments have swanky kitchenettes with microwaves, ovens and lots of gleaming kit. If you don't want to cook order a takeaway (there are plenty nearby), or head out to Kloof Street where you'll find plenty to choose from