With its roots stretching back some 300 years, interlinked with the centuries-old oak trees found on its 11.5-acre grounds, The Alphen Hotel is a whimsical retreat. Resting in the vine-dotted Constantia valley, this 5-star boutique hotel’s popularity is hardly new. Past patrons include Lord Charles Somerset, Cecil John Rhodes and even Mark Twain – all of whom came to explore this culinary and viticultural playground.
Constantia is known for being one of Cape Town’s oldest – and most prestigious – suburbs. Manor houses and estates are dotted among extensive vineyards while South Africa’s oldest wine estate, Groot Constantia, can be found here, a mere 15km from the city centre. Head into Cape Town's city bowl for a myriad of adventures ranging from climbs up Table Mountain to lounging on the beaches of Clifton.
While there is plenty around to entice, guests needn’t leave the comfort of the hotel to experience the area’s delectable delights. A perfect day may include breakfast at La Belle Bistro & Bakery, a drink on the outside lounges of Incognito and dinner at the decadent Blanko Restaurant. The hotel’s Classic, Superior and Deluxe Suites are decorated in an elegant and avant-garde fashion, while one of the Deluxe Suites is a stand-alone, ensuring total privacy.