A Stay at The Alphen Hotel


For a mini break from our less fancy lives, my hubby and I decided to stay at the Alphen Hotel for a night and it was well worth the splurge.

Positioned in the Constantia valley, just about a 15 minute drive from Cape Town city, this 5 star hotel really has a very glamorous feel about it. Here's a bit about our stay....


Our suite:

The hotel has 19 luxury suites, with some being much grander than others. We opted for a 'superior suite', which is their mid-range option (it's bigger than a classic, but smaller than a deluxe) and it was absolutely gorgeous.

To start with, the room had not one, but 2 glamorous bathrooms (one with a bath, the other with a shower). The room also had a comfy queen sized bed, plenty of closet space (if you plan on staying a bit longer), a fridge with complimentary drinks, coffee station, desk, free wifi, comfy robes (I like big robes and I cannot lie), Charlotte Rhys toiletries, room service and a fantastic view over the garden.

It literally had everything you could need for a comfortable, luxury weekend away.


Restaurants:

La Belle Bistro & Bakery is the more rustic and relaxed of the three on-site restaurants. It  serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. If delicious baked goods and bistro style food are your thing, its' a good choice.

This is the restaurant that makes the complimentary breakfast for guests at the hotel and it is delicious (we got our breakfast sent to our room, because we were feeling extra fancy).

We had the pleasure of enjoying lunch at La Belle, so I can highly recommend the Pastrami onion bagel and molten chocolate cake (which were both ridiculously good - Try them and thank me later). You can have a look at their full lunch/dinner menu HERE.


Blanko is definitely the more "cool" and modern restaurant choice. With it's contemporary decor and art, the restaurant gives you the feeling of dining in a stylish gallery.

The restaurant is open daily. The food is simple and Italian inspired. Here is group Head Chef, Amber-May Deetlefs philosophy: 
"I believe the best food is prepared from the heart – it not only has to taste good, it should be something sincere and uncomplicated"
For dinner we tried their winter menu special (running until 30 August). We both had sirloin steak, followed by a orange creme brulee and Pear & macadamia toffee slice for dessert. It was all very tasty.

Blanko also has a well stocked bar and quite a few seating areas for cocktail-ing the afternoon away.

The scenery:

Established in the 17th century, The Alphen is steeped in history and owns 11.5 ares of the beautiful surrounding gardens and paths (fact: It was originally part of the Groot Constantia Estate and was separated from it after the death of the owner, Simon Van Der Stel)

Constantia is very leafy and tree-filled, and The Alphen property is no exception. There are 100 year old oak trees, loads of squirrels and plenty of greenery.

There is also a beautiful pool, but sadly during winter it is covered up (so didn't take any photos of it).


Final Thoughts:

We really enjoyed our time at The Alphen Hotel. Everything was better than expected -   From the friendly, helpful staff to the beautiful suite.

I was only slightly disappointed that the Rose Bar (the 3rd restaurant on-site) was closed for renovation and, as I mentioned, it was too cold to use the pool.

I can honestly say that I felt very fancy and looked after during my stay and we will definitely be going back.


To read more about The Alphen Hotel or to make a booking, visit their site HERE

Please note: This stay was not sponsored. All thoughts and opinions are my own

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