Last week I had the absolute pleasure of staying at 15 On Orange, a luxury-chic hotel in Cape Town as part of a blogging trip. It was the first time I had ever been invited to another city for an event, nevermind be put up at a beautiful hotel. This past year has seen so many opportunities come up for Complete Disbelief and I couldn’t be happier or more grateful. Blogging is something so close to my heart and I’ve been blogging since 2004 which is a substantial part of my life. So, apart from spending an entire evening sinking it all in at 15 On Orange, I made a little bit of an effort to note things at the hotel so I could review it.
15 On Orange is a luxury hotel under the African Pride Banner (the same company that manages the Crystal Towers Hotel in Century City). The hotel is just off Kloof street around Gardens and seems to be targeting business clients. Many of the rooms are ‘atrium-facing’ which is something I wouldn’t be happy with if I had made a booking. A portion of the rooms and suites face the atrium and don’t look outward. I think this might be really cool, but it Cape Town we have a beautiful mountain to look at and paying a luxe room rate, I wouldn’t want to face away from the mountain.
The hotel itself is breathtaking. The reception area looks over the restaurant and floors of rooms. The area is beautiful, bright and pretty refreshing. I liked the modern grandeur of it all. I was given a deluxe suite which was a beautiful open-plan one-bedroom that faced out onto the mountain and came with a full bathroom. The suite itself was furnished in shades of grey which accents in green and blue. It was all very cool toned, modern and sleek. My favourite space in the suite was the bathroom, with a double marble-underlit vanity and a huge centered tub. For more of the decor just scroll down through the photos.
The service at the hotel was impeccable. Everyone was friendly and helpful. I called reception for a two-pin plug AND someone to help me find the sockets and there wasn’t even a hint of ‘this girl is crazy stupid’ from the guy that helped me. Once the turn-down service had left and my platter of yummy choccies, nuts and Ferrero had arrived, I settled into a deep, long bath with the Marie Claire the hotel provided (which I obviously dropped in the tub). I then did what I always do on a night in, pile junk food on my bed and gobble it up while watching tv. I’m that sexy.
Breakfast was a treat. I gobbled down tons of those salmon rolls and stuffed my face with eggs and a good variety of breads. It was a full breakfast and not just continental so I was really excited for hot food, but the eggs were barely lukewarm. I love my food hot so I was a little disappointed that it was not. To their credit though, it wasn’t ice cold.
Overall, the experience was excellent. The service was top-notch (who still says that??) and I was really sad to leave. Thanks to everyone for having me, it was a beautiful break!