Evaluate: The Cellars-Hohenort, an SLH property in Cape City

After our safari at Aquila Non-public Recreation Reserve, we had one other day in Cape City earlier than heading house.  As a substitute of staying within the metropolis heart, we opted to remain a bit additional out. Each for a change of tempo, and for a Hyatt evening.  We stayed on the base of Desk Mountain within the Constantia wine space, on the Small Luxurious Lodge marketed Cellars-Hohenort. We deliberate to reach right here mid afternoon, and have a while to discover the world, however attributable to visitors jams brought on by climate associated highway closures, we didn’t arrive till night. Drained from an extended than deliberate journey, we simply stayed on property, which I nearly by no means do and had an unbelievable meal to rejoice our marriage ceremony anniversary. The Cellars-Hohenort is a superb place to remain a bit away from the extra typical vacationer spots in Cape City.

What’s Cellars-Hohenort

The Cellars-Hohenort title comes from the two principal buildings on the property, the Cellars constructing, and the Hohenort constructing. There are just a few smaller buildings housing among the luxurious villas.  Our room was positioned within the Cellars constructing, which additionally contains the Conservatory restaurant and bar.

The property is constructed round a Dutch household property within the Constantia Valley south of Cape City CBD, positioned on the foot of Desk Mountain. It was initially constructed within the late 1600s, and the cellars constructing was the unique wine cellar for the Klaasenbosch property. The Hohenort (“excessive place”) constructing dates to the early twentieth century, and ultimately grew to become a resort itself. in 1993, the Cellars and Hohenort buildings had been mixed to make the property as it’s right this moment.

There are 51 rooms on property, and we booked this utilizing an expiring free evening award. It is a Class 3 property, so it ranges from 9,000-15,000 Hyatt factors relying on the season.  Money charges had been round US$350 for the bottom stage room. We had been apparently upgraded 2 classes to a luxurious room with a verandah, which may go for US$450 or extra.

Cellars-Hohenort – Photograph Credit score Hyatt

Luxurious Double with Verandah room at Cellars-Hohenort

Our late arrival meant we largely simply needed to drop out stuff, get cleaned up and go to dinner. We ate on the restaurant on website, the Conservatory, which was wonderful and an incredible worth for the wonderful high quality of the meal.  However first, our room. The bottom stage room is a double room, then there’s a luxurious double after which our room, a luxurious double with verandah.

The bed room was decently sized, with an opulent king sized mattress. and a big balcony/verandah. Not likely my model, however I’m on no account an inside designer.

The toilet was slim, however lengthy, with a separate bathtub tub and bathe, with double sinks.

The mini bar is included, plus we had each a bottle of glowing wine and a dessert tray ready for us as anniversary welcome.  The property despatched an e mail earlier than arrival, and I famous the explanation for our journey. Good that they adopted by way of.

The free mini bar gadgets are fairly primary, however free is unquestionably appreciated. This included 2 beers, 2 ciders, nonetheless and glowing water, coke zero, and a few mixers.  Plus some candy and salty snacks.

I went out to benefit from the giant verandah the following morning, and it’s giant, with a stunning view. This faces east, so Desk mountain is the wrong way.

In all our room was spotless, not giant, however loads of house, and the large deck is beautiful.  I simply want we had extra time right here.

In and across the Cellars-Hohenort property

The following morning, I went out to discover the property a bit bit. There’s an out of doors pool (one at every of the bigger buildings), some tennis courts, a fitness center, a spa, and a hair salon. Outdoors the resort, there are embassies and different giant estates close by, and a number of other wineries inside a couple of minutes drive.

Cellars-Hohenort pool – Photograph Credit score Hyatt

There are nonetheless vineyards on property, together with flower gardens, and plenty of, many roses.

I checked out the fitness center, however determined to exit for a run as a substitute. It was a cool, however largely sunny morning. The fitness center is completely good, however fairly small.

I left the gated property, waving to the safety guard as I left. The windy roads across the property don’t have sidewalks, however there was little or no visitors on this morning. I shortly discovered my solution to a greenbelt path, the place I ran by way of the bushes, and alongside a small river. A part of the time I used to be alone, however as I approached a park, I noticed many households out strolling with youngsters, canines, and so on.

There have been muddy spots alongside the best way, attributable to earlier rains, however this was a stunning exercise, and good views throughout.

Apart from eating, and sleeping, we left the property to do some wine tasting close by. My spouse could be very a lot the wine knowledgeable in our partnership, however we might some beautiful areas and attractive wine. We even introduced some house.

Eating on the Conservatory/Greenhouse

Cellars-Hohenort Greenhouse – Photograph Credit score Hyatt

As I discussed earlier than, attributable to our a lot later than meant arrival, we simply stayed in and dined on the Conservatory. I suppose technically we dined within the Greenhouse, because the Conservatory is beneath renovations, however the menu is generally the identical. We nearly by no means dine in resort eating places apart from breakfast, however this was a wonderful meal. I ended up with a tasting menu, and my spouse mainly made her personal, and we shared are starters, mains and dessert.

We each had steaks, as tends to be our custom on the uncommon event we exit for a pleasant meal to rejoice one thing, on this case our anniversary.

For dessert, I had a ardour fruit tart with some coconut ice cream. Both are usually flavors I’ll order on a dessert menu, and collectively, it was proper up my alley.

This was a particular meal, and at nicely beneath US $100 whole together with a bottle of wine, an unbelievable deal in comparison with what one thing comparable would price in lots of different cities.

We additionally had breakfast right here the following day, and, which was included.  Scrumptious buffet, plus scorching gadgets might be ordered.  There was even a Bloody Mary cart. However I didn’t partake as a result of we had been about to go wine tasting.

Ultimate ideas on Cellars-Hohenort

A really pleasing however temporary keep. We bookended our safari with time in Cape City. We had one evening right here earlier than the lengthy journey again house. It is a very good resort, and use of Hyatt factors, given what I understand to be worth of Hyatt factors vs the money worth. Wonderful meals as nicely, and superb worth for the standard. Have you ever stayed right here? What was your expertise like?


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