More Quarters Cape Town: welcome home
Katrien, married, Mom of Bas (7) and Elodie (3), from Belgium
A trip to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without a couple of days in Cape Town. It’s one of these cities that can’t be described unless you experienced the vibe, tasted the food and talked to the people. Cape Town sure caught us by surprise and we’re still riding on a wave of multicultural happiness since we’ve come back. What helped us to discover the city just the way we wanted to, was the warm welcome we got from the people at More Quarters, our home away from home for the days we spent here
Setting the scene
More Quarters is not an average Cape Town hotel. Not only do they provide a quiet place in a busy citycenter, they actually make their clients feel like nothing is too much trouble. Everyone is welcome here. Whether your travel as a couple, with a friend or –in our case- with your family. As we travel with two kids (4 and 8) we truly appreciate the attention for the kids. A welcome drink upon arrival and the kind smile of the receptionists made them feel at ease right away. As a parent, this is what makes a stay good or great.
“A welcome drink upon arrival and the kind smile of the receptionists made the kids feel at ease right away.”
More Quarters has many room types. The family rooms are at the back of the hotel. I don’t know if I can call them rooms actually. As a family, you get your own, quiet little house. The first thing that you see when entering, are the toys and games the hotel provides for the kids. They couldn’t be more excited! Downstairs you have a living room, a small kitchenette and the kids bedroom with bathroom. Upstairs (yes, it’s duplex!) you can find the master bedroom and an extra bathroom for the parents and a small staircase to the terrace on the roof. It was beyond our imagination! Like if this isn’t quite enough yet, all of this is tastefully decorated with very clear interior goals. We could get used to this.
Early morning pampering
So, we were in Cape Town and we only had a couple of days to explore. We could use some help finding out what was really worthwhile. Luckily, the hotel provides a nifty ‘city manual’ with all the interesting hotspots and the invitation to ask for help if needed! That way, we had all the time in the world to enjoy the great breakfast with fruits, pastries, juices… Add the special breakfast menu to all of this and you have yourself a very personal meal. They even got more avocado for Bas when he asked for it, just because he likes it so much. They really try their very best to please every client, especially the most important ones, our kids.
For those who have more time than we had: after breakfast you can cross the street at the back of the hotel to spend some lazy time by the pool. It’s not a big swimming pool, but just perfect for a quick jump or refreshment. Towels are provided. For those who can’t wait to head to the beach (just like us!); the hotel also provides towels for that; just ask!
The idea of a city trip is to explore, right? And that is exactly what we did! The hotel is perfectly situated (right at Kloof Street!) to go any direction. We had a rental car and we could park it right in front of the hotel, no extra charge and someone to keep an eye on the vehicle. I think this service proves that renting a car and go out there to explore is the only way to properly discover Cape Town! We went to Kirstenbosch, a botanical garden where music concerts take place. It’s a magical place that is definitely worth your visit! From there on you can go to the beach of Muizenberg, where the kids can play in the sand and dip their toes in the water. Swimming is not the best idea as the water is too impetuous to be safe. Watching the surfers on their boards however is a great thing to do! We brought some toy buckets and shovels from the hotel. Watch out for jellyfish though! If you’re lucky, you might hear the sound of the shark alarm. These magical creatures dare to come close to shore sometimes.
“The hotel provides a nifty ‘city manual’ with all the interesting hotspots and the invitation to ask for help if needed!”
From Muizenberg we went to Boulders Beach, the Penguin Colony which is a true kids dream, don’t miss out on that and right to the Cape of Good Hope. Drive back via Chapman’s Peak, one of the most beautiful roads in the world and finally stop at Houtbaai for a meet up with the sea lions! In the citycenter, we recommend Waterfront, Bo Kaap, Table Mountain and Signal Hill. You see, so much to do! We would definitely recommend to go prepared and ask the help of the hotel staff. They are more than experienced in this matter and are of great help. We adored our stay at More Quarters.
We even enjoyed it so much that we can’t wait to plan another trip to Cape Town and stay with them again. It truly felt like staying with relatives or friends. And that is priceless.