Five reasons to stay at the Protea Hotel Sea Point

2013-11-06 10:32
The Protea group has become synonymous with good-value accommodation and guest-centric experiences. We check out the Protea Hotel Sea Point, which recently underwent a refurbishment.

Here are five reasons to consider it for you next trip to Cape Town...


If you are the kind of traveller who opts for functional accommodation, in order to save your spending power for wining and dining, then you're definitely at the right hotel. With a walk-in room rate starting at just under R1 000, this is a hotel is on the right side of budget-friendly - also  factor in the early-bird discount of 20% off if you book your stay a month in advance.

Booking options include a breakfast and dinner option and the hotel is able to arrange a special evening out at one of Sea Point's many fine eating establishments including La Boheme or the equally trendy El Burro in neighbouring Green Point.

Or, if you'd prefer to have a casual, low-key dinner you can hop over to the adjoining Spur, which shares an outdoor terrace with the hotel.
This is definitely a plus if you're travelling with picky-eating kids (oh the irony of parenthood). Otherwise, recharge your batteries with room service, also catered by the Spur and available until 10pm.


Besides being a few minutes’ drive or walk away from some of Cape Town’s most sought after attractions, the Sea Point Promenade is a must for either early morning stroll or to appreciate the daily show at sunset.  Head out the front door, past the giant blue traffic cone, we're not kidding (Parking for guests should not be a problem - head to the underground facilities available at R40 a day) and you're all set. 

We could go on and on about the area but we suggest you tuck into Darrel Bristow-Bovey's column In Praise of Sea Point. It cannot be said any better.

Added value of the refurbishment :

Formerly the Arthur Seat hotel, this establishment has a longstanding history with what can best be described as one of Cape Town chameleon-like suburbs. In its heyday Sea Point enjoyed the glamor now more associated with Bantry or Camps Bay. After going through a bit of seedy phase, it is safe to say Sea Point definitely has been on the up and up for quite a while.

The refurbishment saw the hotel being closed for winter as its entire public areas, restaurant and sea-facing rooms were gutted and hauled over.

The newly added six Luxury Art Suites set the hotel apart but the most useful development is interactive lobby and lounge area. With its 9m long communal work table, fitted with iPads guests can make use of their daily 500mb of free wi-fi. Adding to the take-a-load off approach is the lounging area with flat screen TV and bar – all shaded in beach house hues and décor.


The family rooms have been redone to be more spacious and since size could vary from being nuclear all the way down to the Brady-bunch end of the scale, guests have the option of greater flexibility with either four single beds or two double beds.  

While the family appeal of the Spur has already been mentioned, for those parents who want to make the most of the city’s thriving nightlife, the hotel is able to arrange a professional babysitter if the need arises.


With eight conferencing and boardroom options available, together with the room rate value, it makes this hotel as an obvious choice for corporates.

Other facilities offered by the hotel to compliment a hassle-free business trip include a shuttle service to the airport that can be arranged at a fee and on-hand laundry services to ensure your formal business attire is up to scratch.

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