Review: 15 on Orange

2012-06-06 08:19
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Take a look at the chic African Pride 15 on Orange hotel, situated in the heart of Cape Town.

10pm. The time glared back at me from the bedside, digital clock. It had been a while since I’d woken up from a deep, uninterrupted sleep; feeling dazed and confused from too much shut eye. Usually the opposite is true.  Anybody with a baby under 12-months in the house knows exactly what I’m talking about.

This time though, I wasn’t at home. We were in a penthouse suite of the African Pride 15 on Orange.  There was no baby in sight, neither a nappy that needed to be changed, nor a bottle that needed to be mixed. Not even a toddler slinking into our bed to complete the famous five that usually makes up the sum total of my sleeping experience.

Did I mention there wasn’t even our fluffy pooch to shove off the bed? By now it must be pretty obvious that I completely suck at sleep training, despite having a well-thumbed copy of Toddler Sense and a golden, baby-number-two opportunity to get it right.

Yes, it would seem some of us are gluttons for punishment, but not on this weekend. Instead we’d be gluttons of pleasure. And it was to be a weekend of opposites.

Cramped space, exchanged for monumental amounts of roominess. Even if I did three full-body rolls I doubt I would have reached the edge of the bed. Secretly, I couldn’t help picturing my little toddler bouncing up a storm on this mother ship bed – as is the usual ending to his bath-time routine.

Instead of falling into bed so close to the witching hour, we were getting up. Swapping the pajama drill for a bit of care-free fun comes highly recommended. What a pleasure to indulge in some gourmet ‘junk food’, ordered in just before our power nap. It was nice to have the flexibility of every conceivable modern-day convenience available in this Penthouse’s open-plan kitchen; equally as nice to decide not to use it.

The hotel is ideally situated for weekend cavorts of this nature.  But with a R25-million revamp being added to its Cape Town city-centre belt we were more than happy to explore the hotel’s facilities.

Murano and Moet moegu

Rather than scoops of formula, we were weighing up our cocktail options in the hotel’s Murano Bar as our barman shook, stirred and crushed any parent sensibility right out of us.

Instead of catching up on work or some admin, we were catching up with each other. You know, date-night conversation that’s small and mindless and has absolutely nothing to do with routines, schedules or bills. The kind that makes you realise you’ve been swimming underwater alongside your partner and you are both finally coming up to take a deep, refreshing breath.

Just as we were exhaling, we discovered money can buy you a lot of things but it can’t buy you class.

At such a late hour the bar wasn’t overflowing with patrons, especially since it’s not open to the general public. However, our fellow night owls had one little parliament member who seemed slightly tanked and unable to fly straight.

Having purchased a bottle of Moet & Chandon, he seemed to demand attention rather than command it. Our barman was gracious in his attempt to complete our order despite being repeatedly interrupted by this particular individual. While FueledByRamen’s We Are Young is one of my favourite music videos, a bar fight was last thing we were expecting.

There is nothing like a late-night scuffle of sorts to test the mettle of hotel staff. And they handled it superbly, taking every care to make sure we, along with the other patrons, were okay. Who knew barmen training came standard with disaster diverting CIA-agent skills.

Cue the Judges Bar

What an eventful evening it was turning out to be. After finishing our drinks we were in no mood to wrap it up quite yet. Off we strolled to the open-flamed wall of the hotel’s Judges Bar, named in relation to the surrounding Company Gardens, Parliament and the High Court. Equipped with LCD screens and adjustable surround sound, the intimate lounge is apparently also used for live music shows. Coffee and a few games on the high-gloss, purple and white snooker table rounded things off nicely.

Rest and relaxation

The habit of waking up at leisure was once again becoming familiar. As parent’s we’d all be wise to synchronize weekend escapes with the kind of formality expected from baby’s immunization card. Okay, it might not happen as often as we’d like, but you have to at least try.

Sundays at 15 on Orange are quite a treat. Savour’s buffet menu, packed with everything from oysters and sushi to tandori chicken and Thai prawn curry, is served with bottomless bubbles. This is one leisurely way to spend an afternoon. At R265 per person, it’s even a treat when you do have the kids with you, as they get to eat for free. 

About 15 on Orange Penthouses:

- Six upgraded penthouses
- 3 three-bedroom
- 2 two-bedroom
- 1 one-bedroom
- Combines the comforts of home with the service and gourmet food of the hotel.
- Ideal for long stay market or parents travelling with or without their kids.

Selene Brophy is the editor of Gotravel24. When she’s not dodging punches in a bar or burping her baby, she manages the editorial for GoTravel24. If you’d like to submit your reviews or travel-related content for considered publication, why not email her on or tweet @SeleneBrophy.

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