Have you ever wished to immerse yourself in beautiful scenery, smell the fresh sea breeze and indulge in a delicious cuisine - all at once?
Situated on the Sea Point Promenade, the Victorian exterior of Winchester Mansions is met with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain. It’s the kind of place that epitomises Cape Town’s unique beauty. Accessible to the V&A Waterfront, a complimentary shuttle is offered, transporting visitors to and from this popular tourist attraction.
What makes Winchester Mansions and its locality so distinctive is that it accommodates tourists and locals alike. Tourists are able to enjoy the many sights that Cape Town has to offer, and locals are able to view Cape Town as it’s meant to be enjoyed.
The hotel has also received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and holds great historical character and a pleasant ambiance.
Winchester Mansions offers 25 elegant loft style rooms and 51 suites, each featuring either sea or mountain views - often overlooked with the fast-paced city life.
The spacious rooms encapsulate all attributes of what a home should feel like: comfortable and toasty - and I’m not just talking about blasting the heater!
Whether you are looking to relax in the comfort of your room or enjoy the scenery, you can do both! This area holds a breath-taking view overlooking the Sea Point Pavilion with paragliding being a common sight up above - if you are feeling adventurous, you could join in on the fun!
Modern Junior Suite with a sea view. Credit: Winchester Mansions
The Modern Junior Suite is perfect for your relaxation desires. Whether you prefer unwinding with a good novel or beholding the backdrop, this area provides all these pleasures with a complimentary sea breeze!
Inside the Modern Junior Suite. Credit: Winchester Mansions.
Upon leaving one’s room, visitors will notice the most beautiful greenery that engrosses each of the surrounding suites. Uniquely-crafted to emphasise the grandeur that Winchester Mansions embraces, it will definitely make you stop and look twice - or three or four times.
The view of the greenery from the passage way. Credit: Micayla Vellai
The pool area is perfectly located to get a view of the paragliders at along the Sea Point promenade. The sundecks are aligned to meet with sight of the surrounding greenery within Winchester Mansions.
The pool area at Winchester Mansions, complete with paragliders. Credit: Micayla Vellai.
Where can you sit along the terrace while enjoying the beauty of the sunset disappearing into the Atlantic Ocean? Well, at Harveys Restaurant, of course!
The cuisine on offer promises a truly tantalising experience. From lamb shanks falling off the bone, to delicious traditional malva pudding, Harveys Restaurant caters for each visitor’s culinary needs. You don’t have to explore ten different countries to get a taste of the world!
Harveys Restaurant at night. Credit: Winchester Mansions.
To enjoy the full experience at the Winchester Mansions, why not join the locals on a stroll along the promenade? You can even hire bicycles to explore the avenue at your own pace.
The Incredible Illusions exhibition, currently open at the V&A Waterfront, is the perfect activity for those who seek a creative adventure. With an imaginative 3D twist that requires you to actively be involved in the fun, internationally acclaimed 3D artist Kurt Wenner has definitely nailed this endeavour.
Be sure to have a camera handy - capturing your special moments is highly recommended as you explore art through unique lenses!
The Incredible Illusions exhibition, V&A Waterfront. Credit: Micayla Vellai.
If you wish to explore your creative abilities, Art Jamming is the perfect fit! Situated within the same building as the Incredible Illusions exhibition, this activity is enjoyed within a laidback, stress-free environment. Recreational painting and good music - what could be more therapeutic?
Well, seeing that you’ve asked, the Gingko Health and Wellness spa at Winchester Mansions offers a revitalising experience for those in need of a bit more than a paintbrush.
Finally, what better way to round off the perfect vacation than with one of the Mansions’ famous Sunday Jazz brunches. Familiar to locals, the gourmet buffet, which runs from 11am-2pm, consists of all sorts of wonderful dishes.
From a continental English breakfast to sushi, pastries and seafood, all at your disposal to suit your unique tastes! Located in Winchester Mansions’ picturesque courtyard, this event draws crowds from all across the city.
Local and international Jazz artists regularly bless the hotel with their soulful rhythm. With a glass of bubbly on arrival, you will definitely be left feeling easy like a Sunday morning - so kick of your shoes, loosen those belts, and indulge!
The courtyard that hosts the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Credit: Micayla Vellai.
The Winchester Mansions appeals to anybody who wishes to indulge in a plush experience with ocean views and the most amazing food. Accessible to many activities within and around the area, this is the perfect seaside location to kick back and enjoy Cape Town.
Accommodation: 8/10 (Spacious and luxurious)
Dining: 9/10 (The food dances around on your palate - divine!)
Leisure: 9/10 (The many activities and breath-taking scenery are the cherry on top!)