Need to soak up the sun yet get some sparkling respite from the summer heat? Dive into these divine hotel pools in downtown Cape Town.
Cape Town is home to some of South Africa’s most beautiful scenery. Its abundant natural assets, including Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean, are omnipresent in its vibrant Central Business District, the perfect inner-city in which to take a summer break. Here we pick some perfect pools which are ready to welcome you.
GORGEOUS GEORGE HOTEL It’s small but fabulous and oh so stylish. The rooftop pool at award-winning inner-city boutique hotel Gorgeous George sets the sophisticated scene for a sublime cocktail at the go-to sundowner venue for the chic set, Gigi Rooftop Bar.
THE ROCKEFELLER HOTEL & RESIDENCE This fresh and sparkly pool sits pretty on the 18th floor of hip-and-happening The Rockefeller on the Foreshore and was designed by well-known interior designer Tristan du Plessis. It’s all about the sunroof here, which lets in natural light, and the glass doors offer uninterrupted views. The pool paraphernalia is pretty stylish, too.
PULLMAN CAPE TOWN CITY CENTRE Pullman Cape Town City Centre, formerly Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, sports a cooling outside pool and deck complete with loungers perfectly positioned on the same floor as the Ghibli Bar. Cheers!
HOTEL SKY Glamorous Hotel Sky has not one but two small, heated pools on two of its decks where guests can soak up the sun and be mesmerised by the astonishing view of Table Mountain, the CBD skyline and Cape Town harbour.
SOUTHERN SUN THE CULLINAN Visitors to the Southern Sun The Cullinan get to cool off from Cape Town’s summer heat in a deep-blue, expansive outdoor heated pool that is surrounded by reclining chairs clad in crisp black-and-white.
THE ONYX APARTHOTEL Chic poolside furniture and a beautiful mural await guests visiting this inside-outside pool on the 4th floor of this sophisticated inner-city aparthotel. The outside area is linked to the bar, making it perfect for sundowners. The area is serene with some of the most breathtaking views of the Central City and Table Mountain. There is also a spa on the same floor.
THE WESTIN CAPE TOWN One of the most famous inner-city pools, The Westin’s rooftop infinity lap pool is located inside the Heavenly Spa on the 19th floor and is best enjoyed before or after a relaxing spa treatment. Hotel and outside guests with a booked treatment can access the spa facilities, including the gym and pool.
PEPPERCLUB HOTEL Pepperclub Hotel’s year-round outdoor pool on the 8th floor is located near its highly recommended Cayenne Spa. Take in the lush greenery, sink into the plush loungers and marvel at the mountain.
THE CAPITAL 15 ON ORANGE Located near the historical Company’s Garden, The Capital 15 on Orange is an urban oasis with an inviting outdoor pool cleverly positioned to take advantage of scenic mountain views. The Grotto Wellness Spa inside the hotel also has a heated pool to accompany the relaxing treatments.
THE DUKE Dynamite comes in small packages at The Duke, the luxury apartment block at Fountain Circle on the Heerengracht. There’s a relaxing rooftop entertainment area with a splash pool that’s perfect for a refreshing cool-down.
Note: Most of these hotel pools, which all fall into the 1.6 km² area of the Cape Town CBD managed and promoted by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), are mostly accessible to hotel guests only. This feature first appeared in City Views, published by the CCID.