I recently stayed at the Protea Hotel Sea Point during my second visit to South Africa. I had so much fun the first time two years ago that I had to go back and finish seeing the country while I'm still young enough to enjoy it.
The advantages to this hotel are that it is located in Sea Point close to the CBD, most rooms have at least a partial view of the Atlantic Ocean. Virtually almost everything looks new, nice, and clean because of the recent renovation.
No unusual stains, smells, or noises noted. Interior décor in the room was tasteful and in excellent condition. Temperature control was excellent. In short, a quiet, pleasant, and comfortable place to sleep.
The hotel also has a small fitness center with TVs and a treadmill, elliptical, exercise balls and steps, and a full set of free weights. There is a small guarded parking garage under the hotel for which they charge per-day fees, just like many American hotels.
Of course, this hotel has various minor downsides, as other guests have complained about (and that's what we all read TripAdvisor for).
First, it is not on the oceanfront. It's about a block inland. That means you don't get as much noise at night from the pounding waves but it also means the view isn't as dramatic as the hotels that actually face the water.
Second, although most rooms have small balconies (big enough to walk out on but not sit on), they also face perpendicular to the ocean, so that means your ocean view is even more oblique. This wasn't a big deal to me because I was visiting Cape Town to run around doing sightseeing, not staying in the room all day, but it might be disappointing to those who need to spend time in their hotel rooms (i.e., doing work on the road).
Third, the hotel doesn't have a real pool, in the sense of a pool actually built into the structure during original construction. What it has is a very small above-ground pool which was clearly added to a patio after the fact.
Fourth, like most hotels around the Cape Town CBD, this hotel is in an old building, with all the problems that implies: slow elevator, cramped rooms, low ceilings, small lobby, cramped parking garage, etc. (European and Japanese visitors may find the rooms just right but Americans accustomed to large hotel rooms will find them too small.)
Obviously, some things like floor height and the lack of a pool built into the structure itself just can't be fixed short of a complete teardown and rebuild. But others really could have been fixed during renovation and it's really too bad they weren't (that's why I'm giving an overall rating of four rather than five). For example, you can tell some doors and vents were merely repainted, but a truly comprehensive renovation would have ripped out and replaced all prior fixtures (doors, door frames, vents, outlets, etc.) to give the building a top-to-bottom "like new" appearance. The cramped rooms probably should have been permanently merged together into larger suites to suit the tastes of contemporary tourists accustomed to large rooms. And if the fitness center was larger, then they would have room for weight lifting or strength training machines, for persons like myself who prefer those over free weights.
Overall, I strongly recommend the Protea Hotel Sea Point to anyone looking to stay near the Cape Town CBD, but one must keep the above issues in mind. If you are traveling solo or as a couple, are renting a small compact car, and don't mind cozy rooms, this place is great.
But if you are (1) driving a large rental vehicle; (2) are a large or mobility-impaired person who cannot navigate easily in tight spaces; (3) traveling in a large group or with a large family; or (4) may need to spend long periods of time working in or around the room on a laptop, then you may need to look at other options. Fortunately I'm not in any of those four categories---at least not yet.
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