The Cape Milner Hotel is a breath of fresh air

Posted by Anita Froneman on 12 February 2021

Tamboerskloof is one of Cape Town’s most-loved, all-in-one neighbourhoods where business people on their way to meetings cheerfully nod their heads to noisy families on shopping outings.

It wasn’t always the cosmopolitan business and lifestyle hub it is today, though.


The name of the suburb has its roots in the Dutch/Afrikaans words for drum (‘tamboer’) and cliff or valley (‘kloof’). According to Seeff, when Dutch settlers arrived in the 1650s, they established a series of lookout points in the area from where watchmen would beat drums to alert farmers in the area when a ship approached. The farmers would know to make their way down to the harbour with their latest harvest to sell to the Dutch arrivals.

Later, towards the end of the 1800s, these farms and estates in the Signal Hill area became vineyards, according to Tamboerskloof Primary School.  PW Laidler, in his book A Tavern of the Ocean, says that by the sixth decade of the nineteenth century, ‘District Six was still open veld, Orangezicht was a fir forest and Tamboer’s Kloof a vineyard,’ so this was clearly fertile soil.

Today, sitting quaintly on the lower slopes between Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, this vibrant hodgepodge can in some ways be used to describe the essence of Cape Town. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of youngsters on their way to dinner in Kloof Street and cyclists popping in at their favourite coffee shop after a ride, the Cape Milner Hotel sits patiently, inviting one and all for a tranquil retreat with staggering views of Table Mountain.

The modern interior, pristine and elegant, welcomes business and leisure visitors alike to enjoy the spacious lounges, dining area, restaurant, pool and deck. From the minute you set foot in the Cape Milner, the warm and professional staff cater to your every need.

The hotel meticulously follows COVID-19 safety protocols. All frequently touched surfaces and items in the common areas and rooms are sanitised regularly and masks are worn at all times.



The hotel is running various incredible special offers at the moment. The perfect city escape for business meetings, conferences or corporate functions, the Conference Package for R990 per single person per night includes the following:


-Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

-One conference venue and two tea/coffee breaks per day

-Standard conference equipment

For those who are looking for Valentine’s Daybreak, you get the third night completely free if you pay for two. This includes accommodation, breakfast, a romantic turndown, sparkling wine and a gift on the night of arrival for R776 per person per night.


Alternatively, take your loved one on a magical lunch or dinner date for R600 per couple, inclusive of a three-course meal and a glass of sparkling wine on arrival.

The hotel offers undercover and off-street parking, currency exchange facilities and a complimentary courtesy shuttle service to the Cape Town city centre and V&A Waterfront.

The on-site gym will keep you active and the luxurious bar in the popular glasshouse area is the perfect spot to end off your day.

For bookings or more information on special offers, view here or visit the website. 

Pictures: Getaway Magazine

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