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Cape Town flagship hotel shrinks the global village

As the first hotel in Africa to install sophisticated in-room business centers, Sun International's Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa, has consistently entrenched its role as an imperative destination for international business travelers.

The hotel has all the attributes of a player at the highest of all possible levels in the global village.  It is in Africa's most sought-after city, in an unassailable position on the coastline of one of the world's most famous bays, and it is celebrated for the almost celestial levels of luxury, service and accommodation.

The hotel, already a first choice for first class travelers from North America, whose requirement for excellence is legion, is also served by a remarkable business bureau, on a mezzanine level above the imposing foyer, staffed by professionals and capable of undertaking any task.

The long list of awards received by the Table Bay Hotel which is in the heart of the city's antique Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, attests to the international levels of excellence it has attained.

It has been recognized at every level - restaurants, banqueting, rooms division and conferencing.  Its superiority was recognized early, when it was included among the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World shortly after opening.  In one year alone, it won a World Quality Summit Gold Achiever award, and Professional Management Review named it joint winner of the award for the best City Banqueting and Conferencing facility in South Africa.  This followed the Conde Nast Traveler magazine award for the re-launched Atlantic restaurant, which was counted among the world's 50 best new restaurants.

With its two world-class restaurants, magnificently appointed rooms and suites, superb conferencing and business facilities and a renowned health spa, The Table Bay Hotel leaves no alternative.

To maintain the edge, the Table Bay provides a high-tech office facility in its rooms to keep local and foreign businesspeople in instant touch via every imaginable means, at any time.

The compact Gerber System "biz-comm" centers which are regularly updated to meet technological progress, embody every way possible that traveling executives may want to communicate with their business bases.

The "biz-comm" centers allow users to phone, fax, email, copy, print and store messages, all on a private number inaccessible to anyone but the guest, ensuring confidentiality.  They include facilities for remote retrieval of messages, email and faxes.

Each center is contained in a small desktop unit and has ports to allow the connection of laptop computers.

The centers also allow instant non-verbal contact between hotel management and guests, who receive a personal welcome message the moment they step into their room or suite, in their preferred language.  The units allow guests to review the status of their hotel bill, and direct in-room checkouts are made possible.

The Table Bay's business facilities are only the foundation of the attractions that draw thousands of international travelers a month to the hotel.

Both the Table Bay Hotel, and the city whose essence it represents for an elite sector of world visitors, are remarkable for being highly acclaimed by the world media and the international hospitality industry.

Its General Manager, Grant Ruddiman is a consummate hotelier who previously headed up the iconic Palace of the Lost City at Sun City.  His management skills have also been substantially acknowledged

Send grant an email with your special request gruddiman@sunint.co.za. 

The rooms face either over the bay to Robben Island, prison home of South Africa's former President, Nelson Mandela, for the greatest part of his 27 years of political incarceration, or across the harbor and the city, to Table Mountain.

Dining at the Table Bay means exploring some of the world's best cuisine, produced by a team of international chefs.  The Atlantic is the hotel's main restaurant and covers 400 square meters, seating 150 guests indoors and 80 on the terrace.  Decorated in a Cape Wineland theme it overlooks Table Mountain and the inner harbor.  The Atlantic serves breakfasts, dinners and group lunches.  It also has a 6 000-bottle open-face wine cellar stocked with the best of South African wines, and Champagne.

Aside from the Atlantic, the Table Bay is also known for its other popular intimate restaurant the Conservatory, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and its neighboring Union Bar

The Lounge, where the Table Bay's renowned High Tea is served every afternoon is a lofty, open-truss-ceilinged room looking across the harbor, the city and Table Mountain through its high arched main window, which also creates a frame for Oscar, the bronze Cape fur seal sculpture by famed wildlife artists Danie de Jager.

The Table Bay is a leisure destination of huge charm, but being at the hub of world commerce, it is also a preferred conference venue and business hotel with excellent facilities.

The spectacularly beautiful ballroom divides into two function areas or, undivided, will seat 200. There is a large pre-function area outside the ballroom and a 24-seater boardroom with all facilities. The beautiful gazebo-style Pavilion is another function room, straddling the breakwater and capable of accommodating up to 120 people.

There's a beautiful rooftop swimming pool adjacent to an internationally celebrated in-city health spa, which pioneered the concept when it was established seven years ago.

But the heart of the hotel is in its wonderful 329 fully air-conditioned rooms offering a wide range of accommodation - from standard to the 18 luxury suites, two executive suites, a superior suite and two presidential suites.

The Table Mountain Suite on the eighth floor is a small palace in which no apparent detail has been overlooked, from its carved open-truss pitched ceiling to the custom-made carpeting, marble and wooden floors.  Here, every piece of glass is crystal and everything silver is solid. The suite overlooks the V&A harbor, the City and Table Mountain beyond.

Dinner for eight can be served from the suite's own fully equipped kitchen and the pianist for the evening plays the suite's own Steinway baby grand piano.

The Table Bay Hotel is only 20 minutes by road from Cape Town International Airport and five minutes from the center of the city.  But right on the doorstep are the city's prime retail outlets in the "V&A", stocking a huge variety of goods and offering many leisure opportunities.  A mark of the popularity of the waterfront is the 2.4 million visitors to the center every year.

For more information please contact:

Lorenzo Giani

Sun International

1560 Sawgrass Corp Pkwy, 4th fl

Sunrise, FL 33323

Tel: 954-331-4618, Fax: 954-331-3252

Email: Lorenzo.giani@sun-int.net