Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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Type: Boutique Hotel
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Sea Point, Cape Town
Sea Point is a suburb of Cape Town and is situated on a narrow stretch of land between Cape Town's well known Lion's Head to the south-east and the Atlantic Ocean to the north-west. It is a high-density area where houses are built in close proximity to one another towards the surrounding mountainside. Apartment buildings are more common in the central area and toward the beach-front. An important communal space is the beach-front promenade, a paved walkway along the beach-front used for walking, jogging or socialising. Along the littoral of the Sea Point promenade, the coastline has varied characteristics. Some parts are rocky and difficult of access, while other parts have broad beaches. Sea Point beach adjoins an Olympic-sized seawater swimming pool, which had served generations of Capetonians since at least the early fifties. Further towards the city is a beach known as Rocklands.
Adjoining Sea Point is Three Anchor Bay. The beaches along this stretch are in the main covered with mussel shells thrown up by the ocean, unlike the beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, which are sandy. The rocks off the beaches at Sea Point are in large part late Precambrian metamorphic rocks of the Malmesbury formation, formed by low-grade metamorphism of fine-grained sediments. The site is internationally famous in the history of geology. A plaque on the rocks commemorates Charles Darwin's observation of the rare geological interface, where granite, an igneous rock, has invaded, absorbed and replaced the Malmesbury formation rocks.
There are extensive beds of kelp offshore. Compared to the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula, the water is colder (11–16 °C).
Graaf's Pool, a beachfront tidal pool partially demolished in 2005, was the subject of a short film entitled "Behind the Wall", which contrasted the pool's origin story of Lady Marais, paralysed from the waist down from childbirth, whose husband built the pool for her as a private bathing area in the thirties, and the Sea Point gay scene, which adopted the pool as a cruising ground between the 1960s and the turn of the century.
Schools in the area include Sea Point Primary School and Sea Point High School (formerly Sea Point Boys' High School) founded in 1884, and Herzlia Weizmann Primary. The French School of Cape Town opened on 14 October 2014 after an R18m upgrade of the old Tafelberg Remedial School. The primary school campus of the French school is in Sea Point.
Some of the first settlers in the area were the aristocratic Protestant Le Sueur family from Bayeux in Normandy. Francois le Seuer arrived in 1739 as spiritual advisor to Cape Governor Hendrik Swellengrebel. The family’s Cape estate, Winterslust, originally covered 200 acres on the slopes of Signal Hill. The estate was later named Fresnaye, and now forms part of the suburbs of Sea Point and Fresnaye.
Sea Point got its name in 1767 when one of the commanders serving under Captain Cook, Sam Wallis, encamped his men in the area to avoid a smallpox epidemic in Cape Town at the time. It grew as a residential suburb in the early 1800s, and in 1839 was merged into a single municipality with neighbouring Green Point. The 1875 census indicated that Sea Point and Green Point jointly had a population of 1,425. By 1904 it stood at 8,839.
With the 1862 opening of the Sea Point tramline, the area became Cape Town's first "commuter suburb", though the line linked initially to Camps Bay. At the turn of the century, the tramline was augmented by the Metropolitan and Suburban Railway Company, which added a line to the City Centre.
During the 1800s, Sea Point's development was dominated by the influence of its most famous resident, the liberal parliamentarian and MP for Cape Town, Saul Solomon. Solomon was both the founder of the Cape Argus and the most influential liberal in the country - constantly fighting racial inequality in the Cape. His Round Church (St John's) of 1878 reflected his syncretic approach to religion - housing 4 different religions in its walls, which were rounded to avoid "denominational corners". "Solomon's Temple", as it was humorously known by residents, stood on its triangular traffic island at the intersection of Main, Regent and Kloof roads, a centre of the Sea Point community, until it was destroyed by the city council in the 1930s. The suburb was later classed by the Apartheid regime as a whites-only area, but this rapidly changed in the late 1990s with the rapid growth of Sea Point's black and coloured communities.
Ships entering the harbour in Table Bay from the east coast of Africa have to round the coast at Sea Point and over the years many of them have been wrecked on the reefs just off-shore. In May 1954, during a great storm, the Basuto Coast (246 tonnes) ended up on the rocks within a few metres of the concrete wall of the promenade. A fireman who came to the assistance of the crew was swept off the wall of the swimming pool adjacent to the promenade by waves and was never seen again. The vessel was soon thereafter salvaged for scrap. In July 1966 a large cargo ship, the S.A. Seafarer, was stranded on the rocks only a couple of hundred metres from the Three Anchor Bay beach. The stranding was the cause of one of Cape Town's earliest great environmental scares, owing to the cargo including drums of tetramethyl lead and tetraethyl lead, volatile and highly toxic compounds that in those days were added to motor fuels as an anti-knocking agent. The ship was gradually destroyed by the huge swells that habitually roll in from the south Atlantic. Salvage from the ship can still be found in local antique shops.
In the mid, to late 1990s the area experienced a rise in crime as drug dealers and prostitutes moved into the area. However, due to the aggressive adoption of broken windows municipal management spearheaded by then area councillor Jean-Pierre Smith the crime rate declined throughout most of the 2000s.
The ideal guest for Hotel on the Promenade is the well-informed traveller who, when visiting Cape Town, is not per se interested in spending money here on superfluous luxuries as a swimming pool, a spa or large opulent lounge facilities.
Our traveller is interested and anxious to discover Cape Town for what it is… a bustling, vibrant and incredibly beautiful city, brimming with activities and diversity. Our traveler has little time to lose here and is not immediately in the mood to linger at the side of a pool. He wants to get up and about after a good night's rest in a perfectly equipped and soft furnished room.
His breakfast awaits him in the cozy Hotel Bistro or outside on the terrace, where he already mingles with the local regulars. The hotel is superbly positioned for immediate action, whether that is a vigorous jog along Cape Town’s magnificent Seaboard… right here on our doorstep… a two-minute walk to the Olympic size, open-air, seaside swimming pool or an even shorter stroll to the Main Road to catch a ride to Table Mountain, the Clifton or Camps Bay Beaches or the V&A Waterfront.
The Boutique Hotel
The hotel is housed in a Cape Dutch style, 100-year-old heritage building. An extensive renovation has transformed the original structure into a very modern, trendy place with a distinct international flair. Our guest will immediately recognize the spot as a trendsetter, definitely on par with other leading small design hotels sprinkled around the larger cities of Europe or the States.
The rooms are compact but they are complete. The latest on offer in hotel technology has been incorporated in the design and furnishings. Large walk-in rain showers with thermostatic taps and heated towel rails. State of the art 40" LED TV screens make for ideal in-room entertainment.
Video-on-demand, international plugs, telephone, electronic safe, a good functioning climate control system and WiFi are hotel standards to be expected. In addition, every room at our Boutique Hotel has it’s own Apple Mac computer with free internet access, a Bose i-pod docking station, CD player, mini bar and a Nespresso Coffee machine. All Deluxe rooms have an outside balcony with seating arrangement. The Standard rooms have glass doors to the outside but no outside seating arrangement. Nighttime security is provided directly to the guest through automated roller shutters in the rooms and in general through a 24-hour attendance at the reception and closed-circuit cameras in the public areas.
The Doors are open by 9:am for non-residents of this design hotel, welcoming you to the freshest and delicious continental spread for breakfast. And if that’s not enough, then order something off the menu… The Farm-style Breakfast is a MUST!