Conveniently situated in Cape Town, just off Heerengracht Street, is the newly renovated Hollow on the Square hotel that caters for tourists, business men and women, honeymooners and for the environmentally conscious. The location of the hotel is perfect for those who wish to be in walking distance of the CTICC, V&A Waterfront and Cape Town hustling bustling Long Street.  Right outside the hotel is also an IRT stop that visitors can make use of. As the IRT now also runs to the airport visitors can make their way from the airport to the doorstep of Hollow on the Square. Otherwise, there is also a shuttle service one can make use of as an alternative. Not all visitors to the hotel would be making use of public transport. For those who do not know the Cape Town CBD like the back of your hand I suggest you call the friendly concierge and request for directions. There are minimal parking bays at hotel that one may make use of for an additional daily fee.

As the renovations are to be completed soon the construction noise will soon be over with, however the room doors in the hotel seem to resonate every sound from the passage. With people coming and going at all hours it is not possible to sleep through the night if you are near to the elevator on a busy floor. The foyer area of the hotel seems bare and uninteresting. I sincerely hope that post-renovations more attention will be paid to the entrance as it is an important point of contact for visitors and can have a serious impact on guests’ perceptions.

One of Hollow on the Squares’ greatest benefits is that although it is located in Cape Town’s CBD it is on the outskirts of the CBD so the noise pollution from the streets is barely noticeable. During business hours there are locals going about their daily routine. It is the ideal setting for those who wish to enjoy all the attractions and activities in and around Cape Town at a reasonable price. As the hotel is newly renovated it has all the amenities guests may require such as free Wi-Fi; which you can request a voucher for from the front desk, laundry services, room service, newly refurbished rooms, individual air conditioning, TV, coffee and tea as well as a mini bar on request. The ‘Green Rooms’ are designed to be energy efficient and have double glazed doors to keep the noise out from the street. The floors are made of cork tiles while all the furniture is handcrafted and made of bamboo.

Room prices range from about R750 per night to about R1500 per night depending on the room one requests and depending on the season. Parking and other services are additional costs, but most room prices include breakfast. The hotel staff members are very friendly and happy to be of service to their guests. Hollow on the Square has a user friendly website full of all the information one may require when booking a hotel: www.hollowonthesqaure.co.za

Bronwyn May (@bronnmay)

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