The beauty of business…

A top tourist destination on one side, the V&A Waterfront; one of the new seven wonders of the world on the other, Table Mountain; and the deep blue Atlantic on the left, The Westin Cape Town is hard to do justice to in words. But we’ll try.

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The location alone is enough to draw you to this five-star luxurious hotel; however, in this case the facilities are just as fantastic. The Westin Cape Town is ideal for both business and leisure travellers and is proud of its recent investment of R6.5 million into renovating seven new, state-of-the-art meeting rooms. Eben Nel, executive assistant manager, says these rooms were developed in response to the shortage of executive boardrooms in the Cape Town CBD area. Well, not anymore.

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“This development showcases The Westin’s continued leadership in meeting changing executive needs, with extensive use of the latest audiovisual technology, natural light and eco-friendly facilities,” states Nel. A further high speed wireless Internet upgrade of IT infrastructure to the value of R2.4 million has been completed too.

Nel notes that with their modern look and feel, the rooms are designed to cater for executive board meetings, strategy sessions and executive retreats. The rooms range in size from 17 to 52 m2 and can cater for between 6 and 14 people. For ambience, the rooms rely on natural lighting, with six having full length glass windows. The hotel offers uncapped, high speed complimentary Wi-Fi as a standard to all delegates and the new meeting rooms have 50 to 60-inch LCD screens, built-in video projectors, adjustable light settings, as well as nearby access to a fully fledged business centre.

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What’s more, the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) is located adjacent to the hotel building; could you get more convenient than that? No.

General manager, Rob Kucera, adds: “The hotel believes that economic growth and the well-being of society are inextricably tied to the health of the environment, and embraces its responsibility towards environmental stewardship and commitment to integrating leading environmental practices and sustainability principles into its core business strategy.”

The hotel’s ambition is to reduce water consumption by 30%, between now and 2030. Its implemented all-round LED lighting and a R650 000 investment in heat pump installation have been completed.

Situated on the 19th floor is the internationally acclaimed Arabella Spa where guests can experience complete relaxation on a luxurious heated waterbed, unique to the spa. Enjoy breathtaking views from the sauna, jacuzzi, infinity lap pool and WestinWORKOUT® Gym, which is a complimentary facility for all guests staying at the hotel – great for business travellers with daily exercise withdrawal. Forgot your trainers? Don’t worry. The Westin has partnered with New Balance to provide athletic shoes during your stay, for a nominal single fee of R50. The socks? Well, they’re for you to keep.

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The hotel offers a variety of food and beverage dining experiences, including the Westin Executive Club Restaurant, also on the 19th floor; the contemporary Thirty7; Louis B’s Bistro Bar; as well as delicious sushi from Sushi at the Grand. The internationally renowned chefs at the restaurants make sure that you experience unique culinary delights in a first-class atmosphere with excellent international and local fusion cuisine.

Each of the 483 guest rooms and suites provide the perfect balance of meeting space and luxury modern comfort. They’re elegantly appointed with the latest amenities, and no matter where your room is located, you’re guaranteed a fabulous “room with a view” – as the hotel likes to call it.

Fast paced, but relaxed at the same time, we couldn’t think of any better destination to conference at. And neither should you.

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