Solo Winter: 5 Reasons to enjoy a Century City Hotel #Staycation

“God is in the details.”

A walk up from the bus station or bustling Canal Walk mall, towards today’s rated hotel, showcases the meticulous planning which created the expansive multi-use Century City development.

Office spaces rub shoulders with gyms, conference spaces, car dealerships and residential properties alike. Snaking its way between the concrete landscape, is the canal and trickling waterways – a suburban dream for some.

Some hotels around the Cape, deserve a cursory mention for the bare minimum, while others lack flaws enough to gush about.

Century City Hotel is a hospitality establishment truly passionate about mastering an individualized travel experience. They do not just want to be good at what they do; They also want to be remembered – with fondness and a little bit of an aspiration to return.

Here are 5 Reasons to take Century City Hotel up, on their bargain winter offers:

1. The hotels‘Stay and Shop’ offer

Book a stay with the Century City Hotel (subject to availability), and you will receive a ZAR500 voucher, to enjoy Canal Walk Shopping Centre with.

Additionally, the offer means the guest(s) will have: a nights stay, unlimited Wi-Fi, proper parking, and you’ll enjoy a rather scrumptious breakfast at the hotel.

2. Check-in

If you are lucky enough to be checked in by the manager, Craig, or pretty much any of the helpful front-desk folks, you’ll be welcomed with:

  • A yeoman alleviating you of your bags
  • Refreshing complimentary water to be poured at your leisure
  • A check-in procedure that does not take more than 4 minutes (if you have your identification at the ready).
  • The option to organize a check-in | check-out time, which is specific to: your schedule and the hotels availability.

3. The Lobby Design

The hotels curated ground-floor interior, reads like a well-finished contemporary space, in the truest sense.

They deserve commendation on their enthusiasm for nurturing greenery (and the actual colors status, is as a calming 2019 design necessity) alone.

Modeled in the trendy ‘urban luxe’ style that has become a favorite of local food, hotel & lifestyle centre’s, Century City Hotel sets the mood with its crisp, edgy cool check-in area.

The rest of the lobby, with its cascading chain chandelier, stands as a fashionable throwback to eclectic eras past.

My eye is obsessed with lines and angles, and it means that whenever I enter a place, I can pick up the slightest off-centre decor, or design flaw.

Century City Hotel incorporates beautiful (and balanced) brass & iron metalwork to their dining areas, resulting in harmonious and layered contrast, symmetry, and depth.

What becomes a tonal multi-dimensional space from the interior design, is almost ideal noise to distract someone, when they’re dining solo.

4. The Executive Rooms

High-contrast neutrals have truly taken hotels and restaurants by storm…and the Executive Rooms at Century City Hotel, are no exception.

Light and dark neutrals are paired dramatically within the rooms, to grand effect.

The Executive rooms storage epitomizes the notion of minimalist chic – simultaneously being rustic and sophisticated.

I was tempted into touching everything in the room, from the grey fabric wallpaper covering the accent wall, to the impactful black light fixtures and their articulated sconces.

I never used to be wholly obsessed with bathrooms, but now I have a abiding appreciation for those designed with functionality and beauty in mind.

Century City Hotel bathrooms are fitted with concealed wall-mounted chrome-finished fixtures, as well as the shower having an effortless humidity control.

The sink area lighting is soft, with 2 bathroom light controls afforded to guests, if one doesn’t want to be blinded by the overheard brightness.

I am glad the hotel drew away from graphic tile in the bathroom, ensuring they keep the washing spaces minimalist and clean – truly a reassurance for guests in hospitality.

I am actually alright with not seeing Pop Art era colorways at this hotel, because the poofy white bed in the Executive room, looks cosy, and serves to highlight the sophisticated design elements about the room.

5. The Food & Drinks

Century City Hotel may not like to advertise it much, but they do have a dining establishment on the premises – a lobby cafe & bar with a panoramic view of the square.

It’s a big space for its relatively small reputation – that’s not to say it’s got a bad rep’; On the contrary, Square Cafe is quite popular among Digital Nomads and Century City workers, as one of Thee Lunch Spots.

See, Century City Hotel‘s Square Cafe capitalized on a global food trend which is still not quite done in some parts of cosmopolitan South Africa: The Harvest Table.

The cafe decided to put nourishing and tasty food, made with seasonal ingredients and products sourced ethically, on a buffet available to paying Century City visitors, and those working in the area.

The result, is a food experience that could have you in the gorgeous space from sun up to sundown, or grabbing a freshly pressed juice & nibble, while on the go.

Every week the menu changes, and every week day, you too could be enjoying farm-to-table style dining or after-work spirits in the cocktail lounge, at a very reasonable cost.

Come at night, and you’ll be privy to dinner options like tender Sirloin, and Chili Prawn Pasta, and desserts such as Vanilla Creme Brulee, or the Square Trifle.

You’ll probably end up hating yourself when you go home and realize you cant have the steaming hot beverages that Square Cafe presents as options to guests, through self-service coffee stations.

Choose how caffeinated you want to start your day, from more than 10 options, or order in from your warm room.

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I’m super smart so I’m definitely going back to the hotel – if not for another #Staycation, then for:

  • The literally perfectly prepared (by chief bartender Anashka) cocktails, like classic Cosmo’s and an Old Fashioned

She literally made it a point to convert my trifling gin-hating palate, into being a bonafide gin-lover, in under 6 minutes – a feat managed with the help of Inverroche Gin and a little Triple Sec Curaçao syrup.

  • Wine-tasting in a secreted away space
  • The ‘Buy 1 Get 1 free’ drinks offer on beers and house wines (Thursdays, 5-7pm)

As far as being a Solo Winter #Staycation option: It’s worthwhile for a night or 10!

Century City Hotel

No. 3 Energy Lane, Bridgeways Precinct, Century City, 7441, South Africa

Tel: +27  (0)21 204 8000


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