(Photo: Supplied, Park Inn Radisson)
You might think a hotel that’s in the suburbs isn't as on the pulse of things, as a city-centre or beach-front hotel, per say.
But then the appeal of the Park Inn Hotel in Newlands is so much more than CBD cosmopolitan shopping or catching a tan on one of Cape Town's sultry beaches. It's all about the sports fan. If you're looking for live and direct gees, then this is your hotel of choice.
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Conveniently situated between the Newlands Stadium and Dreyer Street, my visit coincided with the 2018 Currie Cup final. While I’m not a sports fan, the energy in the stadium and back at the hotel was palpable. I also enjoyed chatting to people and getting to see their reactions as the men on the field did their thing.
But that's not the only sporting event that Newlands plays host to either.
Added to that sports fans can chill out on the patio before the game, and then easily make their way to Newlands Stadium, which is just a stone’s throw away. After, depending if you’re celebrating or commiserating (This time round, The Sharks got to lift the cup), you can have a few drinks at the bar, or enjoy a dip in the pool to cool off.
The Live-Inn restaurant of the Park Inn also serves up wonderful a la carte menus for lunch and dinner, plus the Lobby Bar has an exclusive selection of drinks and cocktails. During our stay we enjoyed a braai-style dinner, where you select your meat beforehand, along with accompanying salads.
And if you’re into learning about how to make your own drinks, then attend one of the cocktail masterclass hosted regularly at Park Inn.
We had fun with the guys from Bulldog Gin. First we watched the masters at work, before we all took turns to crush, shake and pour our own delicious cocktails.
But staying in suburbia for your sporting event of choice does not mean you need to spend the entire duration of you break there.
You can find an array of shops and restaurants including Cavendish shopping mall, close by. Pop into any of the nearby eateries or take a peek at the hotel's menu for lunch or dinner. From here you can also head downtown and explore some art and culture with the Township Art Tour, with the brilliant guide Juma Mkwela.
You can choose from various activities; walking around Woodstock and getting a new perspective on the street art, or cycling through townships and getting to know the area. Juma is extremely knowledgeable and will answer all your questions, stop for as many photos as you like.
I’ve lived in Cape Town all my life and have seen many of these street art pieces before, but I never appreciated them the way I do now, after Juma’s tour.
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If you’d like to learn more about the hotel, or book a stay, then visit their website for full details.
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*Freelance writer Carmen Williams was hosted for her stay, including hosted activities.