Positioning itself as Africa’s leading cosmopolitan city, Cape Town is best explored on foot – and your perfect base camp is Hollow on the Square Hotel. Founded as a trading post 350 years ago, Cape Town has remained a shopping mecca ever since. Home to the nation’s most stylish designers and craftsmen, as well as its most famous artists, Cape Town’s City Bowl is transforming itself into an “African Manhattan”.
Conveniently located within the historic Tulbagh Square, Hollow on the Square is centrally situated within this vibrant city. The hotel is a mere two-minute walk from the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC), a gentle ten-minute stroll to the V&A Waterfront, and five minutes to other inner-city shopping meccas such as Green Market Square, St Georges Mall, and the beautiful Flower Market. Should your trip be fleeting, having Cape Town International Airport between 25 and 40 minutes’ drive away ensures you can pack in as much sightseeing as possible.
Cape Town has a rich heritage that can be easily explored from the hotel with sites such as the Company’s Gardens, Robben Island, District Six Museum, as well as the Castle of Good Hope nearby. Not to be forgotten, the iconic Table Mountain is arguably the best-known landmark in the city, and should be on the bucket list of every visitor. Cape Town is often regarded as one of the foodie capitals of South Africa, with some of the city’s best restaurants located just a few minutes from the hotel. The CBD is also known for its bustling nightlife and features a selection of nightclubs, bars, and theatres.
The MyCiTi Bus Route and Hop On/Hop Off Tourist Bus stops just outside the square making getting around that much easier for both the business and leisure traveller. Alternatively, devise your own private tour or book a private vehicle and driver with Hollow on the Square Hotel’s concierge service.
Cape Town Highlights
Cape Town International Convention Centre
Museums & Galleries
The Company’s Gardens
The Cape Castle of Good Hope
The Malay Quarter & Bo-Kaap
The Cape Point & Peninsula
Table Mountain Cableway
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Two Oceans Aquarium
Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach
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Cape Town Weather
The Western Cape has a typical Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and mild, moist winters and low summer rainfall prevails. The coastal summer temperatures rise from a pleasant low of 15°C to a warm 27°C. Inland temperatures are some 3-5°C higher. Coastal winters see the mercury dropping to a mild 7°C at night and rising to a comfortable 18°C by day. Away from the beach, morning wakens to an invigorating 5°C and midday peaks at 22°C.
To many, March and April signal idyllic weather. Summer’s heat subsides, the wind settles and autumn casts its brightly coloured mantle over the vineyards, generating red, burnished vistas spreading from the mountain tops to the sea. In keeping with its sunny, tranquil character, a temperate climate with gentle, intermittent precipitation complements the warm summers and mild winters of the Garden Route.
In winter (from May to July), the snow-capped peaks of the Boland and the Cederberg Mountains and the lush, moist earth evoke an atmosphere conducive to log fires in cosy taverns. However, with the onset of spring (from August to October), the fast-retreating winter merges with the summer sun, bringing forth some of the world’s most spectacular wild flower displays.
Visitors not delighted by the endless sunshine may well be literally swept off their feet by the “Cape Doctor”, a powerful south-easterly wind clearing the Cape Town air of pollution (hence the name “Cape Doctor”). Though forceful in character, the “Cape Doctor” visits infrequently, arriving only when the Fairest Cape needs to freshen up. The wind drapes the Table Mountain flat-topped summit with a white “tablecloth” of cloud.