Review: Modern Living at Cape Town’s Trendy ANEW Hotel Green Point

ANEW Hotel Green Point

The world is downsizing. Whether it is tiny homes or minimalist living, these days less is definitely more. But it’s not just housing that is embracing the minimalism trend, the travel industry is sitting up and taking notice too. Considered the ‘tiny houses’ of the hotel industry, micro-hotels have been popping up all over the world.

Sometimes, when you’re travelling for business or have a busy itinerary, all you need is a place to rest your head. Even if you want some time to relax, hotel rooms often have more wasted space than functional space. Millennial travellers are the biggest fans of this new minimalist travel trend which is why hoteliers are getting smart and building small, functional and visually exciting rooms that provide a big experience in a compact space.

ANEW Hotel Green Point

The concept of the micro-hotel is all about getting the guest out of their room and into shared, public spaces. Whether it’s the trendy hotel lounge, rooftop pool, or sight-seeing at nearby attractions, micro-hotel guests are social butterflies who are eager to explore.

Loving the vibe

Embracing this new travel trend in South Africa is ANEW Hotels & Resorts newest hotel offering, ANEW Hotel Green Point. Previously the Vib Best Western Hotel, the hotel has recently been rebranded and acquired by ANEW, a significant moment for the growing hotel group, as this opening marks its first foray into the Western Cape hospitality market with a flagship hotel in Cape Town. It may have a new name, but, as always, this trendy hotel in Cape Town’s much-loved Green Point offers travellers a stylish and technology-centric hotel specifically created to meet the needs of today’s urban travellers.

Pool ANEW Hotel Green Point

Situated close to the V&A Waterfront and within walking distance of many famous local landmarks such as the Green Point Urban Park and Sea Point Promenade, and a host of other amenities and attractions, the conveniently situated eight-storey hotel not only affords visitors magnificent views but plenty to do within its walls and beyond. The hotel offers a casual dining restaurant and bar, rooftop pool and lounge, art gallery, and gym to keep guests entertained and stimulated.

Boasting incredible views of the mountain and the ocean, the rooftop pool and lounge at ANEW Hotel Green Point is undeniably one of its best features. A peaceful, but oh-so-stylish spot you’ll be tempted to spend all day up here if your schedule allows. There’s a large, comfortable lounge area where guests and locals can enjoy a drink and socialise as well as a striking glass-walled pool that overlooks Green Point, with deck chairs just begging you to sit back, relax and read a book.

rooftop lounge ANEW Hotel Green Point

For culture and art-loving travellers, the hotel has a reputation for being an artist-friendly venue. During the national lockdown, entertainers struggled to make ends meet. The hotel presented them with a platform when other establishments were closed down, helping various entertainers weather the storm during one of the toughest times. The hotel has also collaborated with many well-known local musicians, dancers, artists and comedians, and will continue to host various live events for guests and visitors to enjoy.

Eat your heart out

Another highlight of the ANEW experience is the hotel restaurant, an open-plan restaurant, bar, lounge and terrace on the ground floor of the hotel. Offering a laid-back atmosphere with delicious breakfast, all-day light meals, and dinner dishes to both guests and local residents, this easy-going restaurant isn’t your typical hotel restaurant. While hotel restaurants can often be lacking in creativity, offering sub-par dishes with exorbitant price tags, this electric space offers a relaxed café feel with food and cocktails to rival any trendy bar or eatery on the Green Point strip. The meals and drinks are competitively priced and offer excellent value for money.

ANEW Hotel Green Point

Dishes at this unique spot are inspired by both African and international cuisine, offering everything from light meals to more substantial plates for hungry customers. Of course, the restaurant also offers breakfast for hotel guests and visitors and is also the ideal place to grab a coffee and read a book before exploring the city.

Small spaces with big design

With 76 expertly designed and environmentally conscious hotel rooms, ANEW offers a real community feel that is sure to appeal to those who don’t enjoy the anonymity of larger hotels. The standard rooms may be compact, but they offer big wins on the design and amenities front. The rooms are trendy and chic with a queen-sized bed, 40-inch smart TV, and a generous bathroom.

ANEW Hotel Green Point

The bathroom was my favourite part of the room. With its white subway tiles and phonebooth shower design, with rain shower head, it’s a real luxury space that serves to remind you that you’re staying in a top-notch hotel and enjoying a fabulous holiday.

The large bed, covered with marshmallow-soft linens and cushions, is also extremely comfortable and is another reminder of your luxury holiday experience. Other amenities that are sure to appeal to millennial travellers include a Nespresso machine, individual workstations with ultra-comfortable Herman Miller task chairs and a dedicated individual Ethernet cable and WiFi access point.

ANEW Hotel Green Point

The room does a great job of catering to the needs of both business and leisure travellers and while the large workstation/desk may seem cumbersome to some, for business travellers who need a comfortable and functional workspace in their room it will no doubt be a lifesaver.

The room is cleverly designed and offers all the small creature comforts and tech essentials a millennial traveller could want (like a compact steam iron, USB charging ports, safe, alarm clock, and more), and clever under-bed storage drawers and a suitcase compartment, so you’re not constantly tiptoeing over your suitcase while trying to get around the room.

ANEW Hotel Green Point

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Is micro-hotel travel for you?

Of course, the idea of small hotel rooms isn’t exactly new; travellers have long had the option to choose minuscule accommodations in the form of bunk beds at hostels to basic hotel rooms in budget hotels. But, while in the past, entry-level hotels and accommodation put a priority on price, the new micro-hotels have loftier aspirations. Where in the past, ‘micro’ was associated with cheap and small, today, this micro focuses on higher-quality, design, and experiential travel.

If you’re the type of traveller who doesn’t want to spend money on empty space in a room and enjoys hotels with larger public spaces that encourage guest interaction, then ANEW Hotel Green Point is the place for you.

ANEW Hotel Green Point

The hotel is ideal for anyone who is planning on enjoying a brief visit to Cape Town and wants to be in the thick of the action. If you’re travelling for a conference or love spending all your time exploring outside of your hotel, but still appreciate a little bit of luxury and top-notch amenities, then ANEW Hotel Green Point will be a great fit.

The hotel is pitched at both the workation and staycation market, providing the right blend of amenities to cater to a businessperson on the move — particularly those in the techpreneur and start-up space — as well as the domestic traveller seeking a dynamic designer stop-over. This unique hotel combines all the modcons with one of the most jaw-dropping pools in the Mother City and also pays homage to Cape Town as a creative capital.

Pool ANEW Hotel Green Point

Closely situated to Cape Town’s major freeways, providing quick and easy access to all of Cape Town’s business districts, the ANEW Hotel Green Point experience is perfectly suited to the discerning business market and young professional travellers.

What’s more, the hotel is currently offering an opening special. Enjoy a bed & breakfast stay (includes continental breakfast) at R995 per room per night Sunday – Thursday or R1,150 per room per night, Friday and Saturday. Maximum 2 Adults per room. Full Payment is required on reservation and the rate is non-refundable. The opening special is valid from 1 December 2021 – 28 February 2022.

For more information and to book your stay now, visit the ANEW Hotel Green Point website

First published 3 March, 2021. Updated with the new hotel name on 1 December 2021.

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