WATCH: The President Hotel turns up the charm for guests, as it turns 21

Expectations were high when I let my two boys know we were checking into the President Hotel in Bantry Bay for a visit.

“Will we meet the president?” my little one asked.

“While the hotel was opened by Nelson Mandela back in the day, this would not be the case,” I told him.

Despite no “presidential meeting”, there were a few highlights to look forward to during our overnight stay. The hotel is snugly situated in-between the world-renowned beaches of Cape Town and it eclectic CBD – giving its guests a great vantage point from which to explore

Just a short stroll down the road visitors will find the Queens Beach and Saunders’ Rock Beach which lead onto Sea Point Promenade and the inviting Sea Point Pool. Although, the Hotel itself has a pretty sublime pool too.  Continue along the Promenade to the famous V&A Waterfront, while looking out for whales, dolphins and seals along the way.

And if you're checking in as a family - your little ones (Under 12-years) will be given special treatment, plus you'll be given an iVenture card to hop on and off the Red Bus so you can explore Cape Town top attractions thoroughly - and at your own pace. All included in your stay. Watch the video above to see what you can expect from their customised family package.

Giving guests a reason to celebrate 21 years of hospitality: 

Today, Wednesday 3 June is also The President Hotel’s 21st birthday, as former President Nelson Mandela opened up the hotel in 1998. However, it doors have been open and offering years of Mother City hospitality and luxury experiences to both the business and leisure traveller, for some 250 years.   

To celebrate the hotel is “pampering its guests with seven days of throwback experience – take a look at what’s on offer:

  • Sunset Sundowner Session

Date: All week long.

Time: While the sun is setting.

Sundowner Special: Sip on one of our signature Presidential Piña Colada for only R21, while being treated to uninterrupted ocean views.

  • Going Back in Time

 Date: Monday, 3 June, 2019 - The official birthday date! 

All-day special: In celebration of 21 years of superb cuisine, the hotel will be offering a traditional fish and chips or steak and chips with béarnaise sauce and a 330ml beer or glass of house wine for only R121. Available from 12pm to 10pm.

Activities: The hotel will celebrate with guests by offering a glass of Pongracz bubbles and slices from a specialty 3D cake of the hotel created by The President’s talented pastry team. Additionally, the hotels staff, dressed in traditional African attire, will unveil a nostalgic Madiba Wall Quote to honour the late leader. Everyone is invited to join and celebrate with us from 12pm to 6pm.

  • Pizza, wine, sun and sea views?

Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019 

All-day special: For only R121, guests can enjoy a gourmet pizza and 330ml beer or glass of house wine. Available from 12pm to 10pm.

  •  World Environment Day and Cape Town Wine Tour at the President

 Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Activity: To celebrate World Environment Day, the hotel invites guests to help combat air pollution by taking part in planting trees at The President with staff at 11am.

Lunch specials: Attributing to the year that the hotel was re-opened in 1998, the President will offer a lunch special for R98 of a fresh salad from their menu or an indulgent pasta Alfredo and a mocktail. Or for only R121, guests can enjoy a gourmet burger and 330ml beer or glass of house wine. Available from 12pm to 3pm.

Wine tasting: At 5pm, guests can explore the best of Cape Town’s wineries with a complimentary wine tasting experience, from The President’s extensive wine list, whilst enjoying the magnificent sunset and ocean breeze.

  • First Thursdays at the President 

Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019

From 5pm to 8pm, the hotel team will unveil a pop-up history wall documenting The President’s most memorable and inspirational moments as well as an exhibition of local history. The evening will be paired with a sunset sundowner cocktail party with live entertainment for guests and friends of The President.

  • Family Fridays at The Base 

Date: Friday, 7 June 2019

The President invites parents and their young ones to enjoy some quality time at the most loved family hotel in Cape Town for their Family Friday Night special. Children under the age of 12 get to be little chef’s for the night and make their own pizza and eat it (for free!) when accompanied by two adults who are ordering a main meal each. Parents can enjoy some much-needed downtime whilst the kids play in the hotel’s play area with dedicated child minders. Available from 5pm to 8pm.

  •  Yoga and World Oceans Day Beach Clean-Up

 Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019

After welcoming the day at 8am with a yoga session and smoothies on the hotel’s lawn with views of the ocean, guests will be able to celebrate World Oceans Day by participating in a beach clean-up at Broken Bath Beach. Join for yoga at 8am or the beach clean-up from 9:30am to 11am (meet at the hotel’s Deck Bar at 9am). Everyone is welcome!

  • Sunday Funday

Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019

The President will be ending their birthday celebration family-style with a 1998 themed buffet Sunday lunch and kiddies buffet with live entertainment and kids’ fun with child minders so parents can kick-back and enjoy the afternoon with pristine views. The lunch is available at R210 per person. Children under age 6 eat free and half price for children under age of 12. Available from 12pm to 3pm.

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