Cape Town's other World Cup battle

The One & Only - except there's a few around

There’s no doubt South Africa is going World Cup crazy… Whether it’s the giant footballs on the way into Cape Town’s Waterfront district or posters for real estate that claim to ‘help you reach your goal’, there’s a FIFA 2010 flavour everywhere you go and I’ve lost count of the number of questions we’ve been asked about Team England in the 36 hours we’ve been here.

‘How many fans will you bring?’ ‘Do you think they will stay in Cape Town?’ ‘Will David Beckham like so and so?’ have all been put to us, as though we’re members of the FA’s organising committee.

Along Cape Town’s Waterfront an off-pitch battle is raging… which luxury hotel is going to come up trumps during the tournament…

The Table Bay

The newly opened One & Only managed to put in a couple of early strikes given it’s where most of the FIFA delegation stayed earlier this month for the official draw … but many locals have dubbed it the ‘One & Lonely’ as occupancy has not been as expected. The hotel’s home to some signature restaurants like Gordon Ramsey and Nobu but having London prices in a city where dining out on great food at cheap as chips prices is always going to be a risky strategy.

Our hotel, the Table Bay pulled a result out of the bag at the draw as it’s where Charlize Theron stayed. The South African stunner who did such as magnificent job of appearing interested as the balls where pulled from the bag is the face of Sun International, the group that owns the hotel.

The Cape Grace

The waterfront’s grand dame The Cape Grace has refreshed it’s ‘squad’ in anticipation of the World Cup, having undergone a complete makeover lasting for more than six months. She might not have pulled in the big names during the draw but expect her to make a late surge for the title come kick off next June.