One of the first things I do when checking into a hotel room is explore the little touches that have the potential to turn an ordinary stay into an extraordinary one. From the quality of the bathroom amenities and the bed linen to the originality of the contents of the minibar, it’s the attention to detail that counts.
Increasingly, guests want to plug into the local culture when arriving in a new city, especially when it comes to eating and drinking. Cape Town is no exception. With this in mind, we’ve turned our minibar into a showcase of proudly South African products. From artisanal soft drinks to gourmet snacks, many of the items in the new mini bar are local.
Expect to find iced tea made from locally grown rooibos, preservative- and sugar-free fruit juices and mineral water bottled at source in the Franschhoek valley. Award-winning local whiskies and brandies include Bains Cape Mountain Whisky which has been voted World’s Best Grain Whisky in 2013. Even the Jorgensen Gin and Primitive Vodka are artisanal and produced at a family owned distillery right here in Wellington.
Typically South African snacks, such as biltong and droëwors (dried sausage), complement roasted nuts, delicious nougat and spicy corn, perfect for that late night cravings.
Tell us what has been your favourite or most unique mini bar item you’ve seen?
* The meaning of ‘Lekker’ (pronounced ˈlɛkəˈ), a typical South African slang word – Very good, Delicious, Great, Nice
Blog post by Jane Broughton
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