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The South African Food Blogger Indaba sure does get around… The first Indaba was held in the Cape Quarter back in 2010. For the second Indaba in 2011 we went to the seaside and gathered in Noordhoek. For the third Indaba in 2012 we headed out into the southern suburbs (Kenilworth, to be precise!). So this year for the fourth Indaba we thought it was time to head back into the city centre again, and what better place to have a foodie conference than up the road from the fantastic Old Biscuit Mill? That’s just one of the many things to like about our venue this year, the DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside in Woodstock.
Situated in newly-trendy Woodstock, the hotel opened in mid-2013 and is Doubletree by Hilton’s third conference hotel in Africa, offering 183 rooms and 9 flexible conference rooms which can be combined in various configurations and which we will be using for the Indaba. The style is chic and contemporary and would not seem out of place in New York or London. Before and after the conference you can relax in the airy lobby or enjoy a drink in the The Estreet Bar (which offers an extensive list of South African wines, including organic wines), or dine in the on-site Liberty’s restaurant. Or, as I said, the foodie haven of the Old Biscuit Mill is literally a short walk away, as well as the funky art galleries of Woodstock. A free shuttle runs 4 times a day to the V&A Waterfront and Cape Town International Airport is only 15 minutes drive by car. The hotel also offers massage services, a library, a gym, an indoor pool and an on-site cash machine – but my personal favourite is the kitchen garden on the hotel roof, which is where Matt Allison will be presenting his workshop “Dig for Victory” during the Indaba, all about growing your own food.
There are two classes of suites and two classes of rooms, decorated in stylish warm colours and fitted with air-conditioning and a 32-inch flat-screen satellite TV. All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and a work desk, and the smallest rooms start at a generous 26 square metres. All rooms include complimentary internet access and a work desk with a universal plug point, as well as a handy laptop-sized safe. Spacious bathrooms feature large walk-in showers with adjustable massage shower heads, complimentary toiletries and hairdryers.
If you book directly through the hotel, they are offering a package price for Indaba attendees wishing to stay overnight at DoubleTree by Hilton Cape Town Upper Eastside, namely:
- R1,015 (about £64) per night for a single room, including breakfast
- R1,135 (about £71) per night for a double room, including breakfast