Our Top 5 Alternative Conference Venues in Cape Town – 2014

Cape Town continues to grow as a go to destination in the conferencing world. There are many new venues that have arisen to meet the ever growing popularity of Cape Town from a business tourism perspective. Here is a round up of some of the smaller venues we have worked in.

All venues listed are able to host a conference and/or small exhibition.

1.  Century City Conference Centre

One very exciting development is the Century City Hotel and Conference Centre. Versatile and fully equipped, Century City Conference Centre accommodates up to 1900 guests across 20 different venues, providing the ideal location for all events. Think corporate conferences, product expos, gala dinners, concerts and more – the possibilities are endless.

 

ccconferencecentre.co.za

 

2. The Westin

One of Cape Towns most luxurious hotels, The Westin also has excellent conference and small exhibition facilities with state of the art IT and facilities. The Westin is widely considered one of Cape Town finest conference locations.

Offering outstanding conference facilities with eleven individual venues accommodating from 12 to 600 delegates. All venues are fully air-conditioned and state-of-the-art conference and audiovisual equipment are available.

The V&A Waterfront is an short ferry trip away on the canals. Cape Town CBD is right next door opening up a huge array of restaurants and alternative accommodation venues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.westincapetown.com/en/meetings

 

 

3. Belmont Square

Belmont Square Conference Centre is a modern and elegant environment. Located in Cape Town and situated in Rondebosch close to Cape Town CBD, Cape Town International Airport and various golf courses and sports grounds.

Fully licensed restaurant on the premises. Full catering service with menu’s tailored to suit your needs.
Suitable for any business or private event, celebration or occasion.

Belmont Square Conference Centre offers facilities from 4 to 400 delegates and has 10 separate venues available with ample secure parking and facilities for the physically challenged.

 

www.belmontsquare.co.za/

 

4. Lagoon Beach

Lagoon beach hotel is Cape towns only hotel with direct beach access. 7 internal venues and meeting rooms are available accommodating 10 – 600 delegates, which make lagoon beach Cape Towns second largest conference facility.

The location right on the beach adds the advantage of team building activities such as surfing, kayaking, jet skiing, kite boarding and other beach sports.

Day conference packages and full inclusive packages are offered

 

www.lagoonbeachhotel.co.za/conferencing/

 

5. TownHouse Hotel

With a range of venue options available on two spacious levels, equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual and presentation aids, the centre is ideally placed to host functions large and small.

Thanks to the highly flexible, modular nature of its venues, the centre caters for large theatre-style presentations accommodating up to 250 people, conferences and product launches, ‘sit-down’ functions and banquets, as well as smaller meetings or ‘break-away’ sessions.

The Hotel’s Michelin-trained executive chef, provides customised menus and catering for various needs – from working breakfasts, light finger lunches and cocktails to formal banqueting functions.

www.townhouse.co.za/

 

6. Spier

Spier has possibly the nicest staff I have encountered at a venue (Aside from Champagne Resort, but that’s not in Cape Town). They have a brilliant and well laid out venue that can host a conference and concurrent exhibition. A number of venues are available from the Historical, Restored manor House to the 400 seater conference centre

What else can you do here? Oh not much, just walk with Cheetahs, amazing raptor shows and experience possibly the largest buffet you will ever see and eat in a tree at Moyo…

 

www.spier.co.za/conference/venues

 

7. BMW pavilion – Renamed the Pavilion

What makes this venue stand out is its location. Directly next door to the V&A waterfront, it is within walking distance of a range of amenities and also a short hop to the city centre.

The main conference venue, the old IMAX cinema, seats 300. It has a banked seating setup that must be the envy of all venues in Cape Town. There are also a range of smaller breakaway rooms for smaller groups.

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.thepavilion.co.za/

 

8. Vineyard Hotel

Another gem of a venue located in the southern suburbs. Whilst not quite as “cosmopolitan” as say the top 2 venues in terms of location, It is located in the green lush suburb of Newlands, bordering the Cavendish Square shopping precinct. The Vineyard has well geared facilities and staff that actually seem to care. While you are there try the Spa downstairs…world class.

Each floor of the conference and banqueting venue can accommodate up to 280 guests and can be converted into 3 smaller rooms as required.

 

 

 

http://www.vineyard.co.za

 

9. The River Club

An institution in Cape Town with ravers and students in the 90’s, The River Club has seen massive transformation in the last few years and its facilities now rank amongst the best in cape town. The conference centre has eight rooms of various sizes, ideal for any event from corporate conferences to exhibitions.

On top of that there is a mashie golf course as well as a superbly kitted driving range.

It is close to the eclectic suburb of Observatory where you will find a range of interesting restaurants and nightlife.

 

 

 

 

riverclub.co.za/index.php/meet

 

10. The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel is on Camps Bay drive, on the beach in arguably the coolest hippest suburb in Cape Town. It is surrounded by superb restaurants and relaxed bars. It is also close the the CBD, V&A Waterfront and the South peninsula is easily accessible from Camps bay along the coastal road.

The Rotunda at the Bay can accommodate up to 500 people and there are a range of various sized smaller breakaway venues.

http://www.thebay.co.za/

11. The Pavilion Clock Tower Conference Centre

A small, but fantastic venue boasting great views and surrounds. Perfect for smaller conferences, confexes and expos.

The V&A is just across the swing bridge as well as a host of bars and restaurants to suit any palate and a array of hotel choices are nearby.

This Slick Waterfront Conferencing Centre. which boasts 3 main venues that can be split up with mobile partitioning wall system.

Catering for group of 10 – 600pax. It also has a full internal catering service which can cater for specific dietary requirements. The Pavilion is also fully licensed.

The Pavilion Conference Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.thepavilionlmg.com

 

This list is not an exhaustive list of whats on offer in Cape Town. In my experience as a contractor, that often installs exhibits at these venues, they are all well geared and well organised to host conferences and exhibitions. I will be doing further posts on other great venues in and around Cape Town

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