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GrandWest Casino

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2006 at 11:41
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GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World is the epitome of Cape Town hospitality and international glamour, combined with the charm of its historical heritage. It features a top casino, restaurants, shopping facilities, music venues and a fairground.


GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World is an entertainment complex owned by the Sun International Group. In line with the latest trend, it offers far more than just a casino. There is a four-star hotel, an ice skating rink, and an entertainment area that contains fairground attractions such as a rollercoaster, merry-go-rounds, go-kart racing, mini-golf and, for the PC generation, banks of video games.

For those who prefer passive entertainment there are cinemas, a dance club and a live music venue with a jazz flavour. Numerous restaurants and pubs dot the complex and there is a creche so that parents can take some time off to enjoy everything on offer. There are a variety of shops - among them clothing and jewellery shops, a tobacconist, a bookshop and a sweet shop.

The design theme captures the vintage days of Cape Town's past, with building facades reflecting traditional Cape Town architecture. The casino itself is of late Victorian design, and boasts over 60 tables offering blackjack, American roulette, Raise 'em Poker, Punto Banco and 1750 slot machines, including African themed slots such as African Express.

The slot machines are smart-card operated for ease of use and additional safety. There are prive sections of the casino, allowing high-rollers to play tables as well as slots on a 24-hour basis.

GrandWest Casino has become one of South Africa's most visited casinos, benefiting from Cape Town's reputation as an international tourist destination. It has played host to an estimated ten million visitors since opening.

GrandWest Casino

Gaming and Casino Facilities

GrandWest Casino offers 1750 smart-card operated slot machines and over 60 gaming tables.

The slot machines feature some uniquely African themed games, such as African Express. These can be played in a number of coin denominations, all fed by means of the smart cards.

This functionality allows for ease of play and added security. The progressive slots are wide-area networked, paying jackpots that are as high as R2 million.

The table games include American Roulette, Blackjack, Raise 'em Poker, Diamond Rush and Punto Banco. The casino caters for both smokers and non-smokers.

Highlights at GrandWest are:

African Express Slots
Unique game play - move through 4 different video slot games, with 4 progressive jackpot levels
Denomination: 25c
Maximum bet: 90 "coins"
Jackpot: Up to R500 000

Diamond Rush - Linked Blackjack Progressive
Denomination: R5 additional bet
Minimum Jackpot: R50 000

Millennium Mania
Jackpot: R2 million

GrandWest offers exclusive Privé facilities for high-rollers:

Slots Privé
The Slots Privé offers well-heeled gamblers a choice of 95 slots machines, with denominations from R2 to R100. There are normal slots, video slots, video poker and progressive slots. The Slots Privé is open 24 hours each day.

Tables Privé
The Tables Privé provides exclusive tables and top-class service. It contains 4 American roulette tables, 4 blackjack tables and a Punto Banco table.

Inside is the even more exclusive Captain's Cabin, a private facility containing an American roulette table, 2 blackjack tables and a Punto Banco table. The Tables Privé is also open around the clock.

Most Valued Guests Programme (MVG)
The MVG programme offers platinum and gold class membership. Both classes of members have access to the Slots and Tables Privés, as well as the luxurious MVG Lounge.

The lounge serves complimentary tea and coffee, and snacks can be ordered from the light menu.

The lounge is open from 10:00 to 02:00 on weekdays, and closes at 04:00 on weekends. In addition, MVG members get special hotel rates, and platinum members receive undercover parking facilities.

Dining and Entertainment Facilities

Cinemas (6)
State-of-the-Art Cinemas with digital sound and stadium seating

Bars & Clubs (6)
Supersport Bar
The Golden Anchor Bar
The Alibama Lounge
Roxy Revue Bar - theatre and musicals
Hanover Street Nightclub - includes Comedy Showcase
The District

Restaurants (8)
Jackson Hall
Bukhara - Indian
The Cape Town Fish Market Restaurant
Ali Kung - Chinese
Kyoto - Japanese
Squires Grill and Chop House
Bella Gina - Italian
Union Castle Grill Quarterdeck Restaurant

Fast Food Outlets (9)
Chip & Dip
Doughnut Hive
Debonaires Pizza
House of Curry
Wimpy KFC
Fisherman’s Choice
Anat Falafel Steers
Milky Lane
Cosmic Candy

For The Kids
The Magic Village
Fully Supervised Crèche
Barbie World
Sony Playstation World
Art Studio
Soft Play Area - tunnels, jungle gyms and climbing nets
Three Party Rooms: Dinosaur, Lion King and Aladdin
Video Arcade - interactive computer & simulation games
Fun-fair Redemption Games
American-style Pool Tables

The Fort of Good Hope
Carousel Rides
Kentucky Derby
Pirate Ship
Bumper Cars
Mini-Golf Course
Fun-fair Stores

Ice Station

Hotel and Lodging Facilities

There are two hotels in the GrandWest Casino and Entertainment complex: the upmarket and luxurious Grand Hotel and City Lodge, aimed at the budget traveller.

The City Lodge is a standard City Lodge style hotel, with 120 rooms available at very competitive everyday rates.

It is suitable for the time-pressed business traveller and for family holiday accommodation. It is still a stylish establishment though, built along the lines of a classic Cape-Dutch homestead.

The Grand Hotel is a 4-star Sun International hotel is modelled on the old Cape style architecture, thus evoking Victorian era Cape Town In fact it is a recreation of an actual building that used to exist in Cape Town's main street at the time.

Service excellence is a cornerstone of the Grand Hotel's style. As a relatively small hotel, it lends itself to an intimate atmosphere with superb attention to detail evident in all its facets.

All the Deluxe rooms have splendid appointments and wonderful views. The emphasis is on comfort and style, as befits the old Cape lifestyle. The en-suite bathrooms are finished in marble, and have comfortable and spacious double-beds.

The hotels are surrounded by a plethora of restaurants, providing a dizzying variety of cuisine. Guests can choose between Japanese, Chinese, steak speciality, Indian, seafood, Italian and buffet restaurants.

There are also plenty of fast-food establishments. All of these are within easy reach of the hotels.

Within only 20 minutes' drive of Cape Town, and a similar distance from the airport, the GrandWest complex hotels provide a memorable experience of traditional Cape Town style and hospitality.

GrandWest Hotel

Rooms (39)
1 Presidential Suite
38 Deluxe Rooms


Mini Bar
Computerised Safe
Colour Satellite Television with remote control
24-hour Room Service
Guest parking


Currency: South African Rand
Close to shops, restaurants in the complex
Within safe walking distance of a myriad of entertainment facilities

Location and Contact Details

GrandWest Casino is situated in Vanguard Drive in Goodwood, a suburb of Cape Town. It takes roughly twenty minutes to get there from the centre of the city. Take the Eastern Boulevard out of Cape Town, which then becomes the N2 highway. Take theVanguard Drive off-ramp - GrandWest Casino is at No. 1 Vanguard Drive. If approaching from the airport, take the N2 towards the city centre and then the same offramp.

GrandWest Map

Physical Address
1 Vanguard Drive, Goodwood, Cape Town, South Africa

Contact Numbers
Tel: +27 (0) 21 505 7777
Fax: +27 (0) 21 534 1278

General Manager - Kurt Peter
Tables Manager - Mark Dovale
Slots Manager - Dirk Geere
Salon Privé Host Manager - Ingrid Le Roux

City Lodge
Tel: +27(0) 21 535 3611
Fax: +27 (0) 21 535 3622

Postal Address
P.O. Box 260, Eppindust, Cape Town, 7475

General Manager
Stefan Janse van Rensburg

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