The Mother City, Cape Town, is beautiful, lively, enchanting and full of all the South African charm that makes this country such a unique place to visit.
Wind surfers fill the skyline across Bloubergstrand, surfers hit the breaks on Muizenberg and Long Beach and all along the shoreline is dotted with chilled beach-side bars. In certain places of Cape Town, you forget that you’re not only in one of South Africa’s capitals, but also in the oldest city in the country. The laid-back boho vibe also extends into the many incredible places you can rest your head here.
For example: perfectly located on Long Street, The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel occupies one of the more enviable positions within Cape Town. A while back, Kasha and I were kindly invited to come and experience this special hotel, to see exactly what visitors can expect.
History of Grand Daddy
The building itself has been operating as a hotel for over 120 years, having been created by architect Mello Gerardus Damstra, a Dutchman who came to the Cape around 1895. The original 5-floor hotel on the 38 Long Street was Hotel Metropole, a grand building built in German Renaissance style.
Relics of this former era can be seen in the vintage elevator in the hotel foyer. This is actually the oldest elevator in Cape Town and you have to pull the shutters to close before you head up!
The rooms at Grand Daddy
The real reason that many people choose to stay in Grand Daddy becomes obvious as soon as you explore the hotel rooms. Luxurious suites, classy rooms and oh, how about staying in one of seven Airstream trailers on the roof of the hotel…
Our room, though beautiful and comfortable, was a more modest Superior Room with a small outdoor patio. The linen was crisp and clean and the bathroom relete with marble and pampering products. In short, it was everything we needed for a luxurious stay.
However, if you fancy splashing out, the rooftop trailers provide a unique luxury experience. Shipped in direct from the USA, these funky trailers are individually themed, inspired by a South African road trip.
Obviously, this hotel is cool. The Airstream trailers see to that. But the folks at Grand Daddy don’t stop there. All guests can head to the trailer park to visit the rooftop bar for a sundowner and a view of Table Mountain. They even do cinema screenings up here!
Waking up for brekkie the next day, you can relax knowing your stomach will be very well looked after. THIRTY ATE at The Grand Daddy whip up incredible eggs benedict and all of the early morning classics that help you feel human again.
This gorgeous hotel is not only perfectly positioned to explore the city, it’s also a unique way to experience luxury, the Cape Town way.
Your biggest pros here are being able to see Table Mountain while sipping a cocktail in your hotel, walk 15-minutes to V&A Waterfront and enjoy some of the warmest hospitality in SA. If you’re hoping to spoil yourself or your loved one, this is where I’d recommend you do it.
Kasha and I were guests kindly invited by Grand Daddy. All opinions, as always, are completely my own.