The Grand Daddy’s New Look

The Grand Daddy’s New Look

Despite the fact that the Grand Daddy building first opened its doors as a hotel in 1895, there is nothing antiquated about the place.

Warm, welcoming and colourful; the Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel recently underwent extensive refurbishments. Think unpretentious luxury, South African textures and vibrant hues; the inspiration behind the revamp was to inject some local flavour and flair into the hotel.

Debbie Loots from, tells a little more about what loved most about the new look:

“On entering the hotel lobby you are welcomed with warmth and charm. On the reception desk sits the gold mascot dog Leon, who’s apparently been there for yonks.


We first check out the downstairs eatery, Thirty Ate, to see what’s changed. Nothing and everything, it seems. “We love upcycling,” says Leanne. “Nothing is new; all the existing furniture and fittings have been redone and repurposed.” And copper is the go-to colour, that’s clear. Leanne says the eatery’s interior, by Jacqui Hunter, was themed around a dangling row of retro copper light fittings, a favourite feature of the owners. But the colour copper’s reign doesn’t end here; it’s throughout the hotel’s interior: clad walls and bar, tabletops and piping around moody-blue reupholstered armchairs.

Grand Daddy Hotel

After admiring Cape Town’s oldest working elevator back in the lobby, our tour continues to the rooftop via a staircase where a playful South African road map painted on the wall leads the way. Upstairs, a new world awaits – a world of open-air classic-movie screenings, and sundowners in the Sky Bar set against a dramatic city and mountain skyline. The rooftop is also home to five swanky Airstream trailers, all charmingly decorated. “Each trailer represents a special part of the country,” says Brenda. Think Namaqualand daisies and Karoo dorpies, and you get the picture.”

Grand Daddy Hotel

Moving back downstairs, Debbie admired the Luxury Rooms, which are located on the third and second floor. All of the rooms, as well as the passages, got a makeover.

Grand Daddy Hotel Luxury Room

“On the second floor we peek inside The Grand Daddy Suite. It is more spacious and has its own little garden patio, but it is representative of the general look and feel of all the rooms: upcycled furniture, including bedside tables, a freshly painted cupboard and dressing table, a dramatic reupholstered copper headboard, and copper light fittings. Printed cushions and artworks featuring iconic South African motifs pull everything together.


All done inside, it’s time to show off the exterior and Leanne’s hand-painted mural of an Airstream trailer doubling as a food truck. Here, through a hatch, coffee-on-the-go and eats are available. Novel… and yet another example of how teamwork has made this the grandest daddy of them all.”

Grand Daddy Food Truck

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