The Ritz Hotel Cape Town, one of the city’s most iconic buildings, is ready for its big unveiling after a multi-million rand refurbishment.
The refurbished hotel, which has been renovated from top to bottom and includes the hotel’s iconic revolving restaurant, which is 23 floors above Sea Point, will open to the public on Saturday, December 16th.
The new Ritz Hotel Cape Town combines all of the glitz and glam of a Miami resort with a fresh, contemporary aesthetic. Despite its opulence, great effort has been taken to ensure that it is accessible to all guests, catering to both locals and international visitors.
“We’re very much geared at locals as well as guests – they’re crucial,” Johann Du Plessis, general manager, adds. “Come in and enjoy yourself. We want everyone to have a good time at our hotel, which isn’t stuffy or stiff.”
You’ll be treated to an extraordinary experience of luxury and comfort from the moment you drive through the entryway, which is relaxed enough for you to take off your sandals and feel at ease.
Guests are checked in at the marble front desk, which is dominated by a massive golden palm tree that is echoed by real palms and lush flora. With plush couches and WiFi, it’s the perfect place to unwind, conduct business, or meet up with friends.
Ascend the wide stairs to the open and airy CASA restaurant, which connects through to the pool area. The bold use of authentic Martinique palm frond wallpaper — a pattern originally created for The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles – continues the retro-chic concept. Breakfast is offered here, as well as an all-day menu from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The pool area has a supervised play area for children, while adults can relax on a lounger or in a private cabana with a cocktail in hand.
The colour scheme here is bright and tropical, but it shifts to tones of smoky blacks and greys as you go to the upper floors’ rooms. The Ritz features 213 rooms in five categories, 114 of which have been built and are available for occupancy, with phase two set to open in 2018. Compact deluxe rooms, with views of the beach or the mountain, and in corner rooms with wraparound windows, are the current entry level.
The larger luxury rooms have a spacious living area with two velvet armchairs, a choice of king or twin beds, and an en-suite bathroom with shower, while one-bedroom suites have a separate bedroom with an extra-large king size bed that leads to a separate lounge and dining area with a table and chairs, as well as a comfortable velvet sofa. There is a spa shower and a bath in the en-suite bathrooms.
The Ritz recognises that Cape Town has water limits and encourages guests to use showers rather than baths, as well as save laundry loads by using towels more than once a day.
The city rooms, which will be completed in 2018 during the off-peak season, will be on the lower levels, where any loss of views will be offset by reasonable prices for groups and budget-conscious travellers. For the utmost in exclusivity and solitude, two penthouses on the 21st and 22nd floors will be opened in 2018.
All rooms are air-conditioned and non-smoking, with smart TVs and high-speed WiFi. The Champagne Bar is a small, intimate space that may be enjoyed on its own or as part of a larger bucket-list dining experience at Top Of The Ritz, Cape Town’s only revolving restaurant and a landmark in the cityscape.
The cost: Deluxe rooms cost between R3800 and R4600, luxury rooms cost between R5000 and R5950, and suites cost between R9800 and R11500.
Phase 2 will open in 2018 with city rooms ranging from R2550 to R2750 and penthouses ranging from R19500 to R22 655.
The Ritz Hotel, Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa, junction of Main and Camberwell Roads