Design-focused hotel to open in downtown Cape Town

Design-focused hotel to open in downtown Cape Town

Gorgeous George Hotel, created out of two restored heritage buildings, is the first hotel in Cape Town to join the Design HotelsTM stable.

Gorgeous George, a new hotel in the heart of Cape Town, will officially open in March 2019.

Created out of two restored heritage buildings, it’s the first hotel in Cape Town to join the Design HotelsTM stable, a worldwide collection of privately owned and operated hotels.

Originally built by the United Building Society, the hotel’s entrance is Art Deco, whereas the conjoined building characterises the New Edwardian style of the 1940s. The uniting design embraces each building’s architectural features, while allowing for different moods depending on the viewer’s perspective. For instance, one façade has window frames of steel and another has the original oak surrounds. Interesting concrete and steel structures are incorporated throughout the hotel.

The biggest challenge in marrying the two buildings was their different heights, and the solution gave rise to the tower that hosts the rooftop pool, and allowed for the bar and restaurant to be on the same level as the pool. There’s also a first floor eventing space that can accommodate up to 150 people seated banquet style.

“We wanted to take these conjoined buildings that have a rich history of Cape Town and create a modern, timeless hotel using South African designers as part of the design DNA,” says interior designer Tristan du Plessis, who was responsible for the hotel’s interior. Each of the 32 rooms expresses South African contemporary style, interlaced with a vintage edge.

Du Plessis has used carefully chosen South African art pieces and furniture that capture the chic look and feel of downtown Cape Town. Lighting and furniture were sourced from David Krynauw, Gregor Jenkin, Studio 19, Douglas&Co, and Dokter and Misses, with a feature crocodile swing chair from Porky Hefer. Murals by artist David Brits are featured throughout. The foyer’s intricate mural was created by Cape Town artist Lucie De Moyencourt. The Delft inspired masterpiece is made of 1 800 hand painted tiles depicting a map of Cape Town.

Gorgeous George General Manager, Neilen Tolmay, says the location of the hotel in the picturesque tree-lined St George’s Mall will give guests a different perspective on the city and will enable it to attract international and locals looking to enjoy the buzz in a beautiful setting.

“We want to create an interactive social hub for everyone to enjoy,” says Tolmay.

Design HotelsTM was established in Germany in 1993 and spans the globe in over 50 countries, from mountain tops to world capitals. Member hotels reflect innovative design and architecture, with a strong cultural rooting in hospitality. Hotels have to create a distinctive and inspiring locally driven experience for travellers staying at them, says Tolmay.

“Being part of the group will expose Gorgeous George to a large community of travellers looking for an inventive and novel experience that will make their stay special, with an original downtown Cape Town feel.”