The Ritz in Cape Town has been a hot topic this whole year, ever since we heard that the grand dame in Sea Point would be getting a fresh look. I was invited to take a hard-hat tour through the near-complete space and get a feel for what is sure to be a swanky hot spot in the city’s social scene.
The hotel has been an icon of the city’s skyline since the early 70s, with a revolving restaurant at the very top that gives you a full 360° view, from Sea Point Promenade all the way to Table Mountain and back. But over the years the hotel lost it’s lustre. Now, after a R120 million rejuvenation, The Ritz is finally ready to open its doors.
The foyer has been completely transformed, with double story windows pouring natural light onto the white marble floors and tropical Martinique wallpaper.
Stroll past the copper palm trees in reception and head out to the large pool area where locals and hotel guests are welcome to spend the day. Cool down in the water, sip bubbles from the Veuve Clicquot Bar, or pop up to CASA Restaurant & Cabanas for casual al fresco dining including sushi, pizza or a range of brasserie classics.
Cool down in the water, sip bubbles from the Veuve Clicquot Bar, or pop up to CASA Restaurant & Cabanas for casual al fresco dining
The vibe at The Ritz is super sexy, chic and sophisticated, but still comfortable. “We are not creating a quirky boutique property or a stiff five-star hotel. We want to cater for that beautiful niche in the middle. We wanted to take luxury and design, and make it accessible,” explained Lisa Carey, Marketing & PR Manager for The Ritz.
Hotel guests can expect modern, sleek rooms available in various price ranges, each with a spectacular sea view. Custom-designed black on black wallpaper lines the sleek hallways, with plush carpets leading your way. “It’s like that vibe in a Tom Ford boutique” we’re told as we’re guided through the hotel, and that hits the nail on the head. Think smoky mirrors and deep-buttoned velvet bucket chairs, moody colour palettes and Louboutin-inspired wardrobes.
Finally you reach the very top, where the iconic revolving restaurant takes up the 23rd floor. Where the lobby restaurant will be comfortable and casual, the top floor space will focus on fine dining – serving classics with fresh finesse.
One floor down you’ll find a Dom Perignon Champagne Lounge, one of only a handful in the world. It promises to be a sultry and seductive space, ideal for pre-dinner bubbles and sundowner cocktails, with local DJs spinning laid-back beats from late-afternoon every day. And on the 21st floor, The Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge is similarly set to become an address for after-dinner digestifs and late-night cocktails.
I think this is definitely going to be one of the hottest spots to hang out this summer. Make sure you swing by.
The Ritz, Cape Town re-opens on 15 December 2017.