The Grand Daddy

City Hotel, City Bowl


As fun as hotels come, the Grand Daddy includes a rooftop Airstream trailer park, buzzing bars and a cinema, plus rooms decorated with abundant colour and funky creativity. Don’t think brash, though: this is a four-star hotel with the style and service to back up that status. And indeed the location: bustling Long Street is arguably the city’s focal road, and well positioned for V&A Waterfront or Table Mountain visits.



Inside the hotel, the 24 rooms split into five categories: Family, Standard, Single, Superior and Luxury. The former three are smaller and afford courtyard views; size and better vistas are included if you pay more, along with marble bathrooms. There are also two suites – the ground-floor Grand Daddy with its own garden patio, and the first-floor Sugar Daddy, boasting Juliet balconies – and then those seven Airstream trailers on the roof, a unique offering where many guests opt to spend a night. These are a bit cramped in size, but the artist-designed interiors and sheer novelty ably compensate.



Next to those trailers is the outdoor Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema, whose classic movies combine with picnics and fizz, plus a small pub where bands play on Friday nights. The Table Mountain views are astonishing, especially come sunset. The ground-floor is home to Thirty-Ate, an informal corner restaurant with realistic prices and a neighbourhood vibe. Beside that awaits the white-leather Daddy Cool Bar, flanked by a digital art gallery. Told you it was fun.



Five blocks away is Cape Town’s nightlife HQ; you’re also near to galleries, shops, more restaurants and parks. Table Mountain is 10 minutes’ drive away, and the V&A Waterfront scarcely further.


Child Policy

Children of all ages are welcome, although those aged 3-16 must stay in a suite or Luxury Room. Fold-up mattresses are provided.


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