August 19, 2009
Cape Town’s quirky hotels
The funky Grand Daddy Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park
If you’re planning a trip to the Mother City but are tired of the conventional, “same-old” style of hotel, spice up your stay with one of these funky, quirky and glamorous Cape Town accommodation options.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice
The Protea Hotel Fire & Ice is situated in the heart of Cape Town, at the foot of Table Mountain. Close to the beautiful beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, but also within walking distance of exquisite restaurants and trendy night clubs, this hotel is one of a kind.
The sizzling hot and totally cool hotel is fun and quirky, offering funky accommodation at the heart of the city’s entertainment hub. Rooms each have an en-suite bathroom, and the hotel’s unique décor and witty touches provide an air of originality.
Take a swim in the restaurant’s wrap-around pool or try out the climbing wall. Sit back in “Mad Hatter” high-back chairs, coffin seats in the “Coughin’ Bar” smoking lounge or suspend yourself from retro hanging chairs.
This hotel is ideal for the adventurous traveller seeking a somewhat different stay in the Mother City.
Phone: +27 (21) 488 2555
Fax: +27 (21) 488 2556
The Grand Daddy Hotel
The Grand Daddy Hotel, on 38 Long Street, has a playful, creative and completely individual style that sets it apart. Ride the vintage elevator to the third floor, take the rooftop exit and enter the world’s only penthouse trailer park.
In the trailer park, you’ll see Table Mountain reflected in the aluminium of seven iconic American Airstream trailers. Each has been brought to life by a creative Capetonian designer, providing a unique, playful and eccentric interpretation of what life in an Airstream would be like. From Dorothy by Sarah Pratt and Afro-funk by Carla Soudien, to Love of Lace by Tracy Lynch and Pleasantville by Liam Mooney, there are seven different design styles to dazzle your every visit.
Each trailer has a unique, playful design
Each trailer is set in a small garden and equipped with a US Postal Service mailbox. When you open the door, you enter an air-conditioned, insulated two-sleeper trailer that has hot and cold running water, flushing toilets and showers.
Take the trip with family and friends, and make The Grand Daddy Airstream Penthouse Trailer Park your next playful holiday destination.
Phone: +27 (21) 424 7247
Fax: +27 (21) 424 7248
The Nu Rock Inn
“Go play in your room!” takes on a whole new meaning at the Nu Rock Inn, situated along Sea Point’s Regent Road.
Nu Rock Inn is the perfect place for sports enthusiasts. The inn, consisting of 10 sports-themed, luxury self-catering apartments, is just a stone’s throw from Cape Town’s beautiful beaches.
Enter the lobby to find 1950s décor and design, a great vibe and games such as snooker, table tennis, foosball, pinball, poker and more on offer. Why not challenge local champion Mr Nurock to a match while your luggage is carried to your apartment?
Each apartment is unique in its retro design and layout, and has a game such as foosball or pinball to keep you entertained in the comfort of your room. Other features include complimentary Wi-Fi access, satellite television and an en-suite shower and toilet. Roy’s luxury apartment (number eight) has exclusive access to a pool and private outdoor dinning area, a flat-screen TV with PVR and loads more cool features.
When you finally check out, you can have your clothes beautifully packed by the staff, who are always there to go the extra mile for their guests. Be sure to request the airport shuttle, which is in place to make your stay as easy and comfortable as possible.
Nu Rock Inn is always ready for a playful traveller to walk through the door.
Phone: + 27 (21) 433 1140
Fax: +27 (21) 433 11 37
A room in the Daddy Long Legs Hotel, photo courtesy Andrew White
Each room is a personal artwork, where an artist, poet, photographer, designer or musician has been given carte blanche with the design. The result is rooms that are eccentric, fresh and adventurous, and representative of Cape Town’s modern cultural diversity.
While some hotels have flat-screen televisions in their rooms, Daddy Long Legs wants its guests to enjoy its creative spirit and artistic energy without distraction. Instead, guests can enjoy a cold one while watching their favourite sport on the big-screen TV in the pub.
Described on its website as a place where you can meet people while having fun, Daddy Long Legs provides funky and affordable accommodation, a relaxed bar, balcony and frequent entertainment.
Daddy Long Legs appeals to those curious creatures who want to experience Cape Town’s authentic nightlife. At the same time, it’s a great place for businessmen who are tired of the sterile hotel environment and want to experience something new.
Phone: + 27 (21) 422 3074
Fax: +27 (21) 422 3446