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November 22, 2012

Grand Daddy hotel: Nothin’ trashy about Cape Town’s award-winning trailer park

The rooftop trailer park is one of the Grand Daddy's unique selling points. Picture by Flickr member Smath.'s

Cape Town’s quirky Grand Daddy hotel, with its trademark rooftop trailer park, has been recognised yet again for its unique contribution to luxury accommodation in the Mother City.

The Grand Daddy’s design is difficult to define, bridging the gap between quirky and trendy – but experts of both agree that it’s a winner, with two new accolades to prove it.

The first comes courtesy of the Redesign Revolution website (“dedicated to the art of design and visualisation from all facets of everyday life”), which listed the Grand Daddy as one of its “Top 10 Coolest, Wackiest, Most unique Hotels in the World”

The second sees the hotel join the ranks of "Top 25 Trendiest Hotels in Africa", thanks to TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice listings for 2012.

Other hotels that made it on to Redesign Revolution’s coolest hotel list include La Montana Magica Lodge in Huilo Huilo, Chile; Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho, in the United States; Das Park Hotel in Ottensheim, Austria; and Hotel Marques de Riscal in Elciego, Spain.

Grand Daddy joins 13 other Cape Town hotels on the TripAdvisor list, scoring a coup for the city. These include Villa Zest Boutique Hotel; Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town; Sugar Hotel & Spa; dysART; 2Inn1 Kensington; Hippo Boutique Hotel; O on Kloof Boutique Hotel; Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel; African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel; Derwent House Boutique Hotel; Harbour Bridge Hotel & Suites; Kensington Place; and the One&Only Cape Town.

Set in the vibrant melée that is Cape Town’s Long Street, the Grand Daddy is most notable for its individually themed Airstream Rooftop Trailers, Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema and the city’s oldest working elevator. The hotel previously won two Business and Art South Africa awards, in 2009 and 2010, and a Loerie Design award in 2009.

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