Rooms: 33: 4 standard, 16 superior, 4 luxury, 2 luxury suites (also suitable for up to 3 children on extra beds); 7 Airstream Trailers.
Prices: R2,995 - R3,980 per ROOM per night.
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Meals: Extensive breakfast menu, coffees, teas & juices included in your stay, up to the value of R75 per person per day at “thirty ate eatery”. Orders that exceed this amount will have the remainder charged to room account, to be settled on check-out.
Directions: Take Exit from airport to CT along N2 till sign “M4 Cape Town”. Take Strand St turn-off. Proceed on Strand St passing 5 lights; 6th traffic light is Long St. L into Long St, 2nd Block Grand Daddy Hotel on your R, corner of Castle and Long St.
GPS: Latitude - S 33° 55' 15.96" Longitude - E 18° 25' 13.8"
The Grand Daddy has been grand since the 1800s, but the 'daddy cool' twists are post-millennial. The modern standard rooms, chic superior rooms and glamorous luxury suites are stylish and shimmering, but what really puts the groove into The Grand Daddy's step (and mine), are the seven individually-themed, vintage Airstream trailers on the roof. I stayed in 'Karoo', with ostrich and meerkat cushions, painted 'windmill and Karoo towns' mural, queen-size bed, wet room, air-con, mini-bar, fluffy pillows, squishy duvet, TV and vintage US post box. The rooftop trailer park doubles as The Sky Bar, where guests can enjoy cocktails - such as The Robben Island Iced Tea - as the sun sets over the city. On Monday evenings this also becomes the Pink Flamingo cinema, showing classic movies under the stars. Brand-new eatery Thirty Ate serves up a diverse dining experience from morning till night; from pancakes, to gourmet sandwiches, fried green tomatoes to burgers and springbok loin (I found their exclusively South African gin menu particularly exciting!). From the working, original 1895 elevator to the relaxed familiarity of the staff, the cheeky doughnuts with breakfast, gummy bear sweets that were left on my pillow and the funky, upbeat tunes designed to start your day off on the right note, The Grand Daddy, like bustling Long Street itself, is a playful, vibrant synergy of old and new that makes it an original, convenient and fun place to stay.