After a R120-million rejuvenation, The Ritz hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town, will reopen on the 15th of December.
An icon of the city’s skyline since the early 1970s, over the decades, the property lost its lustre until, in 2016, the Ritz Hotel Management Company (RHMC) saw an opportunity to revitalise it.
“It’s a beautiful piece of local architecture that desperately needed a new lease on life. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted to create, and what Cape Town needed,” says Lisa Carey, Marketing and PR Manager for The Ritz. “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,” she adds.
That process began with a thorough refurbishment of the 23-storey building, the age of the structure necessitating a complete overhaul of the insulation, plumbing and lift shafts. With the ‘bones’ of the building brought into the 21st century, the transformation could really begin.
The colour palette is dominated by black, gold and white. Authentic Martinique wallpaper – made famous by The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles – provides a backdrop to the lobby, while each of the 213 rooms (The Ritz reopens with 114 rooms, with the balance completed during 2018) is decorated in a sleek modern look.
Every room offers view of the city and the Atlantic Ocean – but the best views are to be found at the top on the 21st and 22nd floors and in the hotel’s flagship restaurant on the 23rd floor.
The Ritz has long been famous for its revolving restaurant – the only one of its kind in the Western Cape – and 2017/2018 is set to restore its reputation as one of the city’s most sought-after dining destinations – Top of The Ritz Restaurant.
One floor below on the 22nd is the Dom Perignon Champagne Lounge which will offer pre-dinner, sundowner cocktails with local DJs performing from late-afternoon every day. On the 21st floor, The Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge is similarly set to become a popular option for after-dinner digestifs and late-night cocktails.
On the first floor, CASA Restaurant and Cabanas aims to bring a touch of Miami South Beach glamour to Sea Point, offering all-day al fresco dining that ranges from brasserie classics to sushi and wood-fired pizza. Tables flow out from the interior to a pool deck, host to a Veuve Clicquot Bar.