The Grand Daddy Cape Town review, Cape Town, South Africa

Our rating

3 out of 5

The Location

Situated in Cape Town's city centre, the hotel has a corner on lively Long Street which is also home to plenty of bars, restaurants, cafes and backpackers.

The Space

It's an old building - originally opening as the Hotel Metropole in 1895, it keeps much of its original facade and feel, such as the grand old staircase and its tiny escalator. Over five floors, the hotel contains three types of rooms from suites to standard, a restaurant downstairs, a rooftop bar and 'Airstream Trailer Park' on the roof which also has the tiny 'Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema'.

The Room

I spend the first two nights in one of the regular rooms on the third floor, which feels like a standard three or four star-hotel room. On the third night I shift to the trailer park on the rooftop, where seven airstreams reflect elements of a South African road trip. Lucky for me I get the Winelands trailer all to myself, a behemoth which has lounges, one which becomes a second bed; a kitchenette, as well as plenty of cupboard space to pack your gear away. The white framed bed sits against a backdrop of stars, like you're camping underneath them with two faux oil lamps on either side. There's even a faux wine rack (which was a bit of a let-down, TBH) while birds fly on one side of the trailer, the other is authentically wood-panelled. The trailers are self-contained and fully equipped with mod cons such as reverse cycle air conditioning, safes, and wi-fi (netter than in the rooms) and their own little garden with setting, with the rooftop bar only a couple of feet away.

The Food

Breakfast is included in the rate at modern cafe Thirty Ate Eatery which open early until late, and staple breakfast items from an a la carte menu are served until 3pm.

Stepping Out

With the whole of Cape Town at your doorstep, you can pretty much explore on foot during the day, and Uber around town at night. There's plenty of nightlife right on Long Street. Cape Town's hottest restaurant, The Test Kitchen, is a short Uber drive. Asoka.za.com too is not far, is also delicious, Malay-inspired fare to share. Table Mountain is behind you, and Bo Kaap a ten minute stroll away.

The Verdict

A hip stay in the heart of the action.

Highlight

The Airstream trailer experience is a novelty and having a decent bar at your doorstep even better.

Lowlight

No wi-fi in some of the rooms, although staff told me they'd reset the router, it was clear these rooms never had wi-fi, and never will. 

Essentials

38 Long Street, Cape Town, 8001; granddaddy.co.za

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Phone: +27 21 424 7247

Standard rooms start from 1610 rand per night. Trailers start from 2880 rand per night.