Baroque Travel visits one of the most on-trend hotels in South Africa to give you an idea of where to stay in Cape Town for the summer (November to March)
Cape Town has become one of the most sought-after destinations for international visitors who flock there during the Festive Season to enjoy the warm summer days and breathtaking scenery. Whether you choose to stay at the beach, or in the extremely trendy Gorgeous George in town is up to you. But we prefer to stay away from the crowds and enjoy the magic of this inner-city gem.
Gorgeous George was created from two 1940s-style buildings, one Art Deco, the other New Edwardian. The buildings have been connected since the 1940s and have now been transformed into a 20-room, 12-suite boutique hotel that manages to harmoniously blend the two styles through the use of concrete and steel plus some Victorian elements, African influences and contemporary design.
The result is an extraordinary place to stay, with the lobby area decorated in hand-painted 1800 blue and white Delft-inspired ceramic tiles and the guestrooms portraying a color palette of blues, whites and mountainside greenery. On the roof one finds the welcoming terrace and pool area, set in a lush oasis with stunning city views.
Each of the 32 rooms and suites also offers great panoramic views and features a king-size bed and walk-in rain shower. Studio Rooms offer a couch and coffee table as well, and there are one- and two-bedroomed suites, each with a spacious lounge. Rooms are decorated with handpicked treasures and custom pieces sourced from both local and international designers and finished with a local splash in the form of paintings from artist David Brits.
Décor throughout is by celebrated local interior designer Tristan du Plessis, who has managed to combine the styles of the building and the personality of the hotel into one Gorgeous George experience. Gorgeous George is not only the place to stay in town, it’s the place to visit to enjoy drinks or a stunning meal.
With the city of Cape Town as its backdrop, Gorgeous George beckons visitors to tarry for an evening, or longer, and enjoy the innovative creativity that makes the city so much fun.
Gigi Rooftop is where Cape Town comes to play. The hotel’s 6th floor rooftop location is open all day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as sundowners and poolside fun.
There’s also the restaurant with Executive Chef Guy Bennett at the helm, and the bar is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike.