Luxury Travel Manager, Belinda, recently visited Gorgeous George Hotel and shares the experience with us:
This is how you are greeted at the Gorgeous George Hotel on arrival, and whenever you bump into one of the super friendly staff. The hotel was recently listed on the Conde Nast Traveler 2020 Hot List, and I spent a night to find out just how hot this Design Hotel is and what the it factor is.
Set on St George’s Mall, in the heart of Cape Town, the hotel was created out of two restored heritage buildings – one Art Deco and one Edwardian. International interior designer Tristan du Plessis ensured that the hotel celebrates contemporary African design and supports locally manufactured and designed furniture and décor.
On check-in, I was welcomed very warmly and efficiently, with all Covid19 safety protocols being followed. Most striking in this area is the beautiful map of the Cape Town city center done in blue-and-white ceramic tiles by local artist Lucie de Moyencourt.
I was then whisked away to my room on the 4th floor. The dark painted passages are set off beautifully by the bold floral carpeting from Moooi Carpets.
I’m in a one bedroomed suite featuring a separate kitchenette and lounge and bedroom. The rooms have high ceilings with industrial exposed pipes contrasted with furniture in warm jewel-toned colors like the velveteen couch and the ‘want-it-in-my-house’ round rug from Moooi Carpets.
Lucie de Moyencourt’s cheeky tiles feature again as the backsplash for the small kitchenette. There is an eclectic mix of custom pieces scattered around the room and I loved the retro finger-dial phone and the bar trolley, where local snacks, wines and gins are stocked. You will also find your personal yoga mat here. In the bedroom there is an extra length king size bed and a pillow menu to select what you want to rest your head on. You will find the usual mod-cons, from bathrobes, to electronic safe and smart-TV. There is also an array of different light fixtures, all industrial inspired, which add to the luxe-design of the room. The bathroom features a double volume walk-in rain shower and a custom-designed basin by Gregor Jenkin, with striking black and white penny tile flooring. Design and Function made perfect. Despite being in the heart of the city, noise was no issue as the windows feature double-glazing, but earplugs are helpfully provided if you feel the need.
What’s a city hotel without a rooftop bar, am I right?
Up to the sixth floor and that it factor … the Lounge, Bar, Pool and Gigi’s Restaurant. The space is everything you want in a rooftop.
The bar and lounge area has an eclectic array of furniture, bookshelves filled with assorted books and plenty of art and objects to catch your eye as you lounge about.
The indoor dining area, next to the wood-paneled bar, has blue-and-white-tiled tabletops that will no doubt amuse you on closer inspection. Although reminiscent of Delft tiles, these feature scenes from modern day life such as yoga poses and friends taking selfies.
But it’s all about the outdoor garden hangout. Grab a lounger at the small, but insta-worthy pool.
Here you can sun away and then enjoy a sunset cocktail against the lit-up sign that says.. of course… “Hello Gorgeous”.
There are a variety of colorful seating and a jungle of hanging plants, giving a garden setting while you’re surrounded by the city skyline.
Of course this space is perfect of weekend DJ sets or lazy Sunday laid-back vibes provided by some of the best of Cape Town’s DJs.
FOOD & DRINK
Meticulously crafted drinks are mixed at the art deco styled bar by mixologist Leighton Rathbone, South African winner of the Angostura Global Cocktail Challenge. Expect drama and fun – do try out the signature George of The Jungle cocktail.
I then had the privilege of a Food & Wine paired dinner prepared by Chef Guy Bennet, who is no stranger to fine dining establishments. A fusion of global cuisine with the very best locally sourced ingredients; foodies will be very happy here.
Planning a private party?
The White Room is a versatile space for events, private parties and celebrations. The space lends itself to any event and features some great art pieces – there is a gorgeous William Kentridge piece and you also cannot miss the crocodile jaws – no photo could do it justice, so you’ll just have to go see for yourself!
The heart of GG…the people
Yes, the people in Africa always burrow deeply into visitors’ hearts. And at gorgeousGeorge this is again evident. I especially loved the staff at the restaurant – in particular Bennie and Jesus – yes, you ask for it and Jesus will provide it for you. They’re fun, friendly, and everyone I encountered had big personalities that fit this bold space. Bennie shares my passion for South African wines and it shone through on the night.
All in all, a design lover’s dream, blending the bygone grandeur of Art Deco and Edwardian architecture with raw Industrial chic… at the Gorgeous George, you can Live like a Local.
Verdict – yes, by George, she’s got IT!
My stay was kindly hosted by the Gorgeous George Hotel.
~ Written by Belinda, Timeless Africa Safaris – Luxury Lifestyle Travel Manager