Fancy roughing it trailer park trash style in the heart of Cape Town’s city centre? Well the Grand Daddy Hotel is not for you – the hotel is a chic, opulent gem right in the thick of the Mother City. What’s more – and this is undoubtedly the wow factor that attracts visitors from all over the world – is that on the roof of the Grand Daddy Hotel is one of the most unique and unusual places to stay in all the world. It’s a roof top trailer park with Airstream trailers (those slick ‘caravans’ from a bygone era) that have been converted into amazingly stylish and quaint hotel rooms.
What really makes these neat is that you’re positioned right in the middle of the Mothers City’s ‘engine room’. The rooftop trailer has all the mod cons. Fixed bed, running water, operational bathroom with basin, toilet and a bath with a shower head as well. Not to mention plug points, television, mini fridge, kettle and a phone. You’re kitted out with everything you could possibly need for a magical night’s stay.
It’s surprisingly spacious inside. They’ve managed to fit a roomy single bed, a couch and seating area, cupboard space and bathroom inside this trailer. The length of the trailer is about 6m long and about 3m wide (and 2m tall) and has a couple of chairs outside the front door for you to enjoy a few sundowners whilst soaking in the hustle and bustle emanating from the street below. Nestled in amongst the concrete skyline, Table Mountain can also be seen which adds a bit of that Mother City magic to your stay.
There are approx. 6 trailers on the rooftop which all have been styled, designed and themed separately by world renowned interior designers. Moon tide and Afrofunk are a couple of the themes. I stayed in the Afrofunk trailer which sported some very chic stylings.
There is also a very quaint bar up here called the Skybar which operates in the summer time and allows you to be spoilt with all the views of the surrounding city, whilst kicking back with your favourite tipple. The bar is quite exclusive so if you’re looking for somewhere unusual and novel to have a few drinks in town, this would be the place. Also, in the hotel is the Daddy Cool bar which is much more vibey and more suited for a rowdier night out.
Out of season you’re looking at around R1330 for a night’s stay (in low season), which includes a continental or cooked breakfast – and boy you’re in for a treat. The food is fantastic and the espresso breath-taking. It is a little pricey but this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and you’d be hard pressed to find an equally unique place to stay so close to all the buzz of the Mother City.
All in all, a highly recommended place to stay if you’re in Cape Town and looking for something that’s a bit above the norm and unusual. Definitely one for the urban traveller’s bucket list!
Visit the Grand Daddy Hotel website.