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Fun, funky hotel in the heart of Cape Town
Hotel Grand Daddy (Cape Town, South Africa)
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Hotel Grand Daddy (Cape Town, South Africa)
Advantages: Great staff, unusual accommodation, central location
Disadvantages: Some decor a little dated
Situated on bustling Long Street in the centre of Cape Town the Grand Daddy is a 4 star hotel with a hip, funky vibe. This is typified by the trailer park on the roof of the hotel - 7 Airstream trailers each decorated with it's own particular theme. We stayed in "Dorothy" - a standard size trailer with 1 double and 1 single bed and blue and white polka decor. It was certainly one of the most unusual places I've slept! The trailers are small but contain everything you will need for a couple of nights stay - we had a fridge stocked with drinks and snacks (though as with all hotels these were quite expensive), a kettle and tea and coffee provided, a small wardrobe, satellite TV and 2 chairs. The trailers are ensuite though as you may expect the bathrooms are small - anyone over 5'10 may find it difficult to stand up in the shower! The trailer was clean and comfortable though could maybe do with a fresh lick of paint. The trailer park has its own bar - being downtown there are several tall buildings around the hotel so the view isn't that special but if you catch the right angle you can see Table Mountain! The Pink Flamingo open air cinema is also situated on the roof - they show films twice a week and a certain number of tickets are allocated to hotel guests, unfortunately our stay didn't coincide with a movie showing. The hotel also has 2 suites with their own patios and lounges and regular rooms too - these look great on the website but having not being in them I can't comment on whether or not they live up to it.
The Daddy Cool bar on the second floor is well known in Cape Town and open to non residents as well. We visited mid week as our room rate included a free drink, there were a few people there but it can apparently get quite busy at the weekend and there are sometimes guest DJ's. Breakfast was also included and served in the restaurant on the ground floor. There was a buffet of fruit, cereals, yoghurt, bread, muffins and pastries. This was all very fresh and tasted great, a selection of hot items was available made to order, though we never had any of this, and tea or coffee as well (though if you wanted a latte or cappuccino these were extra). The restaurant was also open for lunch and dinner, we ate dinner one night and found the food to be of a very high standard - it's also available as room service.
One of the hotel's main assets is its staff - everyone was very friendly and helpful throughout our stay, breakfast was included in our stay and as we were due to check out before they started serving we asked the night before if it was possible to get takeaway , expecting to maybe be given a couple of muffins. Half an hour later we were delivered a selection of fruit, muesli, yoghurt, muffins and croissants which certainly kept us sustained during our bus journey the following day. Staff were also very knowledgeable about the local area and made some good suggestions of places to visit.
Some people may prefer to stay at the waterfront but Long Street is a good alternative - the hotel is 1 block from the tourist office and bus stop for the open top tours, there are lots of bars and restaurants nearby and it feels very safe.
I would definitely consider staying here again, the trailers are great fun though quite small so not suitable for families and I imagine they could feel claustrophobic for a longer stay. I didn't pay for our stay but as I recall it was 3600 rand for 2 people for 3 nights including breakfast which at current exchange rates is just over £300 - great value I think.
Summary: Unusual hotel - check it out!
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