Red or dead

CityPress - - News - CHARL BLIGNAUT charl.blignaut@city­press.co.za

There weren’t too many celebri­ties at the launch of the try­ing-re­ally-hard-to-be-rad Radis­son Red ho­tel in the spank­ing new art dis­trict of the V&A Water­front in Cape Town on Monday night. But there were plenty of in­flu­encers, out there in­flu­enc­ing, from drinks on the truly spec­tac­u­lar roof bar to a dance­floor deep into the night.

Even though the so-called mil­len­ni­als’ so-called life­style was be­ing ref­er­enced, one won­ders if the so-called mil­len­ni­als can af­ford to sus­tain the book­ings at the swanky, fun and hip new four-star ho­tel. Prob­a­bly not, but its streety red art dis­plays and bright pink cor­ri­dors with black and white zig-zagged car­pets will ap­peal to any­one young at heart with a healthy wal­let.

Friends, they threw the works at us, for which we are grate­ful. With ar­ti­sanal lo­cal gin flow­ing, there were apps for ev­ery­thing, take-out-pack­aged buf­fets of yummy Mediter­ranean del­i­ca­cies, gi­ant selfie walls, male staff in ques­tion­able pleated denim skirts, a gen­eral man­ager who is called a cu­ra­tor, cel­e­bra­tions of skat­ing, street art, a cute black and white puppy at re­cep­tion, and a silent disco.

Let me just say that silent dis­cos are not at all silent. Ev­ery­one might have been wear­ing head­phones to hear the mu­sic, but, as the spirit took the dancers, they started whoop­ing and yelling, un­aware of how much noise they were mak­ing.

On our way to break­fast the next morn­ing, we were of­fered cham­pagne as a new paint­ing by street artist Con­form was un­veiled.

We had freshly brewed cof­fee next to the selfie wall, where the un­si­lent disco had played out the night be­fore.

HIP SQUARE ho­tel The foyer of the new

OH DEER Gen­eral man­ager (cu­ra­tor) Dale Simp­son DIS­AP­POINT­ING Lalla Hi­rayama ar­rived late for her date as MC

MAK­ING A SPLASH The roof bar at the new Radis­son Red in Cape Town

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