Red or dead
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