THE RITZ SEA POINT CAPE TOWN
After an extensive refurbishment, the rejuvenated The Ritz hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town flung open its doors at the end of 2017 to showcase its newly acquired glitz and glamor. Having lost its pizzazz as an establishment dating back to the early 1970s, the fading star that stands like a beacon in the Atlantic Seaboard could only benefit from a rebirth.
“It’s a beautiful piece of local architecture that desperately needed a new lease on life. We had a very clear vision of what we wanted to create, and what Cape Town needed,” says Lisa Carey, marketing and PR manager for The Ritz.
The Ritz Hotel Management Company recognized a gap in the market for an international-grade hotel that would marry a presentday design aesthetic with world-class service. “We are not creating a quirky boutique property or a stiff fivestar hotel. We want to cater for that beautiful niche in the middle. We wanted to take luxury and design, and make it accessible,” Carey continues.
The refurbishment of the 23-story building included a complete overhaul of the insulation, plumbing and lift shafts. The result is nothing short of astounding.
Each and every room enjoys panoramic views of the city bowl and the Atlantic Ocean with the emphasis on accessible luxury with sensorial appeal. Imagine smoky mirrors, deep-buttoned velvet bucket chairs with moody color palettes and a sleek, modern look. This is only part of the allure of The Ritz – the hotel’s flagship Top of the Ritz restaurant on the 23rd floor boasts the finest views in the city. The fare isn’t too bad either – think a modern take on the classic avocado ritz or beef sirloin, fondant potato and prego jus.
On the 22nd floor, the Champagne Lounge is perfect for pre-dinner bubbles and sundowner cocktails, available daily from 4pm to 7pm. CASA restaurant on the first floor with its Miami South Beach glamor is the place to be seen for a Sunday brunch and the brasserie classics, sushi and wood-fired pizza will have you reclining on your daybed by the sparkling pool any chance you get.
The once faded star is now shining brighter than ever before.