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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.

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