An Icon Reinvented

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After a R120-million rejuvenation, The Ritz hotel in the vibrant Cape Town suburb of Sea Point is ready to welcome locals and tourists once again.

An icon of the city’s skyline since the early 1970s, over the decades this once-stylish address slowly lost its lustre until, in 2016, the Ritz Hotel Management Company saw an opportunity to revitalise – and reimagine – the faded star.

“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 & pr manager for The Ritz.

“We are not creating a quirky boutique property or a stiff five-star hotel. We want to cater for that beautiful niche in the middle. We wanted to take luxury and design, and make it accessible”, comments Carey.

The process began with a thorough refurbishment of the 23-story building, the age of the structure necessitating a complete overhaul of the insulation, plumbing and lift shafts. 

Accessible luxury is a thread that runs throughout The Ritz with a colour palette dominated by black, gold and white. Authentic Martinique wallpaper – made famous by The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles – provides a striking backdrop to the lobby, while each of the 213 rooms is decorated in a sleek modern look. Think smoky mirrors and deep-buttoned velvet bucket chairs, moody colour palettes and Louboutin-inspired wardrobes. 

Unique for a hotel in Cape Town, each and every room boasts panoramic views of both the city and sparkling Atlantic Ocean. But far and away the finest views in the city are to be found at the very top on the 21st and 22nd floors and in the hotel’s flagship restaurant on the 23rd floor.

The Ritz has long been famous for its revolving restaurant – the only one of its kind in the Western Cape. 

The Ritz re-opens on 15 December 2017.

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