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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 (Pty) Ltd or RHMC saw an opportunity to revitalise – and reimagine – this faded star of the Atlantic Seaboard.
RHMC identified a gap in the market for an international-grade hotel that would marry a contemporary design aesthetic with world-class service.That 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.
Now, a sleek porte cochere of steel and glass greets guests on arrival, a fitting introduction to the glamorous lobby of glittering golden palm trees and front desk of gleaming white marble. No mobile app check-in or anodyne staff here: rather, guests should expect refined personalised service to become a hallmark of The Ritz.
Unique for a hotel in Cape Town, each and every of the 213 rooms (The Ritz reopens with 114 rooms, with balance completed during 2018) boasts panoramic views of both the city and Atlantic Ocean with the best views in the city 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 – and 2017/2018 is set to restore its reputation as one of the most sought-after refined dining destinations in the city. Located on the 23rd floor, Top of the Ritz’s elegant décor – imported Philippe Starck lamps will grace each table – provides a perfect foil for the refined dining on offer. An unforgettable destination for celebratory dinners or popping that question, Top of The Ritz Restaurant may also be booked on an exclusive basis for bespoke occasions.
One floor below on the 22nd, is the Dom Perignon Champagne Lounge, one of only a handful in the world, a sultry and seductive space ideal for pre-dinner bubbles and sundowner cocktails, with local DJs spinning laid-back beats from late-afternoon every day. And on the 21st floor, The Hennessy Cognac Cigar Lounge is similarly set to become an address for after-dinner digestifs and late-night cocktails.