The charmingly charismatic Nicky Van Der Walt, a few bottles of yellow label Veuve Cliquot and the soon to be re-opened 23 story Ritz Hotel in Sea Point welcomed us on Friday.
With a mere two weeks to go before this iconic tower re-opens to the public following extensive, awaited, renovations we walked through various rooms and offerings that the hotel will have on offer to the public and guests staying at the hotel come December 15th.
The Ritz, with CASA restaurant & Cabanas hopes to offer an all encompassing experience for all demographics and budgets. CASA channelling Miami, pool side glamour with laid back all day dining and dishes such as wood fired Pizzas and of course, Sushi.
“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.
The Deluxe rooms are estimated to start at R3300 per room per night and high tiers (1 & 2 Bedroom suites at this stage) will range around R 9000+.
Rooms offer great views of the city, bespoke amenities and high end finishes. From what we saw rooms were mostly masculine with a focus on dark wood and wall treatments, Smokey dark rimmed mirrors and bathrooms in veined marble, promises of Gold soft finishes and well thought out lighting will aim to soften the linear rooms and tie in the Black & Gold Motif. Drawing the eye to the seaside promenade just a stones throw away.
The Ritz reopens with 114 rooms, with balance of the 213 rooms aim to be completed during 2018
The remembered revolving restaurant on the 23rd floor hopes to offer guest contemporary courses, with a focus on old world retro being revived. Think Prawn Cocktails, Dessert Trolleys and classic cuisine. In an hour guests will be given a 360 degree view of Sea Point, a peak at the pass and off course Table Mountain.
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.
Certainly the place to be seen on Instagram, pool side with a few bottles and possibly boys from France. Salut!