Smack bang in the centre of the Mother City, is Cape Town's most original, accessible to everything, fun place to stay, The Grand Daddy. This South African hotel is a heritage building and has been operating as a boutique hotel for more than one hundred and twenty years. The distinctive Grand Daddy features the outdoor Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema, a top class eatery called "Thirty Ate" and South Africa's only rooftop Airstream Trailer Park.
Thirty Ate - Image: Elaine de Wet
The Grand Daddy is a local landmark in Cape Town's famous Long Street.
One of our sons works in Cape Town so we met for lunch at Thirty Ate at The Grand Daddy. Thirty Ate has stunning contemporary decor with most of everything done uniquely in copper, from tabletops to overhead lights. The comfortable seating at Thirty Ate offers a quiet, relaxed spot to catch up, away from the vibrancy of central Cape Town. I must add that I cannot vouch for the 'quietness' or 'relaxation' in the evenings as The Grand Daddy is so central to all the happenings and goings-on of cosmopolitan Cape Town.
Thirty Ate Menu - Image: Elaine de Wet
The menu showcases city favourites from prawns to burgers and gourmet sandwiches, milkshakes, smoothies and an assortment of craft beers. Thirty Ate also offers an exclusive South African gin menu.
Handcrafted Botanicals - Image: Elaine de Wet
Thirty Ate is open Monday to Friday from 6.30am to 10.00pm and Saturdays and Sundays 7.30am to 10.00pm with breakfast being served every day until 3.00pm.
My mom ordered the soup of the day (R50 or $5) which is varied, but on this day was Pea Soup.
My choice was the Gourmet Sandwich (R60 or $6) - rye bread with chicken and avocado, finished off with a latte. The one thing I have noticed in South Africa is that Skinny Lattes are extremely difficult to find and I'm not too sure why, as the lighter milk always tends to froth better. That's just in my humble opinion. Though in saying that, my Latte (R22 or $2.20) was perfect. Hubby went really healthy with a Signature Salad (R75 or $7.50). The food was not over the top (too much) and definitely satisfied our inclination for a light lunch. Click here to view their delectable menu.
There are seven authentic Airstream trailers each with their own individual decor theme and collectively reflecting a typically "South African road trip". Grand Daddy's trailers give you the opportunity to experience different parts of the country all in one spot, hopefully to inspire you to visit these locations. To view the range of Airstream Trailers available, please click here.
This is truly a hotel that encompasses the 'everything under and on top of one roof', which also includes the Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema. This outdoor cinema is set among the seven vintage Airstream trailers on the rooftop and celebrates memories of the silver screen beneath the African sky. The Pink Flamingo Cinema is available for private functions too.
Some quirky 'Daddy' facts:-
The seven Airstream trailers were shipped in from the United States of America;
The original architect of the Grand Daddy hotel building on 38 Long Street was Mello Gerardus Damstra, a Dutchman who came to the Cape around 1895, according to the South African Heritage Resource Agency;
The vintage elevator - Image: Elaine de Wet
The vintage elevator at the Grand Daddy is the oldest operational elevator in Cape Town;
The Grand Daddy's Airstream rooftop trailer park is legendary. The seven glinting, individually themed trailers on the rooftop take visitors on a fanciful and fuss-free journey;
The little golden statuette of a dog at the reception at 'Daddy' is Leon and he's the best mascot any hotel could ask for – purveyor of great times and awesome service;
Leon, the best mascot - Image: Elaine de Wet
Capetonian interior designers Beach House Interiors are responsible for the Grand Daddy Hotel's brand new proudly South African decor;
The Grand Daddy building was built in 1874 and its doors opened in 1895 as Hotel Metropole.
Thirty Ate is well worth visiting for a meal or if you're looking for out-of-the-ordinary accommodation whilst visiting Cape Town, why not spoil yourself and book an Airstream Trailer on the rooftop under the African skies.