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Thirty Ate At The Grand Daddy

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published February 17th 2017
Everything Under And On Top Of One Roof
Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
The magnificent heritage Grand Daddy hotel - Image: www.hotelscombined.com


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.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
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.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
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.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
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.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
Soup and Gourmet sandwich - Images: Elaine de Wet


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.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
Signature salad and Latte - Images: Elaine de Wet


Luckily for me, the 'ladies' was positioned on the first floor, which gave me the opportunity to admire and take photos of this very unusual boutique hotel.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
Stunning contemporary decor - Images: Elaine de Wet


They have various accommodation options:-

Daddy's Suites - there are two of these totally opulent suites for you to enjoy comfort and the finer things in life;

Luxury, superior, standard and single rooms - the choice at this boutique hotel can accommodate families with children and everybody in between; and

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
Rooftop Airstream Trailer Park - Image: www.granddaddy.co.za


What really caught my attention is that Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel boasts South Africa's only rooftop Airstream Trailer Park. Imagine that! A rooftop trailer park in the middle of a bustling city.

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.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
Pink Flamingo Rooftop Cinema - Image: www.granddaddy.co.za


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;

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
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;

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
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.

For accommodation rates and/or to book, click here.

Grand Daddy Hotel, boutique hotel, Thirty Ate, Long Street, Cape Town, local landmark, contemporary decor, exclusive South African gin menu, breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, rooftop Airstream Trailer park accommodation, rooftop cinema, vintage elevator, Beach House Interiors,
Contemporary copper decor at Thirty Ate - Images: Elaine de Wet


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.
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Why? To experience a unique heritage hotel and facilities smack bang in the middle of Cape Town
When: 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.
Phone: 00 11 (27) 21 424 7247
Where: 38 Long Street, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Cost: Varying, see website
Your Comment
What an interesting place. love the trailer aspect and the rooftop cinema.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|1581) 547 days ago
Their bread and soup looks nice.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|11954) 548 days ago
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