6 MAY 2019
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If you are looking for a hotel with a memorable name as well as the usual facilities, head for Cape Town, where Design Hotels’ member Gorgeous George has joined the line-up of top places to stay.
The property, with 20 rooms and 12 suites housed across two heritage buildings, is setting out to provide what its creators call a high-style platform for established and emerging South African artists and designers.
The result, led by local design firm Urban Citizen Architecture, is said to combine Edwardian elegance with modern industrial styling and includes a rooftop space with a bar, restaurant and swimming pool.
One of the two original landmark buildings is Art Deco, the other Edwardian, with their heritage maintained through the preservation of grand architraves, cornices and oak flooring.
Guests enter the hotel via imposing original brass doors while the architects were able to create spacious guestrooms and suites that organically incorporate the existing oak and steel windows.
The hotel is also notable for the use of sculptural concrete and steel beams to unify the original two distinct spaces while touches of blue and white to soften the structural framework culminate in the reception area’s showcase of 1,800 hand-painted Delft-inspired ceramic tiles forming a map of the host city.
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