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 re-imagine - this faded star of the Atlantic Seaboard.
That process began with a refurbishment of the 23-storey building, the age of the structure requiring a complete overhaul of the insulation, plumbing and lift shafts. With the “bones” of the building brought into the 21st-century, the transformation from faded star to contemporary glamour could begin.
And the result is nothing short of staggering. 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, expect refined personalised service to become a hallmark of The Ritz.