Cool design-focused hotel to open in downtown Cape Town
Gorgeous George on St George’s Mall is first Cape Town member of world-renowned Design Hotels. This cool new downtown hotel is based in the heart of Cape Town and will open in March.
Created out of two beautifully restored heritage buildings, Gorgeous George is where refined design and quality meet, an inner-city gathering place for locals and the well-travelled.
Originally built by the United Building Society, the hotel’s entrance is Art Deco, while the conjoined building boasts traits of the New Edwardian style of the 1940s. The uniting design embraces each building’s architectural features, while at the same time allowing for different moods depending on the viewer’s perspective, for instance, one façade has window frames of steel while another has the original oak surrounds. Interesting concrete and steel structures are incorporated throughout the hotel.
The biggest challenge in marrying the two buildings was their different heights, and the solution gave rise to the tower that hosts the rooftop pool,first floor and allowed for the bar and restaurant to be on the same level as the pool. The first-floor eventing space that can accommodate up to 150 people seated banquet style.