The historical Ritz hotel opens to the public today after R120m refurbishment

New lease of life. The Ritz Hotel has gone under the knife. It re-opened to the public today. All images SUPPLIED.

We had a very clear vision of what we wanted to create, and what Cape Town needed,” commented Lisa Carey, Marketing and Public Relations Manager for The Ritz.

This follows a significant investment worth R120m as part of renovating the hotel, perched in the hustling and bustling Sea Point, Cape Town, having first opened its doors in 1971.

Lately, hotels in the CBD of ‘Mother City’ have been going through new phases as part of investment and the City’s rejuvenation programme.

Made famous by The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles it provides a striking backdrop to the lobby, while each of the 213 rooms (The Ritz reopens with 114 rooms, with balance completed during 2018) is decorated in a sleek modern look, thanks to the Ritz Hotel Management Company (Pty) Ltd or RHMC saw an opportunity to revitalise – and reimagine – this faded star of the Atlantic Seaboard.

It officially re-opens to the public today (December 15).

Says Carey: “We are not creating a quirky boutique property or a stiff five-star hotel. We want to cater for that beautiful niche in the middle. We wanted to take luxury and design, and make it accessible.”.

No mobile app check-in or anodyne staff here: rather, expect refined personalised service to become a hallmark of The Ritz.

“It’s so exciting for my seasoned hoteliers and I to be part of restoring The Ritz to its rightful position as one of the most sought after hotels in Cape Town,” says Du Plessis, whose wealth of experience spans luxury resorts, lodges and hotels across southern Africa.

“The iconic design driven hotel is really going to set the bar for urban resorts, and we look forward to our first guests – and locals – discovering the understated luxury of The Ritz,” says Du Plessis.

Aerial view to die for. The interior has been revitalised.

The finest views in the city are to be found at the very top on the 21st and 22nd floors and in the hotel’s flagship restaurant on the 23rd floor. So, next time you make your booking you know which view would be best ideal.

“As the hotel is very much finding its feet management has ensured that all the correct printed collateral is placed in all the rooms advising of the need to treat water usage preciously,” was the response from the PR, when asked on the issue of water shortage currently affecting the province.

The hotel has also suggested other water saving mechanisms for guests:

  1. All towels and linen will be changed and washed every second day- unless the guests request otherwise.
  2. A “ Water Wise” card is in every room sharing information on the water restrictions and offering tips like:

Take 2 minute showers

Close taps while shaving

Flush sparingly

Use a cup to rinse when brushing teeth

Re-use towels and linen

  1. The Ritz is also communicating that showers save water, and asking guests to not bathe.

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