The Ritz Hotel Re-Opens in Sea Point

The Ritz Hotel Re-Opens in Sea Point

After a R120-million revamp, the iconic hotel with its famous revolving restaurant is back – and is open for business…

One of the most anticipated launches of the season, The Ritz Hotel has re-opened on Sea Point’s Main Road, and is ready to welcome its first visitors.

When it was built in the early 1970s, it was the address to covet, an icon on the city’s skyline. But sadly, the once-stylish address slowly lost its lustre until, in 2016, The Ritz Hotel Management Company saw an opportunity to revitalise – and reimagine – this faded star.

“It’s a beautiful piece of local architecture,” explains Lisa Carey, marketing & PR manager for The Ritz, “all it needed was a new lease on life.”

And that new lease on life has come courtesy of a R120 million makeover – which has turned the hotel into a luxury and design-forward destination. “We had a clear vision of what we wanted to create and, more importantly, what Cape Town needed,” she adds. “This is not a quirky boutique property, nor is it a stiff five-star hotel.” The Ritz in Cape Town has been reimagined as a cool, Miami-style resort where personalised service is one of the cornerstones of its offering  –  you won’t find gimmicky mobile apps here!


The Ritz Hotel Cape Town

Each of the 213 rooms has been given a sleek, modern look – with a moody colour palette, smoky mirrors, deep-buttoned velvet bucket chairs, and Louboutin-inspired wardrobes. The look is luxe yet unpretentious; finesse without the frills. And, of course, killer views of the ocean and the city – from every single room in the hotel – enhance the five-star experience. (The Ritz reopens with 114 rooms, with balance to be completed during 2018.)


While the moody interiors set the scene, the pleasure is to be found at one the hotel’s various restaurants, bars and lounges.

Casa Restaurant & Cabanas on the first floor is a relaxed South Beach-style eatery where hotel guests and locals are invited to enjoy a selection of all-day dishes (including sushi, wood-fired pizzas and a range of brasserie classics). Tables flow out onto a sun-splashed pool deck, where a Veuve Clicquot Bar awaits…

The top floors of the hotel are decidedly suited for the after-dark set… The Champagne Lounge on the 22nd floor, for example, is a sultry and sophisticated space ideal for pre-dinner bubbly and sundowner cocktails, with local DJs spinning laid-back beats from late-afternoon.

The Cigar Lounge on the 21st floor is similarly set to become an address for after-dinner digestifs and late-night cocktails.

And then, of course, there’s the revolving restaurant at the Top of the Ritz – whose elegant décor provides a perfect foil for the refined dining on offer (think: Philippe Starck lamps and moody black interiors).


Ritz Hotel

While the top three floors of the hotel are well suited for late-night rendez-vous, the sun-drenched pool deck on the first floor is open all day, and welcomes locals and travellers alike. Stop by for a bite on your way to the nearby Promenade, or settle in for the day at one of the exclusive poolside Ritz Cabanas. As general manager Johann du Plessis explains: “How do you create a buzz in a hotel? It’s the locals. Local residents are essential for creating the soul of a hotel, and we can’t wait to welcome them to The Ritz.”

Opens 15 December 2017
Cost Rooms range from R2 500 to R25 000
Contact 021 439 6010,
Where to find it The Ritz HotelCorner Main & Camberwell Roads, Sea Point, Cape Town


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Time of publication: 12 October 2017

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4 Responses to “The Ritz Hotel Re-Opens in Sea Point”

  1. Gary Deneker

    How much for 2 nights for two people ?
    Round April 6

  2. Frankie Wyer

    Will they have Luve Music?
    Dinner and Dance

  3. Joan Cockrell

    Cant wait to take my youngest to The top of the Ritz, the only member of our family who has not experienced dining on fine cuisine while looking out over Cape Town.

  4. Wynand

    Could the developers perhaps see something like this taken on in Port Elizabeth, now that it is under proper political rule? There’s this beautiful, historic landmark, the King Edward Hotel, thats been opened, closed, revamped, sold, repossessed and still not operational! It would be a crying shame to see this old icon disappear in a cloud of dust!