Who's your Daddy?

The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel is located at the heart of bustling Long Street, in full view of Table Mountain, right on the doorstep of Cape Town’s ultimate playground. This is where business and pleasure meet in breathtaking fashion.



Nick Paul
General manager

Nick joined the team in 2014, just as we started the total refurb on the rooftop. He has many years' experience in the hospitality industry, working in some of Cape Town's top hotels and restaurants, and he even did a stint at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Nick makes sure that the Grand Daddy always remains on track.

Ursula Assur
Food and beverage manager

There is no task too great or too small for this dynamo of hospitality. With years of hospitality experience in some of Cape Town's top food and wine establishments, Ursula makes sure that Daddy remains as yum as it has always been! Anything you need to know? Drop her a line!

Brenda Campbell
Accounts manager

Brenda, aka the “Minister of Finance”, makes short work of the numbers and never misses a beat. Some say she sees in Matrix vision: green numbers falling down the screen ... She makes sure the bills are paid on time and that Daddy can keep the lights on and the phones working.

Quirky Daddy facts

  • Our seven Airstream trailers were shipped in from the United States of America
  • Long Street is a one-way street that stretches over more than 20 blocks or 1.66km 
  • The original architect of the Grand Daddy hotel building on 38 Long Street was Mello Gerardus Damstra, a Dutchman who came to the Cape around 1895, according to the South African Heritage Resource Agency
  • The vintage elevator at the Grand Daddy is the oldest operational elevator in Cape Town
  • The Grand Daddy's Airstream rooftop trailer park is legendary. The seven glinting, individually themed trailers on our rooftop take visitors on a fanciful and fuss-free journey
  • You may or may not have seen the little golden statuette of a dog at the Daddy. His name is Leon and he's the best mascot any hotel could ask for – purveyor of great times and awesome service
  • Capetonian interior designer Tracy Lynch is responsible for the Grand Daddy hotel's proudly South African decor.
  • There are 33 rooms to choose from at the Grand Daddy hotel: 1 Single Room, 4 Standard Rooms, 14 Superior Rooms, 5 Luxury Rooms, 2 Suites, and 7 Airstream Trailers
  • The Grand Daddy building was built in1874 and its doors opened in 1895 as Hotel Metropole

The history of 38 Long Street

The following is an extract from Walking Long Street, by Desmond Martin (Struik, 2007)

Although this hotel has been refurbished and altered a number of times in more than a century, the basic design remains much as it was when it opened in 1895 as Hotel Metropole (though the original 1984 plans named the building as the "Hamburg Hotel"). A newspaper report in the Cape Argus, 1 July 1895, stated that it was "one of the landmarks of the city … five storeys high … a tower at the corner rising over 90 feet (27 metres) above the street level. It is of a very imposing and grand appearance, being designed in the old German Renaissance style, introduced for the first time in this Colony." The upper storey, with its "quaint dormer windows, pediments, Mansard roof, and capola (cupola)" and tower were removed in later years and its "red pointed brickwork and artificial stone facings" have long since been plastered over.

The original construction was to a plan by the Dutch architect, Anthony De Witt, who came to South Africa in 1879. William Black, an Australian architect, undertook extensions in about 1900. The prominent verandah that is shown in early drawings on both the Long and Castle Street façades was originally supported by cast-iron columns. During a rebuild, possibly in the 1920s, the verandah was re-erected on four sets of concrete pillars on Long Street only. The projecting concrete balconettes and window hoods on the upper floors also probably date from this time.


Although situated in the same block as the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association), the hotel was largely ignored by YM residents in the 1950s, as most of us could just about afford board-and-lodging at the YM, let alone "eat out". In later years, however, when I worked in Bree Street, lunching on the hotel’s enclosed terrace became extremely popular with Capetonians during weekdays and it was necessary to arrive early to ensure a lunchtime view of the passing traffic below in Long Street. Recently upgraded, the hotel ranks as one of the city’s top hotels and continues its proud tradition of providing fine accommodation and cuisine for locals and tourists.


January 2015

  • Grand Daddy was mentioned by Josie Borain in this online article from Africa Geographic. Click here to see the full article
  • Grand Daddy was listed in the top 6 places to spend the night by Conde Nast Traveller. Click here to see the full article
  • The Rooftop Airstream Trailer Park was featured in Getaway Magazine. Click here to see the full article. 
  • An international blog recently used the Daddy Cool Bar for its Vogue-inspired Surpise Elopement Article. Click here to see the full blog

December 2014

  • The Grand Daddy was mentioned as the prefered hotel to visit on Olielo Luxury Reviews. Click here to read the full article. 

November 2014

  • The newly refurbished Airstream rooftop trailer park was recently featured in House and LeisureClick here to read the full article. 
  • Grand Daddy also made it onto Refinery29's list of affordable stylish hotels of the world. Click here to read more.