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Grand Daddy Hotel
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Reviewed 30 May 2011

While the public areas are nice, the rooms are small but adequate though certainly not in keeping with the grandiose descriptions on the website (It'scertainly not plush, luxurious or legendary). Service was initially good at reception, but deteriorated exponentially from there, with surly bar staff, uncooperative housekeeping and a don't care, laissez faire attitude prevailing in most cases. Our request for rooibos tea was ignored, the biscuits were not replensihed and the bathroom was grubby with hair in the drain! Just before we checked out, we discovered a small black insect in the closet (beetle/roach?). Location is noisy, windows need double-glazing, staff seemed unable to grasp the meaning of 'vegetarian', and we were very glad to move on to the delightful lodge (see my other reviews) where the conference was taking place. I would rate the Grand Daddy as a 2-and a half star establishment, and a rip-off at the price.

Cape Town has many three and four star properties that offer better value, but my friend was visiting SA and we thought this would be a fun and quirky stay for a couple nights before the conference that brought us to CT began, What a nightmare and total waste of money!

Room Tip: Stay away from the poky trailers on the roof!
  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled on business
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1  Thank EishTraveller
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Reviewed 7 May 2011

We stayed in Cape Town for a week this year and after spending a few days at the Daddy Long Legs apartment decided to check out their other hotel - Grand Daddy. The staff were great and gave us a tour of the hotel before we decided to book a trailer on the rooftop! We had the Dorothy trailer perched on the top of the hotel - one of 5-6 other trailers. We loved out couple of nights 'camping' and the trailer had everything you could wish for from TV/DVD, minibar, private bathroom to a quirky range of decorations. Breakfast was included and we felt that it was great value. Two nights were enough as it does get a bit claustrophobic - expecially when one of us was 6'3" - and the mattress was a futon which we aren't keen on. We would however definitely recommend it as a real experience.

Room Tip: Ask the staff to show you around before you choose
  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled on business
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Thank magicforest
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Reviewed 29 March 2011

My husband and I recently spent the last night of our South African wine trip in Cape Town at the Grand Daddy Hotel's Trailer Park. The idea is brillant and overall well-excuted. However, be warned, if you haven't been inside an AirStream Trailer you might not realize the limited space and lack of luxurious amenities. The landscaping around the trailers is beautiful and overlooking downtown Cape Town from the Trail Park is quite a unique experience. The only downside is the very small bathroom and its limited shower (hand-held wand). We stayed in the Polka Dot trailer and I wouldn't recommend a multi-night stay given the price point.

Overall, a wondeful and unique experience!

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Morgen M
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Reviewed 28 January 2011

i stayed in the AfroFunk airstream trailer, which is right next to the rooftop bar. I enjoyed the experience very much, but i can see that someone who was staying for more than one night, or who wanted space & privacy might not like it. Bathrooms are very small, and i think they charge you for shampoo, which is a bit cheeky for $200 a night. Shower was erratic at best. Bed very comfortable, view of Table mountain and Long Street very night, and a friendly atmosphere all round. At the weekend i'm sure they party until all hours, so would not recommend if you want piece and quiet, it would be like camping next to a bunch of noisy students.
Overall- for one night, interesting and amusing, but stay in the hotel proper if you dont know what you're getting into.

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled on business
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1  Thank AndySmal
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Reviewed 16 January 2011

On arrival, we were informed that we were *lucky* enough to be in one of the trailers on the roof. I was apprehensive but agreed to see the "room." We were assigned to the Goldilocks trailer, which was absolutely awful. First, it was about 35C in Cape Town that day, so the air-conditioning could not keep a metal trailer on the roof cool. It was hotter inside the trailer than outside, unless you stood directly in front of the ac. The trailer was abysmal - I would compare it to a 1* hotel room at best. There was a dirty kitchen unit for show (nothing actually worked, but took up valuable space in the tiny trailer), closets with dirty looking velvet inside but no place to hang any clothes up, bizarre children's drawings of bears eating people, and a strange mannequin head with a dirty blond wig. The double bed was only marginally larger than a single bed, and there was only place for one person to pass at a time. The bathroom (for which there was no door, just a dirty sliding cloth separation that did not fully close) was about 3 feet by 1 foot, including the toilet and shower. The room had a musty smell to it (probably because no other suckers had been willing to stay there for a while so it was all closed up).

Immediately upon seeing the trailer I went back down to the front desk to say it was unlivable in the trailer. Briony, the manager, was very nice but said that they had informed the tour company that some of our group would be in trailers and they had no more rooms to put us in for another 2 days. Resigned to our fate, we went back upstairs to unpack and shower. I went into the tiny shower first, which was nothing more than water trickling out of a small hole in the corner, and tried to shower. I am 5'3" and kept hitting my head and arms in the minuscule shower!! That was when we knew it was absolutely not possible for us to stay in that trailer. Our friends who were also placed in trailers had arrived at similar conclusions (some of whom had to go outside their trailers to use their bathrooms!!)

We left the Grand Daddy and went around the corner to stay at the Strand Tower Hotel (which was about $120 a night), which was not as nice as the Grand Daddy in terms of lobby, etc. but was a real hotel room - a relief after the trailers. We returned to the Grand Daddy 2 days later when they had space again, and were extremely happy with everything then. The rooms were big and beautiful - what one would expect from a 4* hotel. However, the fact they charge the same price for trailers, which were frankly a joke, is just robbery. Do not be fooled by some of the nicer pictures of trailers on here - some may be livable, but that is it. They are awful quality in general. I've stayed in hostels that were better than the trailers.

I would give the trailers 0 stars and the regular hotel rooms 4 stars, and recommend this hotel ONLY for the the regular rooms.

  • Stayed: January 2011
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1  Thank Ruchi124
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