LOOK: A hotel where history and luxury are cleverly interwoven

LOOK: A hotel where history and luxury are cleverly interwoven

Newly-opened Cape Town hotel LABOTESSA harmoniously blends history and forward-thinking modern hotel trends to create a hospitality brand that combines the best of all worlds. 

An intimate establishment made up of six luxury Signature suites and one grand penthouse boasting three bedrooms, its focus is on old-world elegance with all the bells and whistles of contemporary hotel living.

Hoteliers Jan Fourie and Johan du Plessis were inspired by the beautiful circa 1700s building when conceiving the look, feel and attitude of the hotel. They drew on its heritage when creating the interior, while at the same time remaining cognizant of the need to cater to a very discerning type of traveller, expectant of every amenity.

“We’re thrilled with the way the hotel has turned out,” said co-owner and hotel manager, Du Plessis. “The result is incredibly faithful to our original vision for this truly special heritage building, and we can’t wait for our first guests to experience the way in which we have recalibrated the scale of luxury.”

The spaces have been designed with a sense of occasion as well as convenience in mind.

Finishes and furniture follow suit – a mix of modern and antique pieces, Calcatta marble, French oak floors and Persian rugs continue the European-inspired but globally informed aesthetic. 

In the Signature Suites, the rich palette of deep blues, umbers, ochres and burnt oranges is both modern and timeless, sophisticated but also warm. While there is a dominant colour palette that is consistent throughout the suites, no room is the same as the next.

Carefully curated accessories create a layered and established effect that, although polished, is also relaxed and unstuffy. Think chandeliers and fireplaces alongside cosy armchairs and custom-made designer furniture. Carefully selected contemporary artworks by rising Cape Town artists such as Pierre Fouche and Emma Aspeling complete the picture.

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Situated in a restored national monument structure in the heart of the city, Labotessa is the only hotel on historic Church Square. This landmark lifestyle property blends luxury and personal service with the independence of residential living✨ Each of the hotel’s seven spacious suites features private elevator access, a balcony and sweeping views of the city, Lion’s Head and Table Mountain✨ Labotessa is a culmination of our affinity for exceptional design, relaxed hospitality, and our connection to the city of Cape Town." - Johan Du Plessis, Labotessa Co-Founder ________________________________________ #labotessahotel #labotessa #churchsquare #penthouse #governorsuite #suites #luxuryhotel #luxurybrands #smallluxuryhotel #boutiquehotel #hotels #capetownsouthafrica #capetownhotel #luxurytravel #explorecapetown #boutiquehotels #capetownsouthafrica #luxuryhotelsoftheworld #besthotelsintheworld #hotelsoftheworld #luxury #besthotelsincapetown #besthotelsinsouthafrica #architecture #lionshead #hotelviews #hoteldesign

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The Signature Suites are a generous 65 square metres in size and each one offers private elevator access and panoramic views of the city and Lion’s Head. Modern amenities with old-world finesse - like a French armoire disguising a minibar kitted out with crystal flutes for celebrations - are the types of subtle touches you can expect.

The crowing glory is the palatial Governer’s Suite – one of the city’s largest penthouse offerings. It is named after Simon Van der Stel, the first Governor of the Cape and once a resident at this very address. 

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The 300-square-metre, three-bedroom space spans two floors at the top of the hotel and features hard-to-top touches like a floating staircase and private plunge pool situated on a wide balcony overlooking historic Church Square, the Slave Lodge, Parliament and Company Gardens.

An in-house restaurant – a new outpost of the much-loved local café Starlings – will serve all-day breakfast from an organic and ethically inspired menu. Starlings at LABOTESSA is located on the ground floor in a space that spills out charmingly onto the square in a manner inspired by continental café culture.

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