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Grand Daddy Hotel
Ranked #58 of 106 Hotels in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Paarl, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not grand”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2012

Very disappointed. This might have been funky and trendy 5 years ago, but now it is rundown. The carpets and paintwork are dirty. Reception staff ignore customers at the desk while taking long telephone calls. There is no parking! We were told to park in a public parade three blocks away across busy streets! The trailers are the most awful accommodation I've seen outside of a backpackers; stuffy, smelly, cramped, poor bathroom facilities. Not good value for CT

Room Tip: Do not book a trailer!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Bryony S, General Manager at Grand Daddy Hotel, responded to this review, October 12, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this review about your stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel. We really appreciate all feedback, good and bad.
The Trailers are a unique type of accommodation and they get some very definite views from guests; people love them or they do not. Everything is Trailer sized and compact, which for some is just not comfortable but they do have all the facilities that the rooms have. I apologize that the experience was not for you. We do also offer very comfortable rooms located in the hotel as an alternative option.
We have a standard set for our cleaning and maintenance and I will address the issues raised with the relevant departments.
The building is 150 + years old therefore our parking facilities are very limited. We have however negotiated a great rate with Picbel Parkade for secure parking which is located one block away from us on Strand Street. I apologize that this information was not communicated to you clearly prior to arrival and will address this.
We get such lovely reviews about our staff and I am disappointed to hear that your experience was not up to standard.
Thank you again for taking the time to post your feedback on Trip Advisor.
Yours sincerely
Bryony Schultz
General Manager
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Brisbane, Australia
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

This hotel is right in the action of the very happening, cool long street. The rooms are lovely (we stayed in a luxury room) and the service was fantastic. Along long street there are lots of great bars, restaurants and boutique shops. The hotel really is in a great position, easy to get taxi's to the waterfront (approx 40 rand) and to table mountain (approx 80 rand). The only caution I would give is that it does get a little noisy over the weekend as it is the party street. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and it was a great way to finish our holiday in South Africa.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Gem016
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Bryony S, General Manager at Grand Daddy Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this great review about your stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel and we are so glad you ended your trip on such a high! Being in Long Street has a definite advantage of being very central and fortunately most of the clubs and bars are further up but you are right there is a definite buzz on weekends. On your next stay I highly recommend you request a room at the back of the hotel which are much quieter. We hope we will be able to welcome you back to Cape Town again sometime in the near future.
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Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2012

This hotel is perfect for a short stay in Cape Town. It's priced well with very clean, well-appointed rooms and extremely friendly, attentive staff. A trendy, but not-too-hipster, boutique hotel, Grand Daddy is my pick for this city!

Room Tip: Try to get a room that doesn't face Long Street, which is quite busy at night, in terms of night...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Zaguire
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Bryony S, General Manager at Grand Daddy Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review about your stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel. We love to hear that the staff were extremely friendly and attentive and we are delighted to be your pick for Cape Town!! We look forward to welcoming you back when you next find yourself in Cape Town.
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19 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

The place to be in Cape Town, with lots of fun
You'll find there
- A Venue,
- A colorful Bar,
- A extraordinary rooftop, with trailers, movie, bar
- A excellent Restaurant

In short :
Great food, drinks & atmosphere.
Rooms are decorated with taste and are comfy.
Something one must experience when in cape town!

Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room at the reception ! :-)
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Pierre L
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Bryony S, General Manager at Grand Daddy Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this very positive review about your stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel, we really appreciate all feedback. We are so glad that you enjoyed L’Apero Restaurant and bars and that the rooms were tasteful and comfy. That is exactly what we strive for as a hotel. We hope you will visit us again sometime in the near future!
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Campinas, SP
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19 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012

Really enjoyed the rooftop trailer accommodations and the rooftop bar. Super cool place! I didn't partially like the location, as it seemed a bit seedy after hours - a la Long Street in general.

Also, it seemed overpriced for what it was, by about 25-50%.

If you are looking for a cool place to stay in Cape Town, and hang out with a group of friends inside the building for great times, this is the place.

Service was very good, as well.

Room Tip: Rooftop air streams are cool!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CV39560
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Bryony S, General Manager at Grand Daddy Hotel, responded to this review, October 11, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write this review about your stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel, we really appreciate all feedback. We are delighted you found the hotel a great place to hang out; this is what we ultimately want – our guests to have a great time without having to travel anywhere to do so!!
Long Street has undergone a lot of changes over the past few years and is fantastic to see the streets get cleaner and safer every day. We have a great relationship with the CCID who patrol the area and are very visual and always available to help. There is always work to be done but for a company who is based on Long Street we are delighted with the changes and I hope you will also notice them on your next visit.
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6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2012

We stayed three nights in a suite with our to kids. The suite was very nice nd well decorated. The hotel is well located and the staff is always smiling. The breakfast is very good. We had a very pleasan time at the Grand Daddy hotel.
Veronique & Geoffroy
France

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Bryony S, General Manager at Grand Daddy Hotel, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Dear Veronique & Geoffroy, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel. We really enjoyed having you and your family stay with us and hope to see you again when you next visit Cape Town!
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Halifax, Nova Scotia
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48 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2012

The Grand Daddy is definitely unique, located in the heart of Long Street, and a great place to stay if you are looking for something different. We stayed in one of the suites which was very comfy and well furnished. The restaurant was good with excellent service and I can't say enough about the outstanding concierge service. Ask for Taleeb to take you for a tour of the Cape - we had an incredible time. If you can afford to take just your party it gives you all sorts of flexibility and is well worth it.

The hotel is an easy walk to the V&A wharf area which is an absolute must-see. It is also just around the corner from the Greenmarket and very close to all sorts of wonderful restaurants. Given the location it was no surprise that it was a bit noisy at night but it was only a real issue on Friday night when the partying didn't stop until well after 3AM.

I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Maybe stay away from the front although the rooms are lovely.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank Adriaanse
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Bryony S, General Manager at Grand Daddy Hotel, responded to this review, August 13, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay at the Grand Daddy Hotel. We were delighted to read that you found the service in L’Apero and from the concierge excellent and look forward to welcoming you back again in the near future.
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Additional Information about Grand Daddy Hotel

Property: Grand Daddy Hotel
Address: 38 Long Street | Western Cape, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Cape Town Central > City Bowl
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#40 Family Hotel in Cape Town Central
#49 Business Hotel in Cape Town Central
#52 Luxury Hotel in Cape Town Central
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Daddy Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Grand Daddy is a luxury four-star city hotel with an effervescent, creative soul. Generous, warm and welcoming; The Grand Daddy’s passion is for people. The Grand Daddy’s big talking point is its ‘penthouse’ trailer park, where a collection of vintage Airstream caravans nestle beneath the backdrop of Table Mountain. Each of the 7 two-sleeper trailer suites have been conceptualized and designed by local artists and makes for an accommodation destination like no other. ... more   less 
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