Interior Design of Hotel Gorgeous George in Cape Town, South Africa
Uniting a stunning blend of 18th-century grandeur with the raw industrial edge of central Cape Town, Gorgeous George is a bold testament to both South African and international design, with an unapologetically urban style and attitude in a destination known for its seaside hotels. Formed from two buildings that were connected in the 1940s—one Art Deco, the other New Edwardian—the 20-room, 12-suite hotel unifies the two styles through an exquisite use of concrete and steel, as well as through Victorian elements, contemporary design, and African influences.
One enters the hotel through historic brass doors and is immediately immersed in a world of hand-painted, 1800 Delft-inspired ceramic tiles portraying a map of Cape Town. In the guestrooms, a color palette of blues, whites, and mountainside greens serve in stark contrast to the hotel’s industrial undertones.
The rooftop, meanwhile, with its welcoming terrace and pool, is a green oasis where one is surrounded by the sounds of the city. Taken together, two heritage buildings form a one-of-a-kind hotel smack in the center of town. And the result is, well, simply Gorgeous!SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW SHOP NOW
Hotel Gorgeous George Architecture
Urbane Citizen Architecture showcases the classical aesthetic of the two heritage structures through grand architraves, cornices, and oak floors, all of which are juxtaposed by sculptural concrete and steel beams.
Incorporating some of the original flow of the two old buildings, the architects were able to create spacious suites that organically utilizes the structures’ existing windows. The literal topper is the hotel’s rooftop terrace, which serves as a central gathering spot.SHOP NOW
Hotel Gorgeous George Interior Design
Designer Tristan du Plessis has created a showcase for African aesthetics, which he then supports through a neutral-to-dark palette, as well as blues and whites that soften the industrial elements.
South African designers are present throughout, with pieces by David Krynauw, Gregor Jenkin, Egg designs, and more, while works by internationally renowned South African artists, such as David Brits and Porky Hefer, abound.SHOP NOW