Art deco landmark La Splendida Hotel has had a stylish revamp under the care of South African hospitality group Newmark Hotels, teaming up with the Caveau group of restaurants to offer an all day Mediterranean-influenced dining and cocktail experience.
Offering ‘affordable chic’ with mountain and sea views aplenty, the new look La Splendida combines convenience, contemporary styling and well priced rates in a smart, small hotel package. Just five minutes from the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town’s CBD and the city’s buzzing hotspots, the hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travellers and in keeping with the standard set by its parent company, has all the mod cons, amenities and service requirements modern travellers demand.
The boutique offering has three floors and a total of 24 en-suite rooms, including four spacious family suites, all of which were completely refurbished. The space is a light and bright improvement on its former self, with plenty of glamorous touches in reference to its art deco heritage. Each floor is coded with colour – splashed subtly throughout, adding a sense of humour and zing to each suite.
Its restaurant partner Sótano by Caveau is the brainchild of Brendon Crew, Jean-Yves Muller and Marc Langlois of Caveau and HQ fame, Sótano (the name means ‘cellar’ in Spanish, while ‘caveau’ has the same meaning in French) is a stylish sea facing venue with an outdoor ‘beach bar’, pavement café setup, impressive sky lit indoor bar area as well as substantial more formal seating and banquettes inside.
An all day dining concept features a menu that includes bistro classics like Eggs Benedict (a Caveau signature) and steak tartare, their signature gourmet flat breads, anytime eats like croque monsieur and plates of artisan style charcuterie and cheese to share as well as more substantial offerings. “We want people to feel they can come at any time of the day for something light or more substantial to eat or even just a cocktail; we’ve designed a menu that has plenty of table eating options and takes its cue from mezze and tapas favourites”, explains co owner Brendon Crew whose bar and eatery has already established itself as a weekend hotspot for the city’s ‘it crowd’.
The relaxed atmosphere here, complete with laidback beats supplied by a resident DJ on weekend afternoons and evenings belies the commitment to quality and a superior dining experience by the Caveau founders. With an already excellent reputation set by the Caveau and HQ brands, sibling eatery Sótano is sure to be a favourite this summer and in seasons to come. Mingling with sun kissed locals, hotel guests make themselves at home in between exploring the city, safe in the knowledge they can have breakfast at any time and can sign their meals and anything off the classic cocktail menu straight to their rooms.
With two quality brands on board to breathe new life and style into this Mouille Point stalwart, La Splendida is sure to make its mark on the city’s hotel landscape.
La Splendida Hotel and Sótano by Caveau are situated at 121 Beach Road, Mouille Point.
For reservations contact La Splendida and Sótano on (27) (21) 439 5119.