If retro reached its peak anywhere in the world, it’s in the only designer Rooftop Airstream Trailer Park on the planet! A landmark known simply as The Grand Daddy Hotel by lovers of design and daring.

Located on the bustling Long Street in Cape Town City Bowl lies the luxury four-star hotel, The Grand Daddy. Generous, warm, and welcoming, the hotel prides itself in having a passion for people.

The Grand Daddy Hotel’s biggest talking point is by far its ‘penthouse’ trailer park, which consists of a collection of vintage Airstream trailers, nestled beneath the backdrop of the breath-taking Table Mountain.

Featuring seven two-sleeper trailer suites that have been conceptualised and designed by local artists, this rooftop airstream trailer park is a unique experience for its guests as it is the only one of its kind in the world.  

The original bones of the metropole hotel building are still well preserved. One of the many highlights of the establishment is the period elevator, which gives you a sense of being transported back in time.

In addition, the modern copper styling of the hotel is in harmony with the vintage elements of the hotel, including the hotel’s main talking point – its penthouse trailer park.

“Originally, these trailers were impressively put together like pieces of a puzzle,” explains Dane van Heteren, General Manager at The Grand Daddy Hotel.

Trailers were imported from across the globe, with one being sourced in South Africa after enjoying life on the road from Cairo all the way to Cape Town. Each trailer was air lifted onto the rooftop by a crane and were carefully positioned to create a rooftop trailer park in the middle of the city centre in Cape Town.

“Each trailer has a journey and a story of its own, which are all uniquely designed where they emphasise an iconic road trip across South Africa,” says Dane.

The trailers all celebrate unique parts of South Africa, from our beautiful beaches, to Namaqualand’s floral kingdom, and the Karoo desert. 

Recently, the trailers were revamped by top interior designers, including Natasha Raphiri and Suné Uys from Osman Lange Architects and Interiors, and Nicole Townsend from Plethora Design.

This fresh, new, city glamping experience in the midst of a retro nineteen fifties rooftop trailer park is a proudly original, South African experience.




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