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All New Cape Grace Unveiled

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Cape Town – Cape Town’s legendary Cape Grace has officially completed a months-long renovation.

By using hand-painted fabrics, custom-made metal, glass and leather pieces and acquiring museum-quality antiques, Cape Town interior designer Kathi Weixelbaumer has brought Cape Town’s long and storied history into every detail of the hotel’s design.

In cool hues of blue, warm shades of red and rich tones of green and gold, each of the 121 guest rooms and suites is completely unique and has its own “story,” complete with a storybook in each room. Ship manifests, china found in shipwrecks, fanciful chandeliers, Cape Dutch antiques, local flora and arts and crafts dot the hotel.

The final element of Cape Grace to be transformed was the hotel restaurant. Formerly named one.waterfront, its new name is Signal, evoking the panorama of Cape Town’s Signal Hill through the room’s wall of French windows. Signal features aged Yellowwood furniture, eccentric hand-crafted chandeliers and a 100-foot, hand-painted wall tapestry depicting Table Bay in the 16th century. A new menu features a unique combination of flavors culled from the diverse cultures that have called at the Cape during its history, including French Huguenots, British settlers, Dutch farmers and Asian traders.

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