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Boutique Hotel Labotessa Opens its Doors in a Cape Heritage Site

Cape Town's newest luxury boutique hotel, Labotessa, breathes new life into Church Square with seven exclusive and beautifully appointed suites.

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How refreshing it is to have a hotel mini bar packed with hummus and cheese and a bottle of wine – all a complimentary and standard when checking into one’s room. Such is the attention to detail at Labotessa, Cape Town’s latest boutique hotel, set on the city’s historical Church Square, which is also flanked by the Slave Lodge and Groote Kerk.

With just six signature suites, and one of the Mother City’s largest hotel penthouses – the three-bedroom Governor Suite spans 300 square metres over two spacious storeys – Labotessa has made comfort its priority, its rooms designed to welcome more than just sleep.

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First-time hoteliers Johan du Plessis and Jan Fourie were responsible for their hotel’s design, having furniture custom-made for a contemporary twist on this heritage building originally built circa 1700. 

Open wardrobes designed according to suitcase-size specs (none of that struggle to hide an empty bag under a bed), coffee stations hidden in French armoires and high-perch work/dining counters illustrate a thought-out approach to making Labotessa feel more like a home than a hotel.

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The suites’ lounge areas invite longer lingering, their colour scheme of deep blue, burnt orange, ochre and umber bringing warm appeal to these living spaces.

Specially commissioned artworks by Pierre Fouché and Emma Aspeling complement this colouration, and are juxtaposed by old photographic prints of original Cape Town scenes. These vignettes welcome guests as they enter rooms via their own private elevator access. 

Although every suite enjoys splendid views of the surrounding inner-city buildings, the square below and Lion’s Head in the distance, it’s the Governor Suite, named after the fact that the original building was one of Cape Governor Simon van der Stel’s first establishments, that really makes the most of this setting.

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The balcony, stretching the length of the top storey, is the ideal location for end-of-day drinks, and the accompanying plunge pool is an invitation to complete relaxation. The penthouse’s fully equipped kitchen, 10-seater dining table and two lounge areas make it a dream for entertaining new Cape Town friends. 

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Guests may be tempted, however, to dine at the hotel’s little eatery – a new outpost for Claremont’s popular Starlings café – where all-day breakfast can be enjoyed alfresco, at tables that spill out onto the square.

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Taking the element of luxury one step further, Labotessa’s ground-floor perfumery boutique, open to the public, sells sought-after international brands such as Dr. Vranjes, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Penhaligon’s, Comme des Garçons and Diptyque, with this being only the 11th hotel in the world to carry the latter French label.

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Celebrating both the heritage and glamour of the Mother City, this new addition to the hospitality scene looks set to make a few more fans of Cape Town.

Labotessa is at 5 Church Square in central Cape Town; visit their website for further contact details and to book.
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