Blog/A Wall Apart: Gorgeous George, Cape Town

Incorporating elements of the original buildings, the architects have created spacious suites that organically utilise the structures’ existing windows.


Sculptural concrete and exposed steel beams feature throughout.



Step inside Gorgeous George, a 32-room hotel with unapologetic style and attitude to match. Located in the heart of contemporary Cape Town, this six-story hotel has been created from two recently restored heritage buildings; one Art Deco and the other Edwardian.

Connected by a rooftop bar, these buildings are unified by a shared industrial language. To achieve this, local practice Urbane Citizen Architecture has ensured the history of each space is communicated through the careful restoration of existing architraves, cornicing, and original oak flooring. Each of these elements is then juxtaposed by sculptural concrete and exposed steel beams as well as contemporary design elements and modern African influences.

The interior features a neutral to dark palette with accents of blue, green and white throughout, working to soften harsh industrial elements and textures. From vintage Jielde lamps to custom furniture designs, each room is a treasure trove of unique pieces. A showcase for African aesthetics, each piece has a story to tell. Custom murals by multi-media artist, David Brits feature throughout.

Across 20 rooms and 12 suites (32 total) these stylish spaces afford city views and ample amenity. On the rooftop, the spirited GiGi restaurant and bar is a welcoming oasis. Dubbed the living room for the neighborhood, this is where Cape Town comes to play.

The spirited GiGi restaurant and bar is a welcoming oasis.