A Journey to Elegantly Exclusive Boutique Hotels
Some time ago, towards the middle of the 20th century, large cities in South Africa had several hotels from which guests could choose from, while most small towns and rural dorpies (villages) featured at least one hotel which generally offered accommodation to travellers needing a night’s rest when passing through on a long journey to somewhere else.
Such village hotels were usually located on the main street, which typically housed the only pub in town, in addition to a post office, police station, general dealer, perhaps a farmers’ co-op, and a petrol station – the mainstay infrastructure of a traditional South African small town or settlement.
At the time, women were not permitted in bars and pubs; they would have to be seated in the hotel lounge to have a drink and socialise – undoubtedly a hangover (no pun intended) from the Colonial era, when clubs, pubs, and bars were intended for gentlemen only, a long-standing, strictly enforced rule.
Despite the fact that the local populace was mainly comprised of an Afrikaans-speaking community and farmers, most of them primarily of Dutch descent, many village hostelries were named the Grand Hotel, Victoria Hotel, or Royal Hotel. This must surely have been another throwback to colonial times – the practices and the immense, enduring influence of the British Empire in all the countries which came under British dominion.
Bigger and More for the Masses
Soon, an era of mass production for mass consumption arrived. Hotel and hospitality chains bought up or built bigger hotels with more rooms, each one identical or similar to the others in the chain’s stable, so that the maximum number of guests could be accommodated. To a large extent, this put a halt on individuality and smaller, individually owned and managed establishments.
Bringing Back Exclusivity and Intimate Ambience
Today, discerning hotel guests are choosing smaller, exclusive boutique hotels, which are a far cry from big establishments for the masses and the Royals, Grands, and ubiquitous Victoria hotels of yesteryear.
The boutique hotel has ushered in the art of hotel innovation, focused on exemplary and personal guest service, individually designed architecture, and luxurious guest suites, which vary from one another and are also individually furnished and decorated. The accent is on tasteful elegance, comfort, and a home-away-from-home, welcoming, genteel atmosphere.
Whilst boutique hotels do typically have a communal bar and lounge area, there’s no trace of a rowdy, gents-only, Grand-style pub. Most boutique hotels have venues which cater for conferences, weddings, events, and functions. Top-class establishments are known for the excellence of their fare, served in the boutique hotel’s restaurant that accommodates diners with discerning palates, who appreciate fine dining and service excellence.
Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel
Those in the know associate these features with Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel in Centurion, Gauteng, and correctly so. We’re a 4-star boutique establishment with 34 luxurious guest suites, four world-class venues, glorious landscaped gardens, and a fine dining restaurant, the 16th Lintel, which is gaining a glowing reputation for the culinary delights on offer.
Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel has successfully retained its proud 100-year-plus heritage, whilst bringing the best of 4-star luxury, traditional and sincerely friendly hospitality, and enduring service excellence to you, our most distinguished guests.