Happy Birthday to us!

By 27th May 2019Blog

This June we are celebrating our 21st birthday! It has been 21 years since the late Nelson Mandela opened a newly rebuilt President Hotel and we were able to continue with leaving our legacy, one that has a 250 year history. Sometimes we can’t even believe all the stories and innovations that unfolded on this very piece of land in the middle of Bantry Bay.

Our history in 3 pivotal dates:

  • 1766 – The Society House is built as a ‘country’ retreat, which later became Sea Point House, The Queen’s Hotel, The Hotel President and President Hotel.
  • 1998 – The late Nelson Mandela opened the newly rebuilt iconic President Hotel. 
  • 2019 – The President Hotel reaches its 21st milestone since opening of hotel by late Nelson Mandela.

Some of the story, from the historians: From Queen to President – reopened by the late and great Nelson Mandela in 1998, the President Hotel is Cape Town’s largest and proudest independent urban resort, steeped in a rich entangled history with the surrounding area. From the mid-18th century the hotel has welcomed a colourful array of guests such as wealthy burghers, Lady Anne and Andrew Barnard, secretary to the Cape Government in 1797, an extensive list of high ranking officers of the cape and British nobility, as well as more recent celebrities such as Tom Jones, and heart surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard. Today, the hotel basks in one of the best sea views in the Atlantic Seaboard area, offering the perfect combination of luxury accommodation with its unique location, a diverse and locally sourced food and beverage offering along with friendly staff that are on hand to accommodate every need.

There are many other anniversaries we celebrate throughout the year, it’s impossible not to with a history like ours, but our 1998 reopening with Mandela will always be at the top of that list so we’d like to invite you to celebrate with us and there are more ways than one…

Going Back in Time

Date: Monday, 3 June, 2019 – The official birthday date!

All-day special: In celebration of 21 years of superb cuisine, the hotel will be offering a traditional fish and chips or steak and chips with béarnaise sauce and a 330ml beer or glass of house wine for only R121. Available from 12pm to 10pm.

Join Carl Wastie and the KFM Drive Time team who will be broadcasting their show at the hotel from 3pm to 7pm. Pop in for a glass of Pongracz and some delicious cake that our talented pasty team is whipping up anytime from 12pm to 6pm and join us for the delicious lunch or dinner special. There will be loads of giveaways and prizes up for grabs. Our staff will be in traditional African attire for the day so you’re welcome to come down in yours too.

2040 Time Capsule

Adding to the festivities, our team will be preserving memories and well-wishes for future staff and guests in a time capsule that will only be reopened in 2040. Imagine?! Locals and visitors alike can submit their entries throughout the hotel’s seven celebratory days where the capsule will be held at The Point lookout, opposite reception. Join us for a glass of bubbles and some cake between 12pm and 6pm and leave your wonderful memories for generations to come!

For more info, contact Joanne on joanne@presidenthotel.co.za.

Date: All week long

Sunset Sundowner Session

Time: While the sun is setting.

Sundowner Special: Sip on one of our signature Presidential Piña Colada for only R21, while being treated to uninterrupted ocean views.

Book here or contact our team via events@presidenthotel.co.za.

Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Pizza, wine, sun and sea views?

All-day special: For only R121, guests can enjoy a gourmet pizza and 330ml beer or glass of house wine. Available from 12pm to 10pm.

Book here or contact our team via events@presidenthotel.co.za.

Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2019

World Environment Day and Cape Town Wine Tour at the President

Activity: To celebrate World Environment Day, the hotel invites guests to help combat air pollution by taking part in planting trees at The President with staff at 11am.

Lunch specials: Attributing to the year that the hotel was reopened in 1998, the President will offer a lunch special for R98 of a fresh salad from their menu or an indulgent pasta Alfredo and a mocktail. Or for only R121, guests can enjoy a gourmet burger and 330ml beer or glass of house wine. Available from 12pm to 3pm.

Wine tasting: At 5pm, guests can explore the best of Cape Town’s wineries with a complimentary wine tasting experience, from The President’s extensive wine list, whilst enjoying the magnificent sunset and ocean breeze.

Book here or contact our team via events@presidenthotel.co.za.

Date: Thursday, 6 June 2019

 #FirstThursdays #AtThePresident

From 5pm to 8pm, the hotel team will unveil a pop-up history wall documenting The President’s most memorable and inspirational moments as well as an exhibition of local history.The evening will be paired with a sunset sundowner cocktail party with live entertainment for guests and friends of The President.

Cost: Free but booking is essential, space subject to availability.

For more info, contact Joanne on joanne@presidenthotel.co.za.

Date: Friday, 7 June 2019

Family Fridays at The Base

The President invites parents and their young ones to enjoy some quality time at the most loved family hotel in Cape Town for their Family Friday Night special. Children under the age of 12 get to be little chef’s for the night and make their own pizza and eat it (for free!) when accompanied by two adults who are ordering a main meal each. Parents can enjoy some much-needed downtime whilst the kids play in the hotel’s play area with dedicated child minders. Available from 5pm to 8pm.

Book here or contact our team via events@presidenthotel.co.za.

Date: Saturday, 8 June 2019

Yoga and World Oceans Day Beach Clean-Up

After welcoming the day at 8am with a yoga session and smoothies on the hotel’s lawn with views of the ocean, guests will be able to celebrate World Oceans Day by participating in a beach clean-up at Broken Bath Beach. Join for yoga at 8am or the beach clean-up from 9:30am to 11am (meet at the hotel’s Deck Bar at 9am). Everyone is welcome!

For more info, contact Joanne on joanne@presidenthotel.co.za.

Date: Sunday, 9 June 2019

Sunday Funday

The President will be ending their birthday celebration family-style with a 1998 themed buffet Sunday lunch and kiddies buffet with live entertainment and kids’ fun with child minders so parents can kick-back and enjoy the afternoon with pristine views. The lunch is available at R210 per person. Children under age 6 eat free and children under age 12 each for half price. Available from 12pm to 3pm.

Book here or contact our team via events@presidenthotel.co.za.

Paying It Forward #AtThePresident

Room Special Package

Get R210 back in CASH for every direct accommodation booking made before 11:59pm on the President’s birthday, 3 June 2019! What does that mean? When you check-in for your stay (any date until end November 2019), you will get a R210 CASH to spend on anything you like at the hotel or donate it to a charity of your choice.

We hope to see you at least once, if not more than once, during our birthday week! For more information and to make a reservation, email info@presidenthotel.co.za or call us on 021 434 8111.

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