250 Years of Hospitality

The long and interesting history of the President Hotel is entangled with the rich heritage of Bantry Bay and Sea Point. A variety of fascinating buildings have stood on the site since 1766, from the Society House to Queen’s Hotel.

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.

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 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 earlier this year we celebrated with a week-long 21st birthday celebration. We also welcome all the men and women who have helped shape our New South Africa so we’re still making history today.

Read the full, fascinating story of our history here.

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