“Sketch of the old Reserve Bank”
Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has been creating, enhancing and caring for landmark properties around the world for over 100 years and Taj Cape Town, with its blend of the heritage buildings and the ‘modern’ tower is a perfect reflection of this urban revival in Cape Town’s heritage area.
The seed of what would become the City of Cape Town was the need for a vegetable garden and a hospital which led to the refreshment station established in 1652 at the Cape of Good Hope by the Dutch East India Company.
The hospital, which was built on the site bounded by today’s Adderley, Wale, St. George’s and Longmarket Streets would, along with the Company Gardens, become the city’s historical and cultural core. An area which has become synonymous with the the city’s cosmopolitan culture, and history, travellers can find a wealth of heritage sites, museums, galleries, street markets, restaurants, bars and trendy retail stores are all within walking distance.
It’s entirely fitting then that in Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces would beautifully restore the South African Reserve Bank and the adjacent Temple Chambers, both national monuments built on the same property as the original hospital and across the road from the gardens, into the 176-roomed hotel.
Every effort has been made to remain as faithful as possible to the internal historic structure of the buildings, giving Taj Cape Town a blend of old-world charm and elegance. The facades were restored and modern external interventions kept to a minimum, while internally every effort was made to remain historically faithful while maintaining and restoring as many of the important historic rooms as possible.
The hotel is a celebration of the old and the new with a design vision which creates a synthesis between the two historic buildings on the site and the contemporary building that rises out as a new tower amidst Cape Town’s iconic skyline.
An iconic example of the gradual renaissance of Cape Town’s inner city, and a central five-star base in a city that is taking exciting strides forward in art, design, fashion and food while still honouring its history and heritage.