Urban Elegance - Experience the vibrant energy of Cape Town in sophisticated style...
Owner, Abilio Frazzitta has created a contemporary and up-market oasis in the heart of the mother city, in the midst of the bustling melting pot that is Long Street, attracting corporate clients from the advertising and film industries as well as advocates from nearby Keerom Street to its sleek-lined interior. The result of Abilio's vision is a breath of fresh air for the city. It's an intimate hotel for tourists or corporate clients, with the hallmark comforts of a guesthouse and the combined status of a top-notch hotel.
Stepping into Urban Chic's foyer from the busy street is an experience that instils a sense of calm as cool contemporary touches blend with classical lines. A Bottocino marble staircase with a balustrade in stainless steel, wood and glass sweeps immediately up to the Gallery Cafe.
The unique Gallery Cafe comes complete with ultra-now minimalist design and a classy, passionate culinary style. But just below, overlooking Long Street, the relaxed Cigar Bar perches above the thronging crowds... the perfect watering hole for the weary traveller wanting to refresh, watch sport beamed in by satellite on the plasma screen or discuss the day's events over a thirst-quenching cocktail with attitude, while watching the passing parade! If you have business in mind, take advantage of the complimentary wireless connectivity linking you, via your laptop, with the pulse of the world.
At the mezzanine Gallery Cafe, hotel guests and patrons alike enjoy a culinary symphony of note among an eclectic selection of local art. The Gallery Cafe is a wonderfully cosmopolitan and alternative venue for a chic corporate lunch for up to 80, or, with the enclosed terraces hived off for intimacy, you can celebrate any occasion privately, with music beamed to you, to complement the fine, South African soul food dishes.
For guests staying over, there's a choice of twenty individually appointed bedrooms - each with its own en suite bathroom. The decor is a subtle combination of honeyed Spanish marble, warm textured carpets, African mahogany furniture and crushed linen curtains complemented by the contemporary artwork of Alexander Krenz. Some rooms have Zen-like sliding screens so that views of the city, Table Mountain, Lion's Head or Signal Hill can also be appreciated from the comfort of one's bath.
Each room has a broad-band ADSL connection, a mini safe, air conditioning and double glazing to mask the exuberant buzz from the sidewalk below. There's a range of specially formulated toiletries, from bath salts to hand creams, for self-pampering. Courtesy branded snacks such as dried fruit and nut selections are on hand, including refreshments from the mini bar - hidden from sight to complete the aura of restfulness.
Urban Chic also offers underground parking for hotel guests. Stepping into the ambiance of vibrant Long Street, you find yourself among a myriad of arts and craft stores, booksellers, restaurants with cuisines of all persuasions, bistro-cafe's and colonial architecture reminiscent of the New Orleans' French quarter.
Whether you've come to the city for some serious shopping, to sample the pulsating nightlife, or for a touch-down business trip, and seek the luxury of a home away from home - close to the action - with a king-sized bed and goose down pillows after a long, long day... then Urban Chic on Long is the haven that you deserve.