Within shouting distance of the Company Gardens (created around 1650 by the first European colonists to grow fresh produce to supply the ships sailing around the Cape, and home to the oldest pear tree in South Africa), with a beautiful view out over Table Mountain, just a short distance from lively Long Street and its shops and typical stores, beside the Planetarium: 15 On Orange Hotel is one of those places that is lucky by location alone.
That it belonged to African Pride, then to Marriott, merely provides the visitor with more information about a place that combines its prime location with a style that intermingles natural beauty with sophisticated design. Born out of the ruins of the Dutch Reformed Church, it was rebuilt from 2009 and has 130 rooms and 12 luxury penthouse apartments, top quality services, a pool, restaurant and two bars across 7 floors based around a massive lobby – the heart of the building and the renovation project. This “new” lobby recounts the history of this location (making use of the layout of the old church) and funnels light into the centre of the hotel’s common areas, above which certain of the rooms can be found.
The extensive use of glass on the façade and the outer walls allow the beauty outside to penetrate the building, creating a truly graceful ambience. The decorative mood is one of “urban oasis”, with a juxtaposition between natural elements and glamour, an abundance of fresh flowers and large plants, soft rugs, brass décor, velvet-upholstered chairs and delicate beaded drapes.
As this is an urban hotel with no gardens per se, there are nuanced references to the land, culture and, in particular, nature through internal features such as special dividers, stylized frames and motifs with leaves and branches (see the carpet, for instance) and the personalized wallpaper in the rooms. High quality finishes, sophisticated design in the details and glam-chic décor combine to create an ambience that is modern and highly glamorous. In short, this is the ideal place for the shooting of Spring/Summer K-NOW#3 and to take some glorious snapshots.
Photo Mark David Alunni