The famous exterior

One remembers fondly the old Winchester Hotel in Sea Point. On visits from Johannesburg we always headed straight there to soak up the quintessential Sea Point vibe in an historic milieu. The Sunday morning buffets with cool jazz on hand to help you unwind, free Sunday papers and the fabulous food in the courtyard made one relax in the most delicious way. Like many of us getting older, it was definitely in need of refurbishment as it had begun to sag a bit at the edges.  This has now been accomplished with great aplomb and R90 million  by the much-focused Newmark Group. Not only that, the hotel has been awarded an International LIV Hospitality Design award which recognises worldwide achievements in hospitality design.

One of the gorgeous suites

The mission of the LIV Hospitality Design Awards is to celebrate the quality and diversity of the architectural and interior design projects which are shaping the worldwide hospitality industry. The awards programme was launched in 2020 and aims to reward exceptional projects within the hospitality industry.


“As a Cape Town-based studio we could simply not imagine this landmark renovation happening on our doorstep without our involvement. We are so proud to be recognised by the LIV awards “ says Mardré Meyer, Creative Director at SOURCE Interior Architecture and lead designer on the Winchester Hotel renovation (alongside Bianca Minnaar).


Luxurious bathroom

“The efforts to update and modernise the Winchester experience, without losing any of the innate charm of this iconic Cape address, have been recognised and rewarded by top global experts, and we are pleased and proud to be associated with the relaunch of the beautiful Winchester Hotel,” says Neil Markovitz, CEO of Newmark Hotels & Reserves.

A bold approach to the design and decor sees the hotel’s public spaces enlivened and rejuvenated. The seventy-six (76) guest rooms and suites with their spacious en-suite bathrooms have all been updated, with some entirely reconfigured to create spacious sea-facing suites. In step with the extensive revamp of the rooms and public areas, fresh inspiration has also been given to the food and drink experience at The Winchester’s Shoreditch Restaurant and Harvey’s Bar, overlooking the Sea Point Promenade.

Peace and quiet



This season, The Winchester Hotel is offering a winter accommodation-and-dining special, which will run between 3 June and 28 August. The special includes: a two-night stay for two, including breakfast and a R250 voucher to be used each night (total R500) at Shoreditch Restaurant, for a total price of R5 100.