Airstream Trailer Park
It may not be to everybody’s taste, but it’s certainly one of the most unique places to stay in Cape Town: a vintage collection of Airstream trailers parked on an the inner-city rooftop of the city’s oldest hotel. Each shiny, metal-surfaced caravan was given an artist’s make-over and designed according to quirky themes, such as retro-sweet “Pleasantville,” polka-dotted Wizard of Oz-themed “Dorothy,” or “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” an all-white love-nest, stocked with musical instruments. Besides the limitations on space (they’re not for the claustrophobic; bathrooms are truly tiny), light sleepers might have a problem with noise drifting up from the streets below, and in summer you’re forced to have the A/C flicked on full blast. Still, if you stay here, you’re almost certainly in town to party, and you’re a doorstep from the hotel’s rooftop bar; below is the ultra-bling Daddy Cool bar (see Drink), and the delights of Long Street. Nothing in Cape Town (except perhaps sister hotel, Daddy Long-Legs; www.daddylonglegs.co.za) comes close in conceptual outrageousness, and this really is nothing like any caravan experience you might have had before.