Originally built in the early 1700s, the congressional church – one of the oldest buildings in South Africa – has been turned into a boutique hotel property. It is the debut project in the Labotessa portfolio by hoteliers Jan Fourie and Johan du Plessis.
“We are delighted to begin our foray into hotel ownership with one of South Africa’s oldest buildings, which has been a true testament to the country’s rich history and heritage,” says Johan du Plessis.
“Labotessa is a culmination of our affinity for exceptional design, relaxed hospitality, and our connection to the city of Cape Town.” The lifestyle property blends luxury and personal service with the independence of residential living. Each of the hotel’s seven spacious suites features a private elevator access, a Juliet balcony and sweeping views of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain.
On the ground floor, guests and locals can enjoy the newest outpost of Starling’s, a beloved local cafe utilising organic and ethically sourced ingredients. Commissioned works by local artists and antique pieces weave a narrative inspired by the city’s European influences.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 7 suites (65-300m2) (700-3,229 sq ft) • hotel opened: August 2019 ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk