African hotel group, ONOMO Hotels, has announced the addition of its second Cape Town property, Signature Lux Waterfront by ONOMO, to its portfolio. The recently launched hotel brings a new competitor to the Cape Town central business district and popular waterfront area.

The design of the 89 contemporary-style rooms has assured the preservation of this waterfront heritage building.  Sitting in the hotel’s Vivaldi restaurant, guests can see the beams of the original warehouse, built in 1901 for German importer Wilhelm Spilhaus. Samantha Annandale, ONOMO Group’s Regional Operational Director, stresses that the historic integrity of the building is of significant importance to the group.

Vivaldi restaurant. Credits: Signature Lux Hotel.

Designer Johan Frank from Richland Properties was challenged to keep the authenticity of the building while transforming it into a hotel. “Some of the rooms have these beautiful beams running through them, and we also have an incredible collection of antique furniture thanks to the developer’s vision for the hotel,” says the hotel’s GM, Walda Meyer.

The hotel’s restaurant, Vivaldi, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and supports the Waterfront Theatre School with live performances nightly by musical theatre students from the school. “We wanted to offer our guests something unusual and, with ONOMO Group’s love of the arts and the Waterfront Theatre School as our neighbour, it was a resounding sign to pair the two together. The result is something special, and we plan to put Vivaldi on the Cape Town nightlife map,” comments Annandale.

The hotel also offers self-service kiosks that allow guests to check in and out as the hotel’s app incorporates the facilities, mobile key function, easy reservation, laundry, room service, instant messaging with the front desk, and WiFi dialling services. Televisions in the rooms are set up with Chromecast, allowing guests to screen mirror from their mobiles to the television screen.

Credits: Signature Lux Hotel.

In addition to ONOMO’s latest acquisition, the group has recently opened hotels in Kigali and Durban, with planned openings in Maputo, Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Casablanca, Douala and Tangier.