The Metropole closed amid scandal, and new owners opened the Grand Daddy in its place. This is a stylish inner-city, glamorous spot that's also good value for travelers. The decor—clever without being overbearing—is done by local designers with images such as ostrich silhouette wallpaper and protea-flower prints on lamp shades. For a new experience, stay in one of the uniquely themed rooftop Airstream trailers, which are available at the same price as the rooms. The
same team owns Daddy Long Legs, and guests can expect the same quirky and outlandish interiors completed by artists and musicians. The Afro Funk trailer has broad, curved, brown stripes and fabrics with Nelson Mandela's image, while in Dorothy everything (even the kettle) is blue and covered in white polka dots—except for the ruby slippers to bring you home safely from Oz. If you're staying for more than a night, book one night in an Airstream and the others in the hotel. Ask for a corner room, which has three large windows. The in-house café is run by renowned chef Bruce Robertson and serves weigh-and-pay breakfast and lunch buffets, while dinner items include good burgers and a curry or two. The Daddy Cool bar on the first floor is high bling with gold-chain curtains; a gold-and-black, Versace fabric–covered couch; and rapper-style chunky jewelry as decor.