Dipped Into the Blue

Labotessa boutique hotel is situated in one of Cape Town’s most historical areas: Church Square. During the 17th century, this square was part of the beginning of what became the city of Cape Town. Today, bright green trees line the piazza, standing tall in front of the light blue heritage building that houses Labotessa. 

The Experience at the Suites:

As you walk inside, you’re escorted inside up the stairwell to the check-in counter. Here, you are invited to have a seat in the plush chairs, surrounded by books and magazines that could easily have you sitting there comfortably for a while. Guests are offered beverages, served on a tray, in antique style pots, cups and saucers. As you take it all in, the elevator doors open and t’s time to head to your room.

With the scan of a tag, the lift opens directly into your very own suite – one of seven in the building. As you step into the grande space, you’re first be welcomed by framed black and white photographs of what Cape Town looked like way back when. With this elegant historical reminder, the room tour begins.

The bathroom floor is marble with under floor heating. The shower is a beautiful blue hue, and every amenity necessary is provided to you – toothbrush and toothpaste included. The suite has high volume ceilings and is rectangular in shape. It is painted in a deep blue shade that instills a royal air of luxury, relaxation and pure bliss. 

There is a dressing table and a full-length mirror, as well as hanging lights above the side tables. The bed is a masterpiece in the room, decked out in crisp white Egyptian cotton. In the middle of the room is a high table and chairs, and on it you’ll find a welcoming drink and personalised note. The envelope has shades of blue which match the walls, as a signifier of the level of attention to detail, which is consistent throughout your stay. 

There is a lounge area, demarcated by an oriental rug, with a comfy couch in an orange tone which compliments the walls perfectly. There is a smart TV, connecting you to the likes of Netflix, YouTube and DSTV. The end of the room is also where you can open up the curtains to the windows, which overlook the Church Square courtyard. 

Toward the middle of the room is a magnificent cabinet, which provides the room with all of the necessities, from practical to decorative needs. Either side of it has glass shelves, stacked with colourful vases and others with thick books dating back to a bygone era. Should guests wish to keep any of the books for their personal collection, they are welcome to at a fixed rate. 

In the middle of the cabinet is the kitchenette. Here, you’ll find SMEG appliances to make your stay all the more special, as well as a Nespresso machine for the caffeine fixes. Inside the fridge you’ll find a range of complimentary beverages, as well as a delicious selection of snacks, including olives, hummus and a trio of cheeses to accompany the crackers. 

When you lay your head to rest, you can bring the room to complete darkness, which, for many, is an absolute treat, and something which is possible regardless of the time of day. Bedtime treats include indulgent nougat and cognac in your very own crystal decanter set. 

In addition to the seven suites is the penthouse The Governor Suite. It covers two floors and is 300m2, fit with a freestanding bath and a private pool. For the extra bit of luxury, Labotessa has an exclusive boutique of high-end products, including the likes of Diptyque, Dr Vranjes, Comme des Garcons, L’Artisan Parfumeur and Penhaligon’s. 

A trip to Labotessa is one which will happily exceed all of your expectations. The boutique hotel celebrates its historic roots while providing guests with the utmost luxury and sophistication in the heart of Cape Town. Labotessa stays true to its mission of being a catalyst for genuine connections, meaningful encounters and unique memories. Within the 17th century facade is an opulent urban oasis that invigorates both body and mind.

For more information on LABOTESSA, please visit www.labotessa.com, email stay@labotessa.com, or call +27 (21) 010 6600.


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Starlings Cafe

Starlings Cafe is well-loved among its patrons and is situated at Labotessa. This follows on the original cafe in Claremont, which occupies a Victorian cottage on Belvedere Road.

open for breakfasts and lunches. Here, you can dine while you read one of the latest editions of Vogue, which are spread out on the coffee table. From this location, you’re in full view of Lion’s Head and a short walk away from the Slave Lodge. Everything on the menu is homemade and inspired by childhood memories. In summer, tables will spread out onto Church Square as part of a small courtyard garden out front. 


The cafe is an ode to charming, nostalgia-driven décor with a contemporary feel. Fine, seasonal ingredients are key and ethically sourced products, such as free-range meat and eggs, feature. Cheese is naturally matured Montagu cheddar made from unpasteurised full cream milk from grass-fed cattle; rocket and spinach are grown locally; and the grass-fed beef and pasture-reared pork are sourced from Ryan Boon Speciality Meats in Paarl. All bread comes from the Woodstock Bakery and the coffee hails from Origin.


Starlings at LABOTESSA will be located on the ground floor of the hotel, with easy access at street level for members of the public. Says LABOTESSA co-owner Johan du Plessis: “We could not be more thrilled to have this beloved culinary hotspot for locals form part of LABOTESSA. There’s little better than great coffee coupled with simple, honest fare and a smile.”


Starlings at LABOTESSA will be open from 07h00 to 16h00 daily. 


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