The hotel formerly known as The Winchester Mansions has appointed Newmark to relaunch and manage the hotel, with a new name of The Winchester. Boasting a prime position on the Sea Point promenade, the hotel was first built as a residential property in 1922 and converted to a hotel in 1958.
The hotel has experienced several renovations over its 63-year lifespan and is once again undergoing a comprehensive refurbishment at an approximate cost of R90 million. “The current renovation of The Winchester sees the hotel being reinvented with a more contemporary look and feel, while still paying respect to the proud history of the building,” says Neil Markovitz, CEO of Newmark Hotels, Reserves, Lodges, and Residences.
“The makeover at The Winchester commenced with a functional upgrade of the hotel’s entire plumbing system, with all of the bathrooms throughout the building being completely rebuilt, as well as an exciting renewal of all the common areas and reception rooms, and a revitalisation of the magnificent and iconic courtyard with its beautiful foliage.”
Historic details of the hotel will be maintained and reinstated during the refurb. The front-facing rooms at The Winchester have been reconfigured to create new sea-facing suites, as well as a signature Luxury Suite – all of which now take full advantage of the large windows looking out towards the ocean.
“My team and I are thrilled to be adding The Winchester to our niche portfolio of hotels and eagerly anticipate its grand reopening on the 1st of October this year,” says Markovitz. “This signature and iconic establishment portrays the rich history of Sea Point and Cape Town as a destination of choice and we look forward to being the custodians of The Winchester’s long and promising future.”