The original Grande dame of the Atlantic Seaboard, this three-storey gabled hotel has recently undergone a major revamp and she is looking rather splendid. Previously known as Winchester Mansions, this seafront facing gem was originally built in 1922 as a residential property and later, in 1958, converted into a hotel. Enjoying an enviable location on the ocean-hugging Sea Point pedestrian promenade, the Winchester of today, offers the best-value sea views! The gabled façade, bathed by the setting sun, faces the promenade, an ocean-hugging pedestrianised walkway that attracts locals from all walks of life. A 3rd generation family-owned hotel, the property is managed by The Newmark hotel group who has cleverly and sensitively managed the makeover, to elevate the look and feel of this icon into a much lighter, brighter and fresher space, while paying homage to the proud history of the building. Functional upgrades to the hotel’s entire plumbing system, remodelled black-and-white bathrooms and a new-look throughout the rooms and public areas, is pulled together by splashes of bold prints, quirky décor elements, antiques, local art, textured fabrics and a brand-new restaurant and bar.
Rooms are spotless and comfortably fitted and layouts come in many different shapes and sizes but here we recommend upgrading to a sea view. Front-facing rooms have been reconfigured to create new sea-facing suites, including a signature Premium Suite which boasts a separate spacious lounge area and the most wonderful outlook. It’s well worth nabbing a room with a view and with several inter-leading room categories, it’s also a great choice for families. The magnificent and iconic foliage-clad courtyard evokes a bygone era and is a wonderful setting for breakfast.