Ennismore signs first hotel in South Africa

Ennismore South Africa

Rendering of Mama Shelter Cape Town

South Africa: Lifestyle hospitality group Ennismore has signed a hotel management contract with Kasada, an independent real estate private equity platform, for Mama Shelter Cape Town. 

In December 2023, property company Ingenuity and Kasada agreed to jointly develop a mixed-use site including hotels, restaurants, and retail based in the Western Cape. Mama Shelter Cape Town will form part of the project, housed in the City Park building – once home to the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.

It will feature 127 guestrooms across three room categories and 68 branded residences, including 36 studios, 23 one-bedroom, five two-bedroom, three three-bedroom, and one four-bedroom.

Amenities include meeting rooms, a coworking space, a gym, and an all-day dining restaurant on the rooftop, along with a pool and pool deck.

The hotel will also introduce a new concept for the brand: Mama Play, an arcade space with bowling, karaoke, F&B and event spaces.

Ennismore will manage an additional, separate restaurant on the ground floor on Bree Street under one of its F&B brands.

Cedric Gobilliard, brand COO for Mama Shelter at Ennismore, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Kasada on the signing of Mama Shelter Cape Town. More than a hotel, more than a restaurant or a bar, Mama Shelter is a place for living – a place to meet, eat, drink, sing and dream. Cape Town is a dynamic city that offers something for everyone, so it is the perfect place to introduce our new Mama Play concept. This signing marks an important milestone for Ennismore, as it is our first signing for any of our brands in South Africa, an exciting new destination for us.”

Olivier Granet and David Damiba, managing partners and co-CEOs of Kasada, added: “Kasada is excited about bringing our expertise and deep hospitality re-development and investment experience to this landmark building. We are looking forward to create with Ennismore an exceptional lifestyle property for business and leisure guests and an unmissable destination for the local community that will help to further revitalise this popular part of Cape Town’s CDB.”

Mama Shelter Nice will open in June 2024, with future projects set to open in Dubai, Casablanca and Downtown LA.

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