The vine – and Heritage Square itself – might not be in existence if the city council had had its way. In the 1960′s, Heritage Square was earmarked for demolition.
In its place, there were plans to establish a multi-storey car park. Luckily, finances to complete this project were never forthcoming. Instead, at the end of the 1980s, consent was granted to renovate the square, starting the largest private conservation project the city has ever known. For more information on the restoration of the square, visit the Cape Town Heritage Trust’s website.
Many historic features are still clearly visible in the hotel. Exposed original wall finishes and murals are complemented by dëcor that reflects Cape Towns diverse historical and cultural heritage.