Hotel Glencairn History
The Hotel Glencairn was built in 1904 by John Parker, the annex was added in 1918 and further additions were done in the 1950s.
John Parker was a recognised Architect who also built the St Andrews Church in Green Point, our Church down Glen Road and was commissioned by Robert Whyte (then Major of Simonstown) to change the façade of Simonstown to the iconic main road we know today. It is not clear who commissioned the building of the hotel or who were the initial owners. We do know that both John Parker and Robert Whyte where members of the Glencairn Syndicate that bought Elsjes Bay Farm and renamed it Glencairn, selling off 56 plots and effectively birthing a community.
The Hotel Glencairn was built as a Beachside Holiday Hotel, however it was initially used as a private residence for Mr George Scott, his wife and son. Mrs Scott and her son are rumoured to haunt the hotel to this day.
This newly renovated grand old dame The Hotel Glencairn boasts 7 en-suite rooms, a restaurant and a pub. It is a uniquely South African establishment that celebrates our culture with a retro, quirky twist. Each room is decorated to focus on some element of South African culture that is sure to stimulate the memory banks.
Hotel Glencairn is situated in the South Peninsula of the mother city. It is central to Fish Hoek, Simonstown, Kommetjie and Noordhoek. Within walking distance of the hotel is the beautiful Glencairn beach and shops. Various hiking and biking trails in the Table Mountain National Park are within close proximity. The Glencairn Vlei is a protected area that offers a half hour circular stroll.
Simonstown is a 5 minute drive and offers up activities such as shark cage diving, Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, SA Navy museum to name but a few. Cape Point Nature Reserve is just a little further along the scenic coastal route and is the celebrated meeting place of the two oceans.
Hotel Glencairn is perfectly situated to to explore not only the scenic south but the Mother City, Winelands and Whale Route.
We look forward to welcoming you to our establishment so that you can Relax into It.
What a great place, the burger I had was absolutely delicious, very friendly staff that made you feel at home, a very quirky/retro feel to the place, with a view that’s second to none. It’s very well worth checking out..
Fabulous hotel near the beach – the staff are so friendly, food delicious and view amazing! I love to sit out on the patio and listen to the ocean while relaxing in the sun. A hidden treasure on the Cape!
Just enjoyed a fabulous get together with family and friends it was really awesome, love the food, atmosphere and scenery. Thanks and looking forward to Christmas with you all.
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Hotel Glencairn boasts 5 en suite Hotel rooms, Restaurant, Pub and office space. It is a uniquely South African establishment that celebrates our culture with a retro, quirky twist.
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The Hotel Glencairn area boasts white sandy beaches, penguin viewing, hiking, wine tours, fishing, museums to name just a few activities.
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