Dear Reader, meet Baroness Gail Behr, artist, hotelier and creator of Cape Town’s hottest new hotel, Dorp...
"It’s not a hotel, nor a house, nor a pub. It is, instead, a kind of oddballs club.”
Baroness Gail Behr is reading me a poem she wrote recently about the hotel she built from scratch high on the slopes of Signal Hill, above the old Malay Quarter. She intends putting the poem on her website so that guests know what they’re coming to.
“You’ll know if you fit the moment you arrive. And if you don’t, simply reverse down the drive,” she continues with her poem, as a Chopin piano piece plays in the background. We are sitting in the airy plant- and antique-filled parlour of the Dorp hotel. In the background is the splutter of a coffee machine coming from the hotel’s bistro, christened Café Covid by Behr.