about us

The evolution of the Townhouse hotel spans over 350 years of city history, having gone through multiple industries over many centuries to become the luxurious hotel that you see today, committed to green hospitality and community development.

Our Story

Originally set over a stream that fed ships and the Dutch Company Gardens, the location of the Townhouse Hotel has undergone a lot of change. It has been a pasture, later becoming a flour mill and then being absorbed into a failed silk industry. Following this it was turned into a barracks, which later became a tavern and then the small Trocadero Hotel. The property was purchased in 1973 by the Petousis Hotelier family, making way for the Dorpshuis Hotel, which evolved into the 12- storey Townhouse Hotel. Today our culturally diverse team still represents the people that built the city of Cape Town.

Green Hotels

We are committed to environmentally responsible hoteling, developing long-term sustainable environment friendly and resource saving practices. We have implemented multiple hotel devices and practices to help conserve energy and water, as well as recycling most of our waste as we strive to become one of the most green hotels in the city. We endeavour to make use of local, sustainable and ethically produced goods such as wine, coffee, meats, seafood and stationary. A percentage of conference delegate fees fund greening projects, like Greenpop. Our staff are also committed to environmental initiatives, taking part in beach and the Community Gardens clean-ups. Contact our Group Sustainability Manager for further information: Chris van Zyl E: chris@vineyard.co.za T: 021 657 4500

Community Development

Our motto ‘Dare to Care’ not only applies to those staying in our hotel, but extends to our community as well. Our Kids of the Cape fund assists upliftment projects, providing child/youth refuge and care, education, skills-training, feeding and disability care. Run by elected hotel volunteers, the fund also receives vital contributions from guests who are encouraged to add a small donations to their account, which is matched by the hotel.