The original Hotel Glencairn was built in 1904 by John Parker with the annex added in 1918. 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 Simons Town) to change the façade of Simons Town 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 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 Cape Town. It is central to Fish Hoek, Simons Town, 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.
Simons Town 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 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.