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It’s hard to know, at first glance, what this Airstream trailer is doing, suspended in mid-air. But if you visit the Grand Daddy hotel in Cape Town, all will become clear…

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For those of you who have never seen a trailer park on top of a multi-storey building, here’s a chance to.

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Seven vintage trailers were lifted by crane onto the roof of the Grand Daddy, which was a bit like taking the American Dream and transplanting it to Africa and setting it against the backdrop of Table Mountain.

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The trailers are now the hotel’s penthouse suites, albeit extremely alternative ones. Cape Town design studio Whatiftheworld asked local artists to decorate each with a unique design, and the results are wildly unexpected.

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Guests can stay in the blue-and-white polka dot interior of Dorothy (above), the Afro-Funk (below), as well as Goldilocks and John-and-Yoko-themed suites.

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Contrary to more traditional camp sites, each Airstream has air-conditioning and proper toilets and showers. However, just to show they have a sense of humor the folks at Grand Daddy have given each a tiny garden, complete with US Postal Service mailboxes.

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Should you get bored of staring at the psychedelic interiors, there’s plenty more to do on those rooftops: outdoor movies at the hotel’s Pink Flamingo Cinema, and a rooftop bar. We’ve heard of Airstream vacation rentals before, but this takes some beating. RM

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  • Tim

    April 28, 2009

    I stayed in the Pleasantville trailer back in January for one night while in Capetown. Very fun place and I met some interesting people.

    Tim

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