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People don't usually associate the word "luxury" with trailer parks, but in the case of the Old Mac Daddy Hotel, it works. Part designer farm lodge, part old-fashioned caravan park, the adventurous lodgings in Elgin Valley, South Africa consist of a gathering of vintage Airstream Trailer Suites, each designed by an artist, designer or creative living and working in Cape Town. In addition to renovating and preserving these large, shiny pieces of metal memorabilia, the hotel uses eco-friendly materials whenever possible, conserves energy by maximizing their use of natural ventilation and daylighting and has even planted 3,500 indigenous plants on the slopes it sits on, allowing them to flourish again.
Instead of winding up at the dump, each Old Mac Daddy trailer unit has been refurbished with unique designs done by a local artist. In addition to the retrotastic accommodations, guests can visit the Barn, a comfy Scandi-meets-SA communal space to enjoy the views, nosh on nibbles and have a sip from the Grolsch tap. There is also a pool and deck, as well as a dam for people to take a dip on hot days.
In addition to breathing new life into vintage Airstreams, Old Mac Daddy has been built responsibly using eco-friendly materials wherever possible. The showers use pressure from the nearby geysers, saving on electricity and heating. Natural light and ventilation have been maximized and guests are encouraged to conserve water and energy wherever during their stay.