About Liz McGrath
Liz McGrath was one of very few women in the world to own three hotels
in Cape Town – all icons of first class travel and a testament to the passion and business acumen
of the amazing Mrs M, as her staff so fondly liked to call her!
The Plettenberg opened in 1988, after extensive alterations and refurbishments. Two and a half years later, the hotel was invited to become a member of the Relais & Chateaux.
Four years later, prompted by a newspaper advert for the sale of a nine room guest house in Constantia, Liz bought this property. A year later, The Hohenort Manor House came on the market, and Liz was able to put the two properties together again. The Hohenort building celebrated its 100 years in 2007.
During a visit to Hermanus during the whale season she saw the Marine Hotel. Her love of old buildings and the joy of restoring them, got the better of her and and the Marine became her next project.
“She was an elegant inspiration to the hospitality industry; she followed her dreams and was full of charm and generosity. What a privilege is was to have known her.”– Abigail Donnelly, Eat Out editor
She was an iconic hotelier and was regularly heard saying she was only as good as her team and had an amazing gift of being able to pick the right staff that matched her positive can-do attitude.
She took great pride in watching her staff grow and work their way up through the organisation.
“I admired her spirit, her vigour and her business acumen, and of course her warmth. ” – Tony Jackman Journalist, playwright and restaurateur
Liz sadly passed away on 24 January 2015 but her memory lives on across The Liz McGrath Collection.