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17 Best places to stay in Cape Town

  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Last updated: 07 July, 2024
Expert travel writer: Richard Holmes
  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Camps Bay Retreat

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Camps Bay Retreat

Hidden away in a large forested nature reserve with its very own secret waterfall, this intimate boutique property offers easy access to the glamorous Camps Bay strip as well as a welcome retreat from the crowds.

Rooms are split between the historic manor house, dating to the 1920s, nature suites with wood-fired hot tubs, newly built wings and a villa. Expect contemporary décor and private terraces that make the most of garden and ocean views.

Camps Bay Retreat features three swimming pools, an on-site spa, a tranquillity walk, a mountain pool and a private pathway leading to the nearby beaches. The excellent restaurant, Bella’s, dishes offers up a variety of dishes with local, organic and quality ingredients, and the whole package is nothing short of a hidden gem.

Average £390

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  • Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa

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Oude Werf Hotel

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Oude Werf Hotel

The oldest, continually-running hotel in South Africa, the Oude Werf began life in 1686 as a church, before being converted into a hotel in 1802.

Its 21st-century incarnation combines antique pieces with modern touches; exposed brick and vibrantly-patterned fabrics and furniture.

Don’t miss afternoon tea in the eclectically-furnished (including numerous clocks) lounge; Oude Werf’s cheesecake is legendary, and it’s a great spot to people-watch after a morning exploring Stellenbosch.

The hotel is located in the heart of town, with art galleries, wine emporiums, boutiques and restaurants all within easy strolling distance.

The world-class vineyards of the wine region are all around and close by. Cape Town city centre and the picturesque coastline, however, are a 45-minute drive away.

Average £120

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  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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A century-old seaside mansion forms the heart of this charming guesthouse in the bohemian suburb of Kalk Bay.

There’s an excellent range of bright and airy rooms on offer, catering for couples and families alike.

The facilities are more impressive than you’d expect, and include a spacious garden, large swimming pool and wide terrace with glorious ocean views. The (included) breakfast is superb, but you’ll also find dozens of great restaurants nearby.

Hands-on owners ensure service is always on-point, from arrival to the morning tea and coffee wake-up service.

Average £44

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  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Ellerman House

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Ellerman House

Ellerman House revels in the grandeur of travel, from the private art collection to 13 luxurious rooms decorated in a discreet old-money style.

If your pockets are deep, the two opulent villas offer perfect privacy and perhaps the city’s best sea views.

There’s a spacious in-house spa, glorious pool terrace and an impressive wine cellar, while celebrated chef Peter Tempelhoff oversees the menu of South African-inspired cuisine.

Throw in panoramic ocean views and you’ll soon see why this is one of the most exclusive hotels in Cape Town.

Average £796

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  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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The Silo Hotel

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The Silo Hotel

Design and luxury combine seamlessly at the Silo, one of Cape Town’s – if not Africa’s – most striking design hotels. Offering the last word in contemporary luxury, it’s one hotel that’s worth the splurge.

Bespoke suites are filled with contemporary African art, while the over-sized geometric windows offer glorious city vistas. Dreaming of a bath with a view? You’ve come to the right place.

There’s a large on-site spa and restaurant, while pre-dinner cocktails in the Williston Bar are a must. Sunset is best enjoyed from the remarkable rooftop pool.

Set in the heart of the Silo District, the bustling V&A Waterfront – Cape Town’s restaurant and retail heart – is right next door.

Average £868

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  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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Set on one of the Western Cape’s most respected wine estates, the luxury suites at Jordan offer contemporary comfort and an authentic taste of winelands living.

The spacious rooms and suites offer panoramic vineyard views, complemented by all the modern conveniences you could ask for, from free Wi-Fi to percale linen. 

Sip the complimentary bottle of estate wine on your private verandah while you contemplate your next culinary adventure: acclaimed chef George Jardine has a signature restaurant on-site, or take it easy over lunch at the laid-back bakery cafe.  

 

 

 

Average £180

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  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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The ‘Nellie’ is the grande dame of Cape Town’s hotels and a much-loved local landmark, offering a wide range of rooms and suites.

Located at the top of the Company Gardens, it rests in its own nine-acre estate, yet the charming colonial heritage belies its up-to-date amenities, including the chic Planet Bar, and top-notch adjoining restaurant.

The grand Afternoon Tea served in the lounge or on the terrace is a much-loved local tradition.

The botanically themed Librisa Spa harnesses the healing, hydrating and anti-ageing powers of South Africa’s indigenous plants.

Average £191

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  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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One&Only Cape Town

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One&Only Cape Town

On the edge of a marina in the V&A Waterfront, close to the buzzing CBD, this feels more like a glamorous urban resort than a city hotel. Contemporary in style, it works equally well as a base for families as it does for honeymooners and first-time visitors who want quality and variety.

The facilities are excellent. There’s a choice of three restaurants on site, including world-renowned Nobu, alongside a spacious spa and popular kids’ club.

Wine-lovers shouldn’t miss the glass and steel wine loft, housing over 5,000 bottles from around the world, including many local treasures.

It’s ideally positioned alongside the Two Oceans Aquarium and adjacent to the V&A Waterfront, with its bustling restaurants, bars and shops all within reasonable walking distance. Table Mountain and the city’s best beaches are a short taxi ride.

Average £429

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  • Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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A dose of Mediterranean glamour comes to Camps Bay at this stylish boutique hotel on the palm-lined beachfront.

The contemporary suites, some with private terraces, gaze up onto iconic Table Mountain or out over the Atlantic.

A highlight is the Baptiste Rooftop, where residents enjoy privileged access to the rooftop pool, bar and lounge. With DJs playing and glamorous locals flocking, expect stellar sunsets and a taste of Ibiza in Africa. The rooftop café alongside offers an excellent, seafood-focused menu.

The Marly is in the heart of the Camps Bay strip, so you’ll find bustling bars and a wide range of restaurants and shops right on the doorstep.

The central location is ideal for getting out and exploring, with excellent access to public buses and taxi services. It can be noisy though.

Ask for a mountain-facing room if you’d like a little more peace and quiet.

Average £354

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  • Cape Town , Western Cape, South Africa

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Ocean View House

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Ocean View House

What’s the main attraction at this boutique hotel on the fringes of Camps Bay? The clue’s in the name, and from each of the luxurious suites you’ll enjoy panoramic views of both the Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain from your private terrace or balcony.

Alongside the spacious suites are a pair of gorgeous self-catering apartments are ideal for longer stays, with the larger Oasis apartment boasting a private plunge pool.

The ocean itself is just 10 minutes’ walk from Bakoven Beach, something of a local secret. The hotel is less than a mile from the glamorous sands of Camps Bay, providing offers easy access to its trendy restaurants and bars, yet sufficiently removed to ensure welcome peace and quiet.

The hotel has bikes to borrow for exploring further afield, and a massage room to soothe any aching limbs when you return.

Average £162

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