Dorp Boutique Hotel: Heaven on the Hillside

Dorp Boutique Hotel Lead Image

Take advantage of the winter deal at his one-of-a-kind boutique hotel.

How to describe the delight that is Dorp Hotel. Un hôtel particulier, perhaps? Such places do not technically exist in the southern hemisphere; but then again, nothing quite like the Dorp exists anywhere else in the world.

Dorp Boutique Hotel Exterior Shot

Whimsical details abound at Dorp, a hillside haven conceived and designed by the late legendary hotelier Gail Behr. Practically a village in its own right, it’s made up of a variety of distinct buildings amid lush gardens, filled with magical nooks and corners inside and out, evocative decor touches and a spirit of generosity. 

The view alone is incomparable: Signal Hill, Table Mountain, the Bo-Kaap and City Bowl, the sweeping bay of Cape Town and the endless Atlantic Ocean. You can take it all in from the rooftop terrace, where you will also happen upon a small tomato greenhouse – complete with a chaise-longue for lingering and reading (or writing) novels.

Winter Special Offer

Dorp Hotel Winter Special

This winter, Dorp is offering visitors the chance to be whisked away into the extraordinary.
The special Pay for 2 Nights, Stay for 3
The details This special applies to your choice of room and package.
Valid 1 June – 31 August 2024

The lodgings

Dorp Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Each dreamy bedroom, every enchanting suite or alluring studio-style apartment is unique and individually decorated. Some boast private steam rooms, others have kitchens, bar counters, wide-vista terraces or secret courtyards. Rose Cottage, a rooftop suite, has its own pool.

All come with handmade linen dressing gowns in the perfect shade of strawberry sorbet, heaven-scented toiletries and bedside jars of midnight snacks. It’s as if your every whim has been anticipated. But if something you desire is not immediately at hand (a walking stick, yoga mat or hair straightener, for instance), you can request it from the Salon.

Dorp Boutique Hotel Terrace

  • king or queen-size beds
  • ensuite with shower and/or bath
  • tea station and coffeemaker
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg appliances (selected suites + studios)
  • seating area or lounge (with fireplace in selected suites + studios)
  • smart TV with full media centre (Dorp)
  • private terrace, patio, courtyard or garden area (most rooms, suites + studios)
  • evening turndown service (Dorp)
  • full breakfast in the Salon

The Salon

Dorp Boutique Hotel Dining

Instead of the usual trappings found in most five-star properties (spa, conference centre, gym), Dorp has a collaborative drawing room that forms the heart of the hotel. Oscar Wilde would have held grand soirées here… You can dine alfresco in the fairytale gardens, or discreetly à deux under a tree, or enjoy a decadent dinner party in the Salon where the piano seems to live amid a jungle of greenery.

Dorp Hotel Food

The food is unfussy and utterly delicious. There’s a naughty corner for homemade cakes, and the breakfast counter is laden with temptations such as shakshuka, potato tortilla, icing-sugar dusted flapjacks, passionfruit jam, preserves and cheese. In the evenings, sip G&Ts on the roof terrace that overlooks the entirety of Cape Town.

D is for divine

Dorp Boutique Hotel Building

Decency. Originality. Respect. Psycho. Gold stencilled letters on the salon walls give clues to the formula that has been applied in this one-of-a-kind boutique hotel. But the D could just as easily stand for divine. It’s a sublime spot for a romantic weekend or a longer stay. Check in at your own risk; you might never want to leave.

Dorp Hotel Pool

Check out the self-catering wing at Dorp, offering an additional 11 rooms.

Good to know Dorp does not have a liquor licence out of respect for the Muslim community of Bo-Kaap; you are welcome to bring your own drinks or request the hotel to purchase for you. All mixers are available.
Good to know Built as it is on a very steep slope, Dorp comprises many staircases, including its connection to Onderdorp.
Child friendly? Teens, from 14 years
Pet friendly? Yes, by arrangement
Wifi? Yes
Sleeps 2 per room
Two family suites sleep 4
Cost From R3 860 – R11 660 per night (depending on room choice)
Onderdorp: From R3 310 – R5 620 per night (depending on room choice)
Where to find it 273 Longmarket Street, Schotsche Kloof, Cape Town

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Time of publication: 04 June 2024