The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in the Cape

The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in the Cape 7 Koppies

Sophisticated, innovative and cool, these designer boltholes go the extra mile.

Sassy or sensual, bold and beautiful, these hotels go the extra mile in the looks (and luxe) department. No standard rooms or matching drapes here; rather, art that hums with quality, spaces that display innovation and respect context, communal areas with tons of panache. To put it another way: they are the bricks-and-mortar equivalent of that exuberant, charismatic person who has everybody rapt the minute they enter the room.

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The Manor House at La Cotte

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Manor House at La Cotte
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Manor House at La Cotte Interior
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Manor House at La Cotte Bathroom

One look and you’ll understand why this Franschhoek wine farm, one of the original Huguenot properties dating back to 1698, is a sought-after destination for enjoying a quiet reprieve (or, it must be said, for exchanging marriage vows!). It’s a true country escape, with whitewashed buildings scattered around beautiful gardens and forest-edge spaces, views of vineyards and mountains, and an undeniable sense of peace and tranquillity. It’s hard to believe that town is just a quick walk away… Bedrooms at the Manor House are elegantly pretty and dreamy, with high ceilings, a wood-stove fireplace, upholstered headboard, marble bathroom and French doors opening to a private terrace. The showpiece, though, might be the enchanting pool pavilion, with its tiled murals, sleek pillars, ivy-covered walls, a pond and fountain, and striped umbrellas and loungers – it could end up being where you spend most of your stay.

The lodgings

  • 8 rooms (Pool and Mountain), sleeping 2, plus a Pool House sleeping 4
  • king-size beds
  • en-suite with shower and bath, with heated floor and towel rail
  • indoor fireplace
  • smart TV with select DStv
  • private verandah
  • air-conditioning
  • 10 self-catering Orchard cottages with private splash pool and garden, sleeping 2 – 6
  • 9 self-catering Forest cottages share a large communal pool, sleeping 2 – 4
  • 1 private Villa and Lake House, sleeping 10 – 14

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • solar-heated swimming pool
  • farm walks
  • daytime dining at La Cotte Farm Heritage Restaurant
  • weekend bar with verandah for sundowners (in peak season)
  • exploring Franschhoek village (10 minutes’ walk away)
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes, 12 years or older at hotel
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R3 700 per night (hotel)
From R3 550 per night (cottages)
Where to find it 24 La Cotte Street, Franschhoek
MAKE A RESERVATION

7 Koppies

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: 7 Koppies
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: 7 Koppies Fireplace
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: 7 Koppies Bedroom

A dirt road winding its way up a hill delivers you to this tastefully quirky farmhouse in the Franschhoek Valley. It’s gorgeous: clean lines, unfussy, with organic interiors that celebrate wood, stone, light and pleasure, and dotted with personal treasures the owners have collected around the world. They wanted to create a spot to remind them of childhoods in Italy, “dining alfresco and roaming freely in nature”. Koppies (nothing Italian about the name!) has spectacular views of vineyards, mountains and an eminently hikeable 50-hectare fynbos reserve. All of this is best enjoyed at sunset, with a glass of vino, from the edge of the pool. There are just six accommodation options, along with an open-plan communal lounge, kitchen and dining area where a wonderful breakfast is served.

The lodgings

  • 2 rooms (Garden and Orchard) sleeping 2
  • 3 suites (Valley, Mountain, Courtyard), sleeping 2
  • 1 one-bedroom self-catering cottage (Rockwood) with kitchen and private pool
  • en-suite with shower and/or bath
  • king-size beds and organic cotton bedding
  • private deck/balcony (except Mountain Suite)
  • wood-burning stove fireplace (selected suites and cottage)
  • smart TV with Netflix (Courtyard Suite)
  • mini bar and tea- and coffee-making facilities (suites and cottage)
  • Simply Bee bathroom products (suites)
  • air-conditioning
  • communal lounge, fully equipped kitchen and dining area
  • house manager and butler, plus daily room servicing

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • nature walks
  • birdwatching
  • fly-fishing
  • 25-metre swimming pool
  • spa treatments (in-room or poolside)
  • platters and light meals
  • surrounding wine farms
  • exploring Franschhoek (12 minutes away)

Child friendly? Yes, 13 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes?
Cost From R3 575 per night (minimum two-night stay)
Where to find it Wemmershoek Road, off R301, Franschhoek
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The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Cellars Hohenort Pool
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Cellars Hohenort Bedroom
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Cellars Hohenort

Part of the esteemed Liz McGrath Collection and a Small Luxury Hotel of the World, this five-star property in the shadow of Table Mountain combines modern luxury with historic charm (it dates back 300 years) against the backdrop of one of the most enchanting gardens in the Cape – complete with a small vineyard, woods and fountains. Set in the picturesque Constantia Winelands, this beautiful 3.6-hectare escape is a veritable oasis, making the outside world seem far away. With a superb restaurant, a sumptuous spa, a chichi martini bar, glamorous high teas and sparkling heated swimming pools, you’ll need a good excuse to leave…

The lodgings

  • 51 rooms (Doubles, Luxury Doubles, Suites, Premier Suites), all sleeping 2
  • en-suite with shower and bath
  • fluffy bathrobes and luxury toiletries
  • king-size bed
  • flat-screen TV with select DStv channels
  • welcome bottle of wine
  • complimentary minibar
  • complimentary newspaper every morning
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • spacious lounge area or verandah (selected suites)
  • air-conditioning
  • 2-bedroom Liz McGrath Villa (with dining room, kitchen and lounge)
  • 3-bedroom Madiba Villa (as above, with private courtyard swimming pool)

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • dining at The Conservatory
  • private dining in wine cellar
  • 2 bars
  • 2 heated swimming pools
  • on-site spa
  • garden picnics
  • tennis court
  • lawn games (boules and croquet)
  • mountain-bikes to use
  • high tea
  • Constantia wine route nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R4 592 per night
Where to find it 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
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Babylonstoren Hotel

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Babylonstoren Farmhouse
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Babylonstoren Farmhouse Room
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Babylonstoren Pool

The gardens and restaurants require little introduction, but the accommodation has had international critics totter out, sated and enthralled, spouting enthusiastic adjectives. This historic working farm (founded in 1692) offers top-end creature comforts that will please even the most design-conscious guests. All lodgings (whether suites or cottages) reflect an authentic Cape-Dutch style, and come stocked with silky sarongs, L’Occitane grooming treats, sturdy wellies (for exploring), Babylonstoren wine and jars of deli treats. The Farmhouse in particular is a beauty, with a library and butterfly collection, four-poster beds, marble bathrooms and a loft honeymoon suite. Days begin with a real farm breakfast (made with freshly collected produce) and at day’s end, farm-fresh fruit boxes are delivered to your room. In between, there are those gardens, a beautiful spa and a 200-hectare farm to explore. Wherever you go, joy will follow.

The lodgings

  • Farmhouse with 9 one-bedroom suites (sleep 2)
  • Manor House and Fynbos House (5 bedrooms each) – sleep 10, exclusive use
  • 13 Garden Cottages and 6 Fynbos Cottages (one- or two-bedroom), sleep 2 – 4
  • en-suite with shower and/or bath
  • wood-burning cast-iron stove fireplace
  • personalised larder of snacks plus wine
  • seasonal fruit delivered daily
  • beautiful book collection
  • private verandah and kitchen (cottages and houses)

What’s on offer

  • tours of the magnificent garden
  • morning harvests with the gardeners and bread baking
  • bicycles for exploring
  • mountain drives
  • swimming in old farm reservoirs
  • guided fishing
  • rowing on the dam
  • farm-to-fork dining at The Greenhouse, The Bakery and Babel Restaurant
  • cellar tour and wine-tasting
  • olive and balsamic vinegar tour
  • bread-baking
  • on-site spa
  • specialist farm-themed workshops
  • Farm Shop, Cheese Room, Meat Room and Lekker Room (for sweets)
  • Babylonstoren is a stop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram

Child friendly? Yes, except The Farmhouse
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Cost Farmhouse: from R8 700 per night for two people
Garden Cottage suite: from R9 700 per night for two people
Where to find it Klapmuts-Simondium Road, R45, Western Cape
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The Silo Hotel

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Silo Hotel Bedroom
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Silo Hotel Pool
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Silo Hotel Bathroom

A Waterfront landmark, The Silo Hotel’s striking exterior, all steel-and-glass geometric windows, occupies six floors above the revamped grain-storage cylinders that became the world-famous Zeitz MOCAA art hub. A bold, eclectic and lavishly decked out by stylish hotelier Liz Biden, The Silo provides luxe comfort, warm and friendly service, gourmet dining and a sun-kissed rooftop bar and pool (you can float right up to the edge of the building – a swim-with-a-view reserved for hotel guests only). The rooms all have huge “pillow” windows and private balconies from which to admire the views of twinkling city lights, the working harbour and Table Mountain. Considered one of the world’s best art hotels, it has a stunning collection on display throughout and in its own exclusive basement gallery, The Vault), while the surrounding Silo District is home to many notable creative outlets. Also, spa treatments, a gym and marvellous cocktails are all at hand.

The lodgings

  • 28 unique rooms (Silo Rooms, Duplex Suites and Deluxe Superior Suites sleeping 2; Family Duplex Suites and Royal Suites sleeping 4)
  • en-suite with bath and shower
  • private balcony
  • lounge/sitting area (in Duplex rooms)
  • contemporary African art
  • harbour and/or mountain views
  • limited mini bar
  • air-conditioning
  • welcome gift and bubbly on arrival
  • Penthouse Suite sleeping 4, with cinema room, spa room, walk-in wardrobes, two marble bathrooms and two balconies

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • dining at The Granary Café, The Willaston Bar and The Silo Rooftop
  • personalised art tours, including to artists’ studios
  • on-site spa
  • high tea and Sunday brunch
  • rooftop swimming pool
  • the Silo District and Zeitz MOCAA downstairs
  • exploring the V&A Waterfront and city centre nearby

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R14 500 per night
Where to find it Silo Square, off S Arm Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
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La Clé Lodge

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: La Cle Lodge Poolside View Seating

La Clé des Montagnes is particularly pleasing to the eye. The calm, subtly Cape Dutch-inspired interiors (courtesy of Jacques Erasmus of Hemelhuijs), coupled with duck ponds, water features and lush lawns as far as the eye can see, make this a dream hideaway – not to mention a team of chefs on hand to whip up all your dining desires. The blend of contemporary and traditional décor in the bedrooms is just right for this gracious H-shaped building, while the spacious living areas, complete with a traditional farmhouse kitchen and a large pool, make it the ideal spot for an extended-family getaway (it can be booked on an exclusive-use basis). At La Clé, relaxation is the order of the day – whether you choose to do so in a garden nook, by the pool or with the in-house masseuse. And when you’re ready, Franschhoek’s buzzy town centre is a stroll away.

The lodgings

  • 5 rooms (2 Petite loft rooms, 2 Garden, 1 Courtyard), all sleeping 2
  • en-suite with shower and/or bath and heated towel rails
  • small seating area
  • private patio leading into garden (selected rooms)
  • TV with select DStv channels
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • Le Naturel bathroom products
  • complimentary snacks
  • communal living and relaxation areas and farmhouse kitchen

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • in-room or shared table dinners
  • picnics and platters
  • swimming pool with gazebo and deck
  • bicycles to use
  • tennis court and putt-putt
  • in-room massage
  • exploring Franschhoek
  • surrounding wine farms

Child friendly? Yes, 12 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R5 450 per night
Where to find it 32 Cabriere Street, Franschhoek
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Camissa House

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Camissa House
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Camissa House Bedroom
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Camissa House Living Room

The name (the KhoiSan word for “place of sweet waters”) refers to the streams that flow under the city from Table Mountain, all clean and pure and fresh. And so it is with Camissa House, which sits at the foot of the fynbos-clad mountain, overlooking the peaceful, leafy suburbs of the City Bowl to the sea beyond. This mountainside hideaway is characterised by lofty, contemporary architecture, trickling water features, wooden accents and touches of greenery. You’ll feel immersed in nature, whether reclining in your luxury bedroom (with décor is inspired by the Cape Floral Kingdom) or gazing at the world wonder that is Table Mountain. Spend time afloat in the rim-flow pool, and dip into the city centre to explore – just a five-minute drive away.

The lodgings

  • 8 rooms (Luxury or Terrace), all sleeping 2
  • en-suite with shower or bath, with heated floor and towel rails
  • luxury robes and slippers and Africology products
  • king-size bed
  • private balcony (selected rooms)
  • smart TV and bluetooth speaker
  • air-conditioning
  • 24-hour butler service

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast and afternoon tea
  • rim-flow swimming pool
  • complimentary bar/beverages
  • communal lounge and rooftop relaxation area
  • dinner transfers to city restaurants

Child friendly? Yes, 12 years and older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R6 200 per night
Where to find it 28 Bridle Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
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Steenberg Hotel

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Steenberg Hotel
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Steenberg Hotel Bedroom
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Steenberg Hotel Scented Garden

Situated on the Cape’s very first farm, founded in 1682, and overlooking False Bay, this luxurious five-star hotel in the Constantia winelands gives guests access to a range of leisurely pleasures: a championship golf course, two acclaimed restaurants, a mountainside wine cellar and a serene spa, all set on immaculate grounds with spectacular vineyard and mountain views. It truly is a destination in its own right. The beautifully decorated rooms, filled with fresh flowers, fine art and luxury treats, vary in size and splendour, with everything you need for a blissful escape. Start the day with breakfast on a sunny terrace, then amble and explore the serene 300-hectare estate, have a dip in the pool or a massage in the spa’s Scented Garden, and tuck into some tapas in the late afternoon.

The lodgings

  • 24 rooms (Classic, Superior and Family, plus Premier Suites), sleeping 2 – 4
  • en-suite with bath and shower, with heated towel rails
  • plush bathrobes and slippers and luxury amenities
  • seating or lounge area
  • private patio (suites and villas)
  • smart TV with DStv and Netflix
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities and minibar fridge
  • Bespoke Villas with private garden, pool, kitchen, lounge and dining room, sleeping 4 – 6

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • dining at Bistro Sixteen82 and Tryn
  • picnics and in-room dining
  • on-site spa
  • on-site 18-hole golf course (discounted greens fees and preferential tee times)
  • wine-tasting (one complimentary for hotel guests)
  • vineyard nature walks and hiking trails
  • mountain-bikes to use on estate’s trails
  • 14-metre swimming pool
  • Norval Art Foundation a walk away
  • Constantia Wine Route

Child friendly? Yes, under-12s stay free in some rooms
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R4 100 per room
Where to find it Steenberg Estate, Steenberg Road (M42), Tokai, Cape Town
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Gorgeous George

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Gorgeous George
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Gorgeous George Hotel
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Gorgeous George Rooms

The first South African addition to the Design Hotels stable of 300 privately owned, “design-forward and culturally rooted” hotels worldwide, it’s no surprise that incredible design is around every corner at Gorgeous George. Housed in what were two (carefully renovated) heritage buildings – one Edwardian, one Art Deco – it has been gloriously decorated; works by some of the hottest local and international talent add artistic flair. The exquisite rooms blend plush Victorian-style furniture with chic lighting, industrial tones and hand-painted wall art in the most delightful way – creating the perfect haven to rest your head after a night out on the town… You don’t have to go far – simply head up to Gigi Rooftop, the vibey sixth-floor bar-restaurant. There’s also a sleek swimming pool up there, ensconced in a tropical, greenhouse-style space.

The lodgings

  • 32 rooms (studios and one- or two-bedroom suites), sleeping 1 – 4
  • en-suite with rain shower and/or bath
  • king-size bed with pillow menu
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities (with Smeg kettle and French press)
  • smart TV and bluetooth speakers
  • sitting area and desk (studio) or separate lounge (suites)
  • fully stocked mini bar
  • yoga mat and ball
  • air-conditioning

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • dining and drinking at Gigi Rooftop
  • rooftop pool garden and loungers
  • complimentary nearby gym access
  • city centre attractions on the doorstep

Child friendly? Yes
Pet friendly? Yes
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R3 500 per night
Where to find it 118 St Georges Mall, Cape Town
MAKE A RESERVATION

Dorp

Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Dorp Boutique Hotel BathroomGreg Cox
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Dorp Boutique Hotel BedroomGreg Cox
Best Boutique Hotels in Cape Town & Winelands: Dorp Boutique HotelGreg Cox

Impossible to describe and impossible to forget, this hotel on the slopes of Signal Hill has mastered the art of making something new look like it was always meant to be there. The layout – a dizzying variety of rooms, suites, studios and cottages nestled amid beautiful gardens, terraces and courtyards – creates a “mini village” (or dorp) for like minds, which was what designer-hotelier Gail Behr intended. Her penchant for colour, texture and hyper-personal, quirky touches rather than sleek lines and whitewashed furnishings has resulted in a heartbreakingly stylish haven with magnificent views of the city. The best room? Rose Cottage, with his-and-hers bathrooms, private pool, roof garden and steam room.

Inside info Change is afoot at Dorp, with a whole new section of rooms and facilities in the pipeline. We’ll keep you posted, once Gail reveals more.

The lodgings 

  • 27 accommodation options in 5 categories (sleep 2, except two family suites sleeping 4)
  • en-suite with shower and/or bath and underfloor heating
  • luxury Dorp toiletries
  • homemade linen dressing gowns
  • private terrace, patio or courtyard (selected suites)
  • pool access (from the Compound suites)
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • fully equipped kitchen with Smeg appliances (selected rooms)
  • smart TV with full media centre

What’s on offer

  • complimentary breakfast
  • dining at on-site café exclusive for guests (BYO alcohol)
  • drawing room/lounge with fireplace
  • swimming pool
  • outdoor seating areas in magnificent gardens
  • roof terrace (with greenhouse)
  • small shop selling Dorp’s products and other items
  • city centre attractions on the doorstep

Child friendly? Yes, 14 years or older
Pet friendly? No
Wifi? Yes
Cost From R2 800 per night
Where to find it 273 Longmarket Street, Schotsche Kloof (Bo-Kaap), Cape Town
MAKE A RESERVATION

Important note Hotel rates vary depending on season and room choice. We have given the lowest rate per room per night (unless otherwise stated). Low season is generally from April, so now is a good time to book.

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Time of publication: 21 April 2022

One Response to “The 10 Best Boutique Hotels in the Cape”

  1. Mary Lynne Hoarau

    I would love to try 7 Koppies or Dorp. They both look and sound so interesting.

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