The 15 Best Hotels in Cape Town

The 15 Best Hotels in Cape Town 21 Nettleton

A killer setting, world-class facilities and generous service await at these luxurious hotels in Cape Town.

Cape Town has been voted Best City in The World by The Telegraph – for seven consecutive years – an undeniably flattering feather in our collective cap, and one we wear with pride. (Not that we need an international survey to tell us how beautiful our city is.)

With global travel still on partial lockdown, many South Africans have turned their attention to holidays closer to home, most notably in Cape Town, which is arguably the most coveted capital in the land.

To save you the legwork, our scouts went in search of the hottest properties in the city using the following criteria to make our selection: a killer location, faultless design, generous service, inconspicuous luxury and a unique personality.

And here’s what we found… These are the best luxury hotels in Cape Town.

Have you stayed somewhere extraordinary lately? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

The Silo Hotel

Best Cape Town Hotels: The Silo Hotel
Best Cape Town Hotels: The Silo Hotel Bedroom
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Best Cape Town Hotels: The Silo Hotel Interior

Where V&A Waterfront
Luxe factor The Silo Hotel, which presides over the surrounding design precinct that’s aptly called The Silo District, has undoubtedly made its mark in the city. The hotel was built in the six floors above the historical grain storage cylinders that now house Zeitz MOCAA. The property’s striking architecture and geometric windows, masterminded by London-based Heatherwick Studio, hint at what lies within.  A tastefully decked-out interior, by owner Liz Biden, welcomes guests to an unforgettable experience where luxe comfort, warm and friendly service, gourmet dining, and a sunkissed rooftop pool await.

The lodgings

  • 28 rooms and suites (Silo Rooms, Superior Suites, Deluxe Superior Suites each sleeping two; Family Suites and Royal Suites each sleeping four)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • private balcony
  • lounge area
  • complimentary wifi
  • contemporary African art selection
  • harbour or mountain views
  • mini bar
  • air-conditioning
  • one luxury Penthouse sleeping two with a cinema room, spa treatment room, two walk-in wardrobes, two marble bathrooms, and two balconies

What’s on offer

  • tailored art tours
  • lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and Sunday roast at The Granary Café
  • a curated selection of art at The Vault – The Silo’s exclusive gallery
  • Zeitz MOCAA – the world’s largest contemporary African art museum – is below the hotel
  • treatments at The Silo Spa
  • wine and crafted cocktails at The Willaston Bar
  • tipples, light lunches, and a swimming pool at The Silo Rooftop
  • private dining for up to 22 guests in The Wisdom Room
  • inclusive breakfast

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R13 500 – R77 000 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
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21 Nettleton

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Best Cape Town Hotels: 21 Nettleton Interior
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Where Clifton
Luxe factor Hugging the fynbos-dotted slopes of Lion’s Head, on what’s considered to be the most elite avenue in Cape Town, 21 Nettleton’s allure speaks for itself – occupying pride of place at the very top! Boasting a Tuscan-style palatial exterior, overlooking 360-degree views over Camps Bay and Clifton beaches, and the sparkling ocean beyond, 21 Nettleton offers the ultimate trifecta in luxury: unique design, a killer location and superb service. Sought-after discretion, a curated collection of quirky artwork, and feeling as though you’re in your own home away from home are some of the stand-out features of this luxurious Cape Town gem.

The lodgings

  • five rooms and suites (Lion’s Head Room, King Room, Queen Suite, Emperor Suite and Steinbach Suite)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • private balcony
  • shared lounge areas
  • smart TV
  • complimentary wifi
  • tea- and coffee-making facility
  • air-conditioning
  • uninterrupted ocean views
  • one Presidential Penthouse with two bathrooms, indoor and balcony dining areas, TV drawing room with a fireplace, spacious lounge, daybed relaxation area, tea- and coffee-making station

What’s on offer

  • relaxation lounge with a grand piano
  • swimming pool and expansive garden area
  • private access to Lion’s Head hiking trails
  • all-inclusive bars stocked with wine, spirits and beer
  • sunset tapas
  • sauna and steam room
  • personalised in-room concierge iPad
  • butler service
  • inclusive breakfast
  • complete privacy as the property is closed to the public

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R11 000 – R40 150 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
Please note A limited-service rate is available from R5 500 per room per night for South Africans during Covid-19.

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Dorp Hotel

Best Cape Town Hotels: Dorp Hotel
Best Cape Town Hotels: Dorp Hotel Patio
Best Cape Town Hotels: Dorp Hotel Bedroom
Best Cape Town Hotels: Dorp Hotel Interior

Where Bo Kaap
Luxe factor Impossible to describe and impossible to forget, Dorp Hotel in the Bo Kaap has wonderfully mastered the art of making something new look like it was always meant to be there. Aesthetic maximalism is the modus operandi for this hillside hotel, thanks to designer and hotelier Gail Behr’s penchant for colour, texture and hyper-personal touches rather than sleek lines and whitewashed furnishings. There is no spa, no conference room, and no gym – and yet you’ll have everything you need in Dorp’s fully equipped designer kitchens (available in six of the suites) and collaborative drawing-room. There is arguably no more unique space in Cape Town, nor one with better views of Table Mountain.
The lodgings

  • 10 category E suites (terrace upstairs, compound rooms and guest houses)
  • seven category D suites (terrace kitchen rooms and arcadia rooms)
  • six category C suites (arcadia, moon basement, noon kitchen, noon greenhouse and compound studios)
  • two category B suites (moon and compound family suites)
  • two category A suites (rose cottage and rooftop suite)
  • en-suite bathroom with shower and/or bath
  • private terraces, patios and courtyard areas for select suites
  • pool access for select suites
  • fully equipped kitchens with Smeg appliances in select suites
  • underfloor heated bathrooms
  • smart TV with full media centre
  • luxury Dorp toiletries
  • homemade linen dressing gowns
  • complimentary wifi
  • continental breakfast delivered to your bedroom every morning

What’s on offer

  • a counter service offering a wonderful selection of drinks, pastries, toasted sandwiches, salads and other daily
  • specials like the famous Dorp roast chicken and chips
  • a drawing-room/ lounge area with numerous couches and seating spaces
  • outdoor seating area
  • magnificent gardens with indigenous plants, herbs and fruit trees close enough to steal a lemon for your gin and tonic
  • terrace roof with extraordinary city and harbour views, and a soon-to-be-completed tomato greenhouse
  • small shop selling Dorp’s homemade products, Homework clothing and other items

Child friendly? No
Please note The hotel does not hold a liquor license out of respect for the Muslim community of Bo Kaap, however, you are welcome to bring your own drinks or request the hotel to purchase for you. All mixers are available.
Cost R2 800 – R14 800 per room per night (depending on season)
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Ellerman House

Best Cape Town Hotels: Ellerman House
Best Cape Town Hotels: Ellerman House Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: Ellerman House Patio
Best Cape Town Hotels: Ellerman House Bedroom

Where Bantry Bay
Luxe factor With over 25 years of hospitality under its belt, and various notable guests passing through its grand halls, this one-of-a-kind luxury hotel in the exclusive suburb of Bantry Bay has built a stellar reputation that speaks for itself. Old-world elegance permeates the spectacular seaside setting, where a curated collection of contemporary local art, beautiful grounds, and uninterrupted ocean and mountain views await. Although expansive, guests are provided with a wonderful sense of intimacy and calm, where your every need is met. Ellerman House holds all the charm of a once-upon-a-time sojourn, with modern creature comforts to boot.

The lodgings

  • 13 house rooms and suites (Classic House Rooms, Superior House Rooms, Deluxe Spa Rooms, Deluxe House Rooms, and Ellerman House Suites)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • ocean or mountain views
  • private balcony
  • lounge area
  • dining area in the suites
  • spa rooms have a private shared pool
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • satellite TV
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wifi
  • Ellerman House Villa One (lounge and dining area, study and library, kitchen and private chef and hospitality team, swimming pool and deck, elevator) can be booked as an en-suite three-bedroom villa, a five-bedroom villa with access to the two Deluxe spa rooms below, or as an exclusive five-bedroom villa including the entire spa area, the double treatment room, one spa therapist
  • Ellerman House Villa Two (three en-suite bedrooms, lounge and dining area, kitchen and private chef and hospitality team, swimming pool and deck)

What’s on offer

  • restaurant headed by chef Peter Templehoff
  • spa treatments
  • sauna, steam room, sensation shower
  • spa swimming pool
  • main swimming pool
  • help-yourself-pantry filled with freshly made treats
  • gym
  • cocktail bar
  • library
  • exclusive art gallery
  • wine and brandy tasting lounge
  • sunset drinks and canapés
  • free Zeitz MOCAA entry
  • inclusive breakfast
  • yoga on the lawn

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R10 000 – R25 000 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
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Camissa House

Best Cape Town Hotels: Camissa House
Best Cape Town Hotels: Camissa House Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: Camissa House Bedroom
Best Cape Town Hotels: Camissa House Bathroom

Where Oranjezicht
Luxe factor Tucked under the slopes of Table Mountain, overlooking the peaceful suburb of Oranjezicht and the city and sea beyond, Camissa House is the sister property of the equally gorgeous MannaBay Bay Boutique Hotel just down the road. Lofty and contemporary architecture, with trickling water features, wooden accents, and touches of greenery, sets the scene upon arrival, where a stylishly decorated open-plan interior welcomes you. With the Cape Floral Kingdom and Table Mountain just a step off the driveway, the serene setting adds a sense of being immersed in nature, despite its short distance from the busy city centre below.

The lodgings

  • eight individually-decorated rooms (divided into Luxury Rooms and Luxury Terrace Rooms)
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and/or bath
  • private balcony or terrace with seating area
  • Marshall speaker
  • flat-screen smart TV
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • air-conditioning
  • complimentary wifi

What’s on offer

  • rim-flow swimming pool
  • complimentary bar and lounge
  • rooftop relaxation area
  • guests have access to gym facilities at MannaBay
  • daily high tea at MannaBay
  • inclusive breakfast

Child friendly? No
Cost From R8 200 – R8 950 per room per night
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The Cellars-Hohenort

Best Cape Town Hotels: The Cellars Hohenort
Best Cape Town Hotels: The Cellars Hohenort Pool
Best Cape Town Hotels: The Cellars Hohenort Conservatory
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Where Constantia
Luxe factor Part of the esteemed Liz McGrath Collection of hotels, this five-star Relais & Châteaux property offers faultless luxury steeped in historic charm a mere 15-minute drive from Cape Town’s city centre. Set in the picturesque Constantia Winelands, surrounded by gardens and vineyards, with Table Mountain looming in the distance, this beautiful escape is a veritable oasis, making the outside world seem irrelevant and far removed. Actually, with two excellent restaurants, a sumptuous spa, a chichi martini bar and 3.6 hectares of award-winning landscaped gardens, there’s really not much reason to leave…

The lodgings

  • 51 rooms, suites and villas (divided into Double Rooms, Luxury Double Rooms, Suites, Premier Suites and Villas)
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and a bath
  • flat-screen TV with select DStv channels
  • welcome bottle of wine
  • complimentary minibar items
  • complimentary newspaper every morning
  • complimentary wifi
  • fluffy bathrobes and luxury bathroom amenities
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • select rooms feature a spacious lounge
  • air-conditioning
  • two-bedroom Liz McGrath Villa (with a private dining room, kitchen, and lounge)
  • three-bedroom Madiba Villa (with a private dining room, kitchen, lounge, and swimming pool)

What’s on offer

  • Greenhouse, a critically acclaimed fine-dining restaurant
  • The Conservatory, an elegant, country-style restaurant
  • spa
  • Picnics in the award-winning landscaped gardens
  • gym
  • tennis court
  • high tea
  • inclusive breakfast

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R4 240 – R18 500 per room per night (depending on room type and season)
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Tintswalo Atlantic

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Where Hout Bay
Luxe factor Hidden on the rocky shores of Chapman’s Peak Drive in Hout Bay, this luxurious lodge overlooks the endless Atlantic Ocean and The Sentinel beyond. Hidden from passing travellers, Tintswalo Atlantic is only reachable by the resident shuttle, which transports guests from the car park off the main road right down to the lodge on the shore below, where an unparalleled seaside setting awaits. Wake up to the smell of crisp sea air and the sound of lapping waves outside your suite. At sunset, saunter onto the main deck for tapas and a glass of bubbly as the sun dips into the ocean.

The lodgings

  • eight suites (and a one two-bedroom suite) each offering uninterrupted ocean views
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • private balcony
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • luxury amenities
  • complimentary wifi
  • air-conditioning

What’s on offer

  • Chefs Warehouse (for lunch and dinner)
  • complimentary breakfast
  • ocean-facing deck for pre-dinner sundowners
  • spa treatments
  • sea-facing swimming pool and sun loungers
  • small gift shop

Child friendly? No
Cost From R4 975 per suite per night (depending on season)
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Arambrook Boutique Hotel

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Best Cape Town Hotels: Arambrook Boutique Hotel Bedroom
Best Cape Town Hotels: Arambrook Boutique Hotel Pool
Best Cape Town Hotels: Arambrook Boutique Hotel Interior

Where Bishopscourt
Luxe factor Conveniently located close to some of the Cape’s most historic wine farms, and the world-famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Arambrook Boutique Hotel offers luxurious seclusion, away from the tourist grid, but close enough to dip into it, should you desire.
Stylish decor, delectable cuisine, and an abundance of relaxation areas are all par for the course at this elegant retreat – located in the high-end suburb of Bishopscourt in the Constantia Winelands. But it’s the surrounding gardens, towering ancient trees, and the foothills of Table Mountain beyond that truly provide the feeling of being far removed from the chaos of everyday life.

The lodgings

  • four superior king suites (Room Amelia, Room Jaryd, Room Lucy and Room Rose)
  • three superior queen suites (Room Emily, Room Aran, and Room Joseph)
  • one presidential suite (Room Ari)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and/or shower
  • private balcony or terrace
  • smart TV with media centre
  • fully stocked minibar (filled to your preference)
  • superior thread-count linen
  • luxury toiletries
  • mezzanine area in select suites
  • complimentary wifi
  • air-conditioning

What’s on offer

  • spa treatments in your room or the pool house
  • on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • multiple honesty bar stations filled with bubbly and whisky
  • award-winning wines and on-site cellar
  • landscaped gardens, fruit orchards, water features
  • high tea and cocktails served in the glass-walled sitting room

Child friendly? No
Cost From R6 250 – R19 800 per night for two adults (depending on season)
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The Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa

Best Cape Town Hotels: The Marly
Best Cape Town Hotels: The Marly Bedroom
Best Cape Town Hotels: The Marly View
Best Cape Town Hotels: The Marly Interior

Where Camps Bay
Luxe factor Flaunting unbelievable 360-degree ocean and mountain views of Camps Bay Beach and the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, this spangly new-and-improved boutique hotel and spa offers guests a sumptuous seaside holiday with a sophisticated edge. A monochromatic palette of white, grey and black, coupled with a unique mix of contemporary art and decor – and a sexy soundtrack of chilled Del Mar-style beats – set the scene for days of poolside lounging, heavenly spa treatments and wonderful service in a sea-facing setting that’s tough to beat.

The lodgings

  • 38 rooms and suites (Classic Sea-Facing and Mountain-Facing rooms, Studio Sea-Facing Room, Deluxe Sea-Facing Suites, Junior Sea-Facing Suites, Superior Sea-Facing and Mountain-Facing suites)
  • en-suite bathroom with a rain shower and/or bath
  • private balcony with seating and dining area
  • smart TV
  • Marshall speaker
  • lounge area
  • mini bar
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary wifi
  • air-conditioning

What’s on offer

  • delicious snacks, cocktails and breathtaking views at Baptiste Rooftop Bar & Pool
  • spa treatments at The Marly Spa
  • chic boutique
  • gym
  • inclusive breakfast
  • restaurants, shops, and bars on the bustling Camps Bay strip (such as Bilboa, Surfshack, Paranga, Chinchilla, and Zenzero)

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R6 350 – R12 000 per night for two adults (depending on room type and season)
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Pineapple House

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Best Cape Town Hotels: Pineapple House Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: Pineapple House Bathroom

Where Sea Point
Luxe factor Conjuring fantasies of sipping Mai Tais on a beach in Hawaii or Indonesia, pineapples (according to the owners of this quirky pink-walled boutique bolthole) are synonymous with leisure and luxury across the world. So, it made perfect sense to name their stylish Sea Point spot after the yellow-hued fruit.
A warm, welcoming atmosphere, colourfully stylish decor, and luxe comfort are all part and parcel of stays at this discreet hotel, whose central location is a short walk from bars, restaurants, shops, and the buzzing Sea Point promenade where sunset strolls are a prerequisite.

The lodgings

  • nine rooms over four floors, decorated to individual, playful themes
  • en-suite bathroom with a rain shower
  • private balcony or patio
  • smart TV with Netflix access
  • air-conditioning
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • fridge and minibar
  • complimentary wifi

What’s on offer

  • swimming pool
  • freshly prepared meals
  • collection of contemporary art throughout the hotel
  • relaxation lounge with a fireplace
  • outdoor shower
  • inclusive breakfast

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R2 180 – R5 225 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
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The Twelve Apostles

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Best Cape Town Hotels: The Twelve Apostles Hotel Setting
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Where Camps Bay
Luxe factor This five-star boutique hotel and spa at the foot of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range is a seaside sanctuary like no other. Though it boasts a host of wonderful activities and facilities, its dreamy location – between mountain and sea – is perhaps what sets it apart. From sunrise to sunset, the glistening ocean provides the perfect backdrop to a sumptuous stay of rest and relaxation, while beautifully manicured gardens surrounded by the wild mountain landscape create an overriding sense of tranquillity.

The lodgings

  • 55 deluxe guest rooms (Classic, Milkwood, Mountain Facing, Luxury and Superior Sea Facing rooms)
  • 15 Luxurious Suites (One Bedroom, Sea-Facing, Presidential and Grand Master suites)
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and/or shower
  • private balcony or patio
  • 24-hour room service
  • air-conditioning
  • entertainment centres with DVD
  • complimentary wifi

What’s on offer

  • three excellent restaurants (namely The Leopard Bar, Azure, The Café Grill and Sushi by 12A Sushi Bar)
  • treatments at the award-winning spa
  • 16-seater private cinema
  • pre-prepared private picnics overlooking the ocean
  • gin-tasting and gin-making workshops
  • vegan or traditional high tea
  • pristine Clifton beaches and buzzy Camps Bay strip only a short drive away
  • inclusive breakfast (with fresh oysters and champagne)

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R6 848 per room per night (depending on season)
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Cape Cadogan

Best Cape Town Hotels: Cape Cadogan
Best Cape Town Hotels: Cape Cadogan Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: Cape Cadogan Pool
Best Cape Town Hotels: Cape Cadogan Bedroom

Where Gardens
Luxe factor Just off bustling Kloof Street lies this otherworldly escape, more than a boutique hotel, this national monument drips with heritage charm. Offering a wonderful contrast to the busy atmosphere down the road, this historic Georgian-Victorian townhouse (built in the early 1800s) oozes an overriding sense of tranquility, where warm hospitality, plush lodgings and discretion are givens. A tasteful combination of contemporary decor and heritage architecture, with high ceilings, checkered floors and a deep veranda, sets the scene for a central stay laced in luxury that you won’t soon forget.

The lodgings

  • 15 individually decorated rooms (Classic Single, Classic, Luxury, and a Superior Luxury Suite)
  • en-suite bathroom with a shower and/or bath
  • private balcony or patio
  • private plunge pool in the suite
  • smart TV with Netflix access
  • seating area
  • fireplace
  • air-conditioning
  • tea and coffee-making facilities
  • minibar
  • complimentary wifi

What’s on offer

  • relaxation courtyard with outdoor seating area
  • swimming pool
  • babysitting
  • lounge with a fireplace
  • room service (lunch and dinner)
  • complimentary bar
  • complimentary daily-scheduled transfers (within a 6km radius of the hotel)
  • inclusive breakfast
  • private travel concierge

Child friendly? Yes, 10 years and older
Cost From R3 029 – R6 745 per room per night (depending on season and room type)
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POD Camps Bay

Best Cape Town Hotels: POD Camps Bay
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Best Cape Town Hotels: POD Camps Bay Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: POD Camps Bay Bathroom

Where Camps Bay
Luxe factor Bali-esque furnishings meet modern refinement at this Camps Bay retreat, where sleek architecture has been combined with wooden accents, greenery and water features to create an intimate escape against a backdrop of mountain and sea views. A step out the front door and you’re immersed in the vibey atmosphere of the coastal strip, brimming with shops, restaurants and bars and, of course, a slew of blue-flag beaches.

The lodgings

  • 17 rooms (Mini Mountain Rooms, Mountain Rooms, Classic Rooms, Luxury Rooms, Luxury Rooms with Plunge Pools, and Deluxe Suites)
  • private balcony with sea or mountain views (in a Classic category or higher)
  • en-suite bathroom with rain shower and/or bath
  • lounge, bar, pool and outdoor lapa area
  • flat-screen satellite TV with complimentary DVDs and popcorn
  • iPod docking station
  • complimentary wifi
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • complimentary mini bar and treats
  • air-conditioning and underfloor heating

What’s on offer

  • sea-facing swimming pool
  • cocktail bar and lounge area
  • fitness centre
  • late departure lounge with tranquil koi pond
  • relaxation lapa area
  • inclusive breakfast
  • welcome drink on arrival and complimentary turn-downs for special occasions

Child friendly? Yes, over the age of 12
Cost From R1 700 – R2 200 per night for two adults (depending on season and room type)
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One&Only Cape Town

Best Cape Town Hotels: One&Only Cape Town
Best Cape Town Hotels: One&Only Cape Town Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: One&Only Cape Town Penthouse View
Best Cape Town Hotels: One&Only Cape Town Bedroom

Where V&A Waterfront
Luxe factor On the edge of the marina at the buzzing V&A Waterfront, hugged by views of Table Mountain, this glamorous resort raises the bar, with its top-drawer dining offerings, luxurious accommodation and world-class facilities. Which is why it’s unsurprisingly a bucket-list must-do for so many discerning travellers (and celebrities, too). Another luxurious feather in its cap is its Bali-esque spa, which (together with a small selection of suites) is situated on its own island on the resort, surrounded by palm-treed gardens and waterways, providing guests with the feeling of being far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. Despite the hotel’s central location, the One&Only offers guests a wonderful opportunity to unwind in style – you feel as if you are on a remote Thai or Indonesian island.

The lodgings

  • 92 rooms and suites in the seven-storey main “Marina Rise” building, offering views of the harbour and Table Mountain (available with one or two bedrooms)
  • 40 rooms and suites across the resort’s ‘island’ surrounded by water and offering views of the marina (available with one or two bedrooms)
  • private balcony
  • en-suite bathroom with a bath and shower
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • satellite TV
  • complimentary wifi
  • minibar
  • Air-conditioning
  • one Table Mountain Suite (one bedroom, a dining room, kitchen, gym and private butler)
  • one Presidential Suite (two bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen, gym and private butler)
  • The One Above Penthouse (four bedrooms, a study, library, gym, indoor and outdoor dining areas, lounges, kitchens, outdoor entertaining spaces, outdoor showers, two pools, and two bars)

What’s on offer

  • Nobu restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine
  • Ochre restaurant for traditional South African flavours with a twist
  • Isola restaurant for Medittereanen al-fresco dining overlooking the marina
  • Vista Bar & Lounge serving cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits
  • afternoon high tea
  • business centre
  • ballroom
  • kids club with both outdoor and indoor play areas
  • spa treatments and gym facilities
  • swimming pool
  • wine cellar
  • inclusive breakfast

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R10 000 – R40 000 per room per night (depending on room type and season)
South African Residents’ Special 40% off the room the rate, includes complimentary breakfast, 25% of food and beverages, kids under 12 stay free.
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Gorgeous George

Best Cape Town Hotels: Gorgeous George
Best Cape Town Hotels: Gorgeous George Gigi Rooftop
Best Cape Town Hotels: Gorgeous George Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: Gorgeous George Bedroom

Where CBD
Luxe factor One of 300 privately owned hotels worldwide (in the Design Hotels stable), it’s no surprise that incredible design is around every corner at Gorgeous George. But it’s the sumptuous furnishings, attentive service, and vibey sixth-floor rooftop that elevates this stylish spot to the next level. Housed in a carefully renovated heritage building, the hotel has been stylishly decorated, with the works of some of the city’s hottest design talents (including Lucie de Moyencourt, David Krynauw and David Brits) adding artistic flair. The 32 exquisite rooms deliciously blend plush Victorian-style furniture with chic lighting and hand-painted wall art – creating the perfect haven to rest your head after a night out on the town or at Gigi – the hotel’s rooftop bar and restaurant.

The lodgings

  • 32 rooms (divided into studios, and to one or two-bedroom suites)
  • en-suite bathroom with a rain shower and/or bath
  • tea- and coffee-making facilities
  • smart TV
  • separate lounge in the suites
  • complimentary wifi
  • fully-stocked mini bar
  • air-conditioning
  • Marshall speaker

What’s on offer

  • breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails served at Gigi Rooftop
  • rooftop swimming pool and loungers
  • overnight valet parking
  • complimentary gym access

Child friendly? Yes
Cost  From R4 950 per room per night (depending on room type and season)
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Temporarily closed but still iconic

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Best Cape Town Hotels: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
Best Cape Town Hotels: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Pool
Best Cape Town Hotels: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Interior
Best Cape Town Hotels: Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel Bedroom

Where Gardens
Luxe factor When it comes to Cape Town icons, few can match the majestic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Set in the vibrant heart of Cape Town, and cradled in a lush garden at the foot of Table Mountain, this luxurious five-star hotel is a tranquil oasis that delightfully combines discretion and glamour (which is perhaps why many international celebrities choose to stay here). The hotel is justifiably famous for its exquisite high teas, superb cuisine, oasis-like gardens, and a rejuvenating spa, that we sometimes forget it’s a hotel first and foremost.
Fun fact The corridors are wonderfully capacious – as the hotel was built in the 19th century, when crinoline (hoop skirts) were en vogue. The wide passages allowed two women to pass one another comfortably.

The lodgings

  • 198 rooms and suites (Superior and Deluxe rooms, Junior, Studio, Deluxe Junior, Deluxe Studio, One Bedroom, and Deluxe One Bedroom suites)
  • one Presidential Suite (with an entrance hall, plush bedroom, dining area, large lounge, wet bar, and balcony with loungers)
  • nine Garden Cottage Suites next to the rose garden behind a white picket fence (with a lounge, bedroom, and a kitchen)
  • the Honeysuckle Garden Cottage next to the rose garden behind a white picket fence (with two bedrooms, a lounge, and two kitchens)
  • most rooms offer an en-suite bathroom with separate bath and shower
  • spacious sitting area in select rooms
  • luxury toiletries
  • widescreen smart TV
  • iPod dock in select rooms
  • complimentary wifi
  • air-conditioning

What’s on offer

  • The Lord Nelson Restaurant and the Chefs Table for delectable dinners
  • Oasis Bistro for breakfast and lunch
  • Planet Bar for small plates, cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits
  • Librisa Spa for an array of spa treatments
  • family-friendly swimming pool with pool service from Oasis Bistro
  • quiet adult-only swimming pool
  • daily afternoon tea 
  • gym
  • yoga studio
  • tennis court
  • children’s club

Child friendly? Yes
Cost From R6 200 – R18 185 per room/suite per night (depending on room type and season)

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The Inside Guide has made every effort to ensure that the information in this post was correct at the time of publication. However, we do not assume any liability caused by errors, such as price, cost, time, and location.

Time of publication: 15 October 2020

7 Responses to “The 15 Best Hotels in Cape Town”

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    Shelbie legg

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    Pinky

    I agree these hotels are catering mostly for tourists and wealthy people not even the middle class. It would be nice to gather info for reasonable ones. Your site so helpful , I’ve been to many places that you’ve recommended from family activities, camping sites, hiking, dining to name a few and I have not been disappointed.

    Keep up the good work.

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    Robyn Tennent

    Good Day

    Thanks for sharing but I feel that these venues are above the price bracket for average South Africans. Price range more for the tourist market. It should be labelled as upmarket to exclusive.

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    Johan Stander

    Great accommodation

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    Jacques

    At these prices, I’m sure that these are wonderful hotels. But maybe the Inside Guide should publish a list of hotels that locals can afford…

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      Hi Jacques
      Thanks for your message, we appreciate your feedback.
      These certainly are wonderful hotels (and some are a little pricey).
      The Inside Guide is currently in the throes of compiling a “cheap and cheerful” accommodation feature.
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