Discover the Best Hotels on Cape Town's Atlantic Coast

With magnificent ocean views and a location close to Cape Town's popular attractions, Ellerman House is a popular choice for tourists
With magnificent ocean views and a location close to Cape Town's popular attractions, Ellerman House is a popular choice for tourists | Courtesy of Ellerman House / Expedia
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26 July 2021
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With neighbourhoods such as Camps Bay and Oranjezicht to admire – plus, of course, the 12 Apostles mountains and the Atlantic Ocean – Cape Town’s Atlantic coast will keep you gazing at the scenery from a beach or sun terrace all day. These Cape Town hotels give you plenty of options for taking in the view – all bookable on Culture Trip.

Ellerman House

Sun loungers sit by the pool at Ellerman House
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With understated glamour and incredible views over the Atlantic Ocean, it’s no wonder that Ellerman House casts a spell on every visitor. Situated on the cliffside in one of the most exclusive suburbs, the 13-bedroom property boasts expansive sea-view gardens, a large pool and outdoor dining, while the interior is devoted to contemporary African art. The Edwardian mansion feels more like a luxurious private house rather than a hotel and you can choose to stay in the spacious main house or one of the two modern villas. If you

Cape View Clifton

A rooftop dipping pool at Cape View Clifton with views out to Atlantic
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If your Google history is chock-a-block with phrases like “hotels with pools cape town,” this classy joint is the one for you. Direct views of the Clifton and Camps Bay coastline is a big part of the appeal, while seven boutique suites provide an exclusive retreat that’s perfect for romantics who want to enjoy the laid-back luxe. The vibe and decor is calm and unfussy, peppered with subtle colonial touches and modern artwork. There is even a self-service honesty bar near the pool, so you can be as elusive as you like.

Camissa House

Two guests at Camissa House relax by the pool
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Camissa House is in a dreamy location on one of the highest spots in Oranjezicht, at the entrance to Table Mountain. It’s an eight-bedroom boutique hotel, all offering unobstructed views. Each of the rooms is dedicated to an indigenous plant, illustrated in the bespoke designer wallpaper and pristine facilities. There is even a butler available to organise trips – or you can just relax by the pool with a book from the library.

The Table Bay Hotel

A sea-view living room at Table Bay Hotel with a seating area
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Situated within the bustling V&A Waterfront, the five-star Table Bay Hotel is one of the most famous hotels on the Atlantic Seaboard. Combining Victorian elegance with contemporary charm, this hotel straddles the breakwater and boasts unobstructed views of Table Bay and Table Mountain. The hotel has 329 specially designed rooms, including two superior suites and a presidential suite. Recreational activities include an on-site gym, spa, outdoor swimming pool and two restaurants, while the V&A shopping centre is within walking distance.

The 12 Apostles Hotel

An old-fashioned room at the 12 Apostles Hotel with floral print wallpaper and bed cover
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The 12 Apostles Hotel is the epitome of luxury, situated along the Atlantic Ocean between Camps Bay and Llandudno. This five-star hotel has 70 rooms, including a presidential suite with a wrap-around balcony and unparalleled views of the ocean. The light and airy rooms are elegantly decorated in a colonial style with a palette of white, blue and beige. The spa offers rejuvenating treatments indoors or outdoors, while the Azure Restaurant boasts outdoor dining with idyllic views.

Victoria & Alfred Hotel

A simple room at the Victoria and Alfred Hotel with a bed, two armchairs, and mountain views through the window
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One of the oldest hotels in Cape Town, the Victoria & Alfred Hotel combines Victorian elegance with stellar service. Located in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, this hotel features 94 beautifully furnished rooms that overlook the working harbour, the city and the majestic Table Mountain.

One&Only Cape Town

Sun loungers line the glassy pool at One&Only Cape Town
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The One&Only is situated within an urban oasis in the heart of the V&A Waterfront – a mere five-minute drive from the city centre. This luxury hotel has 91 rooms and suites in the Marina Rise building and 40 suites on the secluded Island surrounded by waterways. The rooms feature contemporary art, dark African wood and private balconies with views of the harbour or Table Mountain. Guests can choose to dine at the renowned Japanese restaurant, Nobu; or Ochre, which offers authentic South African dishes. If you choose not to stay at the hotel, make a point of trying the delicious cocktails at Vista Bar, which features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the marina and Table Mountain.

The Bay Hotel

A turquoise pool at The Bay Hotel with a mountain in the background
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Situated across from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, the Bay Hotel is located just 10 minutes from the centre of Cape Town. The Twelve Apostles mountain range provides a spectacular backdrop to the hotel, which offers 78 rooms and suites – including a penthouse. The rooms are simple yet stylish, featuring modern accents and shades of blue, beige, white and brown. Four outdoor pools with expansive sundecks overlook the Atlantic Ocean and Lion’s Head, while the suburb’s chic sidewalk cafes and restaurants are all within walking distance.

Cape Grace Hotel

A traditional bedroom at the Cape Grace Hotel with a double bed
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The Cape Grace Hotel is conveniently located in the V&A Waterfront, overlooking a picturesque yacht marina. The plush hotel interior combines old-world charm with local history, translating to opulently decorated rooms with views of the marina. The Signal Restaurant serves the finest cuisine while discerning whisky lovers can enjoy a tipple or two at the Bascule Bar.

President Hotel

The grand, all-white President Hotel with a pool in the front and a mountain behind
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Situated in the magnificent beach suburb of Bantry Bay, the President Hotel is an affordable option with all the trappings of a luxury hotel. The hotel encircles a large outdoor pool area and boasts unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, or Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. Each of the 349 rooms and apartments are spacious in size and feature modern decor.

Tintswalo Atlantic

A seaside guestroom at Tintswalo Atlantic with two chairs facing the ocean
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The Tintswalo Atlantic is a hidden gem situated on a pebbled beach at the base of the picturesque Chapman’s Peak Drive. Only a 30-minute drive from the centre of Cape Town, this luxurious seaside retreat is characterised by seclusion and privacy, with sweeping vistas of Hout Bay and the Sentinel mountain peak. The hotel’s 11 suites are individually decorated to reflect the atmosphere and colours of various well-known islands around the world, and each room enjoys a unique view of the ocean and mountains.

Radisson Blu Waterfront

The Radisson Blu Waterfront by a harbour with Cape Town Stadium behind
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Boasting its own private marina, the Radisson Blu is situated on the pinnacle of Granger Bay with unrivalled views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. Just a short distance from the V&A Waterfront and city centre, the hotel’s 177 rooms are light and airy, featuring a subtle nautical theme. Relax on the expansive pool terrace with the waves at your feet or take a dip in the rim-flow pool.

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Sara Darling contributed additional reporting to this article.

These recommendations were updated on July 26, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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