Cape Town’s ‘platinum mile’ on the Atlantic Coast is home to a bevy of luxury 5-star and budget-friendly hotels. With unrivaled natural beauty and shopping centers just a few minutes away, it’s not hard to see why thousands of discerning travelers are drawn to its shores year-round. Here you’ll discover the 10 best hotels on Cape Town’s Atlantic coast.
Table Bay Hotel
Situated within the bustling V&A Waterfront, the 5-star Table Bay Hotel is one of the most iconic hotels on the Atlantic Seaboard. Combining Victorian elegance with contemporary charm, this hotel straddles the breakwater and boasts panoramic 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 center is within walking distance.
The 12 Apostles Hotel is the epitome of luxury, situated along the Atlantic Ocean between Camps Bay and Llandudno. This 5-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 Sanctuary Spa offers rejuvenating treatments indoors or outdoors while the Azure Restaurant boasts outdoor dining with sweeping views.
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 harbor, the city and majestic Table Mountain.
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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 center. 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 harbor or Table Mountain. Guests can choose to dine at the renowned Japanese restaurant, Nobu, or Reuben’s, founded by South African celebrity chef, Reuben Riffel. 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.
Situated across from one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, The Bay Hotel is located just 10 minutes from the center of Cape Town. The Twelve Apostles Mountain Range provides a stunning 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 cafés and restaurants are all within walking distance.
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 hotel’s Signal Restaurant serves the finest cuisine while discerning whiskey lovers can enjoy a tipple or two at the Bascule Whiskey Bar.
Situated in the stunning beach suburb of Bantry Bay, the President Hotel is an affordable option with all of the trappings of a luxury hotel. The hotel encircles a large outdoor pool area and boasts unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean, Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. Each of the 349 rooms and apartments are spacious in size and feature modern décor.
The Tintswalo Atlantic is a hidden gem situated on a pebbled beach at the base of the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Only a 30-minute drive from the center of Cape Town, this luxurious seaside retreat is characterized 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 colors of various well known islands around the world, and each room enjoys a unique view of the ocean and mountains.
Winchester Mansions is ideally located on the Sea Point beachfront overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Charmingly furnished in continental style, the hotel combines colonial charm with all of the comfort of a modern hotel. This hotel boasts 76 luxurious rooms and suites with either mountain or sea views. Guests can choose to relax at the outdoor pool, enjoy a soothing spa treatment or dine at the popular Harvey’s Restaurant.
Boasting its own private marina, the Radisson Blu Hotel is situated on the pinnacle of Granger Bay with unrivaled views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. Just a short distance from the V&A Waterfront and city center, the hotel’s 117 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. By Lee-Shay Collison