On the southwestern coast of South Africa, Cape Town is the perfect destination for a romantic or adventure holiday. And if you are looking for accommodation with as much character as the Mother City itself, check out our selection of the best boutique hotels, offering everything from stunning views to chic rooftop bars and bookable with Culture Trip.
Even though this hotel is located on the lower part of vibrant Long Street, it manages to maintain a sense of calm. Traditional hotel rooms are available but if you want a stay to remember, book one of the seven authentic Airstream trailers perched on the rooftop. Each trailer features interiors around a specific theme. At certain times of the year, there are functions and a cinema on the rooftop, and the glitzy indoor bar is a popular destination for locals and visitors come the weekend.
Ellerman House probably has the best position on the Atlantic Seaboard from which to watch the sun slip behind the ocean. But, there’s much more to this lavish boutique hotel than its spectacular panoramic views. Service at Ellerman House is unsurpassed and there’s an extensive collection of local art and an in-house spa in which to truly unwind.
The tranquil City Bowl suburb of Higgovale is home to some of the country’s most expensive real estate, with limited hotel options. But Kensington Place is a superb boutique hotel nestled among the trees on a quiet street that ticks all the boxes for an idyllic night’s stay. There are eight spacious suites, each meticulously designed. Balconies offer wonderful panoramic views of the garden, the mountain and the city landscape. Room service is available 24-hours and you’re welcome to have your complimentary breakfast delivered to your room.
Most hotels in the Victoria & Albert Waterfront precinct are luxuriously modern but relatively large and impersonal. Dock House is a boutique hotel and spa that bucks that trend and delivers an intimate setting metres from the country’s most visited tourist attraction. The hotel has all the facilities you could wish for, including a spa, gym, pool, and garden, and the 1800s property lends them all an air of historical charm.
Welgelegen is a luxurious Victorian-style hotel centrally located in the Cape Town City Bowl. There are several popular restaurants and bars within walking distance of the hotel on vibrant Kloof Street. However, when you see just how comfortable this boutique establishment is, you may not want to leave. There’s a pool, library, manicured gardens, relaxing courtyard, a luxurious in-house spa, free wifi and flat-screen television to keep you busy.
With space at a premium in the vibrant suburb of Camps Bay, many accommodation options tend to be smaller guest houses or boutique hotels. POD Hotel is one establishment that’s become one of the most sought after accommodation options in the area. The hotel is just a short walk from the beach, but with each modern room offering mountain or sea views, and a small outdoor lap pool, you may find it difficult to venture out into the real world.
This suburban boutique hotel is located in the trendy residential suburb of Tamboerskloof, on the slopes of Signal Hill. Though it’s just a short walk to some of Cape Town’s top bars and restaurants on Kloof Street, this chic hotel is pleasingly peaceful. It offers two room types and self-catering apartments catering for different budgets.
The Glen is an elegant boutique hotel in the suburb of Sea Point. Its location away from the hustle and bustle of the Cape Town CBD makes this a popular choice for people to relax and unwind. There are several well-appointed rooms, suites, and apartments to choose from, as well as a spa and a restaurant.
Contemporary chic meets history at the Cape Heritage Hotel. Situated in Cape Town’s fashionable Heritage Square, this intimate boutique hotel dates back to the 18th century. Each room has a unique character, offering a blend of historic and modern features. The property is adorned with original artworks by established local artists and new talent. In the courtyard, South Africa’s oldest known fruit-bearing grapevine provides some welcome shade.
Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.