The Top 8 Best Hotels in Cape Town

Jun 29, 2017


Cape Town is still my favourite city in the world. And, it’s not just because we are biased and lived there. The cosmopolitan African city is incredible! Cape Town has been consistently ranked among the Top 10 cities in the world to visit by the likes of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure Magazine over the past few years. And it’s no wonder. If you didn’t have Cape Town on your bucket-list, our aim is to ensure it is once we’re done with you.

And if we don’t say so ourselves, we (as in Cape Town), know how to do luxury. These are the hotels that should be on your bucket-list! They’re even on ours!

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#1: Silo Hotel (The Waterfront) for the Newest & Trendiest Hotel

Located just a few steps from the V & A Waterfront, you do not get anymore conveniently located than this. The rooms have each been individually decorated with more of an opulent, eclectic style than your typical trendy, modern hotel. This hotel is also arguably boasts the best bathroom views. But it doesn’t come cheap… If you’d rather not blow your budget on accommodation, maybe fork out for a fancy meal instead with the same view, at their rooftop bar and cafe.

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#2: The One & Only Hotel (The Waterfront) to Stay With the Stars

Yes, it’s hosted the likes of the Biebster, but it’s also a favourite for others such as Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman and Naomi Campbell. Also conveniently situated only a few steps away from the V & A Waterfront, it’s perfect for tourists wanting to explore. If it’s too pricey for you to stay the night, you might enjoy a day at the spa instead.

#3: The Belmond Mount Nelson (Oranjezicht) for Old World Charm 

We’ve been several times for High Tea and cocktails, but sadly, we’ve never had the chance to stay at the hotel. This luxury hotel is definitely one of the more reasonable out of the lot, in terms of pricing. But even if you do not stay here, you should definitely try the High Tea. It’s the thing to do in Cape Town!

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#4: The Twelve Apostles (Past Camps Bay) for a more secluded stay

I love this hotel because it’s slightly more secluded, surrounded by a National Park located at the foot of the Twelve Apostles Mountains and overlooking onto the beautiful Atlantic ocean. Check out the Leopard Lounge for drinks and I would highly recommend the spa.

#5: Tintswalo Atlantic Hotel (Chapman’s Peak)

Tintswalo Atlantic Lodge is an award-winning 5-star boutique is located a little further off the grid around the mountains in an area called Hout Bay. The beautiful hotel is perched on a pebble beach with incredible views of the Hout Bay Harbour. Just see for yourself.

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#6: Steenberg Farm (Contantia) for a Wine-farm Feel within the City

This wine farm is one of my favourites for a quick wine-tasting getaway, located only 30-40 minutes from the CBD in a beautiful area called Constantia. While you’re there, head on over to the Bistro area for a wine tasting and an incredible meal.

#7: Mannabay (Oranjezicht) for More of a Guesthouse Feel

Located on the slopes of Table Mountain, this boutique hotel can be found in my favourite residential area of Cape Town, Oranjezicht. While it’s not in walking-distance to anything, it’s fairly central to get to the Waterfront or over the hill to Camps Bay. Get the Manager to book your dinner reservation! They know where all the best spots are!

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#8: Ellerman House (Bantry Bay) for a Grand Old Mansion with a View

This small 11-room hotel is located cliffside boasts a more private experience with guests raving about feeling ‘at home’. Voted one of the top hotels in the world on Conde Nast’s 2017 Gold List, it’s got me excited to spend a night at this gorgeous villa.

Have you stayed at any of these? Or are you planning to? Tell me your favourite! I can’t choose. Gaahhh. Maybe I should just stay at them all? (Good idea Leigh. Maybe you should win the lotto too).


Keep on the lookout, we have some guest posts on Cape Town, your next destination! 

~ Leigh

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