There’s a reason Cape Grace always tops the best hotels lists: everyone loves a classic, particularly the kind of classic where the service might lull guests into thinking they’re the only ones at the hotel. That’s no small feat, when staying at a property whose guest list is peppered with famous tycoons, diplomats, and Clintons aplenty. Though Cape Grace only opened its doors in 1996, it harks back to a bygone era; elegant rooms evoke the area’s nautical heritage, and many have windows framing views of the city’s skyline icon, Table Mountain. A welcome addition to the hotel’s lengthy list of amenities? A revamped outdoor pool and conservatory area, unveiled in 2014, just in time for South African summer.
The unbeatable location, at the heart of the popular V&A Waterfront district, also translates to easy access to prime Cape Town sites. But if guests want to venture a bit farther afield, there’s always the complimentary chauffeur service on hand to give them a ride.