The word “heritage” need not evoke a stuffy yesteryears vibe. At this intimate boutique hotel in the Central Business District’s Heritage Square, owners Johan and Victoria Nel have lovingly restored a 1780s building into a stylish inner-city retreat. Old meets new as rooms with soaring ceilings and exposed brick are bedecked in local art, and themes range from colonial period to Asian-inspired, complete with silk curtains and bamboo touches. Breakfast is served in a lovely vine-laden courtyard where you can find a moment of tranquility that might let you forget you’re in the heart of the city.
But why should you want to forget? If you’re the type of traveler who prefers to forgo wheels in favor of walking around, you can’t find a better location. Bree Street teems with new restaurants and a clutch of shops displaying works by burgeoning South African artists and designers, and the hotel is walking distance to all the historic sights of the CBD as well as the colorful houses of the Bo-Kaap neighborhood.