Cape Town's Best Boutique Hotels
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
For a different stay in Cape Town, seek out boutique hotels and bed and breakfasts with exceptional hospitality. Along the coastline, you'll find boutique lodges that feature uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. You can be sure that by the end of your stay at these hotels, the staff will know you on a first name basis.
Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
While in Cape Town, be sure to take the red bus route and head to Camps Bay Beach. Camps Bay is a beautiful spot to enjoy dinner and watch the sunset for a perfect way to end the day. Many restaurants have outdoor seating facing the beach so you...
38 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
You might hear Long Street before you see it—this bustling artery is the heart of Cape Town, home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, bars, and boutiques, all within a few blocks’ radius of the Grand Daddy Hotel....
While on a quest for a place to have afternoon tea one day, my friend and I found ourselves at the charming Highlands Country House Hotel, in the suburb of Kenilworth. A rambling old mansion with countless nooks and crannies to explore, not to...
93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Just a few minutes outside the bustle of downtown Cape Town but a world away, the suburb of Constantia is home to the oldest wine region in the Southern Hemisphere. As is typically the case with winelands, top-notch vineyards are usually set amid...
180 Kloof Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
With bold artwork inside and magnificent ocean views outside, guests are never quite sure where to direct their gaze when they arrive at Ellerman House. A stay here is a bit like visiting an elegant and attentive friend, starting with the...
263 Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8010, South Africa
The Daddy Long Legs Independent Travellers Hotel is located in a historic building on Long Street. Each of the boutique hotel's 13 rooms are curated by different South African creatives, including poets, artists, musicians, designers, and...
232 Kloof Rd, Clifton, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
This exclusive hotel perched high above popular Clifton Beach sits on some of the country’s best real estate, nestled between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Here, owner and interior designer Jessica Latimer transformed a once-stuffy abode...
52 De Wet Rd, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Marnie and the staff at 52 De Wet go out of their way to ensure every stay is perfect. Always there to come up with an afternoon activity or dinner reservation. This small boutique hotel on the hill in Bantry Bay does everything right, and you...
1 Mountain Rd, Chapmans Peak, Cape Town, 7985, South Africa
The multi-tiered wooden decks and cozy thatch-roof rooms, combined with the lush green hillside setting, makes Monkey Valley feel like an island treehouse escape. At the foothills of Chapman's Peak and rising above Noordhoek Beach, this hotel and...
Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Probably the most visited attraction in the city, the V&A combines many elements of the greatest commercial waterfront projects around the world. There are plenty of draws for tourists (the Cape Wheel, helicopter rides, boat trips to Robben...
2 Cavalcade Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Atlantic Point Backpackers in Greenpoint is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for fun atmosphere, great proximity to where you want to be, and is extremely clean and safe. It is in walking distance to V&A waterfront and a bit healthier...
90 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
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...
3 Argyle St, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
There is a high concentration of jaw-droppingly beautiful properties overlooking the Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic ocean. The POD boutique hotel is one of these special properties. A mere 10 minute drive from Cape Town's city...
12 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek, 7690, South Africa
Oenophiles exploring South Africa’s Cape Winelands have a fashionable new place to rest their heads. In the gallery- and boutique-filled village of Franschhoek, Leeu House is a Cape Dutch–style building decorated with a breezy countryside...
Silo Square, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8801, South Africa
The new crown jewel of the Cape Town hotel scene, The Silo is housed in an old grain elevator, perched above 42 cement silos on the V&A Waterfront. The silos, which extend outward below the hotel, are home to the world-class Zeitz Museum of...
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